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Das Boot, a review by Tom




Title: Das Boot
Year: 1981
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 200 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: Commentary, English, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Turkish

Stars:Plot:
This is director Wolfgang Petersen's ultimate version of one of the most critically-acclaimed war movies of all time. An all-new restoration with over one hour of additional footage and a completely new stereo soundtrack that delivers the theatrical experience to your home.. this is DAS BOOT: THE DIRECTORS CUT!

Awards:
Academy Award1982NominatedBest CinematographyJost Vacano
Academy Award1982NominatedBest DirectorWolfgang Petersen
Academy Award1982NominatedBest Film EditingHannes Nikel
Academy Award1982NominatedBest SoundMilan Bor, Trevor Pyke, Mike Le Mare
Academy Award1982NominatedBest Sound Effects EditingMike Le Mare
Academy Award1982NominatedBest Writing, Adapted ScreenplayWolfgang Petersen
BAFTA1982NominatedForeign Language FilmWolfgang Peterson
Deutscher Filmpreis1982WonTon/Mischung
Deutscher Filmpreis1982WonBavaria Atelier, Radiant
Directors Guild of America1983NominatedOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesWolfgang Petersen
Golden Globe1981NominatedForeign Film


Extras:
Commentary
Featurettes
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
One of the best, if not the best, war movies. This director's cut brings a perfect balance between action scenes and character moments. The suspension during and in-between the attacks is perfectly portayed.
I have visited the set of Das Boot a few times in the past. It is part of the Bavaria Film tour. You are able to walk through the narrow U-Boot, where the cast had to stay in for months of shooting. Early hand-held steady-cams were used for the scenes on-board.

Rating:

(From December Marathons - DISCUSSION AND REVIEW THREAD on December 11th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Superman vs The Elite, a review by addicted2dvd


     Superman vs The Elite (2012/United States)
IMDb |Intro |Wikipedia |

Stars:
George Newbern as Superman / Clark Kent
Pauley Perrette as Lois Lane
Robin Atkin Downes as Manchester Black
Dee Bradley Baker as Atomic Skull
Ogie Banks as Terrence
Catero Colbert as Coldcast
Grey DeLisle as Young Manchester
Melissa Disney as Menagerie

Extras:
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Gallery
  • Sneak Peak: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1


My Thoughts:
I am always happy when I see a new animated superhero movie released. While I enjoyed this one... it isn't one that will rank up there with my favorites. The storyline is good... but not thrilling. I really can't put my finger on it... but there is something about the animation that didn't impress me as much as they usually do. It seems something was just off about it. This isn't a good sign... but the highlight of this film for me was the fact that Lois Lane was voiced by Pauley Perrette who plays my favorite character on NCIS. But even with all this said, I didn't hate this film. I guess I would say just slightly disappointed in it.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on July 12th, 2012)

Member's TV Reviews

"In The Beginning" TV Pilot Marathon, a review by Rogmeister



The Young Riders
Pilot

The Young Riders was a western series from the 1990s that lasted (I think) about 3 seasons.  It dealt with a young group of riders for the Pony Express who ran a route on horseback delivering precious mail in their saddle bags.  Among the riders were a few notable names...William F. Cody (later to be known as Buffalo Bill) and Wild Bill Hickok...Jesse James would show up on the series in a later season.  Among the young cast were Josh Brolin, Stephen Baldwin and Ty Miller.  Yvonne Suhor played Lou, a young woman posing as a man trying to earn enough to buy her own home and get her brother and sister out of an orphanage to join her.  The way station was managed by the grizzled Teaspoon, played by veteran actor Anthony Zerbe and Melissa Leo played Claire who was the young riders' mother hen as well as the one who cooked food for them.

In this pilot episode, we meet all these characters and see them cross paths with a dangerous group of desperadoes.  One of the male riders discovers Lou's secret but keeps it.  The  young cast is engaging and I can see where it was popular enough to last 3 or 4 seasons.  One of these days I want to learn more about the real Pony Express which, if I remember correctly, actually had a very short existance.  John Debny provided a lively score.

(From "In The Beginning" TV Pilot Marathon on January 3rd, 2010)