The Bridge on the River Kwai (Blu-ray)

Starring: William Holden & Alec Guinness Director: David Lean  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Note: William Holden and Alec Guinness on The Steve Allen Show
    • Archival audio of Willliams Holden narrating The Bride on the River Kwai premiere
    • Crossing the Bridge: Picture-in-graphics track
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.55
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1957 - Best Actor: Alec Guinness
Academy Awards 1957 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson & Pierre Boulle
Academy Awards 1957 - Best Cinematography: Jack Hildyard
Academy Awards 1957 - Best Director: David Lean
Academy Awards 1957 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1957 - Best Original Score: Malcolm Arnold
Academy Awards 1957 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

Chicago Sun-Times - 04/18/1999
"...Lean handles the climax with precision and suspense..."
USA Today - 11/17/2000
"...[A] masterpiece...purely enjoyable..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/24/2000
"...[A] masterpiece....That rare film about something as seemingly black-and-white as World War II that is colored entirely in shades of gray, and the better for it..."
Total Film - 03/01/2001
"...It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspectives of the Second World War..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...[T]wo compelling stories jelled into one sprawling action film..."
Total Film - 06/01/2011
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts combination of sly satire, poignancy and sheer excitement is still astonishing."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2011
"The absence of button-pushing triumphalism is striking, as indeed is the long game played by Lean's direction."

Product Description:

One of the all-time great war films, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is yet another classic from the marvelous David Lean (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, DR. ZHIVAGO). The film is an outstanding, psychologically complex adaptation of Pierre Boulle's 1952 novel, a classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson (a fabulous Alec Guinness), the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. Although credited to screenwriter Carl Foreman, the script was actually written by blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. The film garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Guinness). The climax is one of the great finales in film history.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Classic | Epic | Essential Cinema | Prison / Prisoners | Recommended | Theatrical Release | War | World War II

Production Notes:

  • THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
  • Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, stood in for Burma (now known as Myanmar).

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  • Sales Rank: 101,526
  • UPC: 043396379695
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