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
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note Faithful to the conventions of the World War II genre, Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) submarine thriller pays earnest homage to the pluck and determination of ordinary people forced to overcome extraordinary odds. The mostly young and inexperienced crew of the S-33 is deployed on a top secret, high-priority mission to intercept a disabled German u-boat (the titular U-571) and capture the ship's encryption system--the Enigma--in order to crack the Nazi's communication codes and hasten an allied victory in the North Atlantic. Racing against a German rescue effort, the S-33 stages a daring raid on the U-571. But after capturing the U-571, the Americans find themselves its prisoner as they must pilot the leaky, disabled vessel through hostile enemy waters. McConaughey (EDTV, DAZED AND CONFUSED) leads a strong cast (Keitel - HOLY SMOKE, Paxton - A SIMPLE PLAN) in this fast-paced, tense, submarine adventure.
Plot Summary
Summary Jonathan Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) World War II submarine thriller about a crew of inexperienced American mariners forced to pilot a disabled German U-boat through hostile waters delivers plenty of action while paying homage to such war genre greats as DAS BOOT and DESTINATION TOKYO. Matthew McConaughey (EDTV) leads the rag tag American crew as Lt. Andrew Tyler, a young officer determined to prove himself a capable leader after being denied command of his own ship. His fellow seamen include Jon Bon Jovi (MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO), Bill Paxton (A SIMPLE PLAN) and a cross-section of American society, featuring a hot-headed Brooklyner, an earnest farm boy, a wise black cook, a pack of fresh-faced young sailors, and Harvey Keitel as a salty old sea dog. Working with a lean plot, Mostow employs Oliver Wood's (FACE/OFF) detailed, claustrophobic cinematography and an exceptional sound design to create a series of engaging and genuinely tense action sequences that take the rickety submarine to crushing depths in order to outrun German attacks. While his attention to hard historical facts may be a bit leaky, Mostow's ability to sustain suspense rewards viewers with a tight genre piece with no shortage of action or good old American patriotism.
Rolling Stone "...Matthew McConaughey delivers a tense, terrific performance..." 06/08/2000 p.82
Entertainment Weekly "...Excitingly taut and kinetic....Leaps from one suspense gambit to the next..." -- Rating: A- 05/28/2000 pp.71-2
Total Film "...[A] well-executed tale...mixing some cinema-rumbling big bangs with plenty of screen-cinging pyrotechnics..." 07/01/2000 p.82-3
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...[A] smooth white-knuckler....It's a simple pleasure to watch..." 11/01/2000 p.102
Box Office "...A rousing, old-fashioned submarine adventure....Just the right blend of adventure, action and gritty realism to keep audiences riveted throughout....A smart, slick crowd-pleaser..." 05/01/2000 p.65
Los Angeles Times "...[The film] gets high marks for tension and excitement. The action sequences are bracing and involving..." 04/21/2000 p.F1
Widescreen Review "In the cramped quarters of the submarine you can realistically identify with the high temperatures and sweat on the faces of the stressed crew." 07/01/2006 p.67
Jon Mostow
Matthew McConaughey
Bill Paxton
Harvey Keitel
Cast & Crew
Jake Weber - Star
Jack Noseworthy - Star
Matthew McConaughey - Star
Thomas Kretschmann - Star
Derk Cheetwood - Star
Bill Paxton - Star
Tom Guiry - Star
Matthew Settle - Star
Jon Bon Jovi - Star
Terrence "T.C." Carson - Star
David Keith - Star
Robin Askwith - Star
Harvey Keitel - Star
Will Estes - Star
Sam Montgomery - Screenwriter
Oliver Wood - Director of Photography
April Ferry - Costume Designer
Wayne Wahrman - Editor
David Ayer - Screenwriter
William Skinner - Production Designer
Dino De Laurentiis - Producer
Jon Mostow - Screenwriter
Gotz Weidner - Production Designer
Richard Marvin - Composer
Jon Mostow - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 61105012
UPC 00025195041775
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
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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Product Attributes
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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