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The Bridge on the River Kwai
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DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Presentation
  • Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
  • Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround) French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean & Thai
  • Interactive and Animated Menus
  • Scene Selections with Motion
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Talent Files
  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 21, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      4. FAIL-SAFE
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies:
      1. David Lean - Director
      2. Alec Guinness - Star
      3. William Holden - Star
      4. Jack Hawkins - Star
      5. Sessue Hayakawa - Star

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
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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:

Certified Fresh95%

Total Count: 58


User Ratings: 54,576
The absence of button-pushing triumphalism is striking, as indeed is the long game played by Lean's direction.
Sight and Sound
Jul 1, 2011
Rating: 4/4 -- It is a stirring drama of World War II, in which Spiegel has had the excellent help of British director David Lean, in charge of the action, and of a fine company of international players. Full Review
New York Daily News
Feb 23, 2015
Rating: 3.5/4 -- ...dedicates its final moments to detonating its own stiff upper lip. Full Review
Sep 14, 2018
Rating: 4/5 -- From sky to ground in two shots, and it already feels like we've traversed a great distance, with two and a half hours of skillful, suspenseful WWII adventure to go. Full Review
Time Out
Sep 22, 2010
A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments. Full Review
Feb 19, 2008
...It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspectives of the Second World War...
Total Film
Mar 1, 2001
The film, a highly assured piece of technical craftsmanship, is made rather too literally for the double-edged character of its central drama. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Feb 16, 2016

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When British P.O.W.s build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure The Bridge On the River Kwai.

Spectacularly produced, The Bridge On the River Kwai captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness) and Best Director. Even its theme song, an old WWI whistling tune, the "Colonel Bogey March," became a massive worldwide hit. The Bridge On the River Kwai continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.

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.


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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Bridge on River Kwai Movie Lover: from Payson, AZ US -- August, 20, 2012

A long, well acted Epic journey into the workings of men's minds and the things that are important to them in a time of stress. British push for pride in their work, American belief in reality and self preservation, and the Japanese superior view of dominence over lesser beings.

Bridge on the River Kwai Movie Lover: from SAN DIEGO, CA US -- January, 6, 2012

Excellent digital transfer to video. Remixed sound track available in 5.1 or Dolby stereo. I don't have 5.1 but enjoyed the stereo sound track. Not much in way of "extras," but watching this movie in a transfer which captured the saturation of Technicolor was rewarding.
Kwai captured 7 Academy Awards and the quality of this David Lean film shows in every scene with fine performances, camerawork, editiing and an excellent adaptation of Pierre Boulle's best selling novel.

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