The Bottom Line
The definitive edition of Wolfgang Petersen's seminal submarine adventure.
- The greatest submarine movie ever made
- Complete, uncut version: almost 5 hours of underwater mayhem
- You're getting a mini-series, not a movie
- Wolfgang Petersen, Germany, 1985. 293 minutes.
- Two-DVD set includes "The Making of 'Das Boot'" featurette.
- German and dubbed English audio tracks.
Guide Review - Das Boot (The Original Uncut Version) DVD
Based on the autobiographical novel by Lothar-Gunter Buchheim, "Das Boot" follows the Atlantic voyage of U-96 during World War II. Wolfang Petersen ("In The Line of Fire," "Troy") makes the horror of being locked up in a metal tube while enemy destroyers drop depth charges thrillingly realistic. The film was originally released in a short theatrical version and as mini-series on German TV. There have been several "director's cut" versions, but only this latest DVD edition restores "Das Boot" to its original mini-series length of 293 minutes--close to five hours.