We got the: -1981 cinema cut (149 min) -1985 uncut TV series (282 min) -1997 Director's Cut (208 min) Now, I know all three version. I still got the 1981 cinema cut on self-recorded VHS and now the 1985 uncut TV series on DVD, too! I had the Director's Cut on self-recorded VHS, too. The DC is mentioned to have the best brilliant picture and tone until today. I can confirm the excellent picture. TOO good for my taste, even on VHS. But, all I can say about the TV series DVD is, that the remastered picture and tone are excellent on my CRT-TV, too! The uncut TV series shows the real anti-war movie. Cinema cut and Director's Cut are still U-boat action-movies. DC is just the extended cinema cut. I prefer the 1981 cinema cut, especially with the darker VHS patina. But the uncut TV series is just the REAL thing, period! I absolutely prefer this version.