Princess Bride (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 218017276
UPC 883904233916
UPC 14 00883904233916
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Classic
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Fantasy
Love Story
Medieval
Recommended
Rescue
Spoof
Swashbuckler
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Rob Reiner breathes vividly colored cinematic life into William Goldman's THE PRINCESS BRIDE, effectively evoking the wondrous, wide-eyed spirit of the witty 1973 novel. When a sick boy (Fred Savage) receives a visit from his doting grandfather (Peter Falk) who intends to read to him from his favorite book, he's not exactly pleased to be extracted from his world of video games. However, his mood quickly changes as he, along with the viewer, is transported to a place out of time--to Florin, a kingdom in the ultimate imaginary land, complete with dashing heroes, cowardly princes, rhyming giants, shrieking eels, rodents of unusual size, fancy swordfights, and yes...even some kissing.^The lovely Buttercup (Robin Wright) learns that "As you wish" really means "I love you" when she falls for her charming farmhand, Westley (Cary Elwes). While trying to seek his fortune, however, Westley disappears at sea, an apparent victim of the Dread Pirate Roberts, who takes no prisoners. A few years later, Buttercup, engaged to the oily Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), is kidnapped by an oddball trio of rogues--brains, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn); brawn, Fezzik (André the Giant); and sword, Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin in a standout performance). As they sail away toward the Cliffs of Insanity, they notice the pursuit of a man in black...and the adventure begins. A clever fairy tale for all ages, THE PRINCESS BRIDE is arguably one of the funniest and most entertaining films of all time.
Plot Summary
Summary Once upon a time, a feisty old grandfather told his bedridden grandson a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale... In the mythical kingdom of Florin, farm boy Westley rides off one day to make his fortune, leaving his true love, Buttercup, waiting patiently behind. Unfortunately, his ship is beset by pirates, and Buttercup grieves for many years, believing Westley dead. She reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck, knowing that she will never love him. Humperdinck has his own plans for the marriage, however--he intends to have Buttercup kidnapped and murdered in order to set off a border war that will strengthen his power. But she is eventually rescued by a mysterious pirate, who turns out to be Westley in disguise. Their reunion does not last long, though, and the pair must face numerous obstacles before they can live happily ever after.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Farm boy, fill these with water...please."--Buttercup (Robin Wright)|"As you wish."--Westley (Cary Elwes)
Quote "Is this a kissing book?"--Grandson (Fred Savage) to his grandfather (Peter Falk)
Quote "I won't be seeing you again, since I'm killing myself once we reach the honeymoon suite."--Buttercup to the king (Willoughby Gray)|"Won't that be nice..."--The king, obviously senile
Quote "No more rhymes now...I mean it!"--Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) |"Anybody want a peanut?"--Fezzik (André the Giant)
Quote "Inconceivable!"--Vizzini
Quote "I admit it...you are better than I am."--Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), regarding Westley's swordfighting technique|"Then why are you smiling?"--Westley|"Because I know something you don't know."--Inigo|"And what is that?"--Westley|"I...am not left-handed!"--Inigo, as he shifts his sword to his right hand|"You are amazing!"--Westley|"I ought to be...after 20 years."--Inigo|"Oh, there's something I ought to tell you."--Westley|"Tell me."--Inigo|"I'm not left-handed either."--Westley
Quote "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in the world. It'd be a pity to damage yours."--Westley to Buttercup
Quote "Have fun storming the castle!"--Miracle Max (Billy Crystal)| |"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."--Inigo to Count Rugen (Christopher Guest)
Quote "Grandpa, maybe you could come over and read it again tomorrow?"--Grandson|"As you wish."--Grandfather
Reviews
New York Times "...Sweetness and sincerity....A delightful cast and a cheery, earnest style that turns out to be ever more disarming..."| 09/25/1987 p.C10
Variety "...At heart, PRINCESS BRIDE celebrates the power of true love to triumph over adversity..." 09/16/1987
Entertainment Weekly "...THE PRINCESS BRIDE is a fun, sad, scary, witty fairy tale featuring the greatest performance ever given by a professional wrestler, the late Andre the Giant..." 09/14/2001 p.71
Sight and Sound "Reiner's beautifully crafted fairytale pastiche still represents one of the high points of US comedy in the 1980s..." 02/01/2001 p.64
Total Film "...Rob Reiner's uncategorisable blend of action, romance, spoof, swashbuckler and fairytale is purely and simply a corking movie..." 05/01/2000 p.118,5 stars out of 5 -- "It was influential...the current crop of fractured fairy tales clearly owe a great debt to its groundbreaking balancing act of melodramatic pastiche, light-hearted send-up and the simple delights of a good yarn well told." 11/01/2008 p.146-147
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "More swashbuckling than Errol Flynn, more romantic than Casablanca, funnier than virtually everything, THE PRINCESS BRIDE is -- like MARY POPPINS -- practically perfect in every way." 12/01/2008 p.211
Directors
Rob Reiner
Actors
Cary Elwes
Robin Wright
Cast & Crew
Chris Sarandon - Star
Cary Elwes - Star
Christopher Guest - Star
Fred Savage - Star
Peter Falk - Star
Wallace Shawn - Star
André the Giant - Star
Carol Kane - Star
Mel Smith - Star
Billy Crystal - Star
Mandy Patinkin - Star
Robin Wright - Star
Phyllis Dalton - Costume Designer
William Goldman - Screenwriter
Mark Knopfler - Composer
William Goldman - Source Writer
Adrian Biddle - Director of Photography
Robert Leighton - Editor
Arnold Scheinman - Producer
Norman Garwood - Production Designer
Nick Allder - Special Effects
Rob Reiner - Producer
Rob Reiner - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
UPC 00883904233916
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Features
Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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