Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

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 William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.

Film Info

  • Rob Reiner
  • United States
  • 1987
  • 98 minutes
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #948

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, 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 his novel
  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sloane Crosley and, for the Blu-ray edition, Goldman’s introduction to his Princess Bride script from his collection Four Screenplays, in a lavishly illustrated, clothbound book

New cover by Angela Rizza

Purchase Options

Released Oct 30, 2018

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, 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 his novel
  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sloane Crosley and, for the Blu-ray edition, Goldman’s introduction to his Princess Bride script from his collection Four Screenplays, in a lavishly illustrated, clothbound book

New cover by Angela Rizza

The Princess Bride
Cast
Cary Elwes
Westley
Robin Wright
Buttercup
Mandy Patinkin
Inigo Montoya
Chris Sarandon
Prince Humperdinck
Christopher Guest
Count Rugen
Wallace Shawn
Vizzini
André the Giant
Fezzik
Fred Savage
The Grandson
Peter Falk
The Grandfather
Peter Cook
The Impressive Clergyman
Mel Smith
The Albino
Carol Kane
Valerie
Billy Crystal
Miracle Max
Anne Dyson
The Queen
Willoughby Gray
The King
Margery Mason
The Ancient Booer
Credits
Director
Rob Reiner
Screenplay by
William Goldman
Produced by
Andrew Scheinman
Produced by
Rob Reiner
Executive producer
Norman Lear
Music by
Mark Knopfler
Director of photography
Adrian Biddle
Production designed by
Norman Garwood
Film editor
Robert Leighton
Associate producer
Jeffrey Stott
Associate producer
Steve Nicolaides
Costume designer
Phyllis Dalton
Supervising art director
Keith Pain
Art director
Richard Holland
Assistant director
Ken Baker
Assistant director
Peter Bennett
Swordmaster
Bob Anderson

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