Top positive review
July 20, 2018
At the time of this posting, Amazon has no information about this Criterion release. Therefore, I went to the Criterion web site and gathered some information to hold you over until Amazon does some updating.
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 (Fred Savage), home sick from school, grudgingly allows his grandfather (Peter Falk) to read him a dusty storybook—which is how we meet the innocent Buttercup (Robin Wright, in her breakout role), about to marry the nefarious Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) though her heart belongs to Westley (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 from an endlessly quotable script by Oscar winner William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.
• Director Rob Reiner
• United States
• 98 minutes
• Spine #948
• 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
• PLUS: 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
I already own the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Princess Bride, but I'm pretty sure I'll be replacing it with this new Criterion release. I have always been happy with the Image, and sound, quality of their products. As far as special features are concerned, it looks like they have carried over at least some of the features from the 25th Anniversary Edition (Maybe all. It depends what the five "behind-the-scenes" videos from 1996 includes) and added a few new ones of their own.