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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'CLASSIC' DVD?, 23 Aug 2000
This review is from: Das Boot (Director's Cut) [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
'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. The effects, the music, and even the English language dub tracks have been re-recorded digitally for the DVD version. In many cases the dubbing was undertaken by the original cast. The sound mix and production are superb. The effect is to add a whole new dimension to the experience of 'Das Boot'.
The conclusion is that 'Das Boot' on DVD is a compelling advert for the medium itself, and really does highlight the medium's potentialities in both the technical and artistic areas.
If there is such a thing as a DVD 'Classic' yet then 'Das Boot' is a good candidate for the appellation.
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Initial post: 21 May 2011 18:21:37 BDT
Dan Filson says:
But is the dubbing a disaster as other reviewers suggest?

Posted on 13 Dec 2011 08:13:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2011 08:15:00 GMT
Steve W says:
Ref to Blu-ray release.
I was intrigued to know why this version is certificated as 12 and not 15. After contacting the BBFC it turns out that the 12 is.........

"The differences in the '12' and '15' versions of DAS BOOT are on account on differences in the subtitled and dubbed versions of the film. The '15' subtitled version contains several uses of strong language and sexual references more appropriately placed at '15'. In the '12' dubbed version, there is only use of strong language (permitted by our '12' Guidelines) and the sex references are mostly absent. The version of DAS BOOT released on Blu-ray is presumably the dubbed one."

Perhaps someone could shed some light on this, if true then what we have here is a cut version of the film, which for me is a great disappointment.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2011 01:57:18 GMT
Alister says:
Wouldn't it just help us all if Amazon stopped lumping all reviews of a title under every release of that title, in whatever format.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2014 09:54:28 BDT

I have this blu ray, (the one pictured here) and I also
have a 2 disc Dvd set,

(I think it is called : "Das Boot - The Mini Series )
The Dvd set is about 82 minutes longer.

I agree With you, it is very disappointing. Who in their right
minds would prefer a Shortened issue of this masterpiece.

It is the first time I have heard of the 12 and 15 issues, and
the dubbing. I think Your are right about the Language, the long version on dvd is spoken in German.

I really hope they release the original on blu ray

Das Boot - The Mini Series (2 Disc Uncut Version) [DVD] [2004]

We should make a fansite, demanding the uncut Version, on
blu ray, and I am sure Wolfgang Petersen will support this.

Best regards
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