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Das Boot

Touted as the greatest restoration effort in home video history, this DVD version of the quintessential war film does indeed boast a vast improvement in both audio and video over any previous release. It's obvious that the restoration producer went to great lengths to clean up much of the dirt and scratching that was present on the original print, and the results are impressive; there is almost no film noise, although a few scenes still contain some residual scratches which were most likely too prominent to remove without interfering with the picture quality. However, these scenes, few and far between as they are, do nothing to distract from the film. For the most part the flesh tones are evenly balanced and the dark areas, which are rare even though the film maintains a fairly gloomy tone, are a rich black. The audio tracks, on the other hand, are the true stars of this disc: there are two 5.1 tracks, one in English and the other in German. The digital surround, while certainly not subtle, is also extremely effective. Everything from the ominous creaks and groans of water pressure on the hull of the u-boat to thundering explosions of depth-charges and aerial bombing runs is reproduced with stunning presence. Also, it's important to note here that the English dub on this disc is not groan-inducingly bad, as is usually the case; several members of the cast overdubbed their own voices in English, including star Jurgen Prochnow, and the dialogue is, for the most part, on par with the original German. In addition to the superior audio/video transfer, the disc also includes a short behind the scenes featurette and a separate commentary track with director Wolfgang Petersen, which gives particularly good insight into the making of the film, as well as his views on war and war films from a filmmaker's perspective. The disc's only shortcoming is that it is a "flipper," meaning that the film is of such length that the disc must be removed and flipped over halfway through, but fans of this film will be able to see past that to the fact that a true landmark film of its genre has been given the professional treatment it deserves.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/1997
UPC: 0043396222199
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 3:29:00
Sales rank: 17,021

Special Features

Interactive menus; German or English 5.1 [Dolby Digital]; Additional languages: Spanish; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Scene selections; The making of/ behind the scenes; Director's commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jürgen Prochnow The Capt.
Herbert Grönemeyer Lt. Werner/Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann Chief Engineer
Hubertus Bengsch First Lt. /Number One
Martin Semmelrogge 2nd Lieutenant
Bernd Tauber Chief Quartermaster
Erwin Leder Johann
Claude-Oliver Rudolph Ario
Jan Fedder Pilgrim
Ralf Richter Frenssen
Heinz Hoenig Hinrich
Martin Hemme Bruckenwilli
Lutz Schnell Dufte
Oliver Stritzel Schwalle
Otto Sander Thomsen in "Bar Royal"
Rita Cadillac Monique
Edwige Pierre Nadine
Günter Lamprecht Capt. of the Weser
Joachim Bernhard Preacher
Uwe Ochsenknecht Boatman
Martin May Ullman
U.A. Ochsen Chief Bosun

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Petersen Director,Screenwriter
Monika Bauert Costumes/Costume Designer
Karl Baumgertner Special Effects
Michael Bittins Co-producer,Production Manager
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Klaus Doldinger Score Composer
Lutz Hengst Executive Producer,Production Manager
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
Willy Neuner Special Effects
Hannes Nikel Editor
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Trevor Pyke Sound Mixer
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Günter Rohrbach Producer
Jost Vacano Cinematographer
Götz Weidner Art Director
Rolf Zehetbauer Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections Index
1. Start [3:41]
2. La Rochelle [5:38]
3. New Heroes [3:03]
4. At The Dockyard [2:39]
5. Off To Sea [1:12]
6. Ship'S Tour [3:25]
7. Dinner Conversation [2:07]
8. Practice Drill [4:16]
9. A Pregnant Girlfriend [2:35]
10. Officer'S Mess [4:30]
11. A New Course? [3:12]
12. In The Torpedo Room [1:24]
13. Passing Time [1:13]
14. "I Saw A Shadow." [1:59]
15. A Comfy Place [2:31]
16. U-32 Discovers A Convoy [3:28]
17. Hydrophone Check [4:16]
18. Destroyer Spotted [1:45]
19. Battle Stations [4:01]
20. It All Turns Psychological [2:23]
21. Run Silent, Run Deep [8:12]
22. A Hunch [3:45]
23. Bad News [2:09]
24. Crabs [1:41]
25. Riders Of The Storm [3:26]
26. A Soothing Song [2:26]
27. Man Overboard! [1:57]
28. Snow Back Home [2:33]
29. U-Boat On Port Bow [2:08]
30. In Position, More Or Less [1:51]
31. Convoy [3:32]
32. Standing By To Attack: Fire! [7:02]
33. Revenge [:46]
34. Asdic [2:33]
35. Fire And Smoke [4:31]
Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections Index
1. Second Propeller Sounds [4:54]
2. Shell-Shocked [5:36]
3. That Sinking Feeling [1:13]
4. Six Hours Later [2:38]
5. Finishing Her Off [4:37]
6. Radiograms [2:35]
7. Johann Apologizes [3:14]
8. Ordered To A New Port [3:13]
9. The Captain'S Decision [3:26]
10. Seeking The Weser [1:36]
11. Welcoming The Heroic Crew [5:22]
12. Orders From Headquarters [2:59]
13. The Captain'S Plan [2:21]
14. Sneaking Past The Fleet [4:32]
15. Alarm! [2:21]
16. Going Down [2:35]
17. 280 Meters [1:18]
18. Flooding [8:38]
19. Repairs Begin [1:26]
20. One-Chance Plan [4:31]
21. Status Reports [2:36]
22. Chief Engineer [3:57]
23. Hopeless? [2:07]
24. Repairs Complete [2:44]
25. Blowing The Tanks [3:12]
26. U-96 Rises Again [2:16]
27. Starting The Engines [1:45]
28. "A Long Way To Tipperary" [1:32]
29. Homecoming [1:50]
30. Air Raid [4:00]
31. End Credits [4:34]

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