The Bridge on the River Kwai - Preview & competition
Preview by Jack Foley
FOLLOWING an extensive 4K restoration from the original negative The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray Disc™ is available on June 6, 2011.
The masterful 1957 epic World War II film, is among the most prized in the Columbia Pictures catalogue and features William Holden (Oscar® Winner for Best Actor, Stalag 17, 1953) and Alec Guinness (Oscar® Winner for Best Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957) as World War II prisoners whose opposing missions in the Burmese jungle collide with devastating effects.
The winner of seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay, The Bridge on the River Kwai continues to be one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.
Now, for the first time on Blu-ray, following an extensive 4K restoration from the original negative, with newly remastered 5.1 audio, audiences can experience David Lean’s masterpiece as never before.
The Blu-ray™ Edition of The Bridge on the River Kwai includes all-new special Blu-ray™ exclusive special features which illustrate the scope of this epic motion picture, from its inception and premiere to its impact on audiences the world over.
Produced by Sam Spiegel (On The Waterfront, Lawrence of Arabia), The Bridge on the River Kwai was an historic undertaking, with location filming in Sri Lanka capturing a sense of both the beauty and remoteness of its jungle setting.
When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commanders are assigned to destroy it in David Lean’s World War II adventure The Bridge on the River Kwai.
William Holden plays the cynical and opportunistic American prisoner of war Shears, and Alec Guinness is the captured British officer Colonel Nicholson, who refuses to abandon his ideals even in the harshest of conditions.
Sessue Hayakawa (nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role) is the Japanese Commander who struggles to maintain control in the face of defeat.
The Bridge on the River Kwai was an enormous success, not only in the United States and England, but the world over, for its gripping portrayal of duty-bound men in a war capable of bringing out both the best and worst of humanity.
David Lean’s film is a sweeping examination of the all-consuming damage of war, on the scale of a spectacle rarely seen before or since.
The Bridge on the River Kwai has a running time of 161 minutes and is rated PG.
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