"Director: Wolfgang Petersen"

  • The Neverending Story [1984]The Neverending Story | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £5.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (66.78%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!

  • Das Boot [1981]Das Boot | DVD | (12/12/1998) from £5.49   |  Saving you £14.50 (264.12%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Wolfgang Petersen's harrowing and claustrophobic U-boat thriller Das Boot was released as both a theatrical film and a six-hour mini-series, and remains the most expensive production ever made by a German studio. The expanded "Director's Cut" of the movie was re-released 1997 and it is this version that is available for home viewing. This epic story became an instant classic on its first release, provoking critical and audience acclaim worldwide for its sympathetic and entirely truthful portrayal of a German U-boat crew. Faithfully adapted from the bestselling novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Petersen and his committed cast (led by the amazing Jürgen Prochnow) were concerned to ensure that every detail was rendered with painstaking accuracy--both physical and psychological--and the result is not only the best submarine drama ever made but also arguably the finest cinematic portrait of men at war and the terrible madness they must endure. On the DVD: The 200-minute "Director's Cut" version of the movie not only has several major scenes restored that were not in the theatrical release but also has been digitally remastered with significantly improved sound (new sound effects have been added) and anamorphic picture. (The six-hour TV version has yet to be released.) Here, the viewer can watch the movie in the original German, with or without subtitles, or in an English dubbed version that uses the voices of many of the original cast. On the utterly engrossing commentary track, director Wolfgang Petersen and star Jürgen Prochnow talk animatedly and in great detail about every aspect of making this epic story--from model shots using Barbie dolls to meeting the Captain of the original U-boat. This is one of the most consistently rewarding commentaries on disc. Also included is a five-minute featurette that promotes this new version. --Mark Walker

  • Das Boot - The Mini Series [1985]Das Boot - The Mini Series | DVD | (17/05/2004) from £11.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (108.42%)   |  RRP £24.99

    This 282-minute version of Das Boot is the full-length TV series, originally shown in six parts but here edited into a seamless whole. Director Wolfgang Petersen has since graduated to mega-budget Hollywood productions (2004's Troy for example), but has never managed even to come close to this, his German-language masterpiece. Petersen and his sterling cast (including Jürgen Prochnow in his best role as the U-boat captain) went to great lengths to ensure that this claustrophobic depiction of life aboard the German sub U-97 while attacking British convoys in the Atlantic is thoroughly authentic and totally convincing. Even the set itself, which is a replica of a U-boat interior, had no false walls, so all camera angles are necessarily from within its horribly narrow, overcrowded and sweaty confines. The result is certainly the finest submarine drama ever made, and one of the most compelling depictions of the physical, psychological and emotional effects of warfare. This mini-series is rather longer than the movie version, which is also available on DVD in a Director's Cut version. The differences are not in matters of plot, but in the pacing: everything here takes longer to happen, while the crew must sit around, bicker, swear and sweat it out--the agonising searching for action, the tension of the attack, the terrible stress of hiding from enemy destroyers. Everything unfolds as if in real time, which is the great advantage a TV production has over a movie (contrast, for example, Band of Brothers with Saving Private Ryan). This, therefore, is the definitive presentation of a World War II classic. On the DVD: Das Boot is presented on two discs, with no breaks where the original TV episodes started and finished. The default language option is German with optional English subtitles. For those constitutionally allergic to subtitles there is also an alternative English-language dub, voiced by many of the original cast (including Prochnow). Sound is adequate stereo or Dolby 5.1, and the anamorphic widescreen is good for the murky green underwater shots. Unlike the theatrical version, though, there is no commentary. --Mark Walker

  • Air Force One [1997]Air Force One | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £2.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (434.78%)   |  RRP £15.99

