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The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition Review & Gift Guide

Updated on August 18, 2014

What is there to live for? True Love.

"Come my love I'll tell you a tale" is the opening line of the theme song to The Princess Bride. It's a story about a young couple and their true love.

Since its first release in 1987, The Princess Bride has captured the hearts of millions, becoming one of the most watched movies of all time.  And why not?  It meets the requirements of what makes a great movie by combining every emotion a human can experience.

The Princess Bride is not only a great romantic comedy, but it is full of suspense, intrigue, action, drama, and adventure making it the out of the ordinary fairy tale story.

Celebrate the 25th year of this movie with the brand new release of the film on Blu-Ray.  With this edition you will enjoy all new features and behind the scenes footage that have never been released.  There are also other collector’s editions you may like along with special gifts to commemorate the movie.

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The story begins with a young boy (Fred Savage) who is at home sick in bed. The grandfather (Peter Falk) comes to visit and shares a book that he read to his son when he was sick. As the grandfather sits down he opens the book and begins to tell the tale of two young lovers.

Buttercup a commoner (Robin Wright), and Westley the farm boy (Cary Elwes) had fallen in love. Every time Buttercup made a request to the farm boy, he responded, "As you wish." She came to realize that his response to her demands were done out of love, and saying "as you wish" really meant I love you.

In the middle of a sentence the sick boy yelled out to his grandfather to stop reading. He had become upset because it didn't seem to be anything but a love story. He was looking for adventure, thrills and tragedy. Grandpa assured the lad that those scenes were coming and he had to be patient.

Westley wanted to marry Buttercup, but he was poor and couldn't afford the dowry. He decided to sail away to make a fortune and then return to claim his bride. Buttercup didn't like the plan and resisted not knowing if he would return for her. The farm boy swore he would by saying, "I will always come for you." Buttercup asked, "How can you be sure?" Her love replied, "This is true love, think this happens every day?" With that Westley left Florin.

The Princess Bride Original Trailer

The Cast of The Princess Bride

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It wasn't long before Buttercup got word of the Dread Pirate Roberts, and that Westley was believed to have been murdered by him. Buttercup declared that she would never fall in love again.

Five years pass and the evil Prince Humperdinck was to declare his wedding to Buttercup on the 500th anniversary of the Florin City. She didn't love the Prince and her only solace was when she rode her horse.

One day while Buttercup was out riding, she was captured by the evil Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) who was plotting with the King to start a war. With the Princess kidnapped, they had bargaining power and would make it look like the King's enemy was the one who killed the Princess.

Now Fezzik (Andre' Roussimoff aka the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) worked for Vizzini, but they were not wicked and didn't want to kill her. The two men became friends from that time on and would do what they could to save Princess Buttercup.

The plot thickens when the Prince, Count Rugen (Christopher Guest) and the masked Dread Pirate Roberts trace the steps of Vizzini. It was in this chase that Inigo the Spanish Master swordsman, and the Dread Pirate Roberts meet and the famous sword fight takes place. Roberts wins the sword fight, but instead of killing Inigo he knocks him out with the end of his sword and continues to hunt down Vizzini.

The Poisonous Drink


When the Dread Pirate Roberts catches up with Vizzini their confrontation puts the Princess in danger. Roberts suggests that a battle of wits take place. Vizzini, being arrogant, felt confident that the Dread Pirate would be no match for him, so he accepts the challenge. To Vizzini, it would be inconceivable to lose.

Both Vizzini and Roberts sip from a drink that had poison in it. Vizzini thinks he has outsmarted Roberts and switches the drinks, but he has failed in the battle. Buttercup was blindfolded and did not know which man had died, until Roberts untied her.

With the Princess now under new captivity she discovers that her true love is alive and vows she will kill herself if the Prince insists on marrying her. In their attempts to escape they are captured. Westley, her true love, is tortured by Prince Humperdinck and "mostly" dies, leading Princess Buttercup to believe her beloved is dead (again).

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The Original Movie 1987 - True love that started it all.

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride

Full start cast and introducting Robin Wright as Princess Buttercup

Movie is rated PG

Running Time 98 minutes

 

Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition - What are the other goodies on this Blu-Ray? The Special Features include:

This two part 25th anniversary edition has many amenities you will enjoy, starting with tributes and commentaries by the director, writer and a few of the actors.

