The Film

The Director’s Cut

The film's high standard of quality, as well as its physically perceptible anti-war message was seen by millions worldwide in 1981. DAS BOOT entirely changed the expectations of the adventure film audience, especially in the relentless intensity of the action scenes, as well as their stupefying authenticity. Wolfgang Petersen's submarine drama set new standards for a whole genre: Dramaturgical construction and technological standards of High Suspense films were seen in a different light afterwards. Now a new generation of cinemagoers has the opportunity to experience the director's original vision on the silver screen.

New film material and digitised sound effects bring Wolfgang's Petersen's classic right up to date. Petersen, who rose to fame following DAS BOOT to become one of the most respectable directors in Hollywood ("Outbreak", "Air Force One"), personally supervised the edit of the new version, which was composed from more than six hours of original material. The result is one of the most comprehensive modernisations undertaken by a director, comparable only with the restoration of the "Star Wars" trilogy by George Lucas. To intensify the quantitative understanding of the entire interplay between the individuals aboard the U-96, Petersen made fine and sensitive changes in their character definitions.

In addition, this detail has the side effect that the tension increases for the spectator during certain scenes to an almost intolerable level. The immense realism of the sound effects, which almost make the menacing scenario physically perceptible, also contributes to this. Wolfgang Petersen explains: "I always wanted to produce this film as an entertaining adventure film without suppressing the cruel aspects of the war. Now, finally, this version shows my ideal image of DAS BOOT. Thanks to modern technology, the shocking reality aboard U-96 can be displayed with even more urgency than in 1981 – the uncanny noises, the claustrophobic atmosphere, and the still, almost magical attraction of a submarine. I think that the audience will enjoy an experience which they will never forget."