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Added on: 30/10/2000 15:51
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U 571 (US)

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Heroes are ordinary men who do extraordinary things in extraordinary times
Certificate: PG-13
Running Time: 117 mins
Retail Price: $26.98
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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
Spotlight On Location: The Making of U-571
Feature Commentary with Director Jonathan Mostow
Creating and Constructing U-571
Inside The Enigma
Britain Captures the U-110
A Submariner`s WWII Experience
U.S. Naval Archives: Capturing the U-505
Theatrical Trailer
DVD-ROM Features And More!

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
DTS 5.1 English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

Subtitle Tracks:
CC: English

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

Universal Pictures

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8 / 10
A cool pop-corn movie, nothing more.
A lot had been said about this movie, but I found it rather ordinary.
Sure, the visuals are ok and the sound is great, but the story is not THAT exciting.
The video transfer is great. All the explosions look real and the dark scenes (and there are quite a few of those) are rendered with no signs of compression.
The DD 5.1 soundtrack and the DTS soundtrack are both excellent. All the sub`s hums and groans sound painfully real. The dialog is also very clear and quite directional (which really sounds nice - as if you are inside a sub).
The menus are beautifully animated with nice effects (torpedos and explosions).
The extra features include all the regular stuff with some nice documentaries about
the Enigma and some famous WWII battles. The commentary is also quite nice.
All in all, a nice action movie, despite the occasional lack of excitement in it. Give it a try.
posted by Zvi Josef on 30/10/2000 17:55
10 / 10
This is excellent. Better than Das Boot, which is slow in comparison. Lots of twists in the movie, and exciting all the way through. The sets for both US and German submarines are so authentic ! Audio commentary is always nice....I just have a slighty distaste for the noisy menu system ! If you like submarines then this is a must see film. Considering the lack of competition, I will rate this very highly.
posted by Roland Herrera on 6/12/2000 01:02