'The Bridge on the River Kwai' and 'The Godfather' Prepped for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 at 11:39 AM PDT by

Both classic films are being prepared for a UHD release in 2017.

As reported on The Digital Bits, Sony is working on David Lean's 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' for Ultra HD Blu-ray sometime later this year.

When British P.O.W.s build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure The Bridge On The River Kwai.

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 its theme song, an old WWI whistling tune, the "Colonel Bogey March," became a massive wordwide hit. The Bridge On The River Kwai continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.

Paramount is also preparing Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' for Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Talia Shire, tells an epic tale of Mafia life in America during the '40s and '50s.

Vito Corleone (Brando) is the family patriarch balancing a love of his family with an ambitious criminal instinct. At the wedding of the Don's daughter, Connie (Talia Shire), youngest son Michael (Pacino) is reunited with his family.

A subsequent assassination attempt leaves the Don too ill to run the family business, forcing Michael and Sonny (Caan), with the help of consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), to lead the Corleones into a vendetta-filled war with other mob families. Violent revenge ensues as the family tries to change from its old criminal ways into legitimacy.

No other details have been revealed at this time.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Bridge on the River Kwai - Ultra HD Blu-ray' and 'The Godfather - Ultra HD Blu-ray' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are indexed under PENDING.

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