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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid package for a great movie
Unlike a lot of anniversary additions, this one does include some new content in the way of interviews and various other little extras. The movie is as great as it has always been and I think this is worth the purchase even if you have an earlier DVD release
Published on Dec 15 2012 by Wade Tritschler

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3.0 out of 5 stars No extras? Inconceivable!
Any fan of this movie will probably want to hold off on purchasing this "no-frills" version of the William Goldman neo-classic until the inevitable "Collector's Edition" comes out...whenever.
Goldman, who wrote the award-winning screenplay for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and authored "Adventures in the Screen Trade"...
Published on Aug. 31 2000 by an808guy


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid package for a great movie, Dec 15 2012
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Wade Tritschler (Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada) - See all my reviews
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Unlike a lot of anniversary additions, this one does include some new content in the way of interviews and various other little extras. The movie is as great as it has always been and I think this is worth the purchase even if you have an earlier DVD release
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think this happens every day?, Feb. 22 2007
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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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"). With scenes like the torture machine, Miracle Max and Westley's three duels, Reiner keeps it deadpan rather than openly comic. But there are also scenes of touching romance and reconciliation, and some very good swordfights for Inigo.

And the dialogue (penned by Goldman) is full of quotables -- lines like "Inconceivable!" "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," "I'm not left-handed!" and "As you wish" are more or less immortalized. At the worst of times it's solid; at the middling times, it's memorably quirky; at the best of times, it's hilarious.

Yes, the title is about Buttercup. But she's a pretty pallid character compared to Westley, Fezzik and Patinkan. Elwes always seems to be winking at both the characters and audience, while Andre is lovable as the sportsmanlike, superstrong giant, and Patinkan as the discouraged Spaniard searching for a six-fingered man. His clash with the casually evil Rugen is a wonderful action-packed climax.

And Billy Crystal makes a brief but insanely good appearance as the Miracle Man, an embittered medieval healer with a very peeved wife (Carol Kane, who steals the scene with her shrieks of "Liar!").

Crammed with adventure, true love, swordfights, pirates, casual villains, and a clergyman with a speech impediment, "The Princess Bride" is an adorable comic classic. A must-see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gets better everytime I see it., Aug. 14 2010
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Marly6206 "Marlene" (Gatineau, QC, Canada) - See all my reviews
There is always something new everytime I watch this movie...from the nuances in the dialog to the facial expressions to the obvious enjoyment everyone seems to be having in making the film. It's a fun film to watch and I am sure I'll watch it many more times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think this happens every day?, Dec 29 2007
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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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"). With scenes like the torture machine, Miracle Max and Westley's three duels, Reiner keeps it deadpan rather than openly comic. But there are also scenes of touching romance and reconciliation, and some very good swordfights for Inigo.

And the dialogue (penned by Goldman) is full of quotables -- lines like "Inconceivable!" "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," "I'm not left-handed!" and "As you wish" are more or less immortalized. At the worst of times it's solid; at the middling times, it's memorably quirky; at the best of times, it's hilarious.

Yes, the title is about Buttercup. But she's a pretty pallid character compared to Westley, Fezzik and Patinkan. Elwes always seems to be winking at both the characters and audience, while Andre is lovable as the sportsmanlike, superstrong giant, and Patinkan as the discouraged Spaniard searching for a six-fingered man. His clash with the casually evil Rugen is a wonderful action-packed climax.

And Billy Crystal makes a brief but insanely good appearance as the Miracle Man, an embittered medieval healer with a very peeved wife (Carol Kane, who steals the scene with her shrieks of "Liar!").

