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U-571 [Blu-ray]

Matthew McConaughey , Bill Paxton , Jonathan Mostow    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
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A U.S. Navy Captain and his crew are just beginning to enjoy 48 hours of leave when they receive word to immediately return to duty. On a top-secret assignment, they must disguise themselves as Nazis and infiltrate a severely damaged Nazi U-boat. Once on board, they are to steal the Nazi's top-secret decoding device and sink the sub before the Germans catch on to what's really happening. Their mission is more dangerous and frightening than anything they could have ever imagined, but one which has the power to turn the tide of battle.

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Item Type: BLU-RAY DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG13
Street Date: 08/26/08
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE WORST June 20 2003
By A Customer
This movie attempts to present itself as an historically based submarine adventure. Unfortunately, it is grossly inaccurate historically, to the point of being insulting;especially to the Brits. They seized an enigma device before we even entered the war. The submarine warfare is so over the top it's absurd. If you want to see crazy stunts and over the top action I'd recommend a good Bond film. If you want to see a great WW2 submarine flick, see Das Boot. Forget about this turkey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short and bitter Nov. 5 2003
In a nutshell; I will have to reinforce the comments of several previous reviewers. The film combined significant historical inaccuracy with a series of very clumsy rip offs of the dramatic high points of the film Das Boot. Viewing the original requires a three hour time commitment, but it is truly one of the best action/suspense flicks ever made. Watching this one consisted of boredom interspersed with moments of despair involving the poorly done "cut and paste" plagiarism.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Run in the opposite direction! Please! Nov. 26 2003
I think the title of this review says it all. I lost count of the historical inaccuracies after the first ten minutes! Of course, the Germans were the brutal bunglers who cheated on zeir frauleins und vipped zeir dachsunds! No really, steer well clear of this disaster. If you wish to view a TRUE account of the Battle of the Atlantic as the sailors saw it, watch "Das Boot: The Director's Cut"...or better still, the unabridged version of the same movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT old-school Hollywood war movie!!!! Jan. 18 2004
By A Customer
Folks, this film is a throwback to the old days of Hollywood war movies, back to the days when movies featured likeable characters whom the audience can easily relate to, put through well-scripted and well-plotted adventures to resolve a plot, show some character growth and generally entertain. In other words, it has none of the things that define most modern action and adventure movies. The heroes are not as bad as the villains. There's no sex. The characters do not remain static throughout. And most of all, this is not a normal modern adventure movie because you can actually follow a sensible plotline.
During WW2, there were captures of two full enigma machines and two other captures of engima variants. The first was by the Brits before the US entered the war. After that point, the US and the Brits each captured another machine. This movie is the story of a fictional FIFTH enigma capture, borrowing elements of the two most important real-life captures: the British capture of U-110 and the US capture of U-505.
The film took lumps for not being "realistic", but considering that the technical advisor was actually ON the HMS Bulldog when it capture U-110, it's hard to disagree with the technical accuracy.
Historical accuracy? People who harp about that discredit their opionions just by making such a claim. This is an adventure movie, after all. It wasn't made for the history channel. It uses a fictional fifth enigma seizure as a way to pay homage to all FOUR real-life captures, as the end scroll plainly states (the same end scroll with explicitly gives the Brits credit for the first capture in 1940).
Look at it this way if you can't stand seeing something in a movie that didn't happen in real life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, I guess Dec 3 2003
By A Customer
First off, as a US Vietnam Vet I'd like to apologize to our British cousins for the audacity of Hollywood in pretending that the US captured the first enigma device in WWII.
But then after seeing an episode of the series "MI-5" on A&E I'd like to withdraw 1/3 of the apology. Hollywood, by no means, has a corner on producing jingoistic claptrap. Another 1/3 of the apology gets withdrawn because of decades of the gutter-crawling British press blaming the US for everything wrong in the world from global warming (whoops, doesn't exist) to tooth decay. And the final 1/3 gets withdrawn after seeing Hollywood movies like "Gunga Din" and "King of the Khyber Rifles" that depict the British Army, along with the East India Company, as benefactors of India and Afghanistan. I won't even try to get into the British opium trade in China vs the fantasy special "55 Days in Peking". So let's stop the finger pointing. Glass houses and all that, y'know, old chaps.
As for U-571.
I found too much of the movie to be irritating. If you've ever been on a WWII-era submarine you'd know just how claustrophobic those boats were. Naturally the constraints of movie making make it impossible to build an accurate set and still film in it. However the cavernous interior of U-571 was laughable. I mean you could have run laps in the control room.
And then the depiction of the Exec was ridiculous. The US Navy in WWII was run by professionals. Any officer has been through at least OCS and one of the most important things taught is the importance of the mission and the possible necessity of ordering men to near certain death. There were no submarine service execs who weren't fully qualified officers with sufficient experience.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible and Insulting April 5 2003
By A Customer
U-571 movie is an complete and utter insult to the British who fought and died in WW2. The historical innacuracies are everywhere. A big one is that the Brits captured the Enigma decoder machine, not the Americans (we weren't even in the war yet!). Why does Hollywood sometimes feel the need to rewrite history? I find it funny how most Americans give this movie high ratings, but most people outside the US rate it low. Are we (US) that stupid? Maybe Americans just don't give a hoot about how history is portrayed in movies as long as we are the clean-cut heroes who win in the end and take credit for everything. People say that this is only fiction and harmless. But I say that it is based on specific historical facts- which got totally twisted and distorted. Hollywood can make great historically accurate war movies when they really want to. This movie is total embarrasment and I appologize to all of the Brits for this insulting, inaccurate, [weak] movie. If this movie and the new Pearle Harbor are the sign of things to come, I think we are in trouble. Buy Das Boot. One of the best and historically accurate war movies ever made.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pas complètement bilingue anglais-français
Les sous-titres étaient en anglais lorsque les Allemands parlaient alors que le reste du film était en français. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Caroline Champigny
3.0 out of 5 stars Surestimé...
J'ai acheté ce BD après avoir lu les commentaires sur le son "exceptionnel"...Je dois avouer que les 5. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2011 by BB
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding!!!nerve shredding tension!!!
historical accuracy aside,i think this is one great movie.the events take place during the second World War. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Das Boot!!!
The problem with this film is the story and not the special effects. The special effects on this one are great but the story is kinda screwed up. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Mike Sobierajski
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE OR MONEY
Leaving aside the MASSIVE AND GROSS historical inaccuracies which yet again fail to acknowlegde the fact that it was the UK not the US who got the first enigma machine - this is... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by M. P. Wiltshire
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie Dont listen to these liars
I rented this movie awhile ago and to my suprise i found it very Well done and entertaining. Please dont listen to the "Wanna be Historians" who think they know... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars A Worrying Film
This is a very ordinary (and no more than that) WW2 submarine film. In the 1950s it would have been a B-movie; special effects are better now, of course, so it's a 'blockbuster'. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Phillip Brookes
1.0 out of 5 stars Idiotic Garbage
U571 is perhaps the most absurd war film I have ever seen. Nothing about this film is believable. IT starts out with the absurd proposition that a German sub captain and crew stood... Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by D. W. MacKenzie
1.0 out of 5 stars Insulting Revisionism
Firstly, I should like to pay tribute to the crew of HMS Bulldog, the British Navy vessel who actually did perform the heroic deeds portrayed in this insulting film. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Fernanda
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie should go below crush depth as soon as possible.
Technically accurate? How much is technical accuracy worth when the whole story is a monsterous lie?
Published on April 28 2004 by C. FAN
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