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The Princess Bride - Special Edition [DVD]

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  • Actors: Cary Elwes, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, André the Giant
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Producers: Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DU4B10
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comical fantasy tale of beautiful princesses, foul villains and dashing heroes from director Rob Reiner. The Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) is saddened by the disappearance of her true-love Westley (Cary Elwes), and finds that she now has no choice but to become engaged to the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). But Westley soon arrives back on the scene and, along with his mismatched band of adventurers, sets off on a daring mission to rescue his beloved. The film also stars Mandy Patinkin as a Spanish cavalier and Billy Crystal as a crazy magician.

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Screenwriter William Goldman's novel The Princess Bride earned its own loyal audience on the strength of its narrative voice and its gently satirical, hyperbolic spin on swashbuckled adventure that seemed almost purely literary. For all its derring-do and vivid over-the-top characters, the book's joy was dictated as much by the deadpan tone of its narrator and a winking acknowledgement of the clichés being sent up. Miraculously, director Rob Reiner and Goldman himself managed to visualize this romantic fable while keeping that external voice largely intact: using a storytelling framework, avuncular Grandpa (Peter Falk) gradually seduces his sceptical grandson (Fred Savage) into the absurd, irresistible melodrama of the title story. And what a story: a lowly stable boy, Westley (Cary Elwes), pledges his love to the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright), only to be abducted and reportedly killed by pirates while Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Even as Buttercup herself is kidnapped by a giant, a scheming criminal mastermind, and a master Spanish swordsman, a mysterious masked pirate (could it be Westley?) follows in pursuit. As they sail toward the Cliffs of Insanity... The wild and woolly arcs of the story, the sudden twists of fate, and, above all, the cartoon-scaled characters all work because of Goldman's very funny script, Reiner's confident direction, and a terrific cast. Elwes and Wright, both sporting their best English accents, juggle romantic fervor and physical slapstick effortlessly, while supporting roles boast Mandy Patinkin (the swordsman Inigo Montoya), Wallace Shawn (the incredulous schemer Vizzini), and Christopher Guest (evil Count Rugen) with brief but funny cameos from Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Peter Cook. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By muttmummy on 11 July 2004
Format: DVD
I loved this movie when it came out and I love it now - it's lost none of it's charm and I find it just as funny now as back then.
Part of the success is a superb cast. Carey Elwes is underrated - he is a great comedic actor and also a very versatile character actor. He is sharp and on the ball in this movie - his delivery spot on.
BUT - even so, Mandy Patinkin steals the shows with his wonderful performance.
This movie has such a huge personality and you can tell everyone had great fun making it. They don't make them like this any more, sadly.
Do yourself a favour - buy a copy of this absolute honey of a movie. It has everything to offer and won't fail to charm and cheer.
Just perfect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wright on 3 Aug. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
If you are about to propose marriage to someone, ask them what they think of the Princess Bride. If they say they dont like after having watched it, then they rate among the people who didn't like Star Wars (the originals that is)
This film is not to be revered for its fairy tale setting, more for its razor sharp with which cuts through the tale like a grinning cat's claws through the tail of a tattered mouse.
Cary Elwes gives a stunning performance, and there are appearences from people like the late Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal. But this is not adding celebrities to boost ratings. on the contrary, this film was made before these people were famous.
However, I cannot stand in the way of you and a fine piece of film-making. Buy it! you will not be dissappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 10 April 2006
Format: DVD
Westley (played by Cary Elwes) and Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) have that rare and wonderful gift, true love. But, when Westley is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who leaves no prisoner alive, Buttercup must go on with her life as best she can. However, her life becomes quite complex when, in short order, she gets engaged to a prince, gets kidnapped by a group of outlaws, and is pursued by a mysterious man in black. What will become of Buttercup, and can true love really conquer all? [Color, released in 1987, with a running time of 1:38.]
This is a great movie! Though it didn't do very well at the box-office, this is a great movie that has done very well in home viewing, and it's easy to see why. This is a family-friendly movie, moving back and forth from humor to action and back again in a great manner. Now, there is some violence in this movie, including the burning and stabbing of a giant rodent, and the stabbing of a villain, so you might want to be ready if you have younger or more sensitive viewers in your home.
But, that said, this is a great movie that my family and I enjoy immensely. (By the way, there is no nudity in this movie.) If you are looking for a movie with humor, action, adventure and romance, then this is the movie for you! My family and I give it our highest recommendations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
For the child in all of us this is a story of princes who inconceivable luck Buttercup (Robin Wright), is abducted by a giant and perused by a pirate.
"Prepare to die"
This is one of those movies that the story is being told and periodically you are drawn back to the reader and listener to see what they think of the story. The reader is a grandfather played by Peter Falk and the grandson that is listening to the bedtime story is Fred Savage.
Watch the expressions on Prince Humperdinck's (Chris Sarandon) face as he gets foiled again and again. Exceptional good story and actors. There is lots of love story with unexpected trials.
See Peter Falk again with Cyndi Lauper in "Vibes" (1988).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown on 17 July 2007
Format: DVD
Ok. I've watched this first when I was about nine and randomly chose it off a shop display as something that I fancied watching. It had swords on the front cover I figured. I liked swords! I watched it and loved it. Swords, pirates etcetc. The lot, well everything a nine year old could possibly want, and my sisters digged it too, so it must have had some formulaic kissing and romance stuff and nonsense. I must've blinked or something cos' all I saw was a cool action film with the best sword fighting I've ever seen.
Then when I was twenty one and a too cool for school student I watched it again. My God. Its a gem. Peter Cook! Cary Elwes! Rob Reiner! Mark Knopfler! Mel Smith! Andre the Giant! Christopher Guest! Billy Crystal! Peter Falk! This list of participants should make you rush out and buy this film. Go run. Then we can sit and talk about how cool and reconstructivist it is (or not whatever). Go get it and watch it with your eighty year old Mary Whitehouse esque granny, your Manhunt 2 obsessed nephew and especially your cynical too cool for school student nephew. This film combines so many themes, genres and nods and is still emotionally effective and accessible to the widest range of viewers this side of the Simpsons . Amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RoJ on 21 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of my favourite films of all time. It has everything - action, love, adventure and lots of comedy.

No, it hasn't got the huge budget to make every set look amazing, and it WAS made in the 80s but it doesn't matter - use a bit of imagination!

It certainly is cult viewing for the generation who grew up with this film. At Uni I absent-mindedly quoted something from the film and 3 people I was with all said 'wow, you know the Princess Bride' and spent the rest of the day laughing and quoting more. This cued all my other friends to watch it too, resulting in much fun had by all!

A timeless classic. This film should be compulsory viewing!
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