Crammed with adventure, true love, swordfights, pirates, casual villains, and a clergyman with a speech impediment, "The Princess Bride" is an adorable comic classic. A must-see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No extras? Inconceivable!, Aug. 31 2000
Any fan of this movie will probably want to hold off on purchasing this "no-frills" version of the William Goldman neo-classic until the inevitable "Collector's Edition" comes out...whenever.
Goldman, who wrote the award-winning screenplay for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and authored "Adventures in the Screen Trade" (standard reading for every Filmmaking 101 course), let his imagination run wild with "The Princess Bride", interspersing modern sensibilities into the fairy tale fantasy.
A collaborative effort, the actors (most notably Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and Carey Elwes) as well as director Rob Reiner manage to breathe life into the storybook-like characters, making each of the cleverly written scenes all the more memorable.
While the movie is great entertaintainment for the entire family (doh, I can't believe I just said that), the shadow of a much better special edition on the horizon makes recommending this disc a bit of a catch-22.
Recommended, but at your own risk...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A family comedy funnier than this? Inconceivable!, June 21 2004
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Alex Diaz-Granados "fardreaming writer" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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For millions of television viewers who grew up during All in the Family's groundbreaking run (before it became stale in the post-1977 seasons), Rob Reiner will always be remembered as the Meathead, a.k.a. Archie Bunker's ultra-liberal, atheistic, and argumentative son-in-law, Mike Stivic. But Reiner, whose father Carl is one of America's best comedic writer-actor-directors (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Your Show of Shows, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid), is far more than just a good actor with one famous role, for after he left Norman Lear's flagship comedy series after six seasons, Reiner the Younger followed in his father's footsteps to become a well-known and well-regarded actor, writer, producer, and director.
One of Reiner's best films is 1987's The Princess Bride, a witty-yet-sweet comedy/fantasy written by two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman, who adapted his own novel about the beautiful maiden Buttercup (Robin Wright), whose true love, a young farmboy named Westley (Cary Elwes), goes off to sea to seek his fortune, telling Buttercup that he would come back for her.
But when Buttercup learns that Westley's ship has been attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts she swears she will never love anyone again, an oath she keeps even when she accepts a marriage proposal from Florin's Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), a handsome yet somewhat shady fellow who probably could give Machiavelli some lessons in, well, Machiavellian diplomacy. His plan is simple: take over as King of Florin as soon as his father passes away, get bethroded to a beautiful engaging commoner, then stage her kidnapping and demise to incriminate the neighboring rival kingdom Guilder and start a war.
Aided by the equally heinous Count Rugen (Christopher Guest), Humperdinck hires a trio led by the too-clever-for-his-own-good schemer Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), the revenge-obsessed Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and Fezzik (Andre the Giant), a brawny hulk with a heart of gold and a fondness for rhymes. The three manage to kidnap Princess Buttercup, but before they reach the Guilder-Florin border they run into an unforeseen obstacle: a dashing swordsman dressed in black.
Goldman's clever way of grabbing the audience's heart and funny bone is to present this fairy tale with a framing story of a 1980s grandfather (Peter Falk) who visits his sick grandson (a pre-Wonder Years Fred Savage) and reads the tale of The Princess Bride to him, following a long family tradition.
Reiner gets wonderful performances not only from the major cast members, but also from Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, who play Miracle Max and his wife Valerie in a short but hilarious scene. He approaches the fractured fairy tale as a comedy/romance/swashbuckling adventure, poking gentle fun at the conventions of all the fantasy/medieval adventure films of the 1930s and '40s without being obnoxious or too sardonic. The result: a film that overcame box-office failure (it had a brief and unprofitable theatrical run in the summer of 1987) by becoming a home video success. (This is not unique to The Princess Bride, either. 1939's The Wizard of Oz was no box office champ when it premiered; only when it became an annual TV staple in the mid-1950s did Oz become a family classic.)
The 2001 MGM Special Edition DVD presents The Princess Bride in its original widescreen format, and features a director's commentary track by Reiner, a writer's commentary by Goldman, English and Spanish audio tracks, a new documentary on the making of the film ("As You Wish"), plus theatrical trailers and two original featurettes.
As Vizzini might have added, to try and find a funnier family film is absolutely inconceivable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy, Jan. 9 2013
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Funny funny movie, had to have it. Billy Crystal steals the movie. Received this in just a few days. Didn't expect that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good family film, May 15 2013
