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Das Boot -- Superbit [DVD]

Jürgen Prochnow , Herbert Grönemeyer , Wolfgang Petersen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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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: Edward R. Pressman, Günter Rohrbach, John W. Hyde, Mark Damon, Michael Bittins
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, Hindi
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2003
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YNDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Wolfgang Petersen's harrowing and claustrophobic U-boat thriller Das Boot was released as both a theatrical film and a six-hour mini-series, and remains the most expensive production ever made by a German studio. The expanded "Director's Cut" of the movie was re-released 1997 and it is this version that is available for home viewing. This epic story became an instant classic on its first release, provoking critical and audience acclaim worldwide for its sympathetic and entirely truthful portrayal of a German U-boat crew. Faithfully adapted from the best-selling novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Petersen and his committed cast (led by the amazing Jürgen Prochnow) were concerned to ensure that every detail was rendered with painstaking accuracy--both physical and psychological--and the result is not only the best submarine drama ever made but also arguably the finest cinematic portrait of men at war and the terrible madness they must endure.

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The Superbit Collection sets a new benchmark in high resolution DVD picture and sound, creating the ultimate in home entertainment. Superbit DVDs utilise a special high bit rate digital transfer process that optimises video quality and offers a choice of both DTS and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.

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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'CLASSIC' DVD? 23 Aug 2000
'Das Boot', Wolfgang Petersen's stunning evocation of the tensions and miseries suffered by a German U-Boat crew during the 'Battle Of The Atlantic' in WWII, is rightly regarded as one of the most important German films of the last 25 years. It is significant that the film's influence has reached a worldwide audience since its premier in 1981; for it is a story about the absurdity of war, and that particular truth transcends all national boundaries. It is simply one of best war films ever made.
The production of 'Das Boot' on DVD is a fascinating tale in itself. The Director's commentary, in which Jurgen Procknow (who played the Captain) particpates, presents an interesting, and often amusing, insight into the production of a film that really launched the careers of many of those that were invloved. Of particular note is the filmakers' impromptu discussion on the reaction the film received in Germany when it was first shown. There were at the time certain conventions that needed to be observed in German cinema when dealing with the subject of WWII. 'Das Boot' did to some extent challenge these and this led to quite a disparity between the German public's reaction and those of the critics.
Technically the DVD production is superb. It seems that Wolfgang Petersen is certainly an enthuiast for the new digital medium. He and his team have re-cut the film, using the original negative as the source, to produce a 'film' version that Petersen appears to be very content with. The result is a 3-hour experience of superb visual quality. However, it does not end there. The entire sound track has been re-engineered for Dolby Digital 5.1 - and an English dubbed Dolby Surround mix is included as well. Only the original dialogue track and some music stems were retained.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade from the DVD version 28 Nov 2011
By Curto
I've loved Das Boot since I first saw it as a 6-part television special back in the 1980's. Then I had the movie on VHS tape until it wore out, before owning it on DVD as the TV cut, then the Director's Cut and finally the 6-part complete miniseries on DVD.

I was somewhat disappointed by the sound and picture quality of the DVD transfers (I never saw the superbit version). My main issue was that the sound never seemed to have the ooomph I'd hoped for.

Reading all of the positive reviews about this latest Blu-ray transfer I was encouraged. They praised the picture and sound quality. For the cheaper price of the UK version, where the original theatrical cut isn't included (meaning they can use a BD25 for the second disc) I figured - why not give it a try?

Well, my concerns were allayed. This is an excellent transfer. The picture is crisp - the best I've seen of this film by far, and the soundmix (German/English 5.1 DTS-MA) is fantastic. The dialogue is clear for the most part, and the explosions and depth charges actually boom with convincing resonance. The waves also sound appropriately thunderous during the storms. Best of all are the creaks and groans of the hull, which VERY effectively makes it feel like you're actually in the U96 with the crew. I haven't come across such an immersive soundscape before in a film.

For those of you still on the fence - take it from someone who has watched all versions of this great film: you won't regret adding this release to your collection. Highly recommended both as a film (first and foremost) and as an AV experience.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The German perspective 18 Sep 2011
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Das Boot (The Boat) is an uncompromising examination of life aboard a German submarine at the height of World War II.

It started life in 1981 as a 145-minute theatrical release and was later expanded into a a six-hour miniseries for German television, broadcast in 1985. Twelve years on, writer-director Wolfgang Petersen finally realised his vision of the project by adding a significant amount of material to the former to create his director's cut. This is the version presented on this Blu-ray and it runs for 206 minutes.

This is a story of how the hunters become the hunted, patrolling the Atlantic on the lookout for allied shipping while attempting to evade the warships that are out to detect and destroy them.

Petersen lulls the viewer into a false sense of stillness aboard the titular vessel. It serves to illustrate the tiring, claustrophobic conditions and how the 48-strong crew coped with them. However, when the action happens, it occurs thunderously and without warning. The film is punctuated with suspenseful sequences.

The picture on this Blu-ray is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is clean and colourful with some grain, which is accentuated in certain night-time scenes. The soundtrack (in DTS-HD 5.1) has been masterfully reconstructed for the director's cut and definitely punches its weight in stormy seas or when depth charges impact. It pays not to have your amp turned up too loud because such moments can take you by surprise.

Das Boot can be played in its original German language version with subtitles or with dubbed English dialogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars compelling
A 'must watch' seeing the war from the other side you actually feel for these men who are as much victimsof the war as everyone else.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. V. A. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars sevnties classic
remember seeing this as a kid back in the seventies the only subtitled thing I could be bothered to watch! Read more
Published 1 month ago by plug
5.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the germans?
I watched this first jokingly due to a reference to it in Peter Kayes Phoenix Nights but very quickly I was glued to the screen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Witchymama!
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
added to my collection of blu ray's I have watched this movie over & over again. I prefer to watch in in German with sub title's "gives it more of a true feeling"
Published 2 months ago by Mr Shaun Bannon
4.0 out of 5 stars A very real insite into the conditions under which the German Uboat...
This was a very realistic film made all the better by having a German production crew and without an American playing the hero.
Published 2 months ago by dick1946
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant service and brilliant film
I ordered this as a surprise for my husband.
The picture and sound quality is absolutely brilliant. It is an incredible film and shows war as it really is.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. B. E. Bengry
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray
Bought as a gift, they were very pleased with the dvd it was what they had chosen so a perfect gift
Published 2 months ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfgang Petersen at his best
This is a film taken from a television series about a German U Boat during World War 2 and it is excellent, at the beginning you see a fresh face crew and you age with then as the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Best war movie ever made...
Definitely worth a look. .even in the original German language eith subtitles. .or English dubbed. ...superb action and acting. . Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, perfectly formed viewing experience
World War II, a German U-boat crew; the German war effort from both a Nazi and the ordinary serviceman's perspective; an enigmatic captain and his crews last tour of duty,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mel Powell
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