Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)
Rarely does nihilistic humor bubble up so relentlessly as in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 masterpiece of political satire, Dr. Strangelove. The tale begins when Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a United States general who is as obsessed with the spread of communism as he is with the dangers of fluoridation, dispatches a flock of B-52’s into Russia, putting the world inexorably on a path toward self-annihilation. Kubrick’s early training as a photographer is evident, especially in his bold sense of visual composition. The film’s cartoonish characters grease the scathing commentary on cold war buffoonery.