Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Princess Bride

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2018
Price: DVD $20.97, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

A high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, The Princess Bride has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay.

A kid (The Wonder Years‘ Fred Savage), home sick from school, grudgingly allows his grandfather (The In-Laws‘ Peter Falk) to read him a dusty storybook-which is how we meet the innocent Buttercup (House of Cards‘ Robin Wright, in her breakout role), about to marry the nefarious Prince Humperdinck (Fright Night‘s Chris Sarandon) though her heart belongs to Westley (No Strings Attached‘s Cary Elwes). The wedding plans are interrupted, however, by a mysterious pirate, a vengeful Spaniard, and a good-natured giant, in a tale full of swashbuckling, romance, and outrageously hilarious spoofery.

Directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me) from an endlessly quotable script by Oscar winner William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.

Criterion’s new Blu-ray and DVD editions include the following:

* New 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary from 1996 featuring director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, producer Andrew Scheinman, and actors Billy Crystal and Peter Falk
* Edited 1987 audiobook reading of Goldman’s novel The Princess Bride by Reiner
* New program about Goldman’s screenplay
* New program about Goldman’s tapestry based on the film
* Archival interviews with Reiner, Goldman, and actors Crystal, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Fred Savage, and Robin Wright
* New interview with art director Richard Holland
* Programs about makeup, fencing, and fairy tales
* On-set video diary filmed and narrated by Elwes
* Five behind-the-scenes videos with commentaries from 1996 by Reiner, Scheinman, and Crystal
* Trailer
* An essay by author Sloane Crosley and, for the Blu-ray edition, Goldman’s introduction to his Princess Bride script from the 1995 collection Four Screenplays, in a lavishly illustrated, clothbound book

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.