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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2014
Based upon Michael Ende's celebrated novel The Neverending Story takes place in a world where dreams and reality become one through the power of a young boy's imagination.
Still mourning the loss of his mother, seemingly dismissed by his father and facing constant abuse at the hands of school bullies, a young, lonely boy named Bastian ( Barret Oliver ) finds sanctuary one morning running from school bullies in an old fashioned and dusty bookshop.
He finds the owner reading a book entitled " The Neverending Story " and is compelled to run away with the book, hide in his school attic and get lost within it's pages.
However, as Bastian reads the book, he finds himself strangely drawn into its pages, so much so that he is made to feel as if he is a living part of the story.
He reads that the world of Fantasia is under threat from the " Nothing " a hateful storm which is destroying Fantasia and all those who dwell in it, and it is up to a brave warrior, a young boy named Atreyu ( Noah Hathaway ) to find a cure for the guardian and ruler of Fantasia,The Childlike Empress ( Tami Stronach ) and restore the world back to it's glory.

Any fellow kid of the 80's will have fond memories of the classic 80's fantasy adventures that appeared on a regular basis at the local cinema when growing up ( Labyrinth, Legend, Dark Crystal & Return to Oz were favourites of mine ) and whilst certain effects in this particular film have aged ( when compared to the the modern capabilities today in special effects ) there is still much to be savoured here, from the adorable Falkor the Luckdragon ( voiced by Alan Oppenheimer - who also provided the voice of that other 80's icon SKELETOR from He-Man ) the dreamy score & theme song by Limahl, the message that we should " do what you dream " as well as the strong performances from the three young lead actors.

This all new Blu Ray release now comes with Special Features, including :

Reimagining The Neverending Story : 25 Minutes Long
( Such a shame that this fascinating Documentary has NO input from either of the two lead actors, Noah Hathaway or Barret Oliver, nor Alan Oppenheimer ( voice of Falkor, Gmork and The Rock Biter ) although Tami Stronach ( The Childlike Empress ) does feature, hasn't aged (?!) and looks absolutely beautiful )

Feature length commentary with Director Wolfgang Petersen

Restoration : 10 Minutes long ( German with subtitles )

The Making of The Neverending Story : 17 Minutes long ( German with subtitles )

Original 1984 Documentary : Fantasies : Nearly an Hour Long ( German with subtitles )

It also features the original Theatrical Trailer.

The sound and picture quality show no difference from the original vanilla disc Blu Ray release, but not being very technically minded i'm probabaly not the best person to dissect it's merits in regards to it's picture & sound quality, personally, I think it looks great and the special features attached to this release are great.

Highly Recommended for 80's Kids & Fantasy Fans everywhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 October 2011
The film is Directed by Wolfgang Petersen and is a typical 80's style fantasy film, but primarily directed at kids. it is the story of Bastian (Noah Hathaway), who lives with his dad following the death of his mother. Bastian is bullied at school, and his father is distant, so he has no real friends. He happens to discover an old bookstore one day, when he is running away from the bullies, and finds a book, called the Neverending Story, which the bookstore owner warns is not "safe" like other books. He takes the book to school and reads it alone in the school attic. Here begins the story within a story of the residents of Fantasia, whose world is being destroyed by a force called the "Nothing". The reason that Fantasia is being destroyed, is because modern children are reading less and using their imagination less, causing the world to die. Only Bastian can save it, but does he realise that he is part of the book he is reading?

This is a really fun film, with fast paced adventure and lots of emotion. The scene where the horse dies made me cry when I was little! The charcters are larger than life, and I really liked the luck dragon, who helps the boy on his adventure. There is a character called the rockbiter, who is huge, but loveable, and a little guy who rides on a racing snail, who some viewers will recognise as the oompa loompa in the new charlie and the chocolate factory movie.

You can occasionaly catch this film on TV, and they made 2 sequels, which are nowhere near as good, and confusingly, have different actors playing the lead role.It looks a bit dated, and the music is a bit wobbly, but if you can put that aside and just enjoy a story of a young boy trying to find himself, then you will enjoy this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Funny as it is, i wasnt introduced to fantasy films, as such, until i was 25, and my girlfriend, had bought this for her daughter, and one cold january saturday, i watched it with her other younger boys.
what an amazing story for kids, let alone anything else. i fell in love with it, because the big wolf sums it all up, the way that fear controls, and imagination and hope and possibiltys, are made from us all. And that not only children, but all of us could learn from it.
Because wasnt most if not all things made in our world created by imagination and dreams. You could call the vaccuous shallow lives of fear and modern day control, celebrity obsessed, disjointed purpose and values something that supresses freedom of thought and deed. But this film explains it in a way, i never could.
I may love my goodfellas and resevoir dogs, but when anyone now asks, what is one of my favourite films, i say "the never ending story", and they laugh very hard, and i do too, being a forty year old git. then they ask to borrow it using an excuse to get it for their son to watch, and afterwards they get it, and they dont laugh.
So i agree with the person who said this should be added to the school curriculum. It would make those minds shine, because it sadly tells a story, of how our ever cynical and more fearful world, is crushing the joy of being alive and able to freely express happiness, and use our god given minds, to create heaven from hell.
Its not just one for the kiddys, its for us all. Because arent all adults just big children with more moss on them?

