Das Boot: The Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

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  • Release Date: 01/31/2012
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (21 out of 21)

Special Features


  • Commentary with director Wolfgang Petersen

Synopsis


Das Boot: The Director's Cut
Das Boot
Das Boot is one of the most gripping and authentic war movies ever made. Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film follows the lives of a fearless U-Boat captain (Jurgen Prochnow) and his inexperienced crew as they patrol the Atlantic and Mediterranean in search of Allied vessels, taking turns as hunter and prey. There's very little plot, so the movie's power comes from both its riveting, epic battle scenes and its details of the boring hours spent waiting for orders or signs of the enemy. With the exception of one staunch Hitler Youth lieutenant, none of the crew is particularly loyal to the Nazis, and some are openly hostile toward their Fuhrer; this allows viewer sympathy with the men as they perform their laborious, monotonous duties in cramped, filthy quarters, or await death as depth charges explode all around the sub. Prochnow is excellent as the nerves-of-steel commander, and many of the supporting actors -- all German -- are solid as well, although the characterizations border on war movie clichés (the young crewman who has left behind his pregnant girlfriend, the Chief Engineer whose wife is seriously ill). The real star, however, is cinematographer Jost Vacano, who makes the sub's grimy, claustrophobic interior come to vivid life, as his camera follows the crew through hatches, up ladders, into bunks, and under pipes, creating a palpable sense of claustrophobia while injecting it with movement. Originally edited by writer/director Wolfgang Petersen as both a two-and-a-half hour theatrical release and a six-hour German miniseries, Das Boot was re-released in a restored version in 1997 with nearly one hour of added footage which made it even more suspenseful than before. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Klaus Wennemann
    Klaus Wennemann - Chief Engineer
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    Hubertus Bengsch - First Lt. /Number One
  • Martin Semmelrogge
    Martin Semmelrogge - 2nd Lieutenant
  • Bernd Tauber
    Bernd Tauber - Chief Quartermaster
  • Erwin Leder
    Erwin Leder - Johann



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film of men under contant stress of war

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    rkgist
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    One of the greatest of World War II movies and certainly the best and most realistic submarine films ever, "Das Boot" is also an amazing technical feat also. The cramped, dank & claustrophobic setting of a WWII German U-boat is completely realized in the set design and Petersen's direction of the camera and great ensemble. Jurgen Prochnow gives a incisive performance as the beleaguered Captain. The PQ & AQ are very good, if not great. This was originally a mini-series for German TV (catch to full thing if you can.) I justwish that there were more extras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    War film with a twist

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    sitarbob
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    I think this is an excellent movie. It shows some of the dangers and hardships of submariners...only this film shows it from the German side in WWII. It struck me that whatever side they were fighting for, the men faced similar obstacles. It was also a real insight to life on a submarine during wartime. I know that U.S. servicemen faced the same things. People are the same all over is what I took from this film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best war movie ever

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    racecurt434
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    I defy anyone who sees this movie on the big screen to not be completely captivated and emotionally drained by the end. This movie hardly needs subtitles. The cinematography is superb, so much so that you forget you are in a theater watching it. You feel the claustrophobia, smell the sweat, smell the fear, feel the relief and elation and then the utter senselessness of it all. Probably the best movie I've ever seen. Certainly the best war movie ever made.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Foreign Film on WWII

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    wprman
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    This movie is not recent, but yet does make an impact on what WWII did to so many persons. The German perspective on submarine warfare is a very unique twist from the typical war movies that most of us have seen. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that it was in German (although I don't speak it) and had the English subtitles. The realism of the submarine environment was exceptional. Great movie!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Das Boot a Classic

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    schtjh
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    I think this is a great war film, especially since it depicts a German point of view. Considering when it was made, it has set standards for realism, especially the depth charging sequences. Great attention to detail. I love the scenes showing all the provisions packed in every nook and cranny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT FILM

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    geoff05
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    This is one of the all time classic thrillers. A great movie that explores the depths of human limits. Without Das Boot we never would have had Hunt for Red October, Crimson Tide or any of the other fine submarine films that came after it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great WWII movie, a classic

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    Cord13
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    This movie is considered a classic, and a must see for WWII movie fans. Although the story is told through the eyes of the enemy, the issues they face or common to all soldiers, especially submariners.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blue Ray perfection

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    BobinmidMO
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    I enjoyed my VCR version for years but when I found it on Blue-Ray, it was a must own. Now that we've got high-def, this makes the movie that much better. I know I'm impressed. Here's hoping you are too.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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