Dr. Strangelove: Photofest
Anna Holmes
February 28, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

This eagerly awaited edition of Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb — Special Edition, one of Stanley Kubrick’s most enduring films, isn’t so ”special” after all. Because the film itself hasn’t changed, its distributor has attempted to spice things up with two so so documentaries plus a few marketing stills and trailers. There’s virtually nothing in these ”behind the scenes” looks that hasn’t already appeared in many Kubrick books and biographies, but the disc’s failure to perform isn’t entirely the fault of its creators: Most of the film’s major players (Kubrick, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and cowriter Terry Southern) are no longer around to provide commentary tracks.

Despite this package’s shortcomings, serious ”Strangelove” fans may want to pick up the disc for the amusing and illuminating interviews with the film’s visual artists, such as Pablo Ferro (responsible for the opening title sequence) and production designer Ken Adam, who created the infamous War Room to ”give the impression that the 26 characters sitting around this table are involved in a gigantic poker game for the fate of the world.”

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