Originally released in 1981, the film Das Boot is based on the true story of a German Submarine and its crew during World War II…a chillingly detailed look at the rigors of war in a U-boat. We are treated to the stark reality of submarine warfare – the hours of boredom; the camaraderie and aggravation that comes with living in close quarters; the exultation of victory when a torpedo hits its target; the stark terror of the sound of a destroyer's propeller just above; the fear of the boat being crushed by water pressure as it goes too deep.
This restored, 209-minute director's cut includes more footage from the original five-hour miniseries on which the movie was based…and offers greater insight into the leadership, professionalism, and values exhibited by the stoic U-boat captain and his submariners.
Seen from the German perspective, Das Boot: The Director's Cut helps us realize that for the man or woman on the battle lines – no matter what side – war is the same.
(German film with English subtitles)