And im proud to say i still have pillow fights with my 66 year old mother, both parents are big kids. And so am i, and films like this reinforce the importance of taking things far too serious.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2001
Full of mystery magic and excitement which is felt when watched as a child and in no way fades when watched as an adult. Very original idea that the lead hero is just a child, building the idea that exterior appearances, age and experience do not necessarily determine the outcome against great odds, but true strength comes from within. I watch it every year to remind me of this and to keep imagination alive amongst the boring hum-drum of adult life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2011
A trailblazing fantasy with mazing special effects for the time, a cast of wonderful fantasy characters such as Rock Biter, Falkor the Luck Dragon (both played by Alan Oppenheimer as is the Narrator) Engywook (Sydney Bromley) and Urgl (Patricia Hayes) a quarrelling pair off gnomes who live near the southern oracle, and Morla the ancient one a giant turtle who because of her size is mistaken for a mountain
Through the eyes of the little boy with large imagination Bastion Bux (Barret Oliver)a little boy with a large imagination who fleeing from bullies enters a bookshop where he is introduced to and acquires the book he is drawn into. Reading this epic fantasy in the school attic he observes the adventures of Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) the child warrior of the plains, chosen to save the beautiful Childlike Empress (Tami Stronach) and the world of Fantasia, and his meeting with Falkor, who will be main aid and companion through the adventure. The Childlike Empress has fallen deathly ill due to the presence of the Nothing. Atreyu must battle the nothing to save Fantasia from destruction. Ultimately Bastian must be called upon to save Fantasia and the Childlike Empress when he himself enters Fantasia. The movie concludes with Bastian riding the luck dragon, chasing the bullies who tormented him
a charming story all about the world human imagination and dreams, and taking us on an exciting journey to a parallel universe. fun characterization and great effects. I love the theme song by Limahl which so beautifully frames the movie Encourages reading in children and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2008
On this occasion I found myself liking the movie more than the book. What stood out for me as a child was the wolf figure who stated at the end of the film this startling notion that people who forgot their dreams and lost their hopes were easy to control and who ever has the control has the power ... I wondered how that could come about. Now I see that behind the film was possibly a critique on our modern standard of living and the world of Fantasia, a world of the spirit, imagination and dreams does not want to allow it's self to be usurped by mans casual disregard for those qualities. The film asserts that real freedom is the freedom of the mind and to have self belief in the face of astonishing obstacles is the only way to move forward. This is a modern day fairy tale which I believe has made it so enduring. At some level it communicates what we may all feel ... that we are being usurped by another type of spirit more insidious than anything before, the progressive and thus uncontrollable engine of the industrialised world.

This edition presents the film in it's original format and cover art work is very pleasing, perhaps Disney could take note and drop that hideous cover art for it's fantasy film The Return to Oz, as The Never-ending Story, Return to Oz, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen are all from an inspiring period in film history, since there was little to parallel these films before hand and the technocrats who pioneered them really were breaking new ground when it came to fantasy storytelling. Inspiring work visually as well as in storytelling.

You can buy the score soundtrack from amazon in germany.

As with the comment above, it is the same U S version ... it could have been better but maybe next year will see a more definitive edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 22 December 2014
A fantasy film of a young bullied schoolboy who immerses himself in a mysterious book. As he reads he begins to realise that he is influencing the story as it unfolds.

The film flicks between the fantasy world story and Bastian, the schoolboy, as he reads the book in a dusty old attic room.

It hasn't aged quite as well as films like The Dark crystal or Labyrinth, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Some of the special effects are a little flat by todays standards, but remarkable when you consider what was available when the film was produced.

The transition to Blu-ray is very good with clear sharp images. Audio was perfectly clear through my TV speakers. I used to have the DVD version and I can say that this is definitely the better of the two.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2008
You should know that this release is a straight copy of the American region 1 disc.

The sound mix is Dolby 2.0 only, it is the American cut of the film (shorter than the German original) and there are very little in the way of extras. There is a German version that has both cuts of the film available (although it is now out of print so getting hold of one might prove difficult) unfortunately it has no English audio for the original cut and the sound mix is 2.0 only. There is also a Holland release of the American version but with a DTS soundtrack.

Considering next year will be the 25th anniversay of the film I find it incredible that Warner decided to release this travesty of a DVD now.

Five stars for the film, One star for the DVD. Shame on you Warner!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2000
Are you sure? A good, old fashioned tale of a boy and a book - and what happens when people begin to lose hope and forget their dreams. Perhaps the most essential story ever told with the most essential message...KEEP DREAMING! Wean your kids on it, and what's more, keep your own Magic alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2007
I loved this when I was a kid.
Now I'm old (haha) and have kids of my own.

We sat down together this weekend to watch this film.... I knew it would be good and that the kids would love it, but I had forgotten just how good it really is.

Every scene in the film is intense - exciting, sad, funny, scarey...
There is no let up from begining to end.

One minute you want to cry because all seems lost and the scene is overwhelmingly sad.
The next, your flying on the back of a dragon-dog all excited and enchanted.

Having watched hundreds of films in my lifetime so far - I have to say that this is the best film I have ever seen.

An absolute triumph.
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