By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
Dr. Strangelove OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb probably looks better on Blu Ray than it ever did in theaters. I can’t imagine ’60s era projectors keeping prints clean after a few runs through the spokes. Of course, DVD kept a clean print too, so how big an improvement is this?
On Blu-Ray: Dr. Strangelove
Well, I’m not seeing extra details in any of the settings (the war room, planes, the Air Force base). What I am seeing is a crisp sharpness that would not hold up on a mere upconverting DVD. A DVD blown up to HD would smooth everything out, but the Blu Ray maintains all the sharp lines in each shot.
You’ll notice some grain, but one imagines if Kubrick shot a grainy film, no Blu Ray tech would dare sharpen it up. I did notice some crazy detail in close-ups like paper grains, and the lighting holds up starkly.