Das Boot on DVD

by Peter on June 10, 2011

Das Boot, the excellent novel about a Das Boot DVD - Director's Cut German submarine during World War Two, written by Lothar-Günther Buchheim was turned into a film in 1981. The film is the story of a single patrol of one World War II U-boat, U-96, and its crew. It depicts both the excitement of battle and the tedium of the fruitless hunt, and shows the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. The story is based on an amalgamation of the exploits of the real U-96, a Type VIIC-class U-boat commanded by Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, one of Germany’s top U-boat “tonnage aces” during the war.

It is autumn 1941, and 43 young Das Boot DVD, Uncut versionGerman sailors aboard U-96, Das Boot, enter the war against Britain. They seek adventure, respect and heroism. For them, this voyage is for glory. For their captain, a seasoned war veteran at the young age of 30, it is a mission against enemy destroyers in a blood-red sea that can devour a ship.

Das Boot is Wolfgang Petersen’s harrowing and claustrophobic U-boat thriller. Das Boot puts you inside that submerged vessel and explores the physical and emotional tensions with a vivid, terrifying realism that few movies can match. When the boat sinks in Gibraltar, Petersen tightens the screws and the submerged ship blows bolts, the pressure builds to such unbearable levels that you may be tempted to escape for a nice walk on solid land in the great outdoors–only you wouldn’t dream of looking away from the screen.

The movie features Jürgen Prochnow as the captain and Herbert Grönemeyer as “Leutnant Werner”. Director Wolfgang Petersen and Buchheim fell out after the author was not allowed to write the script. (Buchheim was always noted for his short temper – he was later nicknamed the “Starnberg volcano”.) The film was the most expensive German film ever made. It was nominated for six Oscars.

In addition to the movie version, there also exists an uncut 5-hour version of Das Boot. This is a very faithful film adaptation of the novel, and an excellent version for aficionados of the novel.

Technical details (for Director’s Cut, US version):

  • Actors: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge 
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Dean Riesner, Lothar G. Buchheim
  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Edward Summer, Günter Rohrbach, John W. Hyde
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 1997
  • Run Time: 149 minutes

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