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For the most part, a sparkling restoration,
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This review is from: The Bridge on the River Kwai [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)If further proof be needed that when it comes to Blu-ray, the old ones are the best ones, along comes this superb version of The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Occasionally in HD/Blu-ray forums I read ill-informed comments that such and such a film will look rubbish on Blu-ray because it 'pre-dates HD'. Well this one was released in 1957: see for yourselves. The fact is that film has a vastly high resolution to begin with, even greater than that of Blu-ray. As long as the original negative is in a pristine condition, it can't help but look better. Many older movies are given a new lease of life on the format and quite often - thanks to state-of-the-art restoration techniques - can sit proudly alongside the best of today's titles.
BotRK boasts a fine new transfer: "a 4K digital restoration from the original negative with newly remastered 5.1 audio" according to the sleeve notes. If the film does show its age to some degree, it's where the source elements don't quite match and look slightly grainier. This is certainly true of the opening few minutes but don't let that put you off. Once the PoWs have marched into camp, the picture is exemplary and is easily on a par with other highly regarded Blu-rays, such as Zulu or The Sound of Music. The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack has been mixed with care: any effects are only sent to the surround channels when the scene justifies it and not for their own sake. Music for the most part is confined to the front stage and a crisp dialogue track is anchored to the centre, where it belongs.
As regards the film itself, it won seven Academy Awards and deservedly so. Alec Guinness' portrayal of the by-the-rules British colonel, who engages in a stubborn battle of wills and then elects to put his men's morale above the Allies' war objective, is one of the all-time great performances.
This is a movie that I came to quite late in life and upon first viewing, it held my attention completely from beginning to end. It's now arrived for a new generation to discover in the best way possible. You don't know how spoilt you are.
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2011 10:50:13 BDT
I'm interested on buying it but have some doubts as for the languages included and subtitles.
Would you please confirm if there's a Spanish audio track and Spanish subtitles?
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2011 13:03:24 BDT
Hi. Yes, there are both a Castilian Spanish 5.1 soundtrack and subtitles included. :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2011 13:18:42 BDT
Now, that's a quick answer!
Thanks very much :-) Also for the review... it will be in my buying list for the next month.
Posted on 2 Aug 2011 09:36:06 BDT
Question. can you tell me is the UK Edition of River Kwai in Original or did they also editing the word, Barbarians, out and put the word ,Them, in it. because they did it with the US Edition of River Kwai.
thanks for helping me
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 12:59:57 BDT
Could you tell me at which time point this occurs and I'll have a look for you?
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2011 08:36:33 BDT
Hello Chris, thanks for the fast response.
I dont know it ecsacly, i saw the movie a few years ago and want to buy in blu. i read some reviews on the US page of amazon and one of them wrote it. I can give you the lin he said, :Well teach this barbarians a lesson in western efficiency. I think its somewhere they gonna start to build the bridge. in my opinion this is one of the memoriable lines in this movie and the us edit it? i hope the uk edition did not change it
i hope this helps you ant thank you for your trouble.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2011 12:26:50 BDT
I'll have a look when I get a moment and let you know.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2011 20:04:16 BDT
I can confirm that the line is there at 1:08:34, but as Nicholson says "barbarians" most of the word is muffled by an extra splash sound effect after someone has dived into the river where they are crossing.
The actual line sounds like: "We can teach these [splash] ...ians a lesson in Western methods and efficiency that will put them to shame." The subtitles remove the word completely and replace it with "them".
Hope this helps. :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2011 11:21:41 BDT
Thank you for your trouble to describe the scenery . It helps, to know what i can espect of it.
Now i have to made up my mind. if i gonna buy it or not.what should i do, is it worth it? i hate such things, changeing words, lines and..and.. like in Blade Runner.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2011 12:29:33 BDT
To be honest I wouldn't have noticed it until you asked. I still think that the overall improvement in picture and sound makes this one worth a purchase. :-)