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Overview

A somewhat disappointing DVD release, MGM/UA's The Princess Bride provides nothing extra beyond a theatrical trailer -- no commentary, no featurettes, not even cast and crew biography pages. The film is presented in both widescreen (1.85:1 letterboxed, non-anamorphic) and full-frame formats. The image is nice and clear, with beautiful, vivid colors and no evidence of artifacts such as shimmering or edge enhancement. There is some slight indication of grain and a touch of softness from time to time, which may be more indicative of the age of the film than the quality of the transfer. The print used for the transfer also has some very infrequent speckles and marks, but overall the transfer is quite watchable. The English audio track is presented as Dolby 5.1, though this seems to be little more than a simple transfer of the original Dolby Surround mix, rather than a remix, and as such it is fairly ordinary. Surrounds are hardly called into play, and most of the directional work in the front is in Mark Knopfler's music. Dialogue ranges from clear to somewhat muddy, depending on scene and actor. There is also a Spanish audio track, in mono. This has a terribly compressed sound to it, with brittle-sounding dialogue recording, a variable voice cast, and highly inadequate matching. Subtitles are available in French and Spanish. The trailer is presented full-screen, and mastered from a very bad print. The main DVD menu is animated, with music. There are rumors of an improved edition of this disc, but for now this will have to do.
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Special Features

