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A Bridge Too Far is available on DVD through MGM Home Entertainment. The disc comes equipped with English Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Dolby Digital 1.0, and comes with French and English subtitles. The film is presented in widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1. The visual quality is fair, with the images sometimes appearing a little bit dated. The sound quality, also somewhat dated, manages to fare a little better. The DVD boasts the film's riveting theatrical trailer, and comes with an eight-page booklet loaded with trivia and production notes, as well as actor fact files and making-of anecdotes.
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Special Features

Dual layer for interruption-free playback; 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes, and the making of the film; Original theatrical trailer
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Screenwriter William Goldman called this movie his generation's answer to The Longest Day (1962), and it's a fairly apt analogy. A Bridge Too Far was, like Day, based on a book by historian Cornelius Ryan, and has a galaxy of stars, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Hardy Krueger, Michael Caine, Gene Hackman, Maximilian Schell, James Caan, Elliott Gould, and Liv Ullman. It also reflects the 1970s in that it is a far darker, less patriotic film (it examines the disastrous battle of Arnhem, in which a division of British paratroopers was nearly wiped out) than the almost jingoistic Day, which trumpeted the Allies' successful D-Day landing. Yet, as directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and lensed by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, the film is far superior to The Longest Day. The film is gorgeous, and the Oscar-winning Goldman handles the plot's necessary exposition far more deftly than did Ryan, who wrote The Longest Day. That's the film's primary improvement on Day and it's significant. The film is also bloodier, which makes the battle scenes more realistic. A Bridge Too Far is a good movie that tells a terrible story of a military disaster. It's long, it's detailed, it won't cheer you up, but it may engross you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1998
  • UPC: 027616675729
  • Original Release: 1977
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning
James Caan Sgt. Eddie Dohun
Michael Caine Lt. Col. Joe Vandeleur
Sean Connery Maj. Gen. Robert Urquhart
Edward Fox Lt. Gen. Brian Horrocks
Elliott Gould Col. Bobby Stout
Gene Hackman Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski
Anthony Hopkins Lt. Col. John Frost
Hardy Kruger Gen. Ludwig
Laurence Olivier Dr. Spaander
Ryan O'Neal Brig. Gen. James Gavin
Robert Redford Maj. Julian Cook
Maximilian Schell Lt. Gen. Wilhelm Bittrich
Liv Ullmann Kate Ter Horst
Arthur Hill Tough Colonel
Wolfgang Preiss Field Marshal von Rundstedt
Siem Vroom Underground Leader
Mary Smithuysen Old Dutch Woman
Nicholas Campbell Capt. Glass
Christopher Good Maj. Carlyle
Keith Drinkel Lt. Cornish
Peter Faber Capt. Harry Bestebreurtje
Alun Armstrong Corporal Davies
David Auker 'Taffy' Brace
Hartmut Becker German Sentry
Hans von Borsody General Blumentritt
Michael Byrne Lieutenant Colonel Giles Vandeleur
Milton Cadman Private Long
Simon Chandler Private Simmonds
Erik Chitty Organist
Stephen Churchett Soldier
Paul Copley Private Wicks
Michael Graham Cox Captain Cleminson
Jon Croft Soldier
Ben Cross Trooper Binns
Shaun Curry Corporal Robbins
Patrick Dickson Soldier
Harry Ditson US Private
Donald Douglas Brigadier Lathbury
Denholm Elliott Met Officer
David English Private Andrews
Colin Farrell Corporal Hancock
Jack Galloway Private Vincent
Peter Gordon US Sergeant
Frank Grimes Major Fuller
John Hackett Glider Pilot
Garick Hagon Lieutenant Rafferty
Brian Hawksley Vicar
Ben Howard Sergeant Towns
George Innes Sergeant Macdonald
Frank Jarvis Soldier
Ray Jewers US Radio Operator
John Judd Sergeant Clegg
Richard Kane Colonel Weaver
Jeremy Kemp RAF Meteorological Officer
Neil Kennedy Colonel Barker
Walter Kohut Field Marshall Model
Hardy Kurger
Stanley Lebor Regimental Sergeant Major
Ian Liston Sergeant Witney
Sean Mathias Irish Guards Lieutenant
Paul Maxwell Major General Maxwell Taylor
Barry McCarthy Privare Clark
Edward McDermott Soldier
Jack McKenzie Soldier
Anthony Milner Private Dodds
Hilary Minster British Medical Officer
Stephen Moore Major Steele
John Morton US Padre
Niall Padden British Medical Officer
Donald Pickering Lieutenant Colonel Mackenzie
John Ratzenberger US Lieutenant
Patrick Ryecart German Lieutenant
Toby Salaman Private Stephenson
John Salthouse Private 'Ginger' Marsh
Peter Settelen Lt. Cole
Gerald Sim Colonel Sims
James Snell Soldier
David Stockton Soldier
John Stride Grenadier Guards Major
Lex Van Delden Sergeant Matthias
Jason White Soldier
Fred Williams Captain Grabner
Chris Williams Corporal Merrick
Michael Wolf Field Marshall Model's Aide
Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director
John Addison Score Composer
Miriam Brickman Casting
Roy Button Asst. Director
Terence A. Clegg Production Manager
Stuart Craig Art Director
Antony Gibbs Editor
William Goldman Screenwriter
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Lanning Asst. Director
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Richard P. Levine Producer
Peter MacDonald Camera Operator
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Palmer Associate Producer
John Richardson Special Effects
Tom Smith Makeup
Michael Stanley-Evans Co-producer
Roy Stannard Art Director
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Harry Waxman Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Prologue/Title [7:33]
2. German Army H.Q. [3:22]
3. Browning's H.Q. [8:07]
4. 8 Miles From Arnhem [6:34]
5. Poor Porjection [2:17]
6. "The Cavalry." [4:31]
7. Guarantees [3:45]
8. Airborne [7:09]
9. Road To Success? [3:31]
10. The Drop [7:28]
11. First Shots/Lunatics [5:35]
12. Further Frustrations [3:28]
13. The Son Bridge [4:07]
14. The Bridge At Arnhem [5:01]
15. Another Try At Dark [4:54]
16. Enemy Reinforcements [2:55]
17. Urquhart's Risk [5:49]
18. Fulfilling A Promise [6:38]
19. Bridge Building [9:48]
20. Battle At Arnhem [5:38]
21. The Supply Drop [3:45]
22. Kate/The Un-Surrender [4:39]
23. Julian Cook [3:44]
24. Rough Crossing [3:37]
25. Bridge Warfare [4:37]
26. Frost's Last Stand [7:06]
27. Germans On The Bridge [3:43]
28. Kate's Kindness [6:35]
29. Rubber Raft Brigade [2:50]
30. The Decision Made [4:32]
31. "A Bridge Too Far." [6:38]
32. End Credits [5:58]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Solid Star Cast With Great Direction

