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The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray

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DigiBook / Collector's Edition / Blu-ray + DVD Sony Pictures | 1957 | 161 min | Rated PG | Nov 02, 2010

The Bridge on the River Kwai (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.55:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.55:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Portuguese: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional), Thai

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Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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The Bridge on the River Kwai


The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

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 organise 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.

For more about The Bridge on the River Kwai and the The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray release, see the The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, Geoffrey Horne, James Donald
Director: David Lean

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The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Bridge on the River Kwai has received a glorious 4K restoration for its inaugural Blu-ray release. Sony's 1080p transfer is nothing short of marvelous; the film has never looked better for home consumption, and save for a couple of minor nitpicks, the studio's transfer is pretty much perfect. Both the immaculate detailing and pristine color reproduction will impress longtime fans of the film and newcomers alike from the opening moments forward. The yellow titles have never appeared so bold, clean, and sharp, and the remainder of the movie is home to a color palette to die for. The technicolor presentation looks fantastic; even if much of the film is made of the earthen hues that define the dusty terrain, the ragged British fatigues, the wooden bridge, or the bamboo structures, Sony's transfer handles them all with precision and attention to detail that's second-to-none for an aging picture. Bolder colors impress, too, whether the bright green foliage seen around the various locales or the red rising sun offset against a white backdrop that makes up the Japanese flag. Fine detail is exemplary, too, with the 1080p transfer capturing the slightest frays in uniforms, the texture of the dirt terrain around the camp, sweaty and scraggly faces, or the wood grains on the planks that make up the bridge. Better still, The Bridge on the River Kwai retains a handsome layer of grain that gives the picture an oftentimes breathtaking cinematic texture. Black levels are strong, appearing inky and honest without overwhelming any details around the frame, and flesh tones appear accurately reproduced throughout. There are a few soft shots scattered about the movie and viewers will notice sloppy scene transitions that tighten up in an instant, but both elements are source-specific and not a fault of the Blu-ray transfer. Only a few random speckles and slight shimmering seen on several shots of a curtain with horizontal striping represent the only real drawbacks to the transfer. The Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the finer looking Blu-ray discs on the market; it's not going to wow audiences hoping for a movie that looks like it was filmed six months ago, but as far as vintage catalogue titles go, they don't get much better than this.

The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Bridge on the River Kwai's inaugural Blu-ray release features a steady DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Like the video, it's not going to overwhelm those in search of pitch-perfect, modern-sounding 360-degree mixes, but Sony's track hits all the right notes and delivers a wonderfully clear and perfectly stable sound presentation. The track is generally front-heavy with the surround speakers engaged primarily in the delivery of light atmospherics. The sound of heavy falling rain and the din of jungle wildlife plays with more of a cursory rather than pronounced surround presentation; listeners won't feel engulfed into the environment around the bridge and prison camp, but the quality of the film supersedes the absence of a more directionally-specific and seamless sound field. Primary and more pronounced sound effects -- such as an ear-piercing blow of a whistle -- enjoy a decidedly realistic tone, but several end-of-film effects, such as explosions and gunshots, play noticeably muffled due not to the quality of the track but instead the innate elements used in creating the sound for the original picture. The low end doesn't see much use, though there is a noticeable uptick in bass during some of the military music. Dialogue is effortlessly delivered via the center channel with no perceptible issues of note. The Bridge on the River Kwai isn't a spectacular show of sonic delights, but fans should be appreciative of Sony's efforts in bringing this track to a level of excellence never before achieved for home video.

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