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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220702429
UPC: 043396379695
UPC 14: 00043396379695
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"Guinness, Lean and British war cinema have never been better.  Channel 4 Film
"A towering work.  Ian Nathan, Empire
"Psychological battle of wills combined with high-powered action sequences make this a blockbuster...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.  Mike Kaplan, Variety
"Epic wartime storytelling at its most vibrant and satisfying.  Scott Weinberg, DVD Talk

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/7/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 162 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1957
Video UPC UPC: 00043396379695
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.55:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info K. Katsumoto
Video Cast Info Peter Williams
Video Cast Info Sessue Hayakawa
Video Cast Info William Holden
Video Cast Info Ann Sears
Video Cast Info Andre Morell
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Horne
Video Cast Info Jack Hawkins
Video Cast Info Harold Goodwin
Video Cast Info James Donald
Video Cast Info Henry Okawa
Video Cast Info Percy Herbert
Video Cast Info Alec Guinness
Video Cast Info Don Ashton - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jack Hildyard - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Calder Willingham - Screenplay Uncredited
Video Cast Info Malcolm Arnold - Composer
Video Cast Info Carl Foreman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Michael Henry Wilson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Sam Spiegel - Producer
Video Cast Info Pierre Boulle - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Peter Taylor - Editor
Video Cast Info David Lean - Director


Oscar (1958)
Video Award Name Alec Guinness, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Video Award Name David Lean, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Sam Spiegel, Winner, Best Picture

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Lean handles the climax with precision and suspense..." 04/18/1999 p.5

USA Today
"...[A] masterpiece...purely enjoyable..." 11/17/2000 p.13E

Entertainment Weekly
"...[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..." 11/24/2000 p.51

Total Film
"...It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspectives of the Second World War..." 03/01/2001 p.104

"...[T]wo compelling stories jelled into one sprawling action film..." 12/01/2003 p.9

Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts combination of sly satire, poignancy and sheer excitement is still astonishing." 06/01/2011

Sight and Sound
"The absence of button-pushing triumphalism is striking, as indeed is the long game played by Lean's direction." 07/01/2011

ReelViews 10 of 10
Lean also didn't believe in pinching pennies. Despite having generous financial backers, many of Lean's films came in late and overbudget. Viewing pictures like The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, however, it's hard to find fault with the director's extravagant sensibilities...Debates could rage for hours about which title on his resume represents Lean in top form. The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia both won Lean Best Director and Best Picture Oscars, and the majority of critics would cite those as his best works. As good as both are, however (and they are very good) Bridge is a tighter movie, with a little more meat and less fat. Both get high marks when it comes to "spectacle." Both feature excellent acting, cinematography, and set design. There's not a lot to separate them, but I think The Bridge on the River Kwai is the better movie...For director Lean, this represented a cross-roads between the more intimate, character-driven dramas of his early career and the glorious spectacles that marked his latter years. The Bridge on the River Kwai contains elements of both - the characters are well-drawn and the finale is astonishing - and is all the stronger for it. In my opinion, it is one of the two best films to emerge from a very strong decade of cinema. - James Berardinelli

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