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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 (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DU4B10
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835 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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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29 of 30 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wicker-king on 17 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
This is what all those films claiming to be 'fun for all the family' should keep in mind when using that phrase. The story is a simple fairy tale of evil princes and beautiful princesses (but wait it gets better) and dashing heroes doing good and saving the day. Kids will lap it up.
Whats here for the adults is a wicked sense of humour which subverts our preconceptions of films of this ilk and the greatest sword fight in the history of movies ever, ever, ever (even recent Star Wars movies have tried to emulate this). Some of the one liners and catchphrases will stick with you for ages and it almost becomes like a secret code amongst those who have seen it (I myself have started a cult that meets at midnight wearing black masks and screams 'boooo').
This really is fun long after daddy takes the T-Bird away, it has the charm of an Errol Flynn matinee and the humour of a very funny thing. If you have kids you'll love them to see it and if you don't have kids this will be one of the first movies you'll want to show them when you have them. Actually, scratch all that, see this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 12 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Princess Bride is the best fairytale film so far produced. The 1987 film is based on the book The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It is an absolutely terrific film experience combining the action of a fairytale with the wittiest dialogue in film history. There is something for absolutely everyone in Princess Bride - adventure for the younger viewers, a swordfight scene the equal of any other, and banterous wordplay to have adults in hysterics.

The plot of Princess Bride is designed to be simple. It is a fairytale. True love between future princess Buttercup and stablelad Westley is interrupted when he leaves to seek funds for their marriage but disappears, presumably captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts. The early scenes are incredibly mushy with soft focus and soft lighting emphasising the cheese along with the limited dialogue and longing gazes. As a piece of satire it is spot on. As a contrast to everything that comes next it is retrospectively hilarious.

The action really kicks into gear when Buttercup is kidnapped. Her captors are a band of villains led by Vizzini the Sicilian. The kidnappers are sowing the seeds for war between the two rival kingdoms of Florin and Guilder. More importantly they generate terrific banter. The physical differences between the three is the stuff of fairytale but the dialogue is absolutely cutting. Being the smartest guy around Vizzini perpetually demeans his compadres though they give nearly as good as they get. The two other members of the villain crew are Fezzik played by the legendary Andre the Giant and Inigo Montoya played by Mandy Patinkin.
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13 of 14 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 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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