Das boot

Das boot

DVD - 1997 | German
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SUMMARY: Follows the daring patrol of the U-96, one of the famed German U-boats known as the "gray wolves." The crew is graphically portrayed in a life-and-death struggle, challenging the British Navy at every turn.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1997].
ISBN: 9780767802475
0767802470
Branch Call Number: DVD Boot
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (209 min.) :,sd., col., double sided ;,4 3/4 in.

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Devastating. Just devastating. I felt like I was in that submarine, suffering with these poor fellows, trapped beneath the waves. In other words, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.


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dirtbag
Aug 10, 2019

The best thing about this movie was the vivid portrayal that the experience that the Axis powers had during the war was exactly the same as as the Allies on the other side. In other words, war is hell and pointless for everybody involved! Based on a true story.

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geisslerx8933
Feb 20, 2019

They cut the scenes where the gay sailor was murdered, but othewise I treasure this as a wartime classic. Watch the wardroom calendar---when the Americans come in, and Dr. Edgerton's MIT lab active sonar comes online, that's the end for our guys.

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Derringer
Feb 06, 2019

Yes. Generally speaking - "Das Boot" (from 1981) certainly did have both its fair share of good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

But, at a 209-minute running time - This unglamorous WW2 picture (that cheered for the Germans) seriously cried out for some major editing. It really did.

This $14 million submarine picture about playing cat & mouse (with Germany's enemies, the British) on the Atlantic was so slow-paced at times that I actually nodded off to sleep, once or twice.

And, I'm guessing that I didn't miss much during my nap times.

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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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CurlyWhirly
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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ManMachine
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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