Two of David Lean’s classic epics get reissued in honor of the visionary director’s 100th birthday.

These two-disc collections are pared down versions of the limited edition sets issued a couple years back, leaving out some of the more unnecessary elements while still offering myriad extras that include: several in depth documentaries/featurettes, a news reel of Lawrence’s New York premiere, photo galleries, a bizarre USC short film narrated by William Holden that explains what goes into making a movie and appreciations by John Milius and Steven Spielberg.

To be truly appreciated, both of these films (Lawrence in particular) should be seen on the big screen. But on the small screen, these anamorphic, re-mastered presentations are the way to go.

Grade: A

Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia are currently available.