Das Boot

Das Boot

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Average of 995 ratings: 3.9 Stars

1981 M Contains violence and offensive language.

A Journey to the End of the Mind

Inspired by the actual experiences of a WWII German photojournalist, Wolfgang Petersen brings the life of a U-BOAT crew authentically alive with every moment of claustrophobic and explosive terror. Autumn, 1941. Forty-three young German sailors aboard U-96 enter the war against Britain seeking 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. Wolfgang Petersen's unforgettable epic has undergone a major restoration and is now available as you have never seen, felt or heard it before. THE DIRECTOR'S CUT features digitally re-mastered sound and image, over an hour of never-before-seen footage and as presented in the DVD format, is more breathtaking than ever, proving to be one of the most powerful movies ever made.

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216 minutes
Columbia Pictures
Fatso Top 100
Rated #92 out of Fatso's Top 100

DVD details

Screen Format
1.78:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English, German, French, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Arabic, English Audio Commentary, German Audio Commentary, French Audio Commentary, Dutch Audio Commentary
English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded

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5 by Rotoguy

When you look at all modern submarine films - The hunt for Red October, Crimson Tide, U571 - and then watch this film it becomes obvious where a big amount of inspiration comes from. Sure there were... Read more

5 by Stevo22

A fantastic movie. Dubbed in English but easy to stick with. This film gave me a real insite into what it must have been like in the U Boat service... horrible! The only issue is that it seems there... Read more

4.5 by Katty

Excellent, gripping throughout even though a very long movie. Highly recommended.

4 by Ganny01

I don't feel it needed to be so long [I saw the Director's Cut], but there are lots of brilliant moments in there well directed, written and acted, and 'woah' at that ending.

4 by graygray

A bit slow at times but an excellent movie. For goodness sakes, watch this with subtitles, the dubbed voices are appalling (as they are in most foreign non-english speaking movies)

5 by Mothy

We really enjoyed this portrayal of real life on an enemy submarine. Absolutely riveting in all ways.

4 by Gissy girl

Yip its a good in even with the bad english accents they have used as the speech overs, it is old and it is slow, I think they wanted the viewer to actually experience for themselves the boredom of... Read more

5 by Peter Time Traveller

Well worth watching, true it does run more than 3 hours, the length adds to the realism, as if you were part of the crew, after all how do you condense 60 days into 100 minutes which is what lots of... Read more

3 by Wolftones

Good suspence but movie could be reduced, some of the scenes go on for longer than needed.

3 by sez

Gritty, real, brings to life the old lie 'Dulce decorum est....' I kind of kept feeling sorry for them, then I'd remember they were the enemy! :) Well worth watching if you're a WWII fan like my father.... but far too long and tense for me.