True Love and High Adventure: The Official Princess Bride DVD Video Game
Princess Bride: The Untold Tales Featurette
The Art of Fencing Featurette
Fairytales and Folklore Featurette
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With its tongue firmly in cheek, Rob Reiner's delightful revisionist fairy tale The Princess Bride simultaneously challenges and reaffirms the conventions of happily-ever-after stories. Once upon a time, as this particular yarn goes, there was a beautiful princess named Buttercup Robin Wright who was being held against her will by the evil Prince Humperdinck Chris Sarandon and his dastardly henchmen. Luckily, her childhood sweetheart, now the Dread Pirate Roberts Cary Elwes, and his newfound friend, the dashing swordsman Inigo Montoya Mandy Patinkin, come to the fair maiden's rescue. In chronicling their adventures, director Reiner and screenwriter William Goldman tinker playfully with time-honored plot devices and counterbalance swashbuckling action with plenty of laughs. Broad character turns by Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Carol Kane, and André the Giant give the film a loosey-goosey feel, and all the actors play it to the hilt throughout. Although the twinkles in their eyes could have made this a cloying affair, Reiner finds a nice balance, never making it feel as if they're trying too hard to have fun.
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Both a tribute to and revision of fairy tales past, The Princess Bride manages to combine subtle, acerbic humor with a classic understanding of what makes the elements of fantasy so appealing to children. Director Rob Reiner took a chance on William Goldman's novel of the same name; though the central plot is unarguably Westley (Cary Elwes) and Buttercup's (Robin Wright) journey to happily-ever-after, a variety of subplots and personal quests make for the daunting prospect of producing a film that very well might have too much going on. A surprisingly gentle performance from late wrestling icon Andre the Giant, along with an excellent supporting team including Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, and Mandy Patinkin, however, not only make the intermingling of plots seem perfectly natural, but express a sense of camraderie so realistic that one hardly notices the subject at hand is as likely to be the pitfalls of life in the revenge business as it is the tedious process of bringing one back from the dead. Patinkin in particular is compelling as Inigo, a Spanish swordsman on an obsessive quest to avenge his father's murder, while Wright plays the title role of with all of the angst, priss, and unbending faith in true love expected from a princess. Elwes' Westley, however, is far cry from the traditional knight in shining armor--clothed in all back and well-versed in the pirating industry, Wesley is a verifiable fairy-tale bad-boy--and like the film itself, somehow, it just works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2000
  • UPC: 027616092199
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Elwes Westley
Robin Wright Buttercup, the Princess Bride
Mandy Patinkin Inigo Montoya
Chris Sarandon Prince Humperdinck
Christopher Guest Count Rugen
Wallace Shawn Vizzini
Peter Falk The Grandfather
Fred Savage The Grandson
Andre the Giant Fezzik
Peter Cook The Impressive Clergyman
Carol Kane Valerie, the Wizard's Wife
Billy Crystal Miracle Max, the Wizard
Mel Smith The Albino
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
Willoughby Gray The King
Malcolm Storry Yellin
Margery Mason The Ancient Booer
Betsy Brantley The Mother
Anne Dyson The Queen
Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director, Producer
Nick Allder Special Effects
Ken Baker Asst. Director
David Barron Production Designer
Peter Bennett Asst. Director
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Lois Burwell Makeup
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Garwood Production Designer
William Goldman Screenwriter
Maggie Gray Set Decoration/Design
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Richard Holland Art Director
Jane Jenkins Casting
Mark Knopfler Score Composer
Robert Leighton Editor
Steve Nicolaides Associate Producer
Norman Lear Executive Producer, Producer
Keith Pain Art Director
Andrew Scheinman Producer
Jeffrey Stott Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Grandpa! [2:41]
2. "True Love" [3:01]
3. A Royal Announcement [1:24]
4. Rhyming Robbers [2:56]
5. "The Shrieking Eels" [3:20]
6. "Cliffs of Insanity" [6:01]
7. Wordplay /Swordplay [5:39]
8. Wrestling a Giant [3:28]
9. "A Battle of Wits" [6:04]
10. Unmasking Love [5:29]
11. "The Fire Swamp" [4:12]
12. Rodents of Unusual Size [3:47]
13. "Surrender!" [2:19]
14. "The Pit of Dispair" [2:00]
15. Booing the Queen [2:00]
16. A Deal With Evil [2:55]
17. The Dreaded Machine [1:51]
18. "The Thieves Forest" [1:42]
19. Sobering the Spaniard [2:44]
20. Ultimate Suffering [6:22]
21. Miracle Makers [4:25]
22. Brains/Strength/Steel [3:39]
23. "Twoo Wuv" [2:50]
24. "Prepare to Die!" [6:22]
25. "Drop Your Sword!" [2:50]
26. "Four White Horses" [1:56]
27. "As You Wish" [1:26]
28. End Credits [4:30]
Side #1 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Grandpa! [2:41]
2. "True Love" [3:01]
3. A Royal Announcement [1:24]
4. Rhyming Robbers [2:56]
5. "The Shrieking Eels" [3:20]
6. "Cliffs of Insanity" [6:01]
7. Wordplay /Swordplay [5:39]
8. Wrestling a Giant [3:28]
9. "A Battle of Wits" [6:04]
10. Unmasking Love [5:29]
11. "The Fire Swamp" [4:12]
12. Rodents of Unusual Size [3:47]
13. "Surrender!" [2:19]
14. "The Pit of Dispair" [2:00]
15. Booing the Queen [2:00]
16. A Deal With Evil [2:55]
17. The Dreaded Machine [1:51]
18. "The Thieves Forest" [1:42]
19. Sobering the Spaniard [2:44]
20. Ultimate Suffering [6:22]
21. Miracle Makers [4:25]
22. Brains/Strength/Steel [3:39]
23. "Twoo Wuv" [2:50]
24. "Prepare to Die!" [6:22]
25. "Drop Your Sword!" [2:50]
26. "Four White Horses" [1:56]
27. "As You Wish" [1:26]
28. End Credits [4:30]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
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   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Español
      Subtitles
         Français
         Español
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #1 -- Standard
   Play
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Español
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic!

