U571 (Blu-ray)

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A U.S. Navy Captain and his crew are just beginning to enjoy 48 hours of leave when they receive word to immediately return to duty. On a top-secret assignment, they must disguise themselves as Nazis and infiltrate a severely damaged Nazi U-boat. Once on board, they are to steal the Nazi's top-secret decoding device and sink the sub before the Germans catch on to what's really happening. Their mission is more dangerous and frightening than anything they could have ever imagined, but one which has the power to turn the tide of battle.


Studio Universal
SKU 208284311
UPC 025195041775
UPC 14 00025195041775
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
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Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (2001) Jon Johnson, Winner, Best Sound Editing,Steve Maslow, Nominee, Best Sound
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review As submarine movies go, U-571 gets the job done - that is to say, it tells an engaging (albeit predictable) story and features several scenes of nail-biting suspense. All of the usual plot staples are in evidence: tension between crew members, deep diving where the hull threatens to collapse, dodging depth charges, and sub-to-sub battles. Director Jonathan Mostow (the man behind the camera for the relentless but hugely overrated Breakdown) should be commended for taking a thin script and crafting a compelling film out of it. U-571 doesn't hold together well upon reflection, but, while it's playing on screen, it works...In terms of pure action/adventure, U-571 is a strong contender, and its big name cast will give it a degree of visibility. Despite its weaknesses, this movie offers two hours of solid, kinetic entertainment.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review With the help of co-screenwriters Sam Montgomery and David Ayer, the director assembles this WWII adventure's plot from leftover parts of Das Boot, Hunt for Red October, and Sink the Bismarck, among others. Once the film hits the water, however, Mostow's technical skills surge to full steam ahead -- its storytelling may be second class, but for the most part, U-571 is a thrill ride of the first rank...After a tense 90-minute game of undersea cat-and-mouse, U-571 abruptly ends with a silly sea-raft rescue picked right out of James Bond. This disappointing denouement nearly sinks what is otherwise a highly polished -- if thoroughly derivative -- adventure. Nevertheless, one simple quality puts U-571 20,000 leagues ahead of most escapist fare: It's character-driven. Rather than existing simply to kill time between special effects, the seamen have well-developed personalities. They don't belt off one-liners between explosions, they sweat, scream, and holler like real people. That alone is reason enough to take this dive.
Reviewer Tor Thorsen
ReviewRating 8
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Video Format Blu-Ray
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Examiner Heroes Are Ordinary Men Who Do Extraordinary Things in Extraordinary Times.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle If watching a two-hour submarine movie is this nerve-shattering, imagine what the real thing must have been like...
NewsWeek Exciting!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Rip-roaring action adventure!
Sean Means, Film.com Fast-moving, watertight and firing from all tubes.

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