One of the greatest war films of all time, boasting a huge all-star cast, "A BRIDGE TOO FAR" is finally available on blu-ray from FOX! "A BRIDGE TOO FAR" rightly earned its place on many "top ten" lists in 1977, because it is one of those rare films that could've had so much gone wrong, but so much goes right! At nearly three hours, there are a few lulls, but the overall pacing, masterful direction, consistently fine acting and great script, help make "A BRIDGE TOO FAR" transcend its genre. It actually manages to make some huge statements about War, without ever condemning its need in the case of WW2. "A BRIDGE TOO FAR" demonstrates the average decent soldier at his best, often led into horrific, even stupid circumstances by leaders who've overlooked simple logic.
Sure, there are those who criticized Robert Redford and others appearing here, but all of the cast is perfectly utilized and it's hard to argue that any of them could've been replaced by someone better. Director Richard Attenborough has often been overpraised(GANDHI), but his skill here is remarkable. There's a real craftsmanship that holds this film together and the William Goldman script is among the best examples of screenwriting from his many great films of the '70s.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/MPEG-2 blu-ray release. While there are a surprising amount of scenes appearing flat, the resolution is consistently impressive when compared to the great looking dvd, and some scenes do have that "jump off the screen" impact found on the best blu-rays. Not a vibrant looking color scheme, the image is never dull. Detail is often excellent and contrast is notably better than dvd. A fine transfer, just not up there with the best reference quality blu-rays from FOX.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 mix. While the effects are often impressive, they tend to overpower the dialogue and it was necessary to adjust the center channel several times, to hear dialogue better. The score is terrific, but also tends to overshadow dialogue.
Several trailers are available in full HD.