Das Boot (Director's Cut) (Sous-titres français)
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I served in the US Navy's submarine force, and Petersen's movie is the closest you can get to being in a sub without actually signing enlistment papers. This is one of the few war movies that is not relentlessly propagandistic. Petersen presents a story of humans--not stereotypes, not jingoistic misrepresentations of sailors. By the end of the film, you'll probably find yourself cheering for the Kriegsmarine crew, or at least hoping that they get home safely. As an American, raised after World War Two, I grew up with nothing but negative images and stereotypes of WWII Germany and Germans. Petersen and his cast do an amazing job of breaking through those representations and portraying a story of young, proud men who defy the odds and the elements and do what they perceive of as their duty, even though they find no glory--just despair.
I would recommend that you read Herbert Werner's memoir Iron Coffins in addition to watching this movie, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Battle of the Atlantic. Also, after the end of the movie, you should go outside, stand in the sunshine, and be glad that you are.
I have watched the movie in its dubbed version and German version. I much prefer the German version. I also have the original uncut version. I highly recommend you only watch that in its German version or you will miss a lot.
Here we have the director's cut and the full suspense, horror and tragedy of Wolfgang Petersen's masterpiece has captivated me once again. The suffocating atmosphere of a WWII German U-boat is so real, you almost have to open a window in your home just to get through watching it. One can only imagine the stench in that tiny space crammed with dozens of men eating, drinking (and of course, defecating) whilst pouring with the sweat of effort and sheer terror.
You finish up wondering how it is that men can put themselves through such a ghastly experience in such a terrible environment. And then you realize that throughout the history of warfare it has always been so. From the hopelessness of the Spartans holding off the Persians at Thermopylae to the grisly trenches and massive casualties of WWI, the maxim that old men of dubious morals have always been able to convince young men of the glory and excitement of participating in war and of the moral right of doing so.
Only when they experience the reality of actual combat do these young men realize how truly human (even child-like) they really are and the horror of what they've gotten themselves into. And when you see the talents that many of them have, from the mechanics, electricians and other specialists that keep the boat running while at sea, to the human-management capabilities of the senior officers, you realize what a truly wasteful endeavour the practice of war is.
For those of us who have been fortunate enough never to have had to go to war, this film will reinforce our gratitude.
oh well, screw it, i might as well buy it again..Das Boot is the BEST WW2 related movie ever. its a Masterpiece.
Most recent customer reviews
Always been one of my favourite movies. It's long, but easy to sit through. As close to a submarine as I ever want to get.Published 1 day ago by Michael Brusselers
Good product for the buck. Very inexpensive and works great, all subtitles, different dubs, nice. Great storyline. For over 200 minutes of entertainment cannot beat the price. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Christian Benoit
Purchased for my husband who likes all things military and has mentioned this one more than once. This is one of his favourites.Published 1 month ago by EMJ
The best version that I have watched. Colours especially dark colours are clear. If you are considering a copy of your own, order this Directors Cut -- all other versions are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joseph V. Gallivan
German & English region 1 DVD.
WW2 German U-boat warfare classic movie.
Good FX for the time.
Nice bonus. Read more
Best naval war movie. Stressful to watch. Never going in my pool again.Published 15 months ago by Julian Schofield
Great movie, superb quality, delivery faster than expected...
Definitely would recommend it to anybody who loves war movies!
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