March 28, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

The Princess Bride

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
98 minutes
performer
Andre the Giant, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Fred Savage
director
Rob Reiner
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
William Goldman
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy, Action Adventure

This new deluxe Criterion Collection version of the charming fairy-tale spoof The Princess Bride may be too much of a good thing. Yes, the Dolby Surround Sound and the picture quality (freeze-frameable standard play) are spectacular. And yes, the alternate-audio-track reminiscences by director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, and costar Billy Crystal inform and amuse (select tidbit: Had the film been made in the early ’70s, when Goldman wrote the script, a pre-”Superman” Christopher Reeve would have played the romantic lead). Still, the package is pricey; you might live just as happily ever after if you buy Voyager’s previous single-disc edition, sans extras, at half the cost.

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