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    Unique ID Code: 0000002965
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    Added on: 12/1/2000 21:40
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    Das Boot: Directors Cut (UK)

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    When the hunters become the hunted
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 200 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    From the Director of Air Force One and In The Line Of Fire.

    `Das Boot` is a graphic and gripping tale that follows the daring patrol of U-96, one of the famed German U-Boats known as `The Grey Wolves`. Prowling the North Atlantic, they challenged the British Navy at every turn. The crew aboard the U-96 is portrayed in a desperate life-and-death struggle, coping with endless hours of claustrophobic boredom at sea, which quickly gives way to terror when confronting the enemy.

    Originally nominated for six Academy Awards®, this is director Wolfgang Petersen`s ultimate version of one of the most critically acclaimed war movies of all time. An all-new restoration with over one hour of additional footage and a completely new stereo soundtrack that delivers the theatrical experience to your home, this is `Das Boot: The Director`s Cut`.

    "An epic journey into joy, passion, compassion and shock. It will blow you away! It`s the film I always wanted to make. The perfect `Das Boot` " - Wolfgang Petersen.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Acess
    Director`s Commentary
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 German

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Wolfgang Petersen

    Written By:

    Martin Semmelrogge
    Hubertus Bengsch
    Klaus Wennemann
    Herbert Grönemeyer
    Jürgen Prochnow

    Casting By:
    Willy Schlenter

    Soundtrack By:
    Klaus Doldinger

    Director of Photography:
    Jost Vacano

    Hannes Nikel

    Costume Designer:
    Monika Bauert

    Production Designer:
    Rolf Zehetbauer

    Günter Rohrbach
    Ortwin Freyermuth
    Michael Bittins

    Executive Producer:
    Edward R. Pressman
    John W. Hyde
    Lutz Hengst
    Mark Damon

    Columbia Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    9 / 10
    This has to be one of the all time best war films.
    The atmosphere is very realistic , its believable.
    The cast you see looking tied and sea sick.
    Its one of the only war films that does not glorify war in any way. In this film war stinks. There are no goodies or badies in this film, and history is not changed, like in some war films.
    The sound is excellent and so to is the picture all be it a few years old.
    I wish all war films were like this true to life , not making up history as they go along like in u-571 were apparently the americans steal an enigma to help crack the code.
    The americans film makers should take a leaf out of this film.
    Forget Saving ryan , this is far better.
    If you only have one war dvd in your collection make it this one.
    You get over 3 hours of film for your money (Although the original tv version was nearly 5 hours long).
    A GREAT Film.
    A must see.
    posted by Jimmysilvers on 4/7/2000 02:16
    9 / 10
    Content:- This is the best anti-war film ever. The film doesnt take any sides but presents the german side in a new light. It is a fresh change to see the german war effort being portrayed fairly and that is what is done here. All the crew are dammnably human and you really sympathise with them and thier plight.

    Video:- A damn fine anamorphic transfer that does everything it should. A surprisingly clean transfer considering how dirty the crew is.

    Audio:- Fantastic DD5.1 soundtrack here, brilliantly remastered for DVD. The depth charges sound fantastic, the music rocks along quite emotionally and the vocals come across fine. Damn good.

    Features:- The featurette isnt up to much and the trailer is well........err just a trailer. It does have a feature length commentry from the director though, which is a huge plus. I havent watched any of it yet but I am going to.

    Overall:- One of the best war movies you can find. Shows Saving Private Ryan and the like a few things in my opinion. Well worth the lengthy watch.
    posted by Blazingmonga on 7/11/2000 22:23
    7 / 10
    I have nothing against war movies. I have nothing against submarines movies, either. I`m ok with a movie portraying the bad guys as ordinary guys who just want to come back home alive.
    However, this almost-three-and-a-half-hours movie failed to impress me. It`s way too long (even the Titanic took less time to sink) and the plot`s progress is horrifyingly slow.
    The video transfer is average. There are no compression signs, but the transfer reveals dust particles and scratches, which haven`t been cleaned up. The dark scenes contain some grain, and some of the blacks are a bit smeared.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good. The newly restored soundtrack utilized the surrounds very nicely and contributes a lot to the incredibly claustrophobic atmosphere of the movie.
    The disc also includes a DD 5.1 English dubbing, which I found very satisfying.
    The theme music is quite memorable.
    The menus are still and silent.
    The extras include a commentary by the director and the crew and a short behind the scenes featurette.
    Bottom line - a boring and overrated epic that failed to leave an impact on me.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 11/10/2002 02:56