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The Bridge on the River Kwai [VHS] (1957)

William Holden , Alec Guinness , David Lean  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)

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  • 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: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese, Thai
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: February 24, 1998
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0800132009
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director David Lean's masterful 1957 realization of PierreBoulle's novel remains a benchmark for war films, and a deeply absorbing movie by any standard--like most of Lean's canon, The Bridge on the River Kwai achieves a richness in theme, narrative, and characterization that transcends genre.

The story centers on a Japanese prison camp isolated deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia, where the remorseless Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) has been charged with building a vitally important railway bridge. His clash of wills with a British prisoner, the charismatic Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness), escalates into a duel of honor, Nicholson defying his captor's demands to win concessions for his troops. How the two officers reach a compromise, and Nicholson becomes obsessed with building that bridge, provides the story's thematic spine; the parallel movement of a team of commandos dispatched to stop the project, led by a British major (Jack Hawkins) and guided by an American escapee (William Holden), supplies the story's suspense and forward momentum.

Shot on location in Sri Lanka, Kwai moves with a careful, even deliberate pace that survivors of latter-day, high-concept blockbusters might find lulling--Lean doesn't pander to attention deficit disorders with an explosion every 15 minutes. Instead, he guides us toward the intersection of the two plots, accruing remarkable character details through extraordinary performances. Hayakawa's cruel camp commander is gradually revealed as a victim of his own sense of honor, Holden's callow opportunist proves heroic without softening his nihilistic edge, and Guinness (who won a Best Actor Oscar, one of the production's seven wins) disappears as only he can into Nicholson's brittle, duty-driven, delusional psychosis. His final glimpse of self-knowledge remains an astonishing moment--story, character, and image coalescing with explosive impact.

Like Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai has been beautifully restored and released in a highly recommended widescreen version that preserves its original aspect ratio. --Sam Sutherland


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217 of 226 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real Blu Ray review November 3, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm still not entirely sure why Amazon lumps the reviews for all versions of a given release in the same category. It makes it especially hard to locate reviews on the blu ray version. Anyway, this is a review of the blu ray version recently released, in a collector's format. It is composed of basically a digibook within a hard external case, which is quite flashy as it has raised illustrations and looks quite nice. Upon removing the digibook (which is quite a bit thicker than others), you will find a blu ray version of the film, a dvd version, and a few other things.

First up is the small production book. Actually in comparison with the material you get from other digibooks (which are usually scant on information), these few pages are full of notes and events during filming, almost a quick documentary in itself. It's nice to see a version of this book-within-case that is heavy on words and light on pictures, which are still nice on a few pages.

Second are the replica lobby cards, located after the incorporated book. Not much to say about these, a nice addition for collectors but not much else.

Finally the movie itself. As far as picture goes, its unbeatable for a film from 1957. Much like the other big releases around this time period, care was indeed taken to release a near perfect picture. Obviously in full 1080p, the lighting and scenery really shine here. I'm no expert on filmography and never really looked into the film types and ratios, but what I can judge is a quality blu ray transfer. The picture is sheer excellence down to the last scene, and is quite reminscent of the older James Bond transfers which were fantastic. All in all, as good picture as you'll see anywhere else in blu ray. The audio is great as well, with a fantastic 5.1 transfer. I have 5.
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101 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge on the River Kwai: Be Happy in Your Work July 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
David Lean's "Bridge on the River Kwai" is one of my favorite movies of all time, and one one the greatest war movies of all time, but a differnt war movie. Can the civilized Colonel Nichoson (brilliantly played by Alec Guinness and won him an Academy Award for best actor) defy the brutal Japanese Colonel Saito(Sessue Hayakawa, also brilliant)and win the war of wills? At first we think he won't but the plot takes a strange turn and this Nicholson turns out to be as fanatic as Saito is in the prison camp. Beautifully shot in Ceylon(Sri Lanka) serving well for Burma by Freddie Young, Lean's great photographer also for "Lawrence of Arabia" the viewer can feel the heat and humidity, see the starving appearance of the prisoners, who start buiding the bridge as a lark until Nicholson wins his points of honor and they work harder than ever. My favorite line in the movie is one of Colonel Saito's favorite sayings: "Be happy in your work," which takes on more and more irony as the film and story unfolds. There is a side plot, with William Holden barely escaping, only to be brought back back with hard-core commandoes(led by demolitions expert Jack Hawkins) to the camp to blow up the bridge. This is a wonderful psychological and subtle war film, with just enough adventure and action to balance its war of words, over the Geneva Covention(Nicholson keeps a copy of it in his pocket and then is slapped with it by Saito)over points of British stiff upper lip and Japanese warrior code,Bushido, two vastly different viewpoints but in the end breed fanatics. The acting, editing, writing,and photography are all flawless. This is one of the few war movies made forty ago that still rank with any today. A true masterpiece, much imitated. Read more ›
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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Lean's anti-war masterpiece in all it's glory...... November 21, 2000
Format:DVD
The release of David Lean's powerful, intelligent and thought provoking anti-war masterpiece on widescreen DVD accompanied by the added bonus documentary "The Making of the Bridge on the River Kwai", along with other featurette's, theatrical trailers and an appreciation of the film by noted director, John Milius, is indeed a cause for celebration amongst cinema afficiando's of this most superb of motion pictures.
The remarkable novel by Pierre Boulle (also author of "Monkey Planet"...filmed as the memorable "Planet of the Apes") is masterfully brought to the screen by director David Lean, a true genius behind many historical epics.
Deep inside snake ridden Asian jungles, British and American prisoners of war toil under the sweltering tropical sun working on part of the infamous Burma railway that claimed thousands of Allied lives during WWII. Colonel Saito (talented Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa) presides over his POW camp with an iron rule...driving his Japanese troops as hard as his malnourished prisoners. Enter the honorable and steadfast English POW, Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guiness in an Oscar winning performance) refusing to capitulate to Saito's demands that British officers perform manual labour alongside enlisted men. Each man's blind adherance to their own personal code of honor sees the two men plunge into a psychological war of will, bravado and courage...each determined not to waver from their personal beliefs.
As these two leaders clash with each other, American prisoner of war and resident camp gravedigger, Shears (William Holden) effects on escape from the brutal prison camp and after nearing death, he makes his way back to the Allied forces.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic movie
Published 3 days ago by ksn
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic drama and action
Classic war movie filled with lots of drama and enough action. Great performances abound. Although not actually what happened, it's still a great story.
Published 10 days ago by Flier1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 11 days ago by Patsy Swindle
5.0 out of 5 stars This one wears so well. Yes, it's dated ...
This one wears so well. Yes, it's dated in it's glorification of a particularly American self-righteous view of ourselves, but the values are worthy and the courage of the men and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by nous deux
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge on the River Kwai was a superb Movie!
Who can't remember this famous movie about building the bridge on the
River Kwai. Its a Classic as the guy was so proud of his fellow camp mates
successfully building a... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 20 days ago by John J. Wedrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
I've got quite a collection of classics now and it just keeps growing and growing! But this one has got to be at the top of the list - William Holden, Alec Guiness (Best Actor... Read more
Published 20 days ago by BobE
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I have no complaints.
Published 25 days ago by mlmpoet
5.0 out of 5 stars A Battle of Wills
Sam Spiegel’s film, Bridge on the River Kwai is difficult to categorize. It is a war movie, but not the type that glorifies war. Read more
Published 27 days ago by ALB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best war movies of all times. Great addition to my collection!
Published 29 days ago by Richard F. Rogina
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