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The tragedy of the Princess Bride, May 26 2004
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Avant-Captain_Nemo (Aboard my black outlaw submarine cruising through the sewers in a city near you.) - See all my reviews
This movie will make you laugh the first time you see it. The second time you see it you will curse it for its sentimentality. But the sentimentality is purely superficial. The third time you see it you will come to know and mourn its sad tragic core. There are a million improbable rescues in this movie. Our heroes confront a million deadly dangers and by sheer fate, chance, or the perverse will of the script writer our heroes always get off the hook. I do not feel I am giving anything away when I say that. The movie demands to be treated like a sublime, beautiful, and humorous joke. But underneathe all of those escapes and rescues, underneathe the jokes and one-liners, underneathe the sight gags and grand visual frivolity is a darker story. There is a scene ( I won't give it away) where that bold swashbuckler Inigo cofronts Count Rugen - the man who murdered his father. They have a duel and in the last instant Inigo finally tells Count Rugen what he really wants. It is, actually, the one thing Inigo ever wanted in his entire life. That mere sentence, what Inigo says to Count Rugen, is one of the greatest lines in movie history. It is, in itself, the true tragic and spiritual center of the film. All of those escapes and rescues and jokes are totally false. They make us feel good but they lie. The movie itself admits openly that the film is merely a fantasy - a fantasy in the good sense that it ignores the grotesquely limited constraints of realism; but also a fantasy in the sense that it is what wounded children ( all of us) had wished had happened. No one who sees this film will have any regrets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Princess Bride Review, May 10 2004
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Lorenzo León (Columbia, Maryland United States) - See all my reviews
The Princess Bride is a timeless romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner. This entertaining movie is a fairy tale full of charm, humor, and plenty of excitement. Fighting, torture, revenge, giants, escapes, miracles, and true love are among the many thrilling situations that keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The movie contains a story within a story. It begins with a sick little boy in bed (Fred Savage) and his grandfather (Peter Falk) who comes to visit the boy and read him the story of The Princes Bride. The boy at first is unhappy because he thinks his grandfather is reading him a story about kissing, but he soon realizes that although the story is about true love, it is filled with all types of adventures. As the fantasy part of the story unfolds, both the boy and the viewers are transported to a medieval, make-believe place, Florin, where Buttercup (Robin Wright) meets and falls in love with Wesley, (Cary Elwes) a farm boy, whom she orders around with his only response being "As you wish." They soon fall in love but he decides to leave to seek his fortune, only after promising to return and marry Buttercup. Buttercup then receives news that the Dred Pirates attacked Wesley's ship and that he died. Years later, after being forced to become engaged to the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandom), Buttercup is kidnapped by an odd group of three: Vizzini, (Wallace Shawn) the brains of the group; Montoya, (Mandy Pantinkin) a Spanish swordsman; and Fezzick (Andre the Giant) the strong giant. A man in black who turns out to be Wesley pursues the kidnappers and Buttercup. With the help of a wrinkled miracle maker (Billy Crystal), and Wesley's new friends, Montoya and Fezzick, he and Buttercup are reunited and live happily ever after.
Under the thrilling direction of Reiner, and the funny situations created by scriptwriter, William Goldman, the movie can be appreciated by a person of any age. It captures the young crowd with its exhilarating adventures involving fireswamps, swordfights, and sandpits. The movie also appeals to an older crowd because of its clever comedy and romance. Who cannot be amused by Billy Crystal's antics and declarations that Wesley is only "mostly dead?" The plot and the sub-plots are not only well developed but they flow smoothly, supporting the main theme of the movie, which is overcoming obstacles in order to find your "true love." Nevertheless, my only negative comment is that the movie leaves one loose end; you do not know what happens to the evil Prince Humperdinck.
The cast including the actors with cameo roles do a terrific job in connecting all of the characters and subplots. For example, Wesley is trying to reunite with his one true love; along the way he befriends Montoya who is trying to avenge his father's death. Wesley and Montoya both need the help of Miracle Max, who has his own axe to grind with Prince Humperdinck. Other things that are great and visually amazing about this movie are the swordplay scenes between Inigo and Wesley and Fezzik's battles, which are all excellently choreographed.
This movie will definitely become a part of you. You will find yourself repeating some of the movie's well-known lines like, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die," or phrases such as, "As you wish," "Inconceivable," or "Mawige." It is a funny and enjoyable movie that can be seen over and over again without losing its magic. If you have not seen this movie yet, you are missing out on something special. The Princess Bride is a must have for any home movie collection.
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