    Richard Attenborough's 1977 adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's novel covering Operation Market-Garden: one of all too many of General Montgomery's poorly devised strategies that uncecessarily cost the lives of many brave Allied soldiers. The audacious plan of dropping over 3 divisions of airborne troops behind the German defensive line in Holland was of limited success because of Montgomery's poor logistical planning which led the allies to having serious tactical limitations in their offensive. The film shows how the campaign was too dependent on rigid assumptions for which there could be no certainty in the fog of war and, which a brilliant general would incorporate in formulating his overall strategy. Uncertainties such as whether the troops would actually land where they were supposed to (most major airborne operations such as Normandy and Cyprus had shown that precise drops are the exception as opposed to the norm), whether radios specially designed for the desert would actually work in a wet climate such as Holland, and the actual amount of time it would take each operational element to reach its objective. As it happened, all of those uncertainties became horrible realities from which the lightly armed Allied airborne troops (especially the British at Arnheim) suffered massive casualties. The troops were scattered over areas far from their anticipated drop zones, their radios didn't work, most of the troops were on foot because too few light vehicles were provided, and,finally, British intelligence grossly underestimated enemy strength by choosing to ignore increasing evidence of a German SS Panzer division positioned in Arnheim. The result was the British suffering high casualties near Arnheim and the remnant of their division being forced to surrender. The characters are fleshed out enough to make them believable and to give the story substance. The movie isn't so much about the characters but about the campaign and the operation of its individual components: hence, the movie is actually quite complex but fluid in structure. The batlle scenes are good for their time, the Germans actually speak German, and the all-star cast sweeps the audience away into all the triumphs and failures of Operation Market Garden. Again, with an all-star cast starring Michael Caine, James Caan, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Liv Ullmann, Ryan O'Neil, Maximillian Schell, and others, how can you go wrong?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Operation Market Garden at its best!

