Bridge on The River Kwai

Holden, William

SKU: 043396379695

UPC 043396379695
Release Date 2011-06-07
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 162
Format Color
Synopsis 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.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)....Lean handles the climax with precision and suspense......[A] masterpiece...purely enjoyable......[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......It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspectives of the Second World War......[T]wo compelling stories jelled into one sprawling action film...5 stars out of 5 -- [I]ts combination of sly satire, poignancy and sheer excitement is still astonishing.The absence of button-pushing triumphalism is striking, as indeed is the long game played by Lean's direction.
Cast K. Katsumoto (Star)
Peter Williams (Star)
Sessue Hayakawa (Star)
Michael Henry Wilson (Screenwriter)
William Holden (Star)
Ann Sears (Star)
Andre Morell (Star)
Carl Foreman (Screenwriter)
Geoffrey Horne (Star)
Jack Hawkins (Star)
Harold Goodwin (Star)
Malcolm Arnold (Composer)
David Lean (Director)
Sam Spiegel (Producer)
Pierre Boulle (Source Writer)
Peter Taylor (Editor)
James Donald (Star)
Henry Okawa (Star)
Percy Herbert (Star)
Alec Guinness (Star)
Don Ashton (Production Designer)
Jack Hildyard (Director of Photography)
Calder Willingham (Screenplay Uncredited)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: 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 Widescreen - 2.55 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure,War Documentaries
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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