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  • Actors: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Lothar G. Buchheim
  • Producers: Günter Rohrbach
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen, Subtitled, Colour
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, English, Hindi
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Run Time: 282 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NIYUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,085 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Digitally remastered and on DVD the original Das Boot 6-part mini series presented as on complete feature length uncut version. Wolfgang Peterson's Das Boot is regarded as one of the most outstanding and accurate representations of Germany's elite U-Boat crewmen during World War II. Told from the German perspective the crew aboard U-96 are portrayed in a hopeless life-and-death struggle coping with endless hours of loneliness and desperation, giving way to terror when confronted by the enemy.

"This DVD presentation of the fully restored, mini series will be even more shocking and affecting for audiences ... enjoy this work as it was originally intended to be seen" - Wolfgang Peterson.

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This 282-minute version of Das Boot is the full-length TV series, originally shown in six parts but here edited into a seamless whole. Director Wolfgang Petersen has since graduated to mega-budget Hollywood productions (2004's Troy for example), but has never managed even to come close to this, his German-language masterpiece. Petersen and his sterling cast (including Jürgen Prochnow in his best role as the U-boat captain) went to great lengths to ensure that this claustrophobic depiction of life aboard the German sub U-97 while attacking British convoys in the Atlantic is thoroughly authentic and totally convincing. Even the set itself, which is a replica of a U-boat interior, had no false walls, so all camera angles are necessarily from within its horribly narrow, overcrowded and sweaty confines. The result is certainly the finest submarine drama ever made, and one of the most compelling depictions of the physical, psychological and emotional effects of warfare.

This mini-series is rather longer than the movie version, which is also available on DVD in a Director's Cut version. The differences are not in matters of plot, but in the pacing: everything here takes longer to happen, while the crew must sit around, bicker, swear and sweat it out--the agonising searching for action, the tension of the attack, the terrible stress of hiding from enemy destroyers. Everything unfolds as if in real time, which is the great advantage a TV production has over a movie (contrast, for example, Band of Brothers with Saving Private Ryan). This, therefore, is the definitive presentation of a World War II classic.

On the DVD: Das Boot is presented on two discs, with no breaks where the original TV episodes started and finished. The default language option is German with optional English subtitles. For those constitutionally allergic to subtitles there is also an alternative English-language dub, voiced by many of the original cast (including Prochnow). Sound is adequate stereo or Dolby 5.1, and the anamorphic widescreen is good for the murky green underwater shots. Unlike the theatrical version, though, there is no commentary. --Mark Walker

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283 of 285 people found the following review helpful By Remus on 24 Sept. 2006
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Das Boot is quite possibly the best war movie ever made. If you've not seen it, there is no shortage of recommendations to buy it but the question remains - which version?

Fortunately the original theatrical release is no longer available. One of the things that make Das Boot so remarkable is its portrayal of the tension and, in the Mini Series, long stretches of boredom of life at sea in a U-Boat. The original version misses out almost all the footage where nothing much happens and turns the film into an action movie. This might work well on the big screen but anyone who appreciates Das Boot will not want to go back to this 149 minute cut.

It may be unusual to recommend an extended version of a film because it includes scenes where "nothing much happens," but this is essential to portray the tension. The Director's Cut is an excellent film in a cinema where the big screen and enveloping sound bring in the viewer to experience the agonising wait for sight of their first target or the suspense and terror the crew feel as depth charges repeatedly rain down on them as they try to dodge a British destroyer. Its length of 216 minutes (3 hours 36 minutes) is about as long as can reasonably be viewed in one sitting and just fits onto one disc.

The Superbit edition of the Director's Cut (which I have not seen) has greater picture detail than the standard version, and a highly recommended German DTS sound in addition to the German and English Dolby digital 5.1. If you want the best possible picture and sound and have a high quality screen this may well be the version for you, but it has a serious drawback in splitting the film into two DVDs. This DVD apparently does not include the short 'behind the scenes' documentary included in the other versions.
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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 14 July 2004
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Easily one of the best war movies/mini-series ever made. It gives a different angle on the Second World War, from the German perspective. With previous war movies you either had an American "back-slapping, good ole America" film or a British "stiff upper lip film, usually starring Sir John Mills". This film turned those views on it's head. Remember it was filmed in 1981 long before the likes of Saving Private Ryan.
It's basically the story of a German U-Boat crew, patroling the Atlantic looking for British convoys. I can't remember who said it, but someone once said that "war was 90% boredom and 10% sheer terror". This film conveys this brilliantly. It's also very clever as it removes the patriotic angle you might have felt had it been set on an American or British submarine. All of the crew are nameless only being addressed by their rank, with exception to the war correspondent and you don't really know anything about their lives (unless you watch the full mini-series version and even then it doesn't give you that much of an insight into their lives instead concentrating on the action on the boat).
The film moves at a good pace despite the length of the film, and the ending will still give you a visual slap accross the face no matter how many times you see it.
The only decision you have to make is whether to buy the cinematic version or the mini-series. Both are very good but the mini-series is better, but it is around six hours long. Das Boot is best viewed in it's native German with English subtitles as the dialogue is sharper. Still, if you can't be doing with subtitles then the English dubbing is okay as most of the leading actors dubbed the film themselves, so no dodgy dubbing on this DVD.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Night photographer on 1 Jun. 2004
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I first saw this epic and perceptive series/film in the late 1980s. It taught me more about humanity in wartime than any other work, filmic or literary. It is quite literally haunting and in my view has not been surpassed in any genre, anywhere. It will stay with you forever. If you are even remotely interested in men at war get this DVD, Das Boot is an exceptional achievement.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2004
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This is the original full length version of DAS BOOT. Subsequent editedversions may have been more cinema and video friendly but they lost thefeeling of impending doom, helplessness and sheer terror that the fulllength version is able to slowly build with help from a wonderfulsoundtrack by Klaus Schultze. Do get your reading glasses out, the Germanversion with subtitles is the best.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Trezise on 20 May 2004
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At last!! The best war movie ever made appears in it's original form. This is the most claustrophobic, atmospheric vision of the war at sea that has appeared so far on screen from any country. It shows the Battle of The Atlantic from the other side and shows how they felt too. Real, gritty and impossible to take your eyes off, it is another film that - along with Schindler's List - should be shown to people as an example of what people go through during war. It is the series that made Wolfgang Petersen's reputation and shows that no other director has truly seen into the mindset of his subjects as truly.
Recommended viewing for anyone who is a fan of docu-dramas, war movies, or who simply wants a series to tell it as it was. Forget the so-called realism of U-571, this is the filthy, honest truth presented in all its colour and "glory".
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