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The Princess Bride [DVD]

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  • Actors: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: William Goldman
  • Producers: Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Jeffrey Stott, Norman Lear, Steve Nicolaides
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AVUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride is a gently amusing, affectionate pastiche of a medieval fairytale adventure, offering a similar blend of warm, literate humour as his Stand By Me (1985) and When Harry Met Sally (1989). Adapted from his own novel, William Goldman's script plays with the conventions of such 1980s fantasies as Ladyhawke and Legend (both 1985), and with the budget never allowing for spectacle, sensibly concentrates on creating a gallery of memorable characters. Robin Wright makes a delightful Princess Buttercup, Cary Elwes is splendid as Westley and "Dread Pirate Roberts", while Mandy Patinkin makes fine Spanish avenger. With winning support from Mel Smith, Peter Cook, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane there is sometimes a Terry Gilliam/Monty Python feel to the proceedings, and the whole film is beautifully shot, with a memorably romantic main theme by Mark Knopfler. Occasionally interrupted by Peter Falk as a grandfather reading the story to his grandson, The Princess Bride is an elegant post-modern family fable about storytelling itself; a theme found in other 1980s films The Neverending Story (1984) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). A modest, small-scale work that manages to be both cynically modern and genuinely romantic all at once. As charming as you wish.

On the DVD: The 1.77:1 anamorphic transfer is strong, if not quite as detailed as it might be. Colours lack just a little solidity and some scenes evidence a fair amount of grain. Released theatrically in Dolby stereo, the Dolby Digital 5.1 remix spreads the sound effectively across the front speakers but makes very little use of the rear channels indeed. Extras are limited to filmographies of five of the leading actors, and a 4:3 presentation of the theatrical trailer, which gives far too many of the film's surprises away.--Gary S Dalkin

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
Every now and then, someone makes one of those rare movies that crosses the lines of romance, action, fantasy, fairy tale, and a story for all ages. And isn't annoying either. With snappy dialogue and lovable characters, "The Princess Bride" is a classic tale of high adventure, danger, true love, screaming eels, and Sicilians who talk too much. And yes, there's kissing.

A bored little boy (Fred Savage) is sick in bed, is told a story by his quirky grandfather (Peter Falk). In it, young lovers Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Carey Elwes) are separated when Westley is apparently killed. A few years later, the heartbroken Buttercup is unwillingly affianced to the slimy Prince Humperdinck. As if that weren't enough, she's kidnapped by a trio of mercenaries.

But things go wrong for the mercenaries -- a mysterious masked man is following them, and he defeats each of the mercenaries with his swordplay, strength and wits. He also knows quite a bit about Westley's fate -- and Buttercup soon finds that he IS Westley after all. But Buttercup is only a cog in Humperdinck's evil plot, and now it's up to Westley, gentle giant Fezzik (Andre) and vengeance-seeking Spaniard Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) to save her.

If "Princess Bride" had been done in a halfway serious manner, it wouldn't have been even remotely interesting. It would have been just another kids' film. But with William Goldman's tongue-in-cheek script and entertaining characters (Miracle Max, anyone?), it becomes something a lot sweeter and funnier.

Rob Reiner has a deft, wry touch that matches Goldman's story, and he does a superb job of keeping the grim moments lighter than they would have been otherwise ("We'll never make it through!" "Nonsense, you're only saying that because no one ever has").
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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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By A Customer on 10 April 2006
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Fantastic film..Tongue in cheek excellence. The charaters are superbly cast, the acting is spot on. I can see why people do not like this film...IT IS BECAUSE THEY JUST DON'T GET IT! The tongue in cheek style can be missed, and they maybe expecting Indiana Jones special effects. This is a shame because they are missing out on a great, funny, clever film.
The sword fight is amazing, the lines are funny and delivered perfectly, as well as the acting...Go on try this film, and if you are luckily enough, you will become part of it's cult following..
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By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2006
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In 1990, a number of leading British film reviewers assembled a list of their top 10 films from the 1980's and two of them placed "The Princess Bride" somewhere between 10 and 1. The fact that the film made it onto even these exalted lists speaks volumes for the wit and invention of William Goldman (writer) and Rob Reiner (director).
Like many others, I watched the film knowing very little about it other than it is a fairytale but by the end realised I had just watched genius at work. Peter Falk and his knowing narration toys with us (and his sickly grandson) so effectively that all thoughts of reality are happily cast away after the first 5 minutes and rightly so.
I don't want to list the quotable lines nor list the goodies and baddies; discover them and everything else that is great about this film for yourself.
PS Ever wondered what became of sections of Goldman's script and his band of characters? See Shrek II...
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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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