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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge On The River Kwai, Collector's Edition (blu ray)...a rousing audo/video experience
Video: The picture was presented in 1080p 2.55:1. Compared to the old DVD, the Blu-ray image is cleaner and very noticeably sharper throughout (the evidence is apparent right away in the opening credits which before were problematic), but more importantly, colour fidelity is now superb and image detail really impresses. Blacks are inky and skin tone was accurate. A modest...
Published on Nov. 13 2010 by Dr. Joseph Lee

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3.0 out of 5 stars Historic piece of cinema
interesting as a reminder; the style has grown old... British colonial morality is harder to set as a example than it was in the fifties
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge On The River Kwai, Collector's Edition (blu ray)...a rousing audo/video experience, Nov. 13 2010
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Dr. Joseph Lee (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Video: The picture was presented in 1080p 2.55:1. Compared to the old DVD, the Blu-ray image is cleaner and very noticeably sharper throughout (the evidence is apparent right away in the opening credits which before were problematic), but more importantly, colour fidelity is now superb and image detail really impresses. Blacks are inky and skin tone was accurate. A modest amount of grain is present which imparts a film-like look to the image. (4.5/5)

Audio: The DTS-HD 5.1 MA is also wonderful. Dialogue is clear. The soundtrack by Malcolm Arnold, who won the Oscar for Best Music Score, is very rousing and uplifting. You can whistle along when the tune Colonel Bogey was played. (4/5)

Bridge On The River Kwai won 7 Academy Awards in 1957: Best Picture (producer: Sam Spiegel), Best Director (David Lean), Best Actor (Sir Alec Guiness), Best Cinematography (Jack Hildeyard), Best Film Editing (Peter Taylor), Best Music Score (Malcolm Arnold) and Best Screenplay (Pierre Boulle, Carl Forman, and Michael Wilson). It is of interest to note that Carl Forman and Michael Wilson were blacklisted at the time, and received no screen credit. They were posthumously awarded the Oscars in 1984. Pierre Boulle was not present at the awards ceremony, and Kim Novak accepted the award on his behalf. This was the breakthrough movie for Sir David Lean. Apparently, he was flat broke at the time the movie was made. He had to ask for an advance in order to fix his teeth!

Sony has packaged its Blu-ray release in a thick digibook format with the Blu-ray disc inside the front cover and an updated DVD version inside the back cover. The book is encased in a solid slip-case that gives a professional look to the enterprise. The 32-page digibook focuses on production information and publicity material reproductions, mainly culled from the original 1957 souvenir book. A nice set of 12 lobby card reproductions is also included in a pocket at the end of the book.

For a film 53 years old, the video and audio were properly restored. With all the additional goodies stated above in this Collector's Edition, the price was very reasonable. On Blu-ray, all of its glories are intact, and is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What needs to be said?, Nov. 21 2009
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Maurice A. Rhodes (BC Canada) - See all my reviews
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One of the best ever-war movies, or at least one of the best ever Alec Guiness. What he does is done superbly. SS Hayakawa does real justice to the Japanese Samurai put between a rock and a hard place. Jack Hawkins plays the pukka sahib Brit Colonel and gives one of his greater performances. All told a winner of a movie that I have seen several times. Now that we own it we will see it even more times. Definitely five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge on the River Kwai, Aug. 18 2013
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K. Anderson "Historian 44" (Winnipeg, Canada) - See all my reviews
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A fantastic old war movie, one of the best. It tells the story of British prisoners in a South East Asia Prisoner of War camp being forced to build a railway bridge for their Japanese captors. The acting of Sir Alec Guinness as the senior British Officer is fantastic, no other word for it. The clash of ideologies between the British Colonel and the Japanese Commandant is brilliantly portrayed. Well worth watching several times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge As It Should Be Seen, Jan. 9 2004
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Mark D Burgh "Music, Writing, Art, Film, Hist... (Fort Smith, AR United States) - See all my reviews
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Like many people, I saw the BOTRK on television first, back in the media-challenged 1960's. Even through the pan and scan and low-res color of those ancient TV's, Lean's film riveted me to the screen. It wasn't until the late 1980's and hi-end VHS releases of films came out that I finally saw the widescreen version, and saw what I'd been missing for years. Lean was one of the few directors who could fill the widescreen and create drama without cutting a film to pieces in an attempt to generate excitement.
Alec Guiness etched himself into the ages with his performance as the pathological Col. Nicholson who abides by the letter of the law to the point of utter lunacy. When he and Sessue Hayakawa face off one sees the immovable object meeting the irressistable force. The whole attempt at breaking Nicholson plays like a prison/chain-gang film from the 1930's, but there is more at stake here - Nicholson's view is that order should be prevail regardless of circumstances, while Saito's view is that circumstances dictate order. The class and racial issues emenate from this conflict like waves of radioactivity.
William Holden appears in this film as a means of getting American finance - but he is nonetheless effective as the shirker, fraud, hero and cynic(his character from Sunset Boulevard onwards). Jack Hawkins is suitabily manipulative as the Oxford Don turned demonlition man.
But the real star of this film is the jungle matched to the widescreen. The sweep of green tangle in which this drama enacts strangles the life and sanity from the people enmeshed in the struggle. Lean knew how to create shots in depth, so his films are always more than what the characters are doing on the screen.
Like Apocalypse Now, another tale of Western soldiers in the jungle, this production was fraught with difficulties, the most damaging of which was a cameraman's failure to shoot the more important angle of the bridge's destruction. In the CGI world this could never happen, but in the awesome realtime destruction of BOTRK, Lean's crew had to rebuild the bridge, rescue the train, and redo the shot. It was worth it.
The DVD restores this film to it's proper aspect ration, sound, and probably has better color than the original, although, having never seen it in a theatre, I can't say.
For a real and disturbing look at what actually happened in Japanese POW camps, read "Prisoners of the Sun."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge on the river Kwai, June 22 2014
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A wonderful movie. Great acting especially from Alec Guiness (sic) and William Holden. Harrowing but a very realistic account of Japanese camps in WW11. The mixed loyalty of the leaders is exceptional. Everyone should see and learn from this movie.. War is hell
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good freature transfer, extras are recyced from DVD., March 20 2014
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The feature transfer is excellent but while I was glad to see the they included some extras, essentially the documentaries from the DVD edition, they have been upsampled with pretty bad scaller and actually look a little worse than they did on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC FOREVER, Feb. 23 2014
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THIS DVD PRESENTS THIS FILM THE WAY DAVID LEAN MEANT IT TO BE SEEN ..... EXCELLENT VIDEO & SOUND QUALITY A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY CLASSICS COLLECTION.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whistling!, Aug. 30 2013
So much sweaty work and whistling! A melodrama of the first degree with bad Japanese and good Brits struggling to build an allegory. Explosive ending that will confuse readers of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete collectors package, Aug. 2 2013
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G. Young "Trumpetguy49" (Hamilton Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bridge on the River Kwai / Le Pont de la rivère Kwai (Bilingual) [Blu-ray Book + DVD] (Blu-ray)
Prompt service and a really nice package of a classic film. the lobby cards were a nice touch.
Very nice transfer to Bluray
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kwai, July 28 2013
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In spit of the fact that there were no Americans (historic fact) involved, this too is an excellent film (Hawkins again). I'd last seen it at the theatre when it was originally released. Very collectable.
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