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    Unique ID Code: 0000013071
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 22/1/2001 18:59
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    U 571 (UK)

    6 / 10
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    Heroes are ordinary men who do extraordinary things in extraordinary times
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 109 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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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.

    "U-571 is exciting!" says Newsweek. Filled with incredible explosions, raging fires and speeding torpedoes, this suspense-filled action-packed film sets a new standard for high impact entertainment and features an impressive all-star cast.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Story of U-571
    The Enigma
    Director`s Commentary

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Jonathan Mostow

    Written By:

    Derk Cheetwood
    Dave Power
    Jake Weber
    Jon Bon Jovi
    Harvey Keitel
    Bill Paxton
    Matthew McConaughey

    Casting By:
    Carol Lewis

    Soundtrack By:
    Richard Marvin

    Director of Photography:
    Oliver Wood

    Wayne Wahrman

    Costume Designer:
    April Ferry

    Production Designer:
    Götz Weidner
    William Ladd Skinner

    Lucio Trentini
    Martha Schumacher
    Dino De Laurentiis

    Executive Producer:
    Hal Lieberman

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    8 / 10
    A good action film in general. Good extras which include an interview with the real Royal Navy Sailor who captured the Enigma device from U-110 in 1941. The video is presented in 1.85:1 compared to 2.35:1 on the region 1 and 4 discs. Only dolby 5.1 and no DTS version in region 2. One thing it does not include either is Subtitles which according to the back cover says there is english subtitles (very misleading). No DVD rom extras either compared to region 1. In all a good dvd but with a few items missing compared to region 1.
    posted by David Garner on 22/1/2001 19:36
    8 / 10
    although history is changed hollywood style having yanks be the heroes at least this movie is exciting unlike the thin red line or the overlong slushfest that was saving private ryan.the acting is good .yet another good movie from director mostow who made the excellent breakdown
    posted by flair on 29/1/2001 22:17
    1 / 10
    Let`s cut to the chase. This film is not good at all.
    The story plodded along - it felt like I was watching it inrealtime - and I couldn`t care less about any of the characters (due to terrible editing/story, I couldn`t even tell which characters had been killed until I eventually noticed that they weren`t there e.g. with the end of the film nigh "Hey..where`s John Bon Jovi`s character..did he get killed?" - not very clear at all). Admittedly, there were a couple of tense scenes, but that`s it I`m afraid.
    I was so disappointed with this film, that I could barely make it through the extras.
    All in all, give this film a miss.
    U-571? More like Poo - 571.
    posted by redballoon on 5/3/2001 13:37
    6 / 10
    An enjoyable film even if the Americans have once again completely changed the history of the world to suit them! This is certainly worth watching, but not more that the once. it`s not a film you're going to watch over and over (it just isn't THAT good!).

    In terms of the disc itself we've got a solid package. Video & audio are very good, and extras are ok - although there could always have been more (no cast commentary or deleted scenes etc etc), and the R1 disc does have a few more to offer. Still - not bad.
    posted by Rich Davies on 21/9/2002 07:46
    8 / 10
    I found the film quite interesting, and the Director`s commentary fascinating. My only query is that my Region 2 disc has 16:9 anamorphic on the case, but the disc plays only in 4 by 3....... Is the widescreen version not available in R2?
    posted by Arthur Dungate on 22/9/2002 11:44
    3 / 10
    A very poorly made film that can only dream of attaining the depth and tension of the mighty german classic "Das Boot" which it ceaselessly attempts to rip-off.
    A poor script with very mediocre acting by badly miscast actors cannot save a story which by all intents and purposes is merely hollywoods` attempt to pervert history itself. I tried very hard, but I cannot see anything worthy of recommending this abismal movie. See the afforementioned "Das Boot" for the greates submarine/war film ever made and miss out this disasterous mess.
    posted by Rawshark on 4/10/2002 00:42
    8 / 10
    U-571 is an intense, fast-paced film. I feel it accurately potrays the emotions that would have been experienced by the actual participants in a harrowing World War II submarine adventure. I particularly enjoyed the performance of Jon Bon Jovi, who did a great job proving that he can do more than simply be a rock star. The action is fast, furious and believable, with the best part being that the good guys win in the end.
    posted by parkland on 13/2/2003 16:51