U-571 [DVD] [2000]

The DVD of Jonathon Mostow's underwater WWII thriller U-571 supports the film with an impressive range of extra features, including a widescreen, anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Audio, and a commentary track with Mostow. Featurettes on the making of the film and the creation and construction of the U-571 submarine add more behind-the-scenes insight, but the disc's historical materials are richer and more rewarding. An exploration of the Enigma, the Axis powers' encryption device; archival U.S. naval film of the capture of U-505; anecdotes from a WWII submariner; and a featurette on the British capture of the U-110 (the story of which inspired U-571) are possibly more gripping -- as well as more historically accurate -- than the film itself. At any rate, the DVD gives equal attention to U-571 and the events on which it was based, making the disc worthwhile to action fans and historical buffs alike.
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Special Features

  • Spotlight on the making of "U-571"
  • Feature commentary with director Jonathan Mostow
  • Creating and constructing the U-571
  • "Inside the Enigma"
  • Britain captures the U-110
  • "A Submariner's WWII Experience"
  • U.S. Naval archives: Capturing the U-505
  • Both Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks
  • Theatrical trailer
  • DVD-ROM features


In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship carries an Enigma Machine, a special coding device that allows high-level Axis forces to send messages that can't be read without a similar encryption mechanism. Obtaining a working Enigma device would be invaluable for the Allied war effort, so a U.S. sub is sent out to rescue the machine. However, German forces have already picked up the sub's distress signal and are en route to rescue their comrades. U-571 features a distinguished cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Bon Jovi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Matthew McConaughey
    Matthew McConaughey - Lt. Andrew Tyler
  • Bill Paxton
    Bill Paxton - Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren
  • Harvey Keitel
    Harvey Keitel - Chief Klough
  • Jon Bon Jovi
    Jon Bon Jovi - Lt. Pete Emmett
  • Jake Weber
    Jake Weber - Lt. Hirsch

Overall Customer Rating

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95%of customers recommend this product.

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