The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

William Holden
Director: David Lean Cast: William Holden
William Holden
, Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
David Lean

DVD (Wide Screen)

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The Bridge on the River Kwai, one of the greatest films ever made, is given the appropriate reverential treatment by Columbia TriStar on the two-disc DVD of director David Lean's World War II prisoner of war epic that netted seven Oscars. For a film nearly half a century old, the transfer on the first disc is absolutely gorgeous. The jungle colors pop out so vividly it seems like the film was shot yesterday. The movie is presented in a special widescreen version that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. As for the soundtrack, the jungle never sounded so good; the soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Disc one also contains an isolated musical score and special DVD-ROM components. The second disc is nothing but special features, including a making-of documentary, a period feature about the making of the film, and a short film narrated by star William Holden that compares and contrasts movies with novels. A photo gallery, talent files, and an homage by filmmaker John Milius completes disc two. A collectible booklet accompanies the double-disc set.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2000
UPC: 0043396052789
Original Release: 1957
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:42:00
Sales rank: 5,241

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai; Interactive and animated menus; Scene selections with motion; Theatrical trailers; Talent files

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Shears
Alec Guinness Col. Nicholson
Jack Hawkins Maj. Warden
Sessue Hayakawa Col. Saito
Geoffrey Horne Lieutenant Joyce
James Donald Maj. Clipton
Andre Morell Col. Green
Peter Williams Capt. Reeves
John Boxer Maj. Hughes
Percy Herbert Pvt. Grogan
Harold Goodwin Pvt. Baker
Ann Sears Nurse
Henry Okawa Capt. Kanematsu

Technical Credits
David Lean Director
Gus Agosti Asst. Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Donald M. Ashton Art Director
Pierre Boulle Screenwriter
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Cecil F. Ford Production Manager
Carl Foreman Screenwriter
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Peter Newbrook Camera Operator
George Partleton Makeup
Sam Spiegel Producer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Peter Taylor Editor
Michael Wilson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start
2. "Colonel Bogey March"
3. "I am Colonedl Saito."
4. Nicholson meets Shears
5. Officers' meeting
6. A point of difference
7. The oven
8. Right moment & company
9. How not to build a bridge
10. Five minutes with Nicholson
11. A successful escape
12. A late supper with Saito
13. Shears leaves paradise
14. Victory & defeat
15. Inspection
16. Setting Saito straight
17. Shears meets Warden
18. The commando school
19. Warden's plan
20. The truth about Shears
21. Building a proper bridge
22. Fourth team member
23. The mission begins
24. A change of route
25. Jungle trek
26. Radio repair
27. Facing a crisis
28. Bathing with the enemy
29. Superficially chipped bone
30. Reconnaissance
31. Attack plan
32. "A first-rate job."
33. Setting the charges
34. A few words from Nicholson
35. Final preparations
36. "The river's gone down."
37. "Something odd's going on."
38. Leading them right to it
39. "Blow up the bridge?"
40. Mission accomplished

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