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Princess Bride (Dread Pirate Edition)

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Once upon a time there was a beautiful maiden named Buttercup who fell in love with her handsome but poor stableboy, Westley. Unfortunately, when Westley set out to seek his fortune at sea, he was captured by an infamous pirate and feared dead. Heartbroken, Buttercup swore to never love again. However, after five years she accepts the marriage proposal of horrible Prince Humperdinck whom she doesn't love, and is forced to live unhappily ever after...just kidding, even death can't stop true love, nor the heroes that come to Buttercup's rescue!

From director Rob Reiner and two-time Oscar-winning writer William Goldman (Best Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Best Adapted Screenplay, All the President's Men, 1976) comes this fairy tale film. Starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest and Mandy Patinkin, this is the story of dashing heroes, rhyming giants, a beautiful princess and a kindly grandfather who brings to life a magical story for his sick grandson. There's even kissing!

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202501367
UPC 027616146410
UPC 14 00027616146410
Format DVD
Release Date 12/5/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Adrian Biddle - Cinematographer
Andrew Scheinman - Producer
Billy Crystal - Actor
Cary Elwes - Actor
Mark Knopfler - Original Music By
Norman Lear - Executive Producer
Peter Falk - Actor
Rob Reiner - Director
Robert Leighton - Editor
Robin Wright Penn - Actor
William Goldman - Writer
Willy De Ville - Original Music By
Awards
Grammy (1988) Mark Knopfler, Nominee, Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television
Oscar (1988) Willy De Ville ("Storybook Love"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Goldman, who penned "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "All the President's Men" and "Marathon Man," among others, interweaves fantasy, swashbuckling and humor with an instinctive flair. He knows how to entertain without car crashes, dizzying camera coverage or Eddie Murphy, and with memorable gems like this, from a masked sage: "Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something."
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Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Princess Bride" begins as a story that a grandfather is reading out of a book. But already the movie has a spin on it, because the grandfather is played by Peter Falk, and in the distinctive quality of his voice we detect a certain edge. His voice seems to contain a measure of cynicism about fairy stories, a certain awareness that there are a lot more things on heaven and Earth than have been dreamed of by the Brothers Grimm...The story he tells is about Buttercup, a beautiful princess (Robin Wright) who scornfully orders around a farm boy (Cary Elwes) until the day when she realizes, thunderstruck, that she loves him. She wants to live happily ever after with him, but then evil forces intervene, and she is kidnapped and taken far away across the lost lands, while he is killed..."Is this story going to have a lot of kissing in it?" Falk's grandson asks. Well, it's definitely going to have a lot of Screaming Eels...Part of the secret is that Reiner never stays with the same laugh very long. There are a lot of people for his characters to meet as they make their long journey, and most of them are completely off the wall...There is, for example, a band of three brigands led by Wallace Shawn as a scheming little conniver and including Andre the Giant as Fezzik the Giant, a crusher who may not necessarily have a heart of gold. It is Shawn who tosses the princess to the Screaming Eels, with great relish..."The Princess Bride" was adapted by William Goldman from his own novel, which he says was inspired by a book he read as a child, but which seems to have been cheerfully transformed by his wicked adult imagination. It is filled with good-hearted fun, with performances by actors who seem to be smacking their lips and by a certain true innocence that survives all of Reiner's satire. And, also, it does have kissing in it.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die"...When William Goldman wrote those words, he did not intend for them to become a fragment of '80s pop culture. When Mandy Patinkin spoke those words, he didn't expect his every inflection to be endlessly mimicked. And when Rob Reiner directed those words, he had no idea that kids and young adults everywhere would be repeating them. Nevertheless, there's no doubting that nearly every movie-going American is familiar with those three short sentences. Reiner has stated that, along with "I'll have what she's having" and "You can't handle the truth," this represents one of the three most often quoted excerpts of dialogue from his movies...For director Rob Reiner, The Princess Bride represented the fourth of seven consecutive commercial and critical successes...The tone owes more to Spinal Tap than to any of Reiner's other outings -- it is witty and irreverent without ever going so far over-the-top that it turns the proceedings into camp. Reiner manages the difficult yet ultimately rewarding task of creating a movie that simultaneously parodies a genre while also celebrating and participating in it...Since its release more than 15 years ago, The Princess Bride has often been copied, but never equaled. Perhaps the most successful movie to capture its essential spirit was the animated Shrek. The word "brilliant" is often overused in the movie business, but this is one of those occasions when it is warranted. The Princess Bride is an unparalleled achievement -- a modern classic that will be enjoyed for generations to come. It has been called the "Generation X's version of The Wizard of Oz," and, more than any other description, that comes the closest to identifying this movie's impact.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish
Quotes
Joel Siegel, ABC-TV Thrilling, exciting, very funny and absolute magic!
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...wonderful scenes and character vignettes...
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor Cary Elwes is marvelously funny as the hero.
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.com One of Reiner's most entertaining films, effective as a swashbuckling epic, romantic fable, and satire of these genres.
Rita Kempley, The Washington Post ...a lively, fun-loving, but nevertheless epic look at the nature of true love.
TV Guide A hilarious mixture of Errol Flynn swashbuckler and Monty Python send-up...
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