on June 6, 2003
Who would have thought with a title like "The Princess Bride" that I would be introduced to this film by my 4 sons who had played it over and over again? The title had me thinking that it was a chick film, but with 4 males from 18 down to 4 watching it over and over again, it had to be something more. I sat down, and was pleasantly surprised with a tale of swashbuckling adventure, with unapologetically cartoonish characters. The tale is narrated at times by a grandfather portrayed by Peter Falk as he is reading this tale to his cynical grandson, played by a young Fred Savage.
When the tale goes beyond the realm acceptable by a reasonable person, the grandson complains to the grandfather, who always offers to quit reading the story, but gives enough of a teaser as to leave his grandson begging for more.
Is this movie silly? YES, YES, YES! Is it fun? YES! With the magical cast assembled here, they can take this preposterous tale and make it sing. If you cannot suspend your sense of disbelief for the duration of a movie, get something else, heavier and darker. If you want a cute little diversion of a movie, pop this one in. It is a fun, up-beat, fast paced movie.
As I detest spoilers I won't give you any more plot elements, but rest assured, the ending is good. Don't be surprised if little boys in your household start yelling, "I'm Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die!" and jumping about the house. (After hearing that line a few hundred times I had to see the movie.)
on July 20, 2000
This is a nearly flawless film, and one of my all-time favorites. But you may want to wait before buying it on DVD. Let me explain ...
This DVD has NO extras. It is simply a bare-bones, non-anamorphic release, and one that is only marginally better than the laserdisc or VHS in picture and sound quality. Before you run out to buy this disc, you should know that MGM is currently working on a special edition DVD of this film, with anamorphic widescreen for release NEXT year. That means if you are a fan of the film, as I am, you are going to have to buy it again next year to get the better DVD.
Why would MGM release it now as a bare-bones disc at all, you ask? MONEY. They know you will buy it now, and they know you will buy it later too.
Buy it if you must, but consider yourself warned.
on January 9, 2013
Funny funny movie, had to have it. Billy Crystal steals the movie. Received this in just a few days. Didn't expect that.
on May 25, 2015
This edition of The Princess Bride very good. Commentaries of which there are 2 both are good and informative like with Andre The Giant for example. Love the various lines like ... Yes your very smart.. Shut up; Hello My is __________ you killing my father prepare to die among others. The menu for this excellent the only thing missing is The black masked man \ Wesley. Other then that great. 25th anniversary talk on the film and others great. Great film I have own the VHS back in the day and the DVD also.
on May 15, 2013
A love story that is fit for the whole family - and the young girls will like it even more. The formula was old fashion but it worked. However, be warned of a torture scene which may be too intense for the young. I actually don't think that scene was necessary and believe a misjudgement on the part of the script writer or director had resulted in this 'blemish' in an otherwise wholesome family fare.
on November 12, 2013
This is one of my all time favorite movies. Most of my friends can quote nearly every line of this movie, which can get annoyingly funny when you have 6 or 7 people in the same room doing all the lines of the characters. hehe
I picked up this Blu-Ray of it because its the 25th anniversary edition with a whole bunch of extras that my DVD version doesn't have. Considering when this movie was made the video quality is pretty good for blu-ray.
Who should buy this movie? EVERYONE!!! Its a timeless story of boy meets girl, boy leaves girl to find adventure and money, and boy gets killed off by the Dread Pirate Roberts and girl gets engaged to the evil Prince and.... well you get the idea.
Its filled with adventure, sword fights, giants, villains, heroes, princesses, miracles, rodents of unusual size and humor. This movie has something for everyone. Boys, girls, men, women and even rodents of unusual size will love this movie.
Its actually inconceivable how anyone could not like this movie.
on April 23, 2004
This is a wonderful movie and has something for everyone. It's not about special effects or amazing visuals, some of the sets are pretty basic and look low budget. It isn't about clever plot twists or surprise endings, most viewers can guess how the movie will end when the movie opens. It is, however, a story about "true love" and the obstacles overcome in order to find it. Serious as that may sound, it is hardly the case. You could call this movie a "playful romp" and you would not be far off. In no way does this movie ever take itself seriously, and that is a lot of the fun. Even more, it is the supporting characters and cameos that really make this movie. It is a veritable "Who's Who" of comic actors that will leave you smiling well after the end. The movie is both touching and entertaining. If you need special effects and intricate plots, nudity, sex and violence, then this is not what you are looking for. If, however, you enjoy entertaining characters and a wonderful story, then this is it! Do yourself a favor and RENT this movie now! You won't be sorry.
on October 18, 2003
If you have ever heard someone say - somewhat dramatically - "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." This is the movie from which that immortal line came.
