Das Boot

Das Boot

DVD - 1997 | German
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Autumn, 1941: 43 young German sailors aboard U-96 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 and its crew without leaving a trace. For you, this is an authentic undersea adventure inspired by the actual experiences of a WWII German photojournalist. You are deep below the waves, listening for the rumble of warships overhead, the click of depth charge detonators, the sound of your own heart beating out of your chest, holding your breath and hoping for just one more minute to live.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1997
ISBN: 9780767802475
0767802470
Branch Call Number: German DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 209 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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RoTom
Dec 11, 2018

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. You are right there on the boat with them, through everything. Through all the boredom, filth and then finally when the ship gets its first action during the convoy scene you'll be standing up yelling "loss!" right along with the torpedoes. I did see both the extended episodic version that was shown in Germany and Europe as a six-hour German miniseries and the two-and-a-half hour theatrical release. From what I can tell it adds more of the filler parts. More of the boredom scenes on the ship in the beginning too. It is not to say that is bad, not at all. And it adds the greater sense of being on the ship with the sailors through the boredom. I would recommend the longer series as the best viewing. The theatrical is more for the easily bored. Yes, some of the scenes are "dramatized", like not many U-boats had to literally go through the Straight of Gibraltar as their only means of survival and narrowing surviving sinking from a lucky sandbar. But man if those U-boats didn't have to go through all kinds of things close and relating to that very same idea. It probably felt like it to them that they had survived going through the straight of Gibraltar and back when they finally went ashore and 2/3 of them never made it back.

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CrewCutKen
Dec 05, 2018

I am amazed at all the reviews that say this movie was great. I found it boring, repetitive, noisy and pointless. How many explosions do you need? You get the point in the first 30 minutes. Men sweating, shouting, water leaks, etc., etc., etc.

If you have seen one submarine movie you have seen them all. Trust me. There is only so much you can get from sub movies and that is why there is so much repetition. Showing the crews faces over and over again as they mumble incoherently gets old fast.

The movie is way too long and you know what going to happen before it happens. I would not invest time in this unless you just like noise and explosions.

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VonHafenstaaad
Nov 28, 2018

A powerful true life portrayal of the submariners of WWII, and their struggle to survive from the view of the Germans. Subtitled, or beautifully dubbed in English by the original cast, so there are no phony German accents to annoy or distract.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 28, 2018

Das Boot is a psychological thriller of the first order. The fact that the setting is a war is, amazingly and interestingly, only incidental to its points.

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Calvacade
Nov 27, 2018

This is the submarine movie that all submarine movies try to be, this movie humanizes a group of German U boat sailors and tells their incredible story that will keep you on the edge of your seat for every moment. Don't mind the long run time it's totally worth the ride!

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Me_Tarzan
Nov 27, 2018

Here's Das Boot's 3-hour story in a literal nutshell - Submerge... Surface... Submerge... Surface... Submerge... Surface... Submerge... Surface (over & over & over again).

Believe me - This "sailor-boy" soap opera of playing a deadly cat & mouse game on the Atlantic Ocean (during WW2) got real tiresome - Real fast.

Yes. Das Boot's story was very-very claustrophobic. Indeed! - But, hey! - So what??

I'm pretty certain that this film's high ratings come from many reviewers who are clearly reaching all the way back into their memories, recalling seeing this picture from 30 years ago.

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lavasushi
Nov 13, 2018

Well. That was dark. How odd I’m rooting for the Germans, when they’re the bad guys. But, they’re men, and you identify with them. Very claustrophobic. I’m not fond of the ocean, beaches are ok, but all that water. Pushing, straining, leaking, demanding. Intense. Jurgen Prochnow, as the captain, was amazing. Actually, all the actors were well chosen.

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1aa
Sep 11, 2018

Who would ever have thought that a film about Nazis doing their part to starve their enemy into submission would among the best movies ever made? But so it is! It is intense, funny, humane, suspenseful, and tragic. Its certainly worth the five hours of anyone's time to watch it (and to watch it again!).

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patch666
Nov 05, 2017

One of the great war films of all time ~ Submarines !!!!

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akirakato
Mar 17, 2016

This is a 1981 German epic war drama written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, based on Lothar-Günther Buchheim's 1973 German novel of the same name.
This DVD version includes an hour-long additional footage as the director's cut---a 209-minute-long version.
It depicts both the excitement of sea 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.
It is a claustrophobic tension-filled psychological drama with a hell of breathtaking thrills at the edge of your seat.

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