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Top DVD releases: Step back in time with The Princess Bride

This week’s top five DVD releases include two anniversary editions. One is a film that set the bar for fairy-tale romance in the 1990s.

The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition

It’s hard to imagine that this movie is 25 years old, but alas, it is true. The movie that spawned incessant quotable lines like “As you wish,” and “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” was released on Blu-ray this week. The fairy tale delivers romance and adventure about a princess rescued by her childhood love from the evil clutches of a prince. The anniversary edition adds fresh commentary from director Rob Reiner and screenwriter William Goldman plus a video diary with actor Cary Elwes.

Dark Shadows

While this film didn’t make a splash at the box office this summer, the Tim Burton movie is sure to please at this spooky time of year. Johnny Depp works his best on-screen magic when paired with Burton, so expect some campy fun based on the 1970s soap. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green.

People Like Us

Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks star as long-lost siblings who reunite after their father passes away. Pine’s character only makes this discovery when he is settling his dad’s estate, so the two characters go on a journey together to discover what it means to be family. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde.

Annie: 30th Anniversary Edition

The 12-year-old girl in all of us wants to just belt out the song “Tomorrow” now and forever. The movie that launched a thousand Hollywood dreams was released on Blu-ray this week. Now all of the moms out there can share “It’s A Hard Knock Life” with their young ones, especially since the Blu-ray DVD offers an exclusive “Sing-Along with Annie!” feature. The film stars the incomparable Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn and Albert Finney.

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

After a mom/lawyer is given the heave-ho by her husband, it’s off to grandma’s house they go! Catherine Keener stars alongside Oscar winner Jane Fonda, and of course, the two clashing personalities learn to appreciate their differences. One is conservative and uptight while the other is a free-loving hippie. As the film’s tagline says, “Life is a journey. Family is a trip.”

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