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Time now for Bob Mondello to help out with your home video queue. Since for many of us it's hot outside - really hot - Bob thought something involving water would be timely. Well, now you can watch the 30th anniversary edition of the German World War II submarine movie, "Das Boot."

BOB MONDELLO: When I remember seeing "Das Boot" in theaters, I remember this...


Unidentified Man: Alarm.

MONDELLO: The mad scramble through tiny spaces when there's a destroyer nearby. And I remember this...


MONDELLO: The tension of men holding their breath as Allied sonar finds them underwater. And I remember this...


Unidentified Man #2: (German language spoken)

MONDELLO: Depth charges, shaking the theater audience to its core.

But I'd forgotten about this...


Unidentified Woman: (Singing in French language)

MONDELLO: A 20-minute nightclub scene and the opulent topside dinner in mid- picture, and all the scenes above water.

While my recollection was that I spent two-plus hours feeling claustrophobic and terrified, it's remarkable how often director Wolfgang Peterson let us out of the sub, and still kept us feeling claustrophobic and terrified.

He made three versions of "Das Boot," two of which are in the new Blu-Ray set: the 1981 original, which is pretty spectacular; and the 1997 director's cut which is an hour more spectacular - something that's especially true in terms of sound, for which the technology had gotten a lot better.

Here is the sub plowing through the Atlantic in the original...


MONDELLO: ...and in the director's cut.


MONDELLO: Same sequence, a lot more real.

The version that isn't included here is the six-hour German television cut that even the director considers too long. Instead, you get six hours of extras, including interactive features that let you tour every area of the sub; hours of behind-the-camera footage where you can see how they made submarine models so persuasive. And would you believe those depth charges that looked just-this- side-of-nuclear on screen were firecracker pops in real life?

Das amazing, "Das Boot."

I'm Bob Mondello.

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