Also included:

As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride; Cary Elwes Video Diary; Miraculous Makeup; The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Pirate of the Seven Seas; Love is Like a Storybook; The Princess Bride the Untold Tales; The Art of Fencing; Fairytales and Folklore; Original theatrical trailer and Princess Bride: The Untold Tales.

The Princess Bride (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
The Princess Bride (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

Rated PG Running time: 98 minutes

Released October 2, 2012

 

Special Editions

Special Editions of The Princess Bride

Movie Photographs

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Introduction to the movie with a young boy (Fred Savage) and his grandfather (Peter Falk) tells the tale of a Princess Bride.Westley (Cary Elwes) the farm boy's famous line that he said whenever Buttercup gave him an order: "As you wish."  In other words, he meant I love you and your will is mine.Andre' Roussimoff (the Giant) as Fezzik, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, and Wallace Shawn as Vizzini the genius villian who plots to capture and kill Buttercup to start a war.Buttercup (Robin Wright) Princess of Florin, learns her beloved Westley is alive.The Fire Swamp, where no one has ever survived.Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) and his wife Valerie (Carol Kane).Inigo contronts the six fingered man.Princess Buttercup has to hold up Wetley because he has no strength.  (After all, he's been nearly dead most of the day.)Fezzik catches Princess Buttercup as she jumps out the castle window.Princess Buttercup and Westley and the unforgettable kiss ending.
Introduction to the movie with a young boy (Fred Savage) and his grandfather (Peter Falk) tells the tale of a Princess Bride.
Introduction to the movie with a young boy (Fred Savage) and his grandfather (Peter Falk) tells the tale of a Princess Bride.
Westley (Cary Elwes) the farm boy's famous line that he said whenever Buttercup gave him an order: "As you wish."  In other words, he meant I love you and your will is mine.
Westley (Cary Elwes) the farm boy's famous line that he said whenever Buttercup gave him an order: "As you wish." In other words, he meant I love you and your will is mine.
Andre' Roussimoff (the Giant) as Fezzik, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, and Wallace Shawn as Vizzini the genius villian who plots to capture and kill Buttercup to start a war.
Andre' Roussimoff (the Giant) as Fezzik, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, and Wallace Shawn as Vizzini the genius villian who plots to capture and kill Buttercup to start a war.
Buttercup (Robin Wright) Princess of Florin, learns her beloved Westley is alive.
Buttercup (Robin Wright) Princess of Florin, learns her beloved Westley is alive.
The Fire Swamp, where no one has ever survived.
The Fire Swamp, where no one has ever survived.
Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) and his wife Valerie (Carol Kane).
Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) and his wife Valerie (Carol Kane).
Inigo contronts the six fingered man.
Inigo contronts the six fingered man.
Princess Buttercup has to hold up Wetley because he has no strength.  (After all, he's been nearly dead most of the day.)
Princess Buttercup has to hold up Wetley because he has no strength. (After all, he's been nearly dead most of the day.)
Fezzik catches Princess Buttercup as she jumps out the castle window.
Fezzik catches Princess Buttercup as she jumps out the castle window.
Princess Buttercup and Westley and the unforgettable kiss ending.
Princess Buttercup and Westley and the unforgettable kiss ending.

Princess Bride The (1987) - 11 x 17 Poster - Click on photo for product.

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25th Anniversary Cast Celebrations & Special Scenes - A look back at the making of the movie with the cast.

Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Q&A (1/2)Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Q&A (2/2)

The "Princess Bride" cast interviewed during their reunion photo shoot.

The Princess Bride - Casting the Princess Bride

The Princess Bride! Mandy Patinkin Blu Ray dvd extras

The Princess Bride - ANDRE The Giant, A Look Back

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Favorite Scene

These are two of my favorite scenes in the movie.  Because they are both really, really good, I wanted to know what you thought.  Do you have a favorite?  How would you compare two of the best parts of the movie against one another?

Which scene do you think was best?

The Sword Fight (The Dread Pirate Roberts & Inigo)

The Sword Fight (The Dread Pirate Roberts & Inigo)

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    • Andrea RM 4 years ago

      loved the swrodfight!

