- Actors: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald
- Directors: David Lean
- Writers: Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, Pierre Boulle
- Producers: Sam Spiegel
- Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Nov. 21 2000
- Run Time: 161 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 163 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00003CX97
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,428 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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The Bridge on the River Kwai (Widescreen Limited Edition) (2 Discs) (Bilingual)
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When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Spectacularly produced, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even it's theme song, an old WWII whistling tune, the Colonel Bogey March, became a massive hit. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.
The second disc in this special-edition set includes an exclusive documentary, The Making of the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is filled with details about the extraordinary logistical problems of making a film on such a huge scale, in such a remote location. Also included are a short behind-the-scenes documentary originally released at the same time as the film, and a brief appreciation of the film by director John Milius (Big Wednesday). The final treat is a short instructional movie from the USC Film School, introducing the art of film narrative. Narrated by William Holden, and using footage from The Bridge on the River Kwai, this is an unusual but fascinating piece of film history. Biographies of the stars and filmmakers, and a collection of promotional art round out the package, making this set essential for anyone who wants to better appreciate The Bridge on the River Kwai and the remarkable story of the film's creation.
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However, the "4K" treatment is overkill. A standard Blu-ray disc would have been more than adequate. The film stock is grainy and the sound quality is what one would expect for the 1950's. Little can be done to enhance this. In future, I will reserve 4K Ultra for new releases rather than restored masterpieces from yesteryear.
Obi Wan didn't listen to his training and was following a dark path until he too realizes his mistake. (Think about it :D )
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