    If you can manage to suspend your disbelief for the duration, you won't be disappointed with Air Force One. Harrison Ford plays a US president who single-handedly employs his rigid anti-terrorism policy when a band of Russian thugs hatch a mid-flight takeover of Air Force One. Gary Oldman, who chews the scenery as the lead terrorist, will shoot a hostage at the slightest provocation. Glenn Close plays the sternly pragmatic vice president who negotiates with Oldman from her Washington seat of power. If you can believe that the aircraft's pressurized cabin can sustain hundreds of rounds of machine-gun fire, you'll buy anything in this entertaining potboiler, especially thanks to Ford's stalwart heroics and some nifty special effects. Director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) keeps the action moving so fast you won't be sweating the details.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • Enemy Mine (1985) (Blu-ray)Enemy Mine (1985) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (20/06/2016) from £6.95   |  Saving you £11.04 (158.85%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Enemy Mine is, in essence, a sci-fi remake of John Boorman’s Hell in the Pacific (1969), only instead of a US pilot and a Japanese naval officer stranded on a Pacific island during WWII, here we have a lizard-like Draconian (Louis Gossett Jr.) and his mortal enemy, Earthling Dennis Quaid, both having crash-landed on a hostile planet during a brutal space battle. Forced to rely on one another for survival, they overcome their differences and become fast friends. (You can almost hear them break into an off-key version of "It's a Small World".) German director Wolfgang Petersen, so brutally honest with his film Das Boot, turns warm and cuddly on us with this intergalactic buddy movie. Although the script sets us up for an intriguing encounter, it ultimately settles for a simple and sentimental resolution. Noteworthy set design and strong performances, especially by Gossett, push this beyond mere mediocrity. His performance is fascinating, as he must speak in an alien tongue, which he maintains with artistry and consistency.--Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com On the DVD: Enemy Mine on disc is presented anamorphically in its original 2.35:1 theatrical ratio with a vivid Dolby 4.0 soundtrack. Thankfully picture and sound are excellent, since the extra features are lamentably poor, consisting merely of the theatrical trailer and three (yes, three) "behind the scenes" still pictures. The disc is also equipped with multiple language and subtitle options.--Mark Walker

  • EpicsEpics | DVD | (18/09/2006) from £12.13   |  Saving you £5.86 (32.60%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The Last Samurai: Decorated Civil War veteran Nathan Algren (Cruise) is sent to Japan to train and lead the Emperor's troops in modern Western gunpowder intensive warfare to eliminate the country's remaining rebelling samurai. Captured and imprisoned by the outlawed warriors Algren is slowly swayed by their strict adherence to the honourable code of Bushido and when the Emperor's forces mass once again Algren offers to join his former captors in an effort to preserve their way of life... Alexander: The Director's Cut: Oliver Stone's Alexander is based on the true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) - a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of 27. Alexander led his virtually invincible Greek and Macedonian armies through 22 000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years and by the time of his death at the age of 32 had forged an empire unlike any the world had ever seen. The film chronicles Alexander's path to becoming a living legend from a youth fueled by dreams of myth glory and adventure to his lonely death as a ruler of a vast Empire. Alexander is the incredible story of a life that united the known world and proved if nothing else fortune favours the bold. This release of Oliver Stone's Alexander features his director's cut (167 mins); which re-imagines and re-shapes the original theatrical film with virtually hundreds of edits and re-configurations of sequences. Troy: In 1193B.C. the dandy Trojan prince Paris (Bloom) irresponsibly spirits away the unhappy wife of Menelaus (Gleeson) the Spartan king. Demanding the return of Helen the Greeks launch a thousand ships and lay siege to Troy. Under the command of Agamemnon (Cox) revered warrior Achilles (Pitt) leads the Greek forces against the Trojan defenders commanded by Hector (Bana) who carries the fate of his nation on his shoulders...