    • Scullyvan 4 years ago

      Both are wonderful, but the swordfight was an amazing sequence.

    Miracle Max (with Billy Crystal)

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      • Ardyn25 4 years ago

        I like them both, too. But, I'll go with Miracle Max.

      My Favorite Scenes

      The Princess Bride - Dread Pirate Edition - Click on photo for product.

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      This edition includes special features:  Commentary by director Rob Reiner;  Commentary by story author/ screenwriter William Goldman;  "As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride"; "Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Legend of the Seven Seas" mockumentary;  Behind the scenes footage shot on the set by Cary Elwes; "Love is Like a Storybook Story" ; "Miraculous Make-up" ; Original 1987 clips;   "Battle of Wits" trivia game of quotes;  Photo gallery; Collective booklet: "Fezzik's Guide to Florin"

      The Famous Sword Fight

      Princess Bride Sword Fight - The fighting sword scenes were actually done by the actors.

      This is my favorite scene in the movie and it is in the first part of the film.

      Princess Bride Sword Fight

      My Favorite Scenes - I have selected my favorite scenes in the movie for you to view. Enjoy.

      As you wish (the beginning)Princess Bride - Anybody Want A Peanut

      He's been mostly dead all day

      Miracle Max

      An inconceivable Montage

      The Princess Bride - MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA!

      Memorable Movie Death #3: Vizzini From Princess Bride

      The Princess Bride - The Best Bit

      Dialectics in "The Princess Bride"

      Princess Bride - The Wedding

      Movie Soundtrack

      Movie Soundtrack Clips - Listen to the music behind the movie.

      Storybook Love - Mark Knopfler - Princess Bride- LyricsOnce Upon A Time...Storybook Love - Princess Bride Soundtrack

      Princess Bride music video

      The Princess Bride 02 - I Will Never Love Again

      The Friend's Song - Princess Bride Soundtrack

      Princess Bride Music Video

      The Princess Bride - Overture

      The Princess Bride [CD Soundtrack]

      Princess Bride
      Princess Bride

      All 12 songs from the movie The Princess Bride, including the theme song Storybook Love.

       

      Storybook Love by Mark Knopfler

      Chorus Lyrics to the Love Song

      My love is like a storybook story.

      But it's as real as the feelings I feel.

      My love is like a storybook story.

      But it's as real as the feelings I feel.

      It's as real as the feelings I feel.

      Full lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/mark+knopfler/storybook+love_20089276.html

      Revenge His Father's Death

      Inigo is still in search of the six fingered man who killed his father 20 years ago. His only hope was to rescue the Princess and get into the castle where the evil Count Rugen (the murderer) lived. He knew he couldn't do it alone and went in pursuit of finding The Dread Pirate Roberts who outsmarted Vizzini.

      Along the way he learned who Westley was and that he had been killed by the Prince. With Westley dead, Inigo and Fezzik seek the miracle man (Billy Crystal) to buy a miracle that would save Westley's life.

      The White Horse

      The climax of the adventure continues as Inigo, Fezzik and (mostly dead) Westley set out to rescue the Princess before the wedding, with Inigo close to being able to avenge the death of his father by the six fingered man.

      Note: Although this movie is rated PG, there is one curse word at the end of the scene where Inigo kills Count Rugen.


      The three "amigos" are victorious saving the Princess, and Inigo's revenge comes to an end with his killing of Count Rugen.


      Of course, there is a white horse (actually four), and they (Westley, the Princess, Inigo and Fezzik) all ride off into the dark night.

      Where Are the Cliffs Anyway?

      Photo by Wikipedia: The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Republic of Ireland.
      Photo by Wikipedia: The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Republic of Ireland.

      The Cliffs of Insanity are actually the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Republic of Ireland.

      10 Fascinating Film Facts

      1. The movie was shot in 5 locations, 4 in England and one in Ireland.

      2. Both Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin took lessons in fencing with both hands. However the famous sword scene in the beginning of the film was shot using mirror-imaging to make it look like they could use both hands equally. They did all the sword fighting, but the somersaults were done by stunt doubles.

