The Bridge on the River Kwai (Blu-ray) PG

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: June 7, 2011
  • 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:

Certified Fresh95%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 58

Upright93%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 54,576
It is a whale of a story, and in the telling of it, British Director David Lean does a whale of a job. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 18, 2009
...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
...[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...
Entertainment Weekly
Nov 24, 2000
Rating: 4/5 -- The gripping final 30 minutes as the dynamiting of the bridge is carried out, is a masterclass of cinematic storytelling. Full Review
Patrick Nabarro
Oct 31, 2019
...[A] masterpiece...purely enjoyable...
USA Today
Nov 17, 2000
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

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.

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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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