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The Princess Bride (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) (1998)

Cary Elwes , Mandy Patinkin , Rob Reiner  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,042 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • 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
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,042 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7VHPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Princess Bride (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

From celebrated director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally) and Oscar(r)-winning* screenwriter William Goldman (Chaplin) comes "an enchanting fantasy" (Time) filled with adventure, romance and plenty of "good-hearted fun" (Roger Ebert)! Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Robin Wright (Forrest Gump), Cary Elwes (Liar, Liar), Mandy Patinkin (Dick Tracy) and Billy Crystal (City Slickers), this wonderful fairy tale about a Princess named Buttercup and her beloved is "a real dream of a movie" (People)! *1969: Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1976: Adapted Screenplay, All the President's Men

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240 of 246 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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569 of 600 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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489 of 530 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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239 of 265 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I am a great lover of the Princess Bride, so when the 20th Anniversary Edition came out, I pre-ordered it and eagerly awaited it's arrival. Well, I got it on Saturday, popped it into the DVD player and fully expected to be dazzled by all of the new extras. There's one new featurette on the movie, which does not feature Cary Elwes. There's an intro to the new PB game that's out. And a featurette about how this compares to other fairy tales. The rest of the features that were so awesome in the special edition, like Cary Elwes' video diary? Nothing else is included. I was very disappointed, and wish I had not wasted my money. The movie is awesome, and if you do not own it, by all means, buy whichever version you please. But my own personal preference is for the Special Edition. It sounds like the Buttercup/Dread Pirate versions are cool too. Just wanted to warn you all so you don't make the same mistake. Thanks!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love this movie!
I loved this movie when I was younger and I still love it to this day. I have probably seen it a thousand times and it never gets old.
Published 10 hours ago by SMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Is going to influence from an auto
I had to delay a good day; I'm sorry about the ball rule. Read the bottled girl from the moment, that is, mom to eat some Biane car.
Published 1 day ago by Mattress
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites
Clever humor- interesting, well developed characters, great scenery and fun twists and turns.
What more could you want in a family movie ?
Published 1 day ago by Trudy Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but a bit stilted
This seems like a Mel Brooks wannabe. It's funny but a bit forced. I don't need to see it again for a while.
Published 2 days ago by Elliot Simon
1.0 out of 5 stars Arrived cracked after 11 day "Prime" shipping
This review is based on delivery not the actual product. I placed my order on Apr 4th with Prime, and just got Bluray yesterday, Apr 15th. Read more
Published 3 days ago by jkami77
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say...its the princess bride.
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die... Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die...Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. Read more
Published 4 days ago by OG
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
We had this many years ago, but the copy came up missing, maybe one of my kids had to have it! i can't believe its been 25 years already. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Scarrz
5.0 out of 5 stars Inconceivable!
This movie is one of a very few that I can watch multiple times. It is still a fun the fourteenth time as it was the first! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kathy Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
I love this movie! I watched this movie with my 9 year old daughter and she loved it too!!!! She watched it 2 more times the next day.
Published 10 days ago by Tamara DeFonzo
5.0 out of 5 stars I shouldn't have to sell this one...
If you know this movie, then you probably love it. If not, I can't really help you.

To that guy I went out with a few times, who dismissed this as a "chick... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Barbara Jean
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A joke few people get......
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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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Nov 22, 2011 by DarthRad |  See all 3 posts
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