Also available in a standard Movie-Only Edition ($24.95/catalog number 05278).
Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle and loosely based on a true World War II event, The Bridge On The River Kwai garnered seven 1957 Academy Awards
The anamorphically enhanced 2.55:1 (seen for the fist time in this ratio) DVD exhibits image quality that is absolutely improved over the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 9. The smeared LaserDisc picture completely lacks definition, while fine detail on the DVD is noticed in backgrounds, on faces, as well as into the jungles, and the huts
The same PCFriendly installation is used for this title, and after running the program, you are brought to the very simple main menu. From this menu, you are given links for Trivia Sabotage, Pin Ups, and Military Strategy, as well as three online links, a help section, and a Play Movie link. The Trivia Sabotage links sends you to a trivia game, where you have to answer the questions quickly and correctly. If you do not answer fast enough, a piece of the bridge is finished. Also, if your answer is wrong, a piece of the bridge is finished. If you do not make it to the final question before the bridge gets completed, the train makes it across. If you do happen to answer all the questions, video from the movie is shown of the train plummeting into the river. A screensaver can be found after clicking the Pin Ups link. This screensaver is a series of photos from the film, made to look like ad posters. Video clips and short descriptions of the areas in the movie can be found in the Military Strategy section of this title. Nine of the main areas in this campaign are noted in this section. Playing the movie from the PCFriendly software runs smoothly, and goes directly to the DVD-Video main menu, which works well using a mouse. The Bridge On The River Kwai does not have much to it, but what is here is done nicely. There really is nothing that disappoints me, but there also is nothing that pleases me greatly. This is all in all, a mediocre title. (Danny Richelieu)
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