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It's a wonderful week for princesses, and a really fabulous week for falling in love! From the heights of romance and action with "The Princess Bride," to the classic Disney tale of "Cinderella," to the Criterion Collection's release of the phenomenal "In the Mood for Love," there's endless love and beauty to be found in this week's releases.
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Cane, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, and Chris Sarandon
Director: Rob Reiner
Running Time: 98 min.
The 25th anniversary Blu-ray release of "The Princess Bride" is a wonderful addition to any collection, and a must-see for an entirely new generation of fans of Westley and Princess Buttercup.
Fred Savage plays a young boy whose grandfather (Peter Falk) reads him a fantastic adventure while the boy is sick at home in bed. The magical tale is that of the Princess Bride, of course. Buttercup (Robin Wright) is kidnapped and will soon be forced to marry Humperdinck, who is as charming as his name would suggest. Will her true love Westley (Cary Elwes) arrive in time? Was he really captured and killed by pirates? "The Princess Bride" is populated by larger-than-life characters like the giant Fezzik and the revenge-thirsty Inigo Montoya, making for an endlessly quotable film for folks of all ages.
This version includes an all-new, two-part retrospective documentary, "True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon." Additionally, there are audio commentaries with director Rob Reiner and with screenwriter/author William Goldman, several behind-the-scenes featurettes, a video diary by Cary Elwes and plenty of Easter eggs sprinkled throughout.
From the Rodents of Unusual Size to the Dread Pirate Roberts, there's adventure and true love aplenty to be found in this Blu-ray release.
Starring: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton and Rhoda Williams
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske
Studio: Walt Disney
Running Time: 75 min.
A dream is a wish your heart makes, and we've been dreaming of this Diamond release of the classic 1950s Disney "Cinderella" Blu-ray for a very long time.
This release of the beloved animated tale comes with a ton of extra goodies, from the "Tangled Ever After" animated short to a Disney second-screen experience "Personalized Digital Storybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You." There's also a short film starring shoe designer Christian Louboutin called "The Magic of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story;" the famous shoe designer created a real-life version of Cinderella's slippers that we could only dream of.
Grab your Prince Charming or your own evil stepsisters and enjoy this 3-disc package that includes the Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy.
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung and Ping Lam Siu
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Running Time: 98 min.
The Criterion Collection continues their work bringing us the finest editions of the greatest films from around the world, and "In the Mood for Love" is certainly one of the best.
The setting is Hong Kong 1962. A beautiful woman (Maggie Cheung) and a man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) move into neighboring apartments, forcing interactions that are formally friendly until they make some startling discoveries about those they love best.
This release of the 2000 classic features high-definition digital restoration approved by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bin, and the high caliber extras we've come to expect from Criterion. This includes a making-of documentary by Kar-wai, deleted scenes with director's commentary and much more archival footage of interviews with the stars. Naturally, there are several illuminating critical looks at the film and its soundtrack, as well as a booklet with Kar-wai's director statement and the short story that inspired him.
Few films so beautifully combine the various aspects of cinema, from its soundtrack to its visual aesthetic, all with such a strong and engaging directorial voice. "In the Mood for Love" is not to be missed.
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