- 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: Letterboxed, Subtitled, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, German, Hindi, Turkish, Icelandic
- Dubbed: French, 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: 1
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 12 Dec. 1998
- Run Time: 208 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 399 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004CXLA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Das Boot (Director's Cut) [DVD] 
Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) is a service Amazon offers sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's warehouses, and Amazon directly does the picking, packing, shipping and customer service on these items. Something Amazon hopes you'll especially enjoy: FBA items are eligible for and for Amazon Prime just as if they were Amazon items.
If you're a seller, you can increase your sales significantly by using Fulfilment by Amazon. We invite you to learn more about this programme .
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
At the height of WWII, a young submarine crew heads out to sea on a top-secret mission that all but ensures most will never make it home alive. Ordered to patrol the Atlantic and destroy an allied armada bringing supplies to Britain, these raw recruits must band together, bracing themselves against a depth-charge assault from an unseen enemy. Oscar ® - nominated director Wolfgang Petersen’s epic adventure deftly explores tension as pressure builds to an explosive climax, packing a visceral punch few movies can match.
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 bestselling 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.
On the DVD: The 200-minute "Director's Cut" version of the movie not only has several major scenes restored that were not in the theatrical release but also has been digitally remastered with significantly improved sound (new sound effects have been added) and anamorphic picture. (The six-hour TV version has yet to be released.) Here, the viewer can watch the movie in the original German, with or without subtitles, or in an English dubbed version that uses the voices of many of the original cast. On the utterly engrossing commentary track, director Wolfgang Petersen and star Jürgen Prochnow talk animatedly and in great detail about every aspect of making this epic story--from model shots using Barbie dolls to meeting the Captain of the original U-boat. This is one of the most consistently rewarding commentaries on disc. Also included is a five-minute featurette that promotes this new version. --Mark Walker
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
...The film was initially released in cinemas in 1981 in West Germany & other countries over the next 2 years- it's Running time approx 150mins. It was well received (with 6 Oscar nominations -though not winning any).
After a growing reputation, in 85-86 a nearly 5 hour version was released as a TV mini-series to great acclaim in various countries & won an Emmy award for Drama. A 140min edited version was released on VHS.
In 1996 it was released in cinemas again .With footage added to the original ('81) cinema release, Its running time now around 200 mins- This version was called the 'Directors Cut' with an improved image & upgraded sound, this again was a success & was released on VHS then later on DVD .This is the 'Standard Version' still released on DVD( & bluray), normally with English or German language options & 5.1 audio, with subtitles in various languages(depending on which region it is being released in).
And If you don't like 'foreign language subtitled films' the English dubbed version is quite acceptable (with most of the main German actors doing their own translated English voices). Most of these copies have a commentary with director Wolfgang Peterson & lead actor Jurgen Prochnow & a brief 'making of' feature.
There is also an edition that has the full '5 hour TV version' from the mid 80s(this also has upgraded sound).It was Released on 2 discs in 2004. (this edition normally has a green cover) & also comes with German & English audio choices. The film ratio on both versions is 'widescreen' 1:1.85 for a 'standard' 16-9 TV size.
The copy I recently purchased is a 2 disc 'Superbit' edition that claims to "utilise a special high bit rate digital transfer process".This is the '200min version' that has English in surround /Dolby digital & German language in 5.1 & DTS choices. The film has subtitles in English ,Dutch & Hindi . The image & print condition is certainly very good ,but I haven't seen it on a large screen to compare with previous versions & I was rather disappointed the film doesn't have the commentary that's available on the single disc edition.
So despite a seemingly baffling amount of releases available, (on DVD ) the choice basically comes down to the full '5 hour' released for TV mini-series or the 200min 'Directors Cut' & I don't really need to tell you both are excellent viewing experiences(see some of the many other reviews) & easily available at very good prices..
.....For those with bluray players the 'Directors Cut'-'200 min' version is available on a 1disc version with commentary ,a short documentary(40mins)about the 'Battle of the Atlantic'+ an hour long look at U96. There is also a 2disc bluray(2011) that has these extras & more...The ' TV series-5 hour' version is also available on bluray, but I don't know what extras may be on this release....
It is above all a humanist drama, though, focusing on these men, none of whom are meant to be much over thirty. They become almost like friends to the viewer - not that it is possible to imagine being able to withstand what they go through: the captain, played by the amazing Jurgen Prochnov, who conveys tremendous reserves of strength behind his war-weary cynicism; the main character, a reporter called Werner who is somewhat naive to start with, the chief engineer, three 'watch officers', a navigator, and a number of other named characters: Hinrich, Pilgrim, Johann, Frennsen ... and a young cadet called Ullmann, very perturbed because he has left behind a French girl whom he got pregnant, who doesn't want an abortion. We become involved in their lives, and see how they think about what they do and relate to each other. Unsurprisingly, there is little time for discussion or politics. You get the impression they don't see far beyond the testing situation they are in, the desire to survive and get back home in one piece. When they attack a ship, it is regarded as a strategic undertaking. It is striking how likeable they nearly all are - only one officer is a Nazi who is motivated by ideology; the rest are just doing a job, and rather scornful of him, most likely. The film shows how ordinary people are victims of the fighting and are forced to play out these dreadful scenes of brutality, almost unthinkingly. By the end, the sense of tragedy is very strong. Wolfgang Petersen directs with great feeling for his characters, while not attempting to analyse the politics of what was going on behind the scenes, so that it really is the War seen through a submariner's eyes. He had previously directed Jurgen Prochnov in another outstanding film that is much less well-known, Die Konsequenz (1977), about an actor who has a relationship with a gay teenager for which both are severely condemned in the Switzerland of the 1970s. It was a film of great emotional power and empathy, as is this one, which is painted on a bigger canvas. I haven't seen any of his later American work, but on the evidence of these two films alone he deserves to be regarded as a filmmaker to stand with the best of the German New Wave.
It tells the story of a German U Boat's crew during World War Two.
The original was in German, but this has options for English too. It also has the option for sub titles so, you can choose to have the original German language but with English subtitles.
It is a very dramatic film and shows a picture of war with out the Hollywood glitz and Americanisation.
It is a long film at three and a half hours, but it flies by.
A surprising ending too. Well worth a watch.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews