New Release: Das Boot Blu-ray

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Jurgen Prochnow issues orders beneath the waves in Das Boot.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Wolfgang Petersen’s (The Neverending Story) harrowing 1981 epic World War II film Das Boot on Blu-ray for the first time on June 7, 2011.

You can keep your Crimson Tide and U-571. This is the submarine film we’ve been waiting for in Blu-ray!

Newly remastered for high definition, the director’s cut adds 60 minutes to the original version, which was nominated for six Academy Awards in 1982, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Effects/Sound Effects Editing and Best Sound. Also included in the two-disc set is the original theatrical version of the film and almost three hours of all-new Blu-ray exclusive special features, including a retrospective documentary with director Petersen.

Das Boot follows the lives of fearless U-Boat captain Capt. Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (Jurgen Prochnow, Dune) and his inexperienced crew as they become engulfed in the “Battle of the Atlantic” during World War II. The crew confronts the constant and paralyzing fear of the unknown enemy above in the claustrophobic iron belly of a German U-boat.

The Das Boot two-disc Blu-ray carries a list of $34.95.

Here’s a list of the bonus features:

  • Wolfgang Petersen-Back to the Boat
  • Going Deeper:
    • Maria’s Take
    • The Perfect Boat
  • Captain’s Tour
    • Rooms Overview
    • Entry Conning Tower
    • Torpedo Room & Crew Quarters
    • Captain’s & Officers’ Rooms
    • The Control Room
    • Petty Officers’ Room & Galley
    • Diesel & Electric Motor Rooms
  • Historical Material
    • Behind the Scenes (1981)
    • Battle of the Atlantic (1983)
  • director’s commentary


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