  • Das Boot (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray][Region Free]Das Boot (Director's Cut) | Blu Ray | (05/09/2011) from £7.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (150.19%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Wolfgang Petersen's harrowing and claustrophobic U-boat thriller Das Boot was released as both a theatrical film and a six-hour mini-series, and remains the most expensive production ever made by a German studio. The expanded "Director's Cut" of the movie was re-released 1997 and it is this version that is available for home viewing. This epic story became an instant classic on its first release, provoking critical and audience acclaim worldwide for its sympathetic and entirely truthful portrayal of a German U-boat crew. Faithfully adapted from the best-selling novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Petersen and his committed cast (led by the amazing Jürgen Prochnow) were concerned to ensure that every detail was rendered with painstaking accuracy--both physical and psychological--and the result is not only the best submarine drama ever made but also arguably the finest cinematic portrait of men at war and the terrible madness they must endure.

  • The Perfect Storm [2000]The Perfect Storm | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.48   |  Saving you £11.50 (461.85%)   |  RRP £13.99

    George Clooney & Mark Wahlberg star in this spectacular tale of a fishing boat caught at sea during the worse storm ever recorded.

  • Troy [2004]Troy | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £6.89   |  Saving you £12.09 (310.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom star in this jaw-dropping epic about the famous siege of the ancient city of Troy.

  • Poseidon [2006]Poseidon | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £4.22   |  Saving you £15.03 (507.77%)   |  RRP £17.99

    A luxury ocean liner capsizes, leaving its survivors to fend for themselves in this remake.

  • Troy [Blu-ray] [2004]Troy | Blu Ray | (07/07/2008) from £8.99   |  Saving you £16.00 (177.98%)   |  RRP £24.99

    For honour... In 1193B.C. the dandy Trojan prince Paris (Bloom) irresponsibly spirits away the unhappy wife of Menelaus (Gleeson) the Spartan king. Demanding the return of Helen the Greeks launch a thousand ships and lay siege to Troy. Under the command of Agamemnon (Cox) revered warrior Achilles (Pitt) leads the Greek forces against the Trojan defenders commanded by Hector (Bana) who carries the fate of his nation on his shoulders...

  • In The Line Of Fire [1993]In The Line Of Fire | DVD | (06/06/2005) from £5.38   |  Saving you £0.61 (11.34%)   |  RRP £5.99

    This smart, tautly directed thriller from Wolfgang Petersen is about the cat-and-mouse games between a Secret Service agent named Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and the brilliant, psychopathic assassin (John Malkovich) who's itching to get the President in his cross hairs. In the Line of Fire's back-story--Horrigan is haunted by his inability to prevent John Kennedy's assassination (Eastwood is computer-generated into archival footage)--is more than a little hokey, but the plotting itself is smartly, even ingeniously, constructed. Petersen manages a vice-like grip on the tension and Eastwood even gets to deliver an ever-more-timely lecture on the diminished nature of the office of President. Eastwood's as gruff and as infuriating to the by-the-book Powers That Be as ever and Malkovich oozes delightful menace. Rene Russo capably co-stars as a colleague with whom Horrigan gets friendly. --David Kronke

  • Troy (Director's Cut) [2004]Troy (Director's Cut) | DVD | (01/10/2007) from £13.88   |  Saving you £5.10 (46.83%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom star in this jaw-dropping epic about the famous siege of the ancient city of Troy.

  • Troy - 1 Disc Edition [2004]Troy - 1 Disc Edition | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £3.98   |  Saving you £11.27 (414.34%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom star in this jaw-dropping epic about the famous siege of the ancient city of Troy.

  • In The Line Of Fire [Blu-ray] [1993]In The Line Of Fire | Blu Ray | (23/06/2008) from £8.08   |  Saving you £11.91 (147.40%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is a tough veteran Secret Service agent who has been plagued by feeling s of guilt and failure since the assassination of John F. Kennedy. As the agent on duty that fatal day Horrigan feels that he should have reacted more quickly and taken the bullet for the President. Thirty years later the current President of the United States is entering a re-election campaign and following a number of death threats Horrigan has been called in to assist in what should be a routine research operation. However when he discovers that a professional assassin and master of disguise (John Malkovich) has been tracking the President the assignment turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Leary uses his knowledge of the events in 1963 to mentally torture Horrigan in the ensuing psychological duel - a duel that will eventually put Horrigan 'In the Line of Fire'...

