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The Neverending Story [Blu-ray] (2010)

Barret Oliver , Noah Hathaway , Wolfgang Petersen  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Gerald McRaney, Moses Gunn, Thomas Hill
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Herman Weigel
  • Producers: Bernd Eichinger, Dieter Geissler, Mark Damon, John Hyde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,378 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Z7FM68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Neverending Story [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, puckish elves, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An answer to the big question..... August 30, 2001
Format:DVD
Just in case anyone is wondering, as one reviewer did, the name that Bastien yells out the window at the end of the movie is "Moonchild". My wife happened upon a book version of the story, and it is spelled out there. It is very difficult to understand him in the film, but if you listen carefully, he yells it out in 3 syllables -- "Moon---chi---uld!!!" As for the movie, it's nothing short of a classic. I revisited this movie recently, having not seen it since I was young, when it was my favorite movie. I was struck by some logical inconsistencies (Why is Atreiu the only hope? Aren't there some grown-up Plains warriors who would fare better? Why can't he take his bow and arrow??) But that's the cynical adult in me talking. The movie has such terrific effects and the puppets are incredible. Both the Luck Dragon and the Rock Biter look more real than the digital characters in recent movies.
And as for Bastien's "wish" at the end of the movie.....it's exactly what any little boy would want. What a great movie!!!
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200 of 223 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He is very close, listening to every word we say." October 26, 2004
By M. Hart
Format:DVD
In 1994, Wolfgang Petersen directed the film adaptation of the German novel "Die Unendliche Geschichte", which was written by Michael Ende (1929-1995). The film/novel is better known in the U.S. with its English title of "The Neverending Story". It was also the first film that Wolfgang Petersen filmed in English. The story begins with a troubled boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver), who is being raised by his father (Gerald McRaney). An avid reader with an active imagination, Bastian walks into a used bookstore owned by Mr. Koreander (Thomas Hill) and finds a mysterious book that captures his curiosity. Mr. Koreander seemingly doesn't want to sell the book to him, but Bastian manages to run from the store with book in hand. Bastian takes the book to school with him, where he is tormented by three bullies (Drum Garrett, Darryl Cooksey & Nicholas Gilbert). To avoid the bullies, Bastian finds refuge in a rarely-used attic within the school and begins to read from the book about a magical land called Fantasia. Fantasia is a wonderful place with many unusual characters and is ruled by the Childlike Princess (Tami Stronach), but something terrible is happening to Fantasia as parts of it are disappearing by an unknown force referred to only as "the nothing". The Childlike Princess calls upon the strongest warrior to find a human child to stop "the nothing". The warrior, a boy named Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) of a tribe similar to Native Americans, takes the protective signet that the Childlike Princess gives to him and sets off to find a human child, which can only be found beyond the bounds of Fantasia. Read more ›
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never give up June 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I don't know if I have the words to express the way this movie has inpired my life. When I was young, I watched it several times a day until I knew every line, could sing every note of the opening theme song ~ even still to this day.
The Never Ending Story has two heroes and two villains. The first hero and villain are outside the book, high above the fantasy.
Bastian is a young kid that is blessed with a great imagination (He gets in trouble for drawing unicorns in his math book.) He lacks courage and is always being beaten up by bullies and stuffed into dumpsters. While running away from these bullies, he hides in a bookstore. When in there, he makes off with a book that has the snake-twisted orrin on the cover...you guessed it...the neverending story.
"The Nothing", is the first ultra-villain. It's reason for existence is a secret that I don't want to spoil. It is destroying fantasia for its own means(Brought to life by the guys that invisioned The Empire Strikes Back!) The Nothing is becoming rampant, and the ruler, the Empress is dying. The people of fantasia, the world in which all fantasy resides, seek help from a great warrior Atreau. The ultimate second villain, A massive wolf with Glowing green eyes, takes flight through the forests to stop Atreau on his quest.
There is so much to the story! It is the type of movie you'll want to watch over and over until your player starts steaming.
It will soon be on DVD in September, so wait until then if your a crazed dvd loony like me. I have a feeling its gonna be awesome! Hope this review helped!
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137 of 159 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book and Movie can coexist January 9, 2002
Format:DVD
Like so many other reviewers, I watched this as a small child. My kindergarten teacher just loved it. At the time, I found it horrible, dark and scary. (I was a VERY wimpy movie watcher, Raiders of the Lost Ark sent me into hysterics)
Years later, I decided to bite the bullet and try it again. I found it to be a lovely pure fantasy with (for the time) great special effects and good music. Let's face it, you either love electronic fantasy scores or you hate them, there's no real middle ground.
That said, I do think that this movie is too scary for small children, parents should use their own experience and knowledge to decide when their child is ready. (That is what the PG means)
This is the tale of a sensitive child who finds himself being absorbed into the magical book he is reading, called the Neverending Story. (That is where the movie gets its name, the story is different for each person, thus it never ends. There was no ripoff) Dragons, monsters and beautiful images dance in his head as he slowly realizes that the characters in the book are talking to him.
The movie is based on a German novel of the same name by Michael Ende. (a master of surrealist fairy tales for grown ups) Yes, the book is better and yes, the movie only takes the first half of the book. But really, isn't it better to take the first half mostly intact rather than try to cram in every single scene and totally alienate all viewers? What this book really needs is a miniseries but until then, this movie is great.
Two other questions raised were what was the name Bastion yelled. Moonchild, and it wasn't his mother's name in the book (though it is possible if she were a hippy '_') The second question was about the attic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love that I can share this with my
Classic movie from my childhood, love that I can share this with my kids
Published 14 hours ago by J. Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic !
A Classic that have to be in your collection ! picture and sound quality very good.
Published 15 hours ago by JD
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely insulting to the original story and the author
Odd that so many reviewers found this movie inspiring. I can only assume that never read the book. The movie starts out well, but ends with a childish rampage in which the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Acronym
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Classic kids' movie
Published 1 day ago by BigRed1025
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
one of my favorite movies of all tiem
Published 1 day ago by patricia l. may
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
The NeverEnding story is amazing #Falcor
Published 2 days ago by Declan Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Holds up wonderfully over all these years. My daughter is still a fan--and she's 22!
Published 2 days ago by Mark Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking a break from the norm --
An illustrated fairy tale comes to life for the visiting children to our home…! This is a nice "change of pace" way to entertain them while the adults can also catch up... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Geri H. Ball
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nostalgic fantasy for young kids. Special effects are primative by today's standards.
Published 3 days ago by Bustamove
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic film.
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Does the Keepcase edition have spanish subtitles?
Yes, the new keepcase version has subtitles in English, French and Spanish
Feb 3, 2011 by Alan |  See all 3 posts
the ratio? 2:35 or 1:85???
The DVD The NeverEnding Story both the cardboard case and the keepcase versions released by Warner Home Video, are anamorphic widescreen and is 2:35 cinemascope (with the full screen version on the flipside).
Feb 3, 2011 by Alan |  See all 3 posts
What did he say?
K9Mike is correct. I always wondered the same thing. "What was Bastian's mom's name?" Because of course, he said that his mother's name would be perfect for the empress... but I could never figure out what he said. Well, I read the book and, you know, it never says ANYTHING about... Read More
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