Film Review: The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary Edition

23 Oct

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I remember watching The Princess Bride when I was ten or eleven and loving it. It’s a classic 80s film up there among my childhood favorites with The Neverending Story and The Goonies! So when I got the chance to receive a special book and film package to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of this classic film, I jumped at the chance.

I spent a wonderfully nostalgic Sunday afternoon last week watching it with my sons (aged 6 and 9). The boys loved it – oldest liked the riddles and youngest loved the sword fights. I still have a place in my heart for farm boy Wesley and my husband spent the film trying to work out where he knew Princess Buttercup from (it was House of Cards).

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It turned out to be one of those rare films that we all enjoyed and I loved sharing a little bit of my childhood with my family and shouting ‘inconceivable’ and ‘as you wish’ at each other!

If you’ve yet to discover this gem, do check out the new trailer:

For fans, the 30th anniversary DVD is a brilliant package including two disks, the second of which is packed with extras including commentary by author William Goldman, making of features, Cary Elwes on set video and original trailers. The DVD and Blu Ray also come with a copy of the original cinema poster inside.

Bloomsbury have also released this gorgeous paperback to celebrate the anniversary which I’m looking forward to reading very soon!

Novel THE PRINCESS BRIDE CoverBeautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (no survivors) her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, bad men, good men, snakes, spiders, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles, and … a damn fine story.

The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary Edition is out on DVD/Blu-ray and the novel published in paperback by Bloomsbury.

 

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