      3. Because Andre' (the Giant) Roussimoff had back surgery right before the movie began shooting, he could not lift any weight. Large cables and a smaller giant double was used in some of the scenes.

        In the scene where he fights the Dread Pirate Roberts, Elwes looked as if he was hanging on to Fezzik's back, when in reality he was walking on a series of ramps directly below the camera range.

      4. Because of his work with Andre' (the Giant) Roussimoff, Billy Crystal later did the film called My Giant.  It was another good film, but the ending turned out sadly.

      5. During the scene where Westley is captured by Count Rugen, the production of the film had to stop for a day. Elwes wanted it to look authentic so he told Guest to make it look real. When Christopher Guest (Rugen) hit Westley (Elwes) over the head, he hit him so hard that he had to go to the hospital. 

      6. The only other injury that was reported was when Mandy Patinkin bruised a rib when he tried to squash laughing during a scene being filmed with Billy Crystal.

        Rob Reiner, the director was said to have laughed so hard that he told Crystal to go ahead and do what he wanted just so they could get through the scene. 

      7. This was Robin Wright's (Princess Buttercup) first feature film, but she was already an actor starring on the soap opera Santa Barbara.

      8. The book The Princess Bride was written in 1973 by William Goldman. He also wrote the screenplay for The Princess Bride movie which was first released ion September 25th,1987 with a total film budget of $16 million.  A rather small budget compared to what actors get paid for one film nowadays.

      9. Even though the movie made $30,857,814 at the box office, it was considered a flop.  It wasn't until after the movie went to DVD that it became a hit and now has one of the biggest followings in history.

      10. On the Bravo list of Top 100 Funniest Movies, The Princess Bride is #50. It places #88 on The American Film Institute's (AFI) list.

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      This is true love ~ you think this happens everyday?

      The Kiss ~ As You Wish

      Our romantic comedy comes to an end with the famous kiss that surpasses all other kisses. Westley and Buttercup leave Florin and live happily in a far away land, with the Prince left in humiliation.

      The writer brings us back to present day. As the grandfather closes the book, his grandson shares how he liked the story after all and hopes he would return tomorrow to read it again. On his way out the door, the grandfather turns to the boy, smiles and says, "As you wish," cleverly tying the end of the story to the beginning.

      The Kiss - Happy Ending Kiss (Westley & Buttercup)

      And they all lived happily "Ever After" (oh, that is another movie... oops!)

      Do you believe that true love is rare? - Share your thoughts or just say hey.

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          Scullyvan 4 years ago

          A wonderful classic. It makes a great Christmas gift, too!

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          BackyardChickenK 4 years ago

          Wonderful lens! The Princess Bride has long been one of my all time favorite movies. I remember when it first came out, I can't believe it's been 25 yrs! I have a hard time picking a favorite scene as there are just too many good ones. And also so many great lines too - from "as you wish" to "mawwiage" (marriage) to R.O.U.S-es and more :)

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          CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

          This is a LOVEly lens and a pleasure to read!

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          Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

          @tfsherman lm: Thank you for pointing that out. I'll add another choice. I appreciate your visit.

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          tfsherman lm 4 years ago

          Not in my life. I'm very lucky.

          Sorry I couldn't participate in any of your favorites voting! I love the whole movie and everyone in it so much! I love it best when I hear three year olds quoting it.

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          blessedmomto7 4 years ago

          Just saw this movie for the first time this March after wanting to see it for years.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Great lens!

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          tamjo5 4 years ago

          I'm not sure if True love is rare. I am blessed to have found true love 34 years ago. I have never seen this movie and now I want to see it. Thank You!

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I don't think so. I have not seen this movie yet so I will have to do that after reading your review. Well done.

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          PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

          In our house it isn't. Even though it took a little while to get here it is not going away.

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          Camden1 4 years ago

          This article reminded me that my kids have never seen The Princess Bride - we're definitely going to watch it as a family soon.

          And yes, I believe in true love - but it doesn't always happen at first sight!

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          Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

          It is getting rarer and rarer as I think people in general are becoming more cold. This is a great lens about a great movie - loved the fun facts and well everything.

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          Ardyn25 4 years ago

          No, I don't think its rare. But, often we miss it, maybe. Lovely lens a beautiful tribute to a great movie. Thanks.

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