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U-571 (Collector's Edition) (2000)

Bill Paxton , Matthew McConaughey , Jonathan Mostow  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel, Tom Guiry, Thomas Kretschmann
  • Directors: Jonathan Mostow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXHJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "U-571 (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Spotlight on Location: The Making of U-571
  • Feature Commentary with Director Johnathan Mostow
  • Creating and Construction U-571
  • Inside the Enigma
  • Britain Captures the U-110
  • A Submariner's WWII Experience
  • U.S. Naval Archives: Capturing the U-505
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations
  • DVD-ROM Features

  • Editorial Reviews

    A U.S. Navy Captain and his crew are just beginning to enjoy 48 hours of leave when they receive word to immediately return to duty. On a top-secret assignment, they must disguise themselves as Nazis and infiltrate a severely damaged Nazi U-boat. Once on board, they are to steal the Nazi's top-secret decoding device and sink the sub before the Germans catch on to what's really happening. Their mission is more dangerous and frightening than anything they could have ever imagined, but one which has the power to turn the tide of battle. "U-571" is exciting!" says Newsweek. Filled with incredible explosions, raging fires and speeding torpedoes, this suspense-filled action-packed film sets a new standard for high impact entertainment and features an impressive all-star cast.

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    51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Full Speed Ahead --- Truly Entertaining Flick! December 5, 2000
    Format:DVD
    Okay, so "U-571" may not be historically correct and perhaps it can't hold a torpedo to "Das Boot", but it's still a darn good piece of entertainment. In a summer full of big screen washouts, this riveting World War II drama gave me my money's worth. The sets -- mostly the interiors of US & German submarines -- were fantastic. I truly felt the sense of dread and claustrophobia of living in a dark, cramped vessel that could be blown to bits at any time. The mission to capture the Enigma coding device aboard a German U-Boat may not have been true, but it sure was riveting. Of course, the mission doesn't go as planned and that sets up some very interesting scenarios. Especially dramatic is the scene where the submarine is being depth-charged by the German destroyer. Again, I don't care if the scene was accurate or not, I just know the intensity and suspense nearly killed me. True, some of the characters were stiff (mainly Bill Paxton) and some of the digital effects left something to be desired but, overall "U-571" is a satisfying action/war movie. The widescreen DVD print looks terrific. The sound effects are great --- loud and explosive, just as they should be. Also, the DVD edition is loaded with extra goodies such as a "Making Of" documentary, interviews with actual WWII submariners, and a feature length audio commentary. Overall a solid addition to any action fan's DVD library.
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    91 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars See it for the action and effects September 29, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    Jonathan Mostow, who so successfully created an atmosphere of tension and suspense in Breakdown, does the same fine work here in U-571. In this film, Matthew McConaughey leads a team of naval officers to steal a German encoder known as the Enigma. They take over a German sub, and attempt to finish their mission, when major problems ensue. (don't want to give anything away)
    The best part of this movie is the effects and the tension that it created within the submarine. The special effects are amazing, the camera work is terrific as you feel the dizzy, claustrophobic sense of tension aboard this ship. That being said, it's the type of movie where you only realize afterwards what was missing.
    First, there are problems of historical accuracy: Although the end credits thank the real Navy efforts to steal the German encoders during the War, it was the British, and never the American Navy, who were involved. This isn't a terrible thing, but it's crediting the wrong people. There are a number of other plot holes as well.
    Second is the acting. With several exceptions, most notably McConaghey's solid performance, there is some bad casting and dry acting. Harvey Keitel ? He is listed as Chief Klough, but then why does he report to McConaughey's Lt. Tyler ? Bill Paxton is wooden, and Erik Palladino whines through his role and is annoying.
    The suspense and effects are great, and it makes for a good `popcorn' movie, but U-571 could have been better.
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    38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The best submarine movie since "Das Boot" August 15, 2000
    Format:DVD
    "U-571" is a fairly well thought out, well acted and scripted movie. It's quite gripping and has plenty of action but also explores the human side of submarines. If you have seen the classic Wolfgang Petersen film "Das Boot," the based upon a true story of a German U-boat in WWII during a war patrol and the trials and tribulations the crew experiences while underway, you will more than likely enjoy "U-571." Highly recommended, even if the historical points are quite flawed. On an up note, at the final credits, the director does give credit where credit is due and names the submarines, both British and American, that actually did capture the Enigma devices, which was a turning point in the Atlantic battle against the German U-boat fleet.
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    21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great WWII Adventure August 23, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    These vessels -- manned by some of the bravest sailors in WWII-- were the backbone of Germany's naval campaigns. During WWII, German U-Boats sank over 14 million tons worth of merchant men craft. They also sent 2 battleships and 3 aircraft carriers to Davey Jones's locker. Why, even the English aircraft carrier, Royal Oak; which played a predominant role in sinking the Bismark, met its fate at the hands of a valiant U-Boat crew! In his memoirs, Sir Winston Churchill even admitted that the U-Boat situation in the Atlantic Ocean greatly troubled him.
    This is the back drop of this story. In its 1942. German U-boats are reeking havoc in the Atlantic; thereby crippling the allied war efforts in Europe. England, an island nation, is on the verge of being starved out of the war.
    To counter this enormous problem, the allies devise a scheme to capture a German decoding machine along with supporting documentation off a German submarine. This prize would give the allies an advantage; it would tell them where the German U-Boat wolfpacks were operating. To capture one of these enigma machines, an elite submariner commando task force was assembled. This commando task force accomplished its mission. Unfortunately, while executing the mission, their own submarine is torpedoed. They now find themselves trapped on a German U-Boat -- where everything is in metrics and written in German.
    This film gives you plenty of "edge-of-your-seat" suspense. The allied crew now find themselves in a strange -- but very real -- "parallel universe." Enemy vessels are now "friendly." Allied vessels -- such as destroyers -- are now deadly adversaries.
    I know that comparisons with the film "Das Boat" are inevitable. However, please Don't get wrapped around that axle.
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