McConaughey, Matthew

SKU: 025195041775

UPC 025195041775
Release Date 2008-08-26
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis Faithful to the conventions of the World War II genre, Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) submarine thriller pays earnest homage to the pluck and determination of ordinary people forced to overcome extraordinary odds. The mostly young and inexperienced crew of the S-33 is deployed on a top secret, high-priority mission to intercept a disabled German u-boat (the titular U-571) and capture the ship's encryption system--the Enigma--in order to crack the Nazi's communication codes and hasten an allied victory in the North Atlantic. Racing against a German rescue effort, the S-33 stages a daring raid on the U-571. But after capturing the U-571, the Americans find themselves its prisoner as they must pilot the leaky, disabled vessel through hostile enemy waters. McConaughey (EDTV, DAZED AND CONFUSED) leads a strong cast (Keitel - HOLY SMOKE, Paxton - A SIMPLE PLAN) in this fast-paced, tense, submarine adventure....Matthew McConaughey delivers a tense, terrific performance......Excitingly taut and kinetic....Leaps from one suspense gambit to the next... -- Rating: A-...[A] well-executed tale...mixing some cinema-rumbling big bangs with plenty of screen-cinging pyrotechnics...Jonathan Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) World War II submarine thriller about a crew of inexperienced American mariners forced to pilot a disabled German U-boat through hostile waters delivers plenty of action while paying homage to such war genre greats as DAS BOOT and DESTINATION TOKYO. Matthew McConaughey (EDTV) leads the rag tag American crew as Lt. Andrew Tyler, a young officer determined to prove himself a capable leader after being denied command of his own ship. His fellow seamen include Jon Bon Jovi (MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO), Bill Paxton (A SIMPLE PLAN) and a cross-section of American society, featuring a hot-headed Brooklyner, an earnest farm boy, a wise black cook, a pack of fresh-faced young sailors, and Harvey Keitel as a salty old sea dog. Working with a lean plot, Mostow employs Oliver Wood's (FACE/OFF) detailed, claustrophobic cinematography and an exceptional sound design to create a series of engaging and genuinely tense action sequences that take the rickety submarine to crushing depths in order to outrun German attacks. While his attention to hard historical facts may be a bit leaky, Mostow's ability to sustain suspense rewards viewers with a tight genre piece with no shortage of action or good old American patriotism.Theatrical Release: April 21, 2000. The water scenes for U-571 were filmed in St. Paul's Bay, Malta. Official U-571 movie web site: http://www.u-571.com...[A] smooth white-knuckler....It's a simple pleasure to watch......A rousing, old-fashioned submarine adventure....Just the right blend of adventure, action and gritty realism to keep audiences riveted throughout....A smart, slick crowd-pleaser......[The film] gets high marks for tension and excitement. The action sequences are bracing and involving...In the cramped quarters of the submarine you can realistically identify with the high temperatures and sweat on the faces of the stressed crew.
Cast Gotz Weidner (Production Designer)
Richard Marvin (Composer)
Jake Weber (Star)
Jack Noseworthy (Star)
Jonathan Mostow (Screenwriter)
Will Estes (Star)
Jonathan Mostow (Director)
Matthew McConaughey (Star)
Thomas Kretschmann (Star)
Derk Cheetwood (Star)
William Ladd Skinner (Production Designer)
Dino De Laurentiis (Producer)
Bill Paxton (Star)
Tom Guiry (Star)
Matthew Settle (Star)
David Ayer (Screenwriter)
Jon Bon Jovi (Star)
Terrence T.C. Carson (Star)
Oliver Wood (Director of Photography)
April Ferry (Costume Designer)
Wayne Wahrman (Editor)
David Keith (Star)
Robin Askwith (Star)
Harvey Keitel (Star)
Sam Montgomery (Screenwriter)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround - French, Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary: Jonathan Mostow - Director Interactive Features: Picture in Picture
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.40000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure,Feature Film Drama
Attribute Additional Footage,Director Cast Commentary,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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