  • Outbreak [1995]Outbreak | DVD | (11/05/1998) from £9.43   |  Saving you £4.56 (48.36%)   |  RRP £13.99

    When Warner Brothers was unable to secure the rights to Richard Preston's terrifying non-fiction book The Hot Zone (purchased by a rival studio), they took the basic idea of a fatal virus on the loose in the US, added Dustin Hoffman and director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) and produced an unusual thriller--a surprise hit--called Outbreak. The other picture, slated to star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster, fell through. The premise of Outbreak, which owes something to Elia Kazan's 1950 plague-scare movie, Panic in the Streets, is as terrifying as it is timely. As developers slash their way deeper into the previously unexplored tropical rainforests, they are exposed to radically new forms of life, including diseases, that in these days of commonplace international travel could turn into deadly epidemics almost before we know it. Hoffman's character and his estranged wife (Rene Russo) are disease experts called in to identify the unknown killer, which was carried into the country by an illegally smuggled monkey. The best sequence shows the disease spreading--through recycled air on a passenger jet or a sneeze in a crowded cinema. The final chase is pretty conventional but the cast is terrific, including Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Cuba Gooding Jr., J.T. Walsh and Zakes Mokae. --Jim Emerson

  • Air Force One [Blu-ray] [1997]Air Force One | Blu Ray | (02/07/2007) from £6.99   |  Saving you £17.00 (243.21%)   |  RRP £23.99

    In his most powerful role ever Harrison Ford is the President of the United States in this must-see blockbuster action thriller. Aboard the presidential plane - the most heavily guarded aircraft in the world - President Marshall is returning home with his wife daughter and a planeload of top governmental officials. But no sooner have they taken off when the plane is hijacked by Communist radicals led by the ruthless terrorist Korshunov. Unless his country's imprisoned dictator is freed Korshunov will begin killing the passengers. Now the most protected man in the world must take responsibility for the safety of those onboard and the future of the free world...

  • The Neverending Story - 30th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]The Neverending Story - 30th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (17/04/2019) from £8.79   |  Saving you £9.20 (104.66%)   |  RRP £17.99

    When young Bastian borrows a mysterious ornately-bound book he never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails hang-glider bats soaring luckdragons puckish elves a Childlike Empress the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter. Follow The NeverEnding Story to the limits of the imagination thanks to director/co-writer Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm) and a superstar team of technical tinkerers and magicians (with credits including 2001: A Space Odyssey Alien and The Empire Strikes Back) who bring to life the most delightful characters ever.

  • In The Line Of Fire [1993]In The Line Of Fire | DVD | (18/02/2002) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    This smart, tautly directed thriller from Wolfgang Petersen is about the cat-and-mouse games between a Secret Service agent named Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and the brilliant, psychopathic assassin (John Malkovich) who's itching to get the President in his cross hairs. In the Line of Fire's back-story--Horrigan is haunted by his inability to prevent John Kennedy's assassination (Eastwood is computer-generated into archival footage)--is more than a little hokey, but the plotting itself is smartly, even ingeniously, constructed. Petersen manages a vice-like grip on the tension and Eastwood even gets to deliver an ever-more-timely lecture on the diminished nature of the office of President. Eastwood's as gruff and as infuriating to the by-the-book Powers That Be as ever and Malkovich oozes delightful menace. Rene Russo capably co-stars as a colleague with whom Horrigan gets friendly. --David Kronke

  • Das Boot -- Superbit [1981]Das Boot -- Superbit | DVD | (12/05/2003) from £11.46   |  Saving you £4.52 (53.36%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Das Boot is a graphic and gripping tale that follows the daring patrol of U-96 one of the famed German U-Boats known as ‘The Grey Wolves’. Prowling the North Atlantic they challenged the British Navy at every turn. The crew abroad the U-96 is portrayed in a desperate life-and-death struggle coping with life beneath the waves quickly gives way to terror when confronting the enemy...

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