The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition

DVD Reviews | Nov 21st, 2007

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Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin, Andre The Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane,Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon
Written By: William Goldman
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Studio: MGM
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This must be the 3rd or 4th DVD I own of the Princess Bride now. Last year, the “Dread Pirates Roberts Edition” was released and now the 20th Anniversary Edition has just come out. While I think the movie is fantastic, and I can watch it over and over again; I just think having too many editions is getting tiresome. It’s usually just the same recycled stuff too. What’s going to come out next year, “Anybody Want a Peanut Edition?”

Did your grandfather ever read you a bedtime story? I know mine told me stories all the time that I’ll remember til I die. Princess Bride starts out with a Grandfather reading a fantasy/bedtime story to his sick grandson, who stayed home from school. The kid doesn’t really care about the story at first because it has to do with true love, but throughout the movie; he gets sucked into the story…like the rest of us. The story is about Westley the farm boy and a girl named Buttercup. They fall in love with each other, and one day Westley has to go away. She gets word that he’s dead, and ends up getting picked to marry Prince Humperdinck. One day, while joy riding on her horse, she gets kidnapped by three men. But on their tail is a black clothed man who turns out to be the Dread Pirate Roberts. Roberts helps Buttercup escape and we later find out its, dum dum dum..Westley. Westley and Buttercup get caught by the evil Prince. Westley gets help from some unlikely allies and they all try to bring down the evil Prince Humperdinck.

I really hope they don’t release another DVD of this anytime soon; it’s getting really hard trying to find new stuff to write about. I just can’t believe this movie is 20 years old already! It really makes me feel like an old man. Like I said in my other reviews, this is a timeless classic that I can watch over and over again. It’s got everything a movie should have: sword fighting, humor, great dialogue, romance, scary things like giant rats, and of course Andre the Giant. Once you see the movie, you’ll be quoting it from that point. It’s been 20 years and I still hear people quoting it. It’s just one of those movies that have a lot of memorable scenes and lines. After all the years, it still holds up as one of the best modern day fantasy movies.

The Dread Pirate Roberts Edition had a lot of re-hashed content but it still has a lot more content than this DVD. I just don’t know if it’s worth buying this new DVD. Maybe if you never owned Princess Bride on DVD, then you should get this DVD. Or if you can still find the older editions, maybe those will be more up your alley.

True Love And High Adventure: The Official Princess Bride DVD Game
Princess Bride: The Untold Tales Featurette
The Art Of Fencing Featurette
Fairy Tales And Folklore Featurette
A Twice Told Tale: The Reversible Storybook with Two Versions of The Princess Bride Story

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

English, Spanish

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Rating: PG
Running Time: 98 minutes
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