The 1957 Best Picture winner The Bridge on the River Kwai will finally be released on Blu-ray on November 2. This film received a 4K restoration with the original negatives and newly-restored 5.1 audio and this new set will also include a new 32-page book with photos and information and a set of replica lobby cards. You can take a look at the packaging below. The film stars William Holden and Alec Guinness.
When British P.O.W.s 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.
A group of British POWs is forced to build a bridge in Burma for the Japanese. Led by Colonel Nicholson, they not only build the bridge but organize the whole building program and are proud of the final result. However, unbeknownst to the POWs, a British commando team has been given a mission to destroy it.
Spectacularly produced, The Bridge on the River Kwai captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even its theme song, an old WWI whistling tune, the "Colonel Bogey March," became a massive worldwide hit. The Bridge on the River Kwai continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.
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, Doctor 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.
- An Appreciation by John Milius
- - Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant
- - Exclusive Documentary - Adaptation of Boulle's novel, casting, history of production, score, release, restoration and more.
- - Crossing the Bridge: Picture-in-Graphics Track
- - USC Short film Introduced by William Holden
- - Photo Gallery
- - The Steve Allen Show with William Holden & Alec Guinness
- - The Bridge on the River Kwai Premiere Narrated by William Holden