The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Cameron Yee

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Inconceivable! Another release of “The Princess Bride.” Longtime collectors should be well versed on the routine by now, though for the film’s 25th anniversary you’d think there’d be a little more fanfare.





The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition


Release Date: October 2, 2012
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Packaging/Materials: Blu-ray EcoBox
Year: 1987
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1:38:21
MSRP: $19.99







THE FEATURE

SPECIAL FEATURES



Video

AVC: 1080p high definition 1.85:1

Standard and high definition



Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio: English 5.1 / Dolby Digital: French 2.0, Spanish 1.0

Various



Subtitles

English, Spanish

Various





The Edition: 2/5


Another few years, another “Princess Bride” home video release.



With at least five previous iterations on DVD, the film now makes its second appearance on Blu-ray in commemoration of the film’s 25th anniversary. In honor of the historic occasion, the release simply trades the previous edition’s DVD copy for a new, 30-minute featurette. Everything else remains the same, right down to the menu design and Easter Eggs.



Needless to say, those who already have the 2009 release shouldn’t bother; those who don’t may not need to either, especially if the older edition can be found at a lower price. There’s also inherent re-play value of the DVD copy that the new featurette simply doesn’t have. Given the choice, I’d go for the older edition.


New Bonus Material


True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon (30:10, HD): Split into two parts, the first half features director Rob Reiner and actors Cary Elwes and Robin Wright reminiscing about the production and sharing a few laughs about their experiences. The second half examines the film’s presence in and influence on pop culture. Though it’s a solid retrospective piece, it ultimately isn’t compelling enough as a selling point for the release overall.



For the rest of the disc, please refer to my review of the 2009 Blu-ray edition. The only extra that doesn’t apply is the “Disc Two” DVD.


Recap


The Film: 5/5


Video Quality: 4/5


Audio Quality: 3.5/5


Special Features: 4.5/5


Overall Score (not an average): 2/5



The so-called 25th Anniversary Edition rides on the coattails of the previous Blu-ray release, coming off as perfunctory when it should be celebratory. Given no other choice, it’s still a solid release, though if the 2009 edition can be found, go for that one instead. In the long run I suspect the DVD copy will get a lot more re-play than the retrospective documentary ever would.
 

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