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Director: David Lean     Starring: William Holden Alec Guinness
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40143962
UPC: 043396052789
UPC 14: 00043396052789
Rating: Game Rating Code
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It spans a whole new world of entertainment!|"Winner of 7 Academy Awards, Including 1957 Best Picture."
Allied commandos are dispatched deep inside the burmese jungle to blow up a stategic bridge built by british pows. Special features: subtitles in english, french, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean, and thai: languages in english, french, spanish and portugues: theatrical trailers and much more.

"Psychological battle of wills combined with high-powered action sequences make this a blockbuster...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Guinness, Lean and British war cinema have never been better.  Channel 4 Film
"One of the best war movies, mixed with one of the best action movies, mixed with one of Alex Guinness' best performances...One of the greats.  Dan Fienberg,
"A towering work.  Ian Nathan, Empire
"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
"...Guinness' outstanding performance is one of the many things that work in David Lean's intriguing epic.  Wesley Lovell, The Oscar Guy

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 DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/7/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 162 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1957
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 05278
Video UPC UPC: 00043396052789
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alec Guinness
Video Cast Info Jack Hawkins
Video Cast Info Sessue Hayakawa
Video Cast Info William Holden
Video Cast Info Andre Morell
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Horne
Video Cast Info James Donald
Video Cast Info Peter Williams
Video Cast Info Pierre Boulle - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info David Lean - Director
Video Cast Info Jack Hildyard - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Malcolm Arnold - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Sam Spiegel - Producer
Video Cast Info Carl Foreman - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Michael Wilson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Donald M. Ashton - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jack Hildyard - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Malcolm Arnold - Original Music By


Golden Globe (1958)
Video Award Name Alec Guinness, Winner, Best Actor

Oscar (1958)
Video Award Name David Lean, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Jack Hildyard, Winner, Best Cinematography
Video Award Name Sam Spiegel, Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

Winner (1958)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Alec Guinness, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, David Lean, Best Motion Picture Director

Nominee (1958)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Sessue Hayakawa, Best Supporting Actor

Winner (1958)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Alec Guinness, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jack Hildyard, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, David Lean, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Peter Taylor, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Malcolm Arnold, Best Music, Scoring
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sam Spiegel, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Carl Foreman, et. al., Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Nominee (1958)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sessue Hayakawa, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10 of the few [war movies] that focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals... By the end, we are less interested in who wins than in how individual characters will behave... The story in the jungle moves ahead neatly, economically, powerfully... - Roger Ebert

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 9 of 10
Although half of the movie features headliner William Holden as an escaped American POW who returns with a commando (Jack Hawkins) to sabotage the British colonel's morale-building project, Guinness' performance earned him an Oscar for Best Actor, and the film was awarded Best Picture. Since then, Bridge has aged well, acknowledged to be not just one of the great war films of all time, but a genuine film classic...Maybe it's because producer Spiegel (The African Queen, Lawrence of Arabia, Passage to India), was a stickler for authenticity who routinely shot on location. For this film, cast and crew spent 251 days in the humid jungles of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), working alongside local laborers to construct a historically accurate replica of a Japanese prison camp and a 90-foot-tall bridge that spanned three city blocks...Maybe it's because Spiegel and director David Lean collaborated with blacklisted screenwriters Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman to bring new dimensions to a novel penned by Pierre Boulle, who also wrote Planet of the Apes. Or maybe it's the anti-war theme, coupled with one of the most stirring marching songs ever produced for the cinema, that makes Bridge a classic. Or maybe it's the great performances. - James Plath

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Guinness,Alec
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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