    This is simply one of the greatest movies of all time, as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I have a decent sized list of movies I consider to be among the best of all time, but this is certainly one of those. I have been watching this movie since I was a kid. I own the original DVD release of this, but it has just about zilch for features, and the DVD was starting to get pretty worn anyway, so I decided i would go ahead and pick up the blue ray, seeing as how it's one of my all time favorites. This version contains a bunch of features on it, and it even comes with the DVD copy, so it's all good. Seriously, this movie is great! An oldie, but a goldie. If you have never seen this movie folks, you need to get on it! Friggin great, classic movie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

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    one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    one of the best fairy tale movies ever made

    I've seen The Princess Bride a good half dozen times, but I had to have my own copy of it so I could watch it whenever I felt like it. Even if, like my brother-in-law, you prefer gritty, realistic films, you have to see this one at least once in your life. It's one of the few movies you can watch with kids and genuinely enjoy as an adult.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    Did they clean up the sound? I love most everything about this

    Did they clean up the sound?

    I love most everything about this movie except for the fact that the soundtrack on my old VHS version is rather muddy, which makes it difficult to understand Fezzik's lines at times, due to Andre the Giant's heavy accent. What would be really helpful to me in terms of deciding to buy this DVD is feedback on whether they've remastered the sound yet.

    Also, I'm usually one of those people who says that the book is always better than the movie, but this one is the exception that proves the rule. I hated the book. The author keeps interrupting the story with distracting vignettes about his personal life that are not only self-serving but also annoyingly sexist.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best...Movie...Ever!

    At least it is definitely in the top 10, especially for families. My kids had never heard of this movie, as it hadn't been advertised on Disney Channel since well, ever. I played it for them once, and it is now a family classic. Still, if it were a video game, I would rate it E10+, since it has a little bit of language and some violence.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    One of my all-time faves. Funny!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "My name is Indigo Montoya, you killed my father, now prepare to die!"

    This heartwarming, quipsical, entertaining film is a family pleaser! It brings out the child in all of us and is timeless!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Princess Bride

    This movie has been a favorite of mine since my childhood. I love it more after every viewing. It is funny and classic with some great one liners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a must see movie.

    Hilarious and sweet.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A classic!

    This is a must see.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    always a blast

    I love wesley

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic movie

    Really enjoyed this movie. Not as spectacular in terms of graphics as today's movies, but a true classic.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    MY NUMBER 1 FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!

    How does one describe one of if not THE BEST movie ever made?! It has everything...and if you haven't seen it yet, you are missing out!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Greatest Movie of All Time.

    I first watched this movie when I was around 9 years old and 20 years later, it's still my favorite. Perhaps that says something about me, but looking at the other reviews here I believe it's safe to say that The Princess Bride is definitely a winner. At a young age I thought it magical, nowadays I find it clever. Never does it condescend to the viewer, which allows all ages to feel a participant and to find new things in the movie as they mature. There is definitely something for everyone in this film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amused

    Delightful tale! I never get sick of this fairy tale farcical adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mandatory

    If you haven't memorized half the lines then your life has only been half lived. This movie is a must-see, a must-love, a must-recite-line-by-line-and-quote-to-friends-and-family movie. And I'm not blaving around either. To blave? Watch the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inconceivably good.

    One of my favorites since childhood. During a low romantic period, I watched it every day for two weeks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An amazing fantasy/comedy

    I have never seen a movie reviewed on B&N where all the reviews were 5 stars until Princess Bride, and with good reason. This movie is funny, romantic, action-packed and has all the elements of the great movies of the 30's and 40's. This is one of my top three movies of all time by one of the top three screenwriters of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic.

    Five stars all the way. classic movie. Great for friends or family and its got everything in it. Entertaining for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Enchanting Wonderment of Pure Excellence

    I love this film, it has everything that you could ever dream of in a love story. The entire ensemble cast excells beautifully in their characters very deeply, especially Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, and Mandy Patinkin, who is absolutely brilliant as Inigo Montoya. The music, costumes, scenery, and hysterical humor make this a classic to remember always. I cannot recommend it more, it's lovely in a gorgeous romantic sense. The sword fights are very exciting, and they maybe the best, and most original battle scenes in film history. Director Rob Reiner creates this magical world with very detailed originality.

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