A few days ago I found out that one of my favorite movies of all time, The Princess Bride, comes out on Blu-ray October 2, 2012! I want that 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition so badly it hurts my heart. Not only did I actually see this movie in theaters (rather than on video tape) opening weekend back in 1987, I read the book by William Goldman just a few years later in college when my english professor introduced me to the fabulous William Goldman.
I clearly remember the day I first watched The Princess Bride. I was on a rare perfect date with my boyfriend at the time, and deciding to go to the movie was a last-minute decision, a way to wrap up a good date. Even though the film was an adventure fantasy rom-com, we were both pretty geeked to see it, as it looked so unusual. We were the perfect teenagers to go see it, as we both had an eclectic taste in all things entertainment, and it’s weirdness looked utterly wonderful.
I remember having all these strong feelings about the film while I was watching it–how funny, unusual, and sarcastic it was; how romantic yet complicated Westley and Princess Buttercup’s relationship was; and how unrealistic yet totally relatable the entire film was. My god, that dramatic speech and sword fighting by the brilliant Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, looking for the six-fingered man who killed his father–“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father; Prepare to die!” I must have repeated that line a 1,000 times in my lifetime.
When I was watching that movie, I thought Princess Buttercup was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen on-screen, and how I coveted her beautiful long, blond hair. Carey Elwes became my new British boyfriend crush, and I was thrilled to see Jodie Dallas (aka Billy Crystal) from my beloved television show Soap steal most of the scenes he was in. I love how the film has went from modestly successful to a cult classic, because it truly deserves to be beloved.
Once I read the original book a few years later, I decided that the movie adaptation of The Princess Bride was superb, as it had everything a person could want in a movie. Humor, tears, beauty, evilness, action, adventure, romance, etc., etc. I dare go so far as to say that the film is a perfect movie adaptation, as it is even better than the book.
On a side note, it kills me to admit that I prefer the film to the book, because William Goldman is one hell of a writer, and I have enjoyed reading most of his books and watching all of his films over the past 20+ years. There is a reason he won his Academy Award!
Are you a fan of the movie The Princess Bride? Visit Facebook.com/ThePrincessBride to find out more about the special 25th Anniversary Blu-ray edition, or to just vote on the Blu-ray artwork. I am a fan of this cover, aren’t you?
Make your own true love possible this October 2 (when the Blu-ray comes out) by pre-ordering your own copy of the Blu-ray today at Amazon.com!
Find some very cool Princess Bride merchandise here.