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The Princess Bride [Blu-ray] (1987)

Cary Elwes , Mandy Patinkin , Rob Reiner  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,487 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: William Goldman
  • Producers: Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Jeffrey Stott, Norman Lear, Steve Nicolaides
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,487 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049M7BES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Princess Bride [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From celebrated director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally) and Oscar+‚-®-winning* screenwriter William Goldman (Chaplin) comes an enchanting fantasy (Time) filled with adventure, romance and plenty of good-hearted fun (Roger Ebert)! Featuring a spectacu

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302 of 311 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film - what's in the Blu-Ray only edition? October 21, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a terrific movie that has so many different editions of the DVD and now Blu-Ray discs that it gets very confusing as to what is in each version.

A search of the internet shows several reviews that describe the differences between the DVD versions. Basically the "Dread Pirate Roberts" edition and the "20th Anniversery" edition have different special features not in the other edition.

As of this writing, there are three versions of the Blu-ray - the Blu-ray only edition, and the Blu-ray + DVD edition in either a Blu-Ray or the old style DVD case.

What makes it confusing is that Amazon and other sellers of this Blu-Ray only edition list this movie as a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, implying that it might be a different movie cut, while the other two Blu-ray editions are listed as 1.85:1 aspect ratio. No doubt this, together with the fact that the Blu-Ray + DVD edition has almost the same price, has hampered sales of this Blu-Ray only edition.

Well, I went ahead and got the Blu-Ray only edition, mainly because I thought that there might be a chance that the 1.33:1 ratio was because some older movies were filmed on 35mm film which has a natural 1.33:1 aspect ratio, and then were cropped top and bottom to a 1.85:1 ratio to give them a widescreen look. On the other hand, the very first DVD edition released for Princess Bride notoriously had a horrible pan-and-scan cropped to fullscreen 1.33:1 aspect ratio that showed less of the movie than the widescreen version, which is not what you want to see in a Blu-ray. I was hoping for the other possibility that the listed 1.33:1 for this Blu-ray edition meant that cropping had been removed from the widescreen version to show MORE of the movie as it was originally filmed.
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580 of 612 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the Difference in all these Editions? June 20, 2006
By Julie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Here's what is new on the 20th Edition DVD:

- "The Princess Bride: The Untold Tales"
- "The Art of Fencing" Featurette
- "Fairy Tales and Folklore" Featurette
- "True Love and High Adventure: The Official The Princess Bride DVD Game

The Dread Pirate Roberts/Buttercup Editions include all of the Special Edition features plus:

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) Audio Track

"Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Legend of the Seven Seas" mockumentary

"Love is Like a Storybook Story" featurette

"Miraculous Make-up" featurette

Quotable "Battle of Wits" trivia game

Collective booklet: "Fezzik's Guide to Florin"

I prefer the Dread Pirate Robert's/Buttercup Edition, but there are three reasons why you might want to buy the new 20th edition:

