Reviewed by Lori Fox
The Princess Bride 20th Anniversary Edition
"Of course, as a huge fan of Princess Bride, I'm a little biased when I say 'Hie thee out to yonder DVD seller, and buy this DVD!'"
"Nonsense. You're only saying 'never' because no one ever has." Westley's words of wisdom from this delightfully cheesy 1979 film has been re-released on a special edition DVD.
Buttercup and Westley are in love, but poor. In order to procure a good living for himself and his lady love, Westley takes off as a sailor, only to be murdered by the Dread Pirate Roberts.
Mourning her beloved, the beautiful Buttercup is wooed by the prince of Florin, and quickly becomes engaged to him as her true love is dead and as a peasant, she must do as Prince Humperdink wishes.
But shortly before the wedding, the now Princess Buttercup is abducted by three bandits- and then abducted again by the Dread Pirate Roberts! Who is this masked man? What does he want with her? Can death end true love?
As wonderful as the movie itself is, it's the bonus features that make you choose a collectors edition.
The first bonus on the 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition of Princess Bride is "True Love and High Adventure: The Official Princess Bride Game". This game is part two of the Princess Bride games- part one being available at PrincessBrideGame.Com . The game starts out with Fezzik's Rhyming Game, where Fezzik reads out the first part of a rhyme, and you choose the picture of the item that finishes the rhyme. Not too difficult as Fezzik says the name of each one before allowing you to choose.
The second part of True Love and High Adventure is Eel Punch Out, where you use your remote control to control Fezzik's hand to, um, punch out the eels. It's not particularly easy, however, as the remote doesn't respond quickly.
The third part of the game is Revenge of the Pirate Ship Revenge's Revenge. In this game, you use the remote control to steer Westley's ship through obstacles to catch up to the kidnapped princess. Again, however, the ship doesn't respond well to the remote. I did win two gems though, even though I hit all but one obstacle.
At the end of the games, there's a pitch for PrincessBrideGame.com, and a screen that allows you to redeem your gems in exchange for a redemption code for the game website.
The second bonus feature is The Princess Bride: The Untold Tales. This is the section where the actors (still living) discuss the movie, each other, and their experiences. While it's interesting in itself, it's the parts where they talk about Andre the Giant (Fezzik) that get to me. Nearly every one ends up with tears in their eyes, getting choked up, or beaming smiles as they remembered him fondly.
The Art of Fencing is the third bonus feature. If you're at all interested in behind the scenes, or fencing in general, this is worth getting the collectors edition for. Swordmaster Robert Goodwin takes you on a tour of sword fighting and duels, as well as the actual fights in the movie. I find it incredibly interesting to watch, but your mileage may vary.
The fourth and final bonus feature is Fairy Tales and Folklore. Jack Zipes, a fairy tale expert and historian as well as author of Why Fairy Tales Stick, discusses themes in fairy tales, and how they apply to the movie. Writers and historians will probably find this most interesting as Zipes essentially tells you the building blocks of a fairy tale.
Of course, as a huge fan of
Princess Bride, I'm a little biased when I say "Hie thee out to yonder DVD seller, and buy this DVD!".
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Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.