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The Neverending Story (1984)

Noah Hathaway , Barret Oliver , Wolfgang Petersen  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,494 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney, Chris Eastman
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Herman Weigel, Michael Ende, Robert Easton
  • Producers: Bernd Eichinger, Bernd Schaefers, Dieter Geissler
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,494 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LKHZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Neverending Story" on IMDb

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JOIN THE YOUNG ATREYU AND THE FAITH OF A YOUNG BOY, BASTIAN, AS THEY BATTLE THE UNKNOWN OF THE NOTHING TO SAVE THE CREATURES OF FANTASIA AND THEIR CHILDLIKE EMPRESS.

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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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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203 of 228 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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140 of 162 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic 80s fantasy films... June 19, 2001
Format:DVD
"Die Unendliche Geschichte"
Released in 1984, this movie is perhaps the best of the classic 80s fantasy resurgence. Along with The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Ridley Scott's Legend, The Neverending Story lets us all escape from reality for a while.
This film, however, rises above others in its genre by offering a somewhat postmodern examination of the desires and needs for escape from everyday life. Drawing comparisons between Bastian's storybook readings and our own cinema-going, the film ultimately condones such escapist daydreaming - disapproved of by Bastian's father early in the movie - and offers us hope that if we follow those dreams with all our heart, we will achieve them.
Visually stunning with Ul de Rico's inimitable production design, and directed with a beautifully non-Hollywood flare by German director Wolfgang Petersen, The Neverending Story is a film to be not only enjoyed but cherished. On the surface it's an exhiliarating fantasy ride, below it's an examination of the childhood daydreams most of us have given up on or forgotten. Relive them.
All the leads are strong, with some brilliant supporting performances from actors and creatures alike. Followed by George 'Mad Max' Miller's sequel in 1990, which was watchable but suffered from the lead-cast changes (unavoidable as the original actors were hitting twenty), and an abysmal third installment in 1994, which should be avoided at all costs.
NOTE: This review was written just prior to the release of the DVD version. I hope Warners give the film the treatment it deserves - no film with $27m of production design in it goes without supplementary material. There are two versions of the film, the German version containing Klaus Doldinger's complete score and lacking Giorgio Moroder's memorable theme song. The musci video at least should be included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie for the kid in me.
One of my all time favorite movies! Although the animation and puppetry shows the movie's age, it definitely still takes my imagination and soars it to another place. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Aaron1100
5.0 out of 5 stars ... that encourages our children and grandchildren to read is great.
Anything that encourages our children and grandchildren to read is great.
Published 11 hours ago by thomas albert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's a great story. My son wore out the vhs from watching it so many times.
Published 12 hours ago by token
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great family movie
Published 1 day ago by cheryl jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is awesome. I'm pretty sure it's blasphemy to give it less than 5 stars.
Published 2 days ago by Marshal Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great children's movie.
Published 2 days ago by Shirley Sawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Consider an entertaining story good enough for kids
Published 3 days ago by Aria
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting, action-filled fantasy adventure for the kid in all of us!
This is a very imaginative and action-filled movie for all who love the make-believe world. I never get bored with the young and impressive Bastian, who is our main character of... Read more
Published 3 days ago by robert kush
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie for kids!
Published 3 days ago by piyush
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story
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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
Oct 22, 2006 by SiriusFan13 |  See all 9 posts
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