1. You don't already own the movie (shame on you).
2. You collect all things Princess Bride.
3. The DVD cover art is fantastic!
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503 of 549 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I do not think it means what you think it means April 9, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I remember when I first saw this movie, around age 13, I had no idea who the Man in Black was through the entirety of the first act. Sure, it's apparent now, given the benefit of hindsight, but because of the actor's anonymity at the time I never made the obvious connection. On top of that, most of the rest of the cast was unknown to me as well (except for the one non-actor, Monsieur Roussimoff, a.k.a. Andre the Giant). The sweeping anonymity of the company allowed the film to do two things: first, the audience isn't distracted by the presence of the Big Star; and second, unknown actors allow for no preconceived notions of their characters. Which in turn allows the filmmakers to subvert character types, and insert some true surprises into the story.
Which, to make a long point even longer, is the whole ethos of the film
William Goldman's book "The Princess Bride", on which this film is based, intended to tell only the 'good parts' version of the story of Westley and Buttercup. That is, it would leave in the high drama and action and romance, while curbing the back-stories and superfluous exposition. William Goldman, in his role as adaptor of the book into a screenplay, remains fiercely loyal to this proposition. He's constructed a framing device, wherein a grandfather is reading to his sick grandson, which allows him to make meta-fictional comments on the seemingly typical fairy tale being told. In doing so, however, he subverts the fairy tale's typicalness, making it much more surprising and revelatory. At one point the grandson worriedly asks about the fate of the villain: "Who kills Humperdinck?" The grandfather calmly answers, "No one. He lives.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect DVD for an American Classic September 6, 2001
By "tdsra"
Format:DVD
The MOVIE: at first glance, this is your basic fairy-tale-fantasy-love-story between Princess Buttercup and her dashing lover Wesley. Mix in some pirates, giants, swashbuckling Spaniards, evil geniuses, dungeons w/ torture devices and six-fingered men, and you have possibly the best non-animated family classic of the 1980s. It's also the favorite (and usually most-quoted) movie of many of my friends. In sum, words cannot do justice to this movie, so please rent it.
The DVD: I absolutely refused to buy the first DVD release of this movie, as it was non-anamorphic (i.e., will not fit on widescreen TVs) and was sorely lacking in extras. This SPECIAL edition is well worth the wait. First of all, you have two high-quality featurettes from 1987, each roughly 10 minutes long. The first one is a look behind the making of the movie and includes on-location interviews of the actors between shots. The second featurettes is more of the same, although it focuses more on providing unique insight into the decisions behind the casting of every major character in the movie. Also included is a 5-minute video diary by Cary Elwes, which is basically Cary with a camcorder filming himself and other members of the production at various points (e.g., practicing with his fencing teacher, the crew eating meals, etc.). Cary and Robin Wright provide voice-over commentary.
However, the true gem of this disc is the 30-minute "As You Wish" Documentary, in which all the principals (Cary, Robin, Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, William Goldman, Mandy Patinkin, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great comedy. Something for everyone age 6 to 96
A great comedy. Something for everyone age 6 to 96. Our family has been watching it over 20 years. You're missing out if you haven't seen it.
Published 3 hours ago by Gary M Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife and I are great fan of this movie
I wanted to have this for my collection. My wife and I are great fan of this movie,
Published 14 hours ago by Andrew Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A family favorite that we watch over and over.
Published 23 hours ago by Michelle Livermore
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant go wrong with this one....
Classic movie full of sword fights, magic rolled into a love story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Shipping was quick and package was
Great movie. Shipping was quick and package was perfect
Published 1 day ago by Patrick T Doolin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie and so do my girls
I love this movie and so do my girls, I can never see Mandy Patinkin without thinking 'My name is Inigo Montoya..."
Published 1 day ago by Allan R. Mcdermott
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not play
This blu-ray will not play in any of the 3 blu-ray players in our house (all of which will even play old scratched DVDs and blu-rays without difficulty). Read more
Published 2 days ago by Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed watching it with our grand children
Seeing it again after many years. Enjoyed watching it with our grand children.
Published 2 days ago by jeanne m. skoug
5.0 out of 5 stars The Princess Bride Everyone loves a good love story
The Princess Bride
Everyone loves a good love story. From the very beginning we have all been intoxicated by the idea of true love and happy endings. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rebecca Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
great movie
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Feb 5, 2009 by R. Mingin |  See all 11 posts
two versions of the story?
It's not on the actual DVD.

It's just the booklet (storybook) that comes with the DVD, packaged inside the keepcase. You can read it from the front to back for one version of the story, or back to front for another version of the story.
Mar 18, 2009 by K. Cannon |  See all 7 posts
Does this have the same special features as the previous Dread Pirate...
http://dvd.ign.com/articles/832/832033p1.html

That should explain all you need to know. Long story short, get the Dread Pirate / Buttercup edition
Jan 22, 2008 by Zachary Miller |  See all 2 posts
Is this version true widescreen?
The blu-ray version is in true widescreen. The widescreen ratio for this film is 1:85, meaning if you are watching it on a widescreen TV it will fill your TV screen without having to be stretched. If you were to watch it on a 4:3 screen you would see the black bars at the top and bottom.
Sep 21, 2010 by Bradley |  See all 3 posts
single-disc Blu-Ray release questions
See my review of Oct. 21, 2011

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