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U-571 [Blu-ray] [2000] [US Import]

Matthew McConaughey , Bill Paxton , Jonathan Mostow    Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, David Keith
  • Directors: Jonathan Mostow
  • Writers: Jonathan Mostow, David Ayer, Sam Montgomery
  • Producers: Alan Collis, Dino De Laurentiis, Hal Lieberman, Lucio Trentini
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B7CNY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,306 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If you've never seen a submarine drama before, then U-571 will probably make a good impression as a tautly choreographed piece of entertainment. A strong cast led by Matthew McConaughey's sympathetic Lt. Tyler undertakes a perilous mission to seize a German Enigma machine, and encounter many dangers along the way. For anyone who has seen any other submarine movie, however, U-571 quickly turns into a succession of genre clichés: there's the depth-charge dropping scene, the diving so deep the reading goes off the scale scene, the near-mutinous tension among the crew, the sacrificial lamb who must save the day, the one torpedo left in the tube, assorted pipes bursting, and so on. The formula is set up by Bill Paxton's hard-nosed Captain, who tells Tyler what he must be prepared to do if he ever has his own command: a series of prophecies that, of course, all come true before long. From then on it's predictable action all the way.

Where U-571 scores highly is in its wealth of period detail: every cog and lever that operates the U-boat is dwelt upon lovingly. It looks and feels completely authentic. The central historical inaccuracy, that the first naval Enigma machine was in fact captured by a British ship, is apologetically mentioned in the end credits. The movie makes no claim to be a true story, admittedly, but other fictional dramas have dealt with the same subject more effectively. Try the magnificent Das Boot, for example, then The Cruel Sea, after which U-571 will seem very unambitious indeed. --Mark Walker

On the DVD: The director himself interviews two naval officers, one American and one British. The British officer is Lt. Commander David Balme, the very man who captured the first naval Enigma machine from U-110 in 1941; the American is the movie's technical adviser, Vice Admiral Patrick Hannifin. The Enigma machine itself is described briefly by an American cryptologist. There's also an old American documentary short about the 1944 capture of the U-505 in the Pacific and a "making of" featurette. The director provides a detailed commentary. --Mark Walker

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "More Turkey Vicar" ? 16 May 2011
Prime Turkey breast I am afraid, one which is "based on events", the capture of U-505 is a fact in 1944 but beyond that this one submerges to a hull crushing depth and sinks without trace.

As far as the interior of the submarine goes the movie does quite well , from the point of view of a plot which can be believed or given any serious consideration it is a complete failure , this is te stuf of "Victory" , "Hotspur" and the "Beano".

Some awful lines in it Harvey tells us that he can't read the gauges as they are all in German - surprise surprise - what did he expect on a U Boat - perhaps he wanted to wake the viewer up.

As the "crack" USN commando squad approaches the disabled German submarine you have to wonder....... the yanks knew the German sub was disabled and was expecting help ...... yet they could not break the German codes......... odd and the prime purpose of the capture was to get the enigma package and a U Boat......... the British already had U-570 and the enigma package from U -110 , they also had material from other captures...... yet the USN was not going to be out done on this one.

The many mistakes in the history apart does the movie work - not really there are just too many miracle escapes and close calls, the plot is a complete mess and the officers in the cast look just too cool in the U Boat gear "more German than the Germans".

I have passed the movie over in the "bargain bucket" on several occasions and just hope that I am never given it as a gift, I would feel a bit like the waiter in the "Reform Club" who on his birthday is given a $5 bill by "The Dukes" .... "from both of us".

In a nut shell the movie is a benchmark which others must avoid, "U-571" must never be confused with "Das Boot".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Usual Hollywood story, Would have helped to have had the German spoken parts with subtitles (auto) to maintain continuity. Some good roles played well with an interesting story line, BUT it is Fictional as this is taken from the true real life British Comando raid by the 'Special Boat Service' to grab an enigam machine so that the Code Breakers at Bletchly Park could use to break the German Uboat messages. Plus helped in decoding German messages to support the planning for D-Day. Also would have been good to them link the vital role the Poles underground movement played in telling the British military about the existance of Enigma and how vital it was for the team of code breakers at Bletchly park under the Alan Turing the father of modern day computing. Would have been good to draw these links and woven them into the story for more credability. Sadly made for just an American audience where this truth would not have meant so much. But would have lhelped build a more credible story line and nicely linked the auidance to then follow up their own viewing with the film such as 'Enigma'
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood tosh at it's worst 14 Sep 2010
There's nothing wrong with the acting,camerawork or any other technical aspect of "U 571".It's just that it is yet another Hollywood script that proclaims that the US won World War Two single-handedly.
Of course,the Poles first got hold of Enigma machines and commenced the codebreaking,and the British had captured Enigma machines and were reading their codes even before the US entered the war in 1941.Not a word of fact such as the above is allowed to sully "U 571".
Ahistorical nonsense.It's true that everyone is entitled to their own opinion,but Hollywood scriptwriters should be aware that noone is entitled to their own facts.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not 1080p and subtitles lacking 30 Mar 2008
This is a decent film let down by poor utilization of the BD format. For a start the picture, while still streets ahead of DVD, is 1080i not 1080p. Even worse though is the lack of translation for the scenes in German. There is only the option of having all the subtitles (in other words subtitles under the English and German spoken parts) or none at all. If you want to practice your German this is probably a nice thing! Otherwise you're either reaching for your remote to turn the titles on/off or left wondering what the Germans are doing. I seem to remember the DVD did translate the German scenes.

I have now doubt that in 3 years time a special edition will be released in 1080p with proper subtitles so if you can wait that long I would recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A grotesque travesty 1 Jun 2010
I am speechless! I had heard of this film, but only got round to viewing it a few weeks ago. I began by counting factual & technical errors, but gave up at around thirty (probably about an hour in, by the way).

This is an insult to the intelligence, and the grudging reference to HMS Bulldog at the end of the travesty is the last straw. Thank God I did not see this rubbish in a cinema; I would probably have been ejected.

Coming soon! A new account of the sinking of the Bismarck! Thrill to the destruction of Germany's finest warship by aircraft from USS Enterprise and the guns of USS Missouri! See the British Home Fleet hiding behind a shed as the U.S. save the world again.

Is there any way I can award a minus number of stars?

When not writing furiously insulting reviews of cretinous films, I am a naval historian, by the way, but this nonsense simply does not deserve to be reviewed in measured professional tones!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM, Very Entertaining
GREAT FILM, Very Entertaining.
Published 18 days ago by BRIAN W BROOKES
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by madmax
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek includes greater realism than this, they clearly ...
Star Trek includes greater realism than this, they clearly research their subject matter more deeply. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Watts
1.0 out of 5 stars HMS GANGES
Published 3 months ago by paul white
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
When did the Americans capture the enigma machine it was the British Royal Navy last time I read a history book
Published 5 months ago by Clint
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Das Boot instead of this rubbish!
I've always hated films that show that the US is the worlds saviour and perfect in every way blah blah blah. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave C
3.0 out of 5 stars Das Boot was better
I thought this film was watchable but it seemed a very weak american version of Das Boot. Unbelieveable in places. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Witchymama!
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroes are ordinary men who do extraordinary things in extraordinary...
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Simon
1.0 out of 5 stars An insult to my father and his crew mates
This film is an insult to the late crew of HMS Petard who indeed captured and sunk U559 and captured enigma codes, thus shortening the war considerably. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Inedia
4.0 out of 5 stars U-571
A good film but I doubt that I will watch it too much. I preferred Das Boot which I bought some years ago.
Published 10 months ago by Robert Gallon
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