Bridge Too Far (Blu-ray)

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In September 1944, flush with success after the Normandy Invasion, the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden, a wild scheme intended to put an early end to the fighting by invading Germany and smashing the Reich's war plants. However, a combination of battlefield politics, faulty intelligence, bad luck and worse weather led to disaster.

An epic retelling of World War II's most tragic blunder, A Bridge Too Far meticulously depicts the ambitious plan which resulted in more Allied casualties than the entire Normandy landing. Painstakingly re-created on actual battlefield locations and boasting a remarkable all-star cast, A Bridge Too Far accurately recaptures the monumental scope, excitement and danger behind one of the biggest military gambles in history.

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 205746055
UPC 027616077028
UPC 14 00027616077028
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
All-Star
Big Battles
Epic
Recommended
True Story
World War II
Editors Note
Note Richard Attenborough's ambitious, all-star adaptation (by William Goldman) of Cornelius Ryan's book, gives an account of the Battle of Arnhem. In 1944, the Allied powers attempt to expedite the end of the war with a costly operation to capture six bridges connecting Holland to Germany ended in Allied defeat. A multitude of notables star in Attenborough's epic.
Plot Summary
Summary Director Richard Attenborough's ambitious, all-star, adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's book, dealing with the true account of the Battle of Arnhem. In 1944, the Allied powers attempted to expedite the end of the war by planning an ambitious and costly operation (the capturing of six bridges connecting Holland to Germany) that ended up getting bungled by both the Allied and Axis powers.
Reviews
Total Film "...The last cast-of-thousands, star-studded war movie ever made, Attenborough's three-hour epic deserves repeated viewing..." -- 4 Stars 06/01/2000 p.102
New York Times "...Certainly equal to Darryl F. Zanuck's THE LONGEST DAY....One watches it not so much in admiration as in awe..." 06/16/1977 p.C20
Directors
Richard Attenborough
Actors
Dirk Bogarde
Cast & Crew
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Antony Gibbs - Editor
Cornelius Ryan - Based On Novel By
Elliott Gould - Actor
Gene Hackman - Actor
Geoffrey Unsworth - Cinematographer
James Caan - Actor
John Addison - Original Music By
Joseph E. Levine, et. al. - Producer
Laurence Olivier - Actor
Michael Caine - Actor
Richard Attenborough - Director
Robert Redford - Actor
Sean Connery - Actor
Stuart Craig, et. al. - Art Director
Terence Marsh - Production Designer
William Goldman - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 107702
UPC 00027616077028
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 176 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Korean, Spanish, Cantonese
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Winner (1978) British Academy Awards, John Addison, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,British Academy Awards, Geoffrey Unsworth, Best Cinematography,British Academy Awards, Peter Horrocks, et. al., Best Sound Track,British Academy Awards, Edward Fox, Best Supporting Actor
Nominee (1978) British Academy Awards, Richard Attenborough, Best Direction,British Academy Awards, Antony Gibbs, Best Editing,British Academy Awards, A Bridge Too Far, Best Film,British Academy Awards, Terence Marsh, Best Production Design/Art Direction
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review Futility and frustration are the overriding emotional elements in A Bridge Too Far, Joseph E. Levine's sprawling Second World War production [from the novel by Cornelius Ryan] about a 1944 military operation botched by both Allied and German troops...Film opens with some vintage black and white newsreel footage in original frame ratio, setting up the falls. 1944, attempt to expedite the end of the Second World War by an enormous paratroop operation involving a series of bridges leading to Germany. The first part of the film introduces senior officers Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins and Edward Fox as the plans are outlined...Later, as operations begin, periodic appearances are made by cocky Robert Redford, wise-cracking Elliott Gould, stolid Ryan O'Neal and James Caan. On the other side of hostilities, Hardy Kruger, Maximilian Schell and Wolfgang Priess represent different levels of German military thinking about, and reaction to, the offbeat Allied strategy. In the middle Laurence Olivier and Liv Ullmann are two Dutch residents who attend to the wounded.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review There are star-studded projects, and then there's A Bridge Too Far, a World War II movie the likes of which would cost upwards of $300 million to make today. There are lots of bridges in the film, actually: The Allies aim to capture a series of them in German-occupied Holland as part of Operation Market-Garden, a byzantine plot that would theoretically cripple the German war machine in western Europe, where Germany is already on the run. However, Allied mistakes and an unexpected amount of German firepower nip the plan in the bud. The film is more a showcase for some searing acting -- and at three hours long, there's plenty of it -- than it is a classic war film. The battle scenes just don't come across as impressively as in other films of the era -- the fact that VW Beetles with plastic tank shells on them were used in lieu of some of the Panzers is just one sign that all the budget went to that exhaustive cast list.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Bogarde,Dirk
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Brian McKay, eFilmCritic.com Fantastic WW2 epic with a 1970's "all star" cast.
Halliwell's Film Guide An all-star blockbuster!
Hollywood Reporter Recreates in stunning detail one of the most disastrous battles of World War II.
Judith Crist, Saturday Review ...may well be the definitive World War II movie.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever A meticulous recreation of one of the most disastrous battles of WWII...

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