Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has just added David Lean’s epic The Bridge On The River Kwai to their release schedule, bringing the film to high definition for the first time in November.
When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in this epic World War II adventure. 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 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.
Aside from the new 1080p high definition transfer and high definition audio presentation, the Blu-Ray/DVD combo will include an Appreciation by John Milius as well as an Exclusive Documentary on the adaptation of Boulle’s novel, casting, history of production, score, release, restoration and more.
Also included are a Picture-in-Graphics Track called Crossing the Bridge , the featurette Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant, the USC Short film Introduced by William Holden and a Photo Gallery. The release is rounded out by The Steve Allen Show with William Holden & Alec Guinness and The Bridge on the River Kwai Premiere Narrated by William Holden.
“The Bridge On The River Kwai” arrives in high definition on November 2 and can be yours for $34.95.