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Das Boot (1982)

Director: Wolfgang Petersen     Starring: Jürgen Prochnow
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40000041
UPC: 043396222199
UPC 14: 00043396222199
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When the hunters become the hunted.
Autumn, 1941, 43 young german sailors aboard u-96 enter the war against britain. They seek adventure, respect and heroism. For them, this voyage is for glory. For their captain, a seasoned war veteran at the young ages of 30, it is a mission against enemy destroyers in a blood-red sea that can devour a ship.

"Wolfgang Petersen's direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...the most convincing war movie ever made...  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
In the midst of World War II, as the tide turns against the Axis, a German U-boat crew is sent out to patrol the Atlantic and fire at Allied ships bringing supplies to England. The submarine also carries a press correspondent, there to report from the front lines of nautical warfare. Meanwhile, the crew's captain (Jürgen Prochnow) is becoming disillusioned with the Nazi regime and with war in general. What starts out as a routine mission is soon livened up beyond the crew's expectations when their boat's surprise attack on a convoy is thwarted by a fast-moving destroyer. Battered by depth charges, the crew must pull together to survive the attacks of their unseen enemy.

Widely considered to be director Wolfgang Petersen's best film and one of the finest German films ever made, DAS BOOT is stunningly realistic in its portrayal of the cramped conditions aboard a German submarine. Based on a novel by Lothar G. Buchheim, it is a striking example of an intelligent antiwar film clothed in the guise of a military thriller.


Video Features Director's Cut, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Dubbed & Subtitled, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/11/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 209 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1982
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22219
Video UPC UPC: 00043396222199
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: German
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English Dubbed, German
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Herbert Gronemeyer
Video Cast Info Hubertus Bengsch
Video Cast Info Jurgen Prochnow
Video Cast Info Klaus Wennemann
Video Cast Info Lothar-Gunther Buchheim - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Wolfgang Petersen - Director
Video Cast Info Jost Vacano - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Klaus Doldinger - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Gunther Rohrbach - Producer
Video Cast Info Wolfgang Petersen - Writer
Plot Summary
This gripping World War II drama dealing with the exploits of a German submarine crew is the highest grossing film in the history of German cinema. The crew's fight for survival while on patrol in the North Atlantic is a remarkable study in human determination.


Oscar (1983)
   Video Award Name Jost Vacano, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Wolfgang Petersen, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Mike Le Mare, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
   Video Award Name Hannes Nikel, Nominee, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Milan Bor, et al., Nominee, Best Sound
   Video Award Name Wolfgang Petersen, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

Golden Globe (1982)
   Video Award Name , Nominee, Best Foreign Film

British Academy Awards (1983)
   Video Award Name Wolfgang Petersen, Nominee, Best Foregin Language Film

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...A great movie just got greater, thanks to this thorough restoration....The movie is letterboxed on tape for the first time ever and has a magnificent new stereo soundtrack..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 06/27/1997 p.3D

Entertainment Weekly
"...Sweaty and claustrophobic, exciting and horrifying at the same time....The new DAS BOOT feels rawer, gloomier, more pungently authentic than it did before..." 04/18/1997 p.45-8

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 9 of 10
Realistic, meticulously mounted nail-biter chronicling a German U-boat on a mission during WW2, with Prochnow solid as its commander. Manages to embrace an anti-war message, as well.

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 10 of 10
[This] version of Das Boot is significantly different from the first cut. More than sixty minutes of footage from the original German TV mini-series has been seamlessly woven back into the movie's tapestry. Jarring transitions have been smoothed out and character development has been greatly enhanced. The result is a more complete viewing experience. Das Boot, universally recognized as the best submarine movie of all time and one of the most heart-pounding thrillers ever filmed, is even better this time around than it was in its initial release... This film takes all of the drama and suspense inherent in a submarine-based story and delivers it in a near-perfect package, establishing Das Boot as not just a terrific adrenaline rush, but one of the best movies ever made.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Prochnow,Jurgen
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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