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How to watch ‘Das Boot,’ ‘NeverEnding Story’ & more from Wolfgang Petersen

For much of his Hollywood career, German filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen was a master at cascading water and powdered metal. He could conjure up both natural and man-made disasters, whether it was driving a pre-COVID world insane with the pandemic thriller Outbreak (1995) or a towering Presidential Harrison Ford in Air Force One (1995). Throwing terrorists at 36,000 feet (1997) or George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in The Perfect Storm (2000) in the path of a nearly 100-foot wave.

A sailor screams out in a scene "The boat."

Erwin Leder in Wolfgang Petersen’s direction “Das Boot”.

(Karlheinz Vogelmann / Bavaria Studios)

The ocean was its natural habitat in many ways, such as Poseidon, his savvy 2006 remake of The Poseidon Adventure, and especially Das Boot, 1981’s nail-biting submarine set, the six Oscar winner -Received nominations, confirm. including a directorial nomination for Petersen, who died Friday at the age of 81.

A feat of claustrophobic suspense, Das Boot became a career hit for a director with only one previous feature film, the German drama Der Eine oder der Andere von uns (1974). Like subsequent Hollywood films, including the Clint Eastwood thriller In the Line of Fire (1993), Das Boot revealed Petersen’s gift for intensely physical filmmaking, his ability to capture the audience’s breathing through sound and vision, light and… Controlling light, shadows, silence and music – a talent that is becoming increasingly rare in an increasingly CG-dependent, streaming-focused Hollywood.

A person sits on an ornate set "The never ending Story."

Wolfgang Petersen’s films include “The Neverending Story”.

(kpa/United Archives via Getty Images)

Sweaty action set-pieces may have established Petersen’s reputation, but his follow-up to Das Boot – and his first English-language feature film – was a rare foray into family-friendly filmmaking entitled The NeverEnding Story (1984). From today’s perspective, this radiantly serious, spectacularly offbeat fantasy has its weaknesses, especially when compared to Michael Ende’s great source novel. It also has frenzied snails, rock-biting giants, rushing lucky dragons, and an endlessly nostalgic catchy theme theme. For many of us it was the first Petersen film we have ever seen and it may still be the first in our hearts.

A man in a dark suit and tie hangs from some poles in the film "In the line of fire."

Clint Eastwood stars in Worgang Petersen’s 1993 In the Line of Fire.

(Bruce McBroom / Columbia Pictures)

Below, The Times has compiled a list of some of Petersen’s most memorable films and where you can see them.

The Boat (1981)

Duration: 3 hours 28 minutes
Valuation: Rated R
Stream: Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent | Google Play: Buy/Rent | Vudu: Buy/Rent |

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes
Valuation: PG
Stream: HBO Max| Contain | Amazon Prime: Rent/Buy | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

Enemy Mine (1985)

Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes
Valuation: PG-13
Stream: Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

Shattered (1991)

Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
Valuation: R for sensuality, language and violence
Stream: Amazon Prime: Included | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

In the Line of Fire (1993)

Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes
Valuation: R
Stream: Netflix: Included (until August 30) | Hulu: Included | Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

Outbreak (1995)

Duration: 2 hours 8 minutes
Valuation: R, for language
Stream: Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent | HBO Max: Included |

Air Force One (1997)

Duration: 2 hours 4 minutes
Valuation: R
Stream: Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

The Perfect Storm (2000)

Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes
Valuation: PG-13 for Speech and Danger Scenes
Stream: Netflix: Included | Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

Troy (2004)

Duration: 2 hours 42 minutes
Valuation: R for graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity
Stream: Netflix: Included | Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

Poseidon (2006)

Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
Valuation: PG-13 for intense, long episodes of disaster and danger
Stream: Hulu: Included | Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV+: Buy/Rent |

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