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Title:
Das Boot
Author:
Petersen, Wolfgang.
Publication Information:
Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 209 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Follows the daring patrol of the U-96, one of the famed German U-boats known as the "gray wolves." The crew is graphically portrayed in a life-and-death struggle, challenging the British Navy at every turn.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim.

Originally released as a German motion picture in 1981.

"Digitally redesigned and remixed soundtrack! 60 minutes of extra footage"--Container.

Special features: The making of/behind the scenes; director's commentary.
Language:
German

English

Spanish
Contents:
Two sided disc: Side A. scenes 1-35 (108 min.) -- Side B. scenes 1-31 [i.e. scenes 36-66] (101 min.).
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R.
ISBN:
9780767802475
UPC:
043396222199
Format :
DVD

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Summary

Das Boot is one of the most gripping and authentic war movies ever made. Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film follows the lives of a fearless U-Boat captain (Jurgen Prochnow) and his inexperienced crew as they patrol the Atlantic and Mediterranean in search of Allied vessels, taking turns as hunter and prey. There's very little plot, so the movie's power comes from both its riveting, epic battle scenes and its details of the boring hours spent waiting for orders or signs of the enemy. With the exception of one staunch Hitler Youth lieutenant, none of the crew is particularly loyal to the Nazis, and some are openly hostile toward their Fuhrer; this allows viewer sympathy with the men as they perform their laborious, monotonous duties in cramped, filthy quarters, or await death as depth charges explode all around the sub. Prochnow is excellent as the nerves-of-steel commander, and many of the supporting actors -- all German -- are solid as well, although the characterizations border on war movie clichés (the young crewman who has left behind his pregnant girlfriend, the Chief Engineer whose wife is seriously ill). The real star, however, is cinematographer Jost Vacano, who makes the sub's grimy, claustrophobic interior come to vivid life, as his camera follows the crew through hatches, up ladders, into bunks, and under pipes, creating a palpable sense of claustrophobia while injecting it with movement. Originally edited by writer/director Wolfgang Petersen as both a two-and-a-half hour theatrical release and a six-hour German miniseries, Das Boot was re-released in a restored version in 1997 with nearly one hour of added footage which made it even more suspenseful than before. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi


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