Unless you are at least fifty-five, most people will likely miss some of the topical comical references in this 1962 movie.
If you are living in 1962, here are some things that you are most likely aware of.
It is the early days of the space age. The first two satellites - Russia's Sputnik 1 and 2 - to orbit the Earth were launched five years ago. Sputnik 2 carried the first animal to go into space: a dog named Laika. So little was known at the time about the effects of space travel on human beings that animals were used initially to learn if there were any show stoppers. The Soviet Union used dogs.
Last April, the first man was launched into space aboard the Russian Vostok 1. His name was Yuri Gagarin. He flew a single orbit around the Earth and landed safely. One month later, U.S. President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech committing the United States to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely. The project was called Apollo. The race to the Moon was on.
Last August, the Soviets built a wall separating East and West Berlin.
And lastly, there is a subculture in some cities known as 'beatniks': young people who reject society.
Double-sided disc. On one side of the disc is the Full Screen version. On the flip side is the Widescreen version; however, it is formatted in letterbox designed for old TV screens. When you view the widescreen side of the disc on a flat-panel wide-screen TV, you will see a small widescreen picture in the middle of your screen. To fill the screen on my TV (Sony), I had to select: 'Screen', 'Wide Mode', 'Zoom'.
Picture (DVD): Good.