WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Das Boot
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch & Martin Semmelrogge

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79346
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 149
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1981
(LD Release Date): 7/1/1994
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Wolfgang Petersen
(Screenplay/Written By): Wolfgang Petersen
(Story): NA
(Music): Klaus Doldinger
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Rolf Zehetbauer
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Monika Bauert
(Editor): Hannes Nikel
(Supervising Sound Editors): Michael Keller & J. Stanley Johnston
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mark Damon, Edward R. Pressman & John W. Hyde
(Co-Producers): Michael Bittins
(Producers): Ortwin Freyermuth

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.80:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Director Wolfgang Petersen’s masterpiece, Das Boot: The Director’s Cut chronicles the lives of a crew aboard a German U-boat during World War II. Based on the novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Jürgen Prochnow stars as the Captain, a sensitive man hardened by the responsibility of too many underwater missions, who must command and inspire his crew while trying to carry out nearly impossible orders.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.80:1. The overall picture is undistinguished with an extremely dark character and images that are softly focused. Fleshtones are poorly rendered. Excessive grain and noise throughout, poor shadow detail and artifacts further mar the picture quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Interestingly, the movie was shot silent (because of closed-in sub interiors exaggerated camera noise) and completely looped in German (digital track) and English (analog track) versions for the US. The soundtrack is acceptable, but not great.
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