SR Pick [Video]: ‘The Princess Bride’ Star Wars Lightsaber Duel

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Princess Bride Lightsabers SR Pick [Video]: The Princess Bride Star Wars Lightsaber Duel

Dueling is truly an endangered animal in cinema. Once upon a time, in the days of Errol Flynn and Captain Blood, one could count on the movies to provide you with a an epic clash of swords and skill. In the late 70s/early 80s, George Lucas and other filmmakers of the time recaptured the fine art of the duel, resulting in some of the best battles onscreen in films like the Star Wars saga.

Today’s movie audiences only know about how a proper cinematic duel is staged by way of films like Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one, not the ridiculous overwrought sequels), but are likely more familiar with the Kung Fu tainted influenced dueling action of films like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or the ‘diddle your wand’ “duels” of Harry Potter.

Well, people with swords jumping and flipping around like monkeys is ok, and (to a lesser extent) so are sequences of English actors staring intensely at one another while CGI lasers burst out of their sticks. However, a true cinephile knows that the purpose of duels in films is not just ‘cool-looking’ action, but a way to mix action with important character or plot development, thereby milling one act for multi-level payoffs.

Yes, it would’ve been cool to see the Obi-Wan-Vader-Luke battles in Star Wars if just for the pretty lights – but some of the trilogy’s best moments, twists, and dialogue came from scenes where characters were trading Lightsaber blows. For ’80s babies like myself, the epic duel between Westley/The Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes) and master sword fighters Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride made us want to don black bandanas and pick up blades. How many of us still use that old “This is not my best hand” trick in various applications? I know I do…

Well, someone realized the shared greatness between the dueling scenes in Star Wars and The Princess Bride, and put together a surprisingly good mashup video that re-imagines the Westley/Montoya duel as a Jedi/Sith showdown, using nothing but a mix of Lightsaber effects and some clever sound mixing. And it’s pretty surprising how well the end product plays. See for yourself:

There are tons of videos where people mash their favorite movie scenes with elements of other movies they love – this just happens to be one of the better examples, me thinks.

Seeing this vid also makes me pine for a film that will once again deliver a thoroughly enjoyable duel, one that is more about content and substance, rather than flashy theatrics and effects. Who knows, maybe Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides or Thor will deliver on that front. Here’s hoping…

Source: YouTube via Erik Davis

TAGS: sr picks, star wars

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  1. This is one of my fav movies of all time and adding the lightsaber effect to this duel made me feel like i was 9 again and yes you read right The Princess Bride is in my top 10 lol

    • @ RandomMovieFan: “The Princess Bride” makes my Top 5 at #4. :)

  2. Hopefully Your Highness will deliver one.

  3. HA. That was rad.

  4. “I’m sorry, even though you own this in DVD, MGM hate the English and won’t let you watch it”.

    Bah!

  5. I’m having a co-worker of mine come over tomorrow to watch “The Princess Bride” as he has never seen it before. This is epically fitting! Although he also hasn’t seen “Star Wars” so this amazing video would be lost on him.

    It mashed so well! It was practically flawless.

  6. Brilliance sheer brilliance

  7. Ah, a Star Wars digital remastering that was actually worth the time/money spent to make it.

    Bravo!

    • LOL, true.

  8. Stunning!

  9. Someone needs to do this with one of the old Errol Flynn films, like Captain Blood.

    Lightsaber action in black and white!

    • Great Idea!

  10. “staring intensely at one another while CGI lasers burst out of their sticks” I believe Sean Connery said this about Alex Trebec’s mother

  11. I’ll Give you the finger Trebec i love that SNL spoof

  12. Loved this damned video. :)

    Vic

  13. That was freakin AWESOME!!

  14. come on MGM !!!!
    why you hatin’ on Canada ??

    I think this mash-up is an awesome idea
    and I really really wanna watch it right now !!

    hmmmph.
    and now I shall pout….

  15. That was really cool!! Thanks Kofi!

  16. This shows how lame the choreography in the original trilogy was, and how (admittedly) awesome the lightsaber duels in episodes 1-3 were.

    • Inconceivable – yet it was conceived, and incredibly realized! Made me think of Star Trek (TV version), where it would have been “normal” to find a planet with people dressed like hundreds of years ago possessing futuristic technology, if only for ONE application: boats, horses, trebuchets… and light sabres. Dub in Shatner’s voice for Inigo and Nimoy’s voice for Wesley, and you’re set.

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