July 5, 2011
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Director's Cut
- Runtime: 208 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in German
This gripping World War II drama dealing with the exploits of a German submarine crew is the highest grossing film in the history of German cinema. The crew's fight for survival while on patrol in the North Atlantic is a remarkable study in human determination.
The re-edited, remastered director's edition of the acclaimed World War II submarine saga, culled from the original six-hour rough cut by Petersen himself.
DAS BOOTwas filmed in German. Different versions of the film are either dubbed in English or use English subtitles.
At the time of its release, the film was the highest grossing film in German cinema.
The re-edited, remastered director's edition of DAS BOOT was culled from the original six-hour rough cut by director Wolfgang Petersen himself.
DAS BOOT also aired as a television mini-series featuring around 20 minutes of additional footage.
Director Wolfgang Petersen made the actors go through weeks of training to ensure that they could maneuver authentically in the tight quarters of the U-boat set. He also forbade them to be out in the sun, so that their pallor matched that of a real submarine crew.
The film's many long tracking shots in the narrow confines of the submarine set forced director of photography Jost Vacano to develop his own camera technique to obtain the intricate shots.
Petersen commented that the captain of the U-boat in DAS BOOT, at around 30 years old, would have been considered one of the German fleet's oldest captains. Of the 40,000 crewmen sent out on German U-boats during World War II, some 30,000 never returned.