The Princess Bride is a bedtime story read to Peter Falk when he was a child and now he is reading it to his grandson played by Fred Savage. Savage is fantastic as he goes from enduring his grandfather's visit in the beginning to earnestly protesting plot line injustices as the storytelling progresses. The transition from Falk's bedside reading, which is only a few short scenes, to the actual story is amazing - really brings something out in the story.
The story itself is of the love of Buttercup (Robin Penn) and her father's hired hand, Wesley (Cary Elwes). Costuming makes the time setting look like the Robin Hood time frame. When Wesley goes off to make a means for himself so he can come back and marry Buttercup, he is kidnapped by the Dread Pirate Roberts who takes no prisoners. Wesley assumed dead, it is arranged that Buttercup will marry Prince Humperdink (Chris Sarandon), who is a scheming prince planning to spark a war by orchestrating Buttercup's death and framing the neighboring country, Gilda. Meanwhile, Wesley turns back up and thinks that Buttercup has betrayed him. He pursues her and rescues her from Humperdinks agents, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin). Realizing the misunderstanding, they are freshly in love but the double faced Humperdink attempts to come between them and continue his plans for his bride's demise. It is only true love that can defeat their dire situation and some strange alliances that can defeat his plans. Billy Crystal plays a wonderful Miracle Max with Carol Kane as his wife.
This is a heartwarming story that is wonderful at any age and one that you are sure to watch over and over again.
on September 27, 2003
This delightful fairytale is one of those wonderful childhood memories and a joy for the whole family. With a great mix of humor, blatant melodrama, loads of adventure, and a magnificent cast, "The Princess Bride" really has it all.
The movie is narrated by a Grandpa (Peter Falk) telling a bedtime story to his grandson (Fred Savage.... you know, the 'Wonder Years' kid). The star of the show is Cary Elwes, who plays the simple stable boy Westley that falls madly in love with Buttercup (Robin Wright). The lovers are separated of course, and Westley is presumed dead, lost at sea. Buttercup, now engaged to the thoroughly evil Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped by a motley band of rogues with the mysterious Dread Pirate Roberts (*coughs* Westley anyone?) in hot pursuit.
The ensuing misadventures and comedy make for a memorable movie experience that can be repeatedly enjoyed. This isn't the most amazing movie ever made, but it is mostly amazing, and highly reccomended.
on September 14, 2003
Almost everything , scratch that, absolutely everything about "The Princess Bride" is pure, shimmering gold. William Goldman (All The Presidents' Men) penned a classic script, filled with breezy humor, excitement and a lot of wit. Its perfectly complemented by the always pitch-perfect direction of Rob Reiner, who has fun with the material without once neglecting the very original story given him by Goldman. And who isn't amused by Cary Elwes as a stable boy turned pirate turned hero, Chris Sarandon as the wily and coniving Prince Humberdink, Robin Wright Penn (Forrest Gump) as the beautiful and touching Buttercup and Andre the Giant, who shares the best lines and gags with Cary Elwes. How can you not chuckle at their fight in a field as Elwes tries to save buttercup or when Andre bellows "Anybody want a peanut?!"
The story of the film is so involved and, surprinsgly complicated, that it is hard to believe they crammed it into a little over 90 minutes of running time and still made it coherrent, but Rob Reiner excels at those sort of films ("When Harry met Sally..." anyone?). The story begins as Elwes and Penn are in love and Elwes goes off to seek his fortune but is supposedly killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Prince Humberdink then takes Buttercup as his-bride-to-be before Buttercup is kidnapped by a rag-tag group of crooks. To really reveal anymore would be to spoil a classic and wondrous film that still resonates with as many repeat viewings as you desire. Yeah, it's that good.