    This star-studded film is a must see film for those interested in World War II. This is one of the '70s big budget war films which covers Operation market garden. Field-Marshall Montgomery's plan which took place September 1944. The Allies attempt to break out of the deadlock in France, and thereby dramatically shorten the winning of the Second World War. Operation Market-Garden was the largest daylight airborne raid of all time . They tried to capture several bridges in the Netherlands and by capturing and holding them, provide the Allies with a direct road into the German heartland. Of course this film shows how the term ''Military Intelligence'' is an Oxymoron. Recon showed that their was armor in the area and the strength of German forces in the area were in actuality much larger than expected. The British General's with their own agenda's (beating Patton to Berlin) ignored all warnings.It stars Sean Connery, Dirk Bogarde, Gene Hackman, Michael Caine, and Anthony Hopkins.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic war film in every sense of the word

    I saw this movie on the big screen when it came out in 1977 and at the time I thought, Wow! because of the lengths they went to recreate the various battles, equipment, aircraft, etc.

    It was with a sense of nostalgia that I bought the collector's edition DVD in 2006. I eagerly popped it into my new TV/DVD player as soon as it arrived - and discovered that big screen does not always translate well into small screen in terms of visual and dramatic impact.

    That said, "A Bridge Too Far" is still one of the best war movies ever made, in terms of scope, presentation and attention to detail. However, I can readily see how someone who is not a student of WWII history could get lost as the movie jumps from scene to scene, and if you don't have even a basic grasp of geography, you're going to be confused more often than not, because the movie only offers a brief (about 2 minute) look at the Market-Garden plan in the form of a (ridiculously oversized) map as the key commanders are briefed in on how the generals "hope" things will go.

    The battle scenes are well executed and seem fairly realistic, as do the pauses and stretches where not much is going on - that's the way it is in real life, and this movie was attempting to capture the essence of one of the major battles of WWII, not do another cheap action flick! "A Bridge Too Far" does a good job of putting you in the middle of each situation, and allows you to experience it much as the people who were actually involved might have. The incredibly brave assault on the Arnhem bridge, and then the desperate attempt to hold it; the suicidal crossing over the Waal River in broad daylight; the increasingly futile efforts to reach the marooned Allied airborne troops before the Germans can overwhelm them - all of this is captured in rich and thorough detail.

    Of special note is how the point of view of the Dutch civilians is included, something often glossed over or outright ignored in many war movies; I cannot even imagine what it would be like to go from living in an occupied but relatively quiet city to fierce combat zone in the course of just a few days.

    I can't say as much about the bonus disc included in the collector's edition - I could never get the picture slide shows to work, and I would have liked to have seen a lot more of the behind the scenes efforts the producers had to go through to state some of the battles in the same locations the real ones were fought in. All in all, though, an enjoyable movie that should be in any WWII buffs collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lots of Famous Names, Little Quality

    I originally purchased this movie thinking it would have some memorable performances, especially since there are many famous actors in their youth. Unfortunately, this story of a very badly managed campaign in WWII is just as poorly told on the screen. Gene Hackman is supposed to be a polish commander, and when you hear the accent he's trying to speak you're wondering what country he's really trying to be from! Robert Redford's part is minimal, as are most of the parts of some young but now famous actors.

    As far as war movies go, it's not too bad; I've seen worse. I think one problem is that the campaign, in reality, was so badly managed that it literally shows on the screen. I have some WWII books and this campaign is not mentioned in a one.

    If you're not into WWII, don't buy this movie. It was marginally interesting for this person who loves WWII movies, books, etc. The acting is sub-par and you could do better watching "All Quiet On the Western Front" or other war movies that actually have depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best war movie ever

    A bridge too far is a great anti-war masterpiece with the Operation market garden disaster fueling its message. It's a long, depressing epic that clearly states that war sucks period and is relevant today with the mess going on in Iraq. Phenomenal cast, solid direction, effective storytelling, get this movie now.

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