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The Neverending Story (Widescreen and Fullscreen) (Bilingual)

Noah Hathaway , Barret Oliver , Wolfgang Petersen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Wolfgang Petersen (In the Line of Fire) made his first English-language film with this 1984 fantasy about a boy (Barret Oliver) visualizing the stories of a book he's reading. The imagined tale involves another boy, a warrior (Noah Hathaway), and his efforts to save the empire of Fantasia from a nemesis called the Nothing. Whether or not the scenario sticks in the memory, what does linger are the unique effects, which are not quite like anything else. Plenty of good fairy-tale characters and memorable scenes, and the film even encourages kids to read. --Tom Keogh

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of human Imagination July 18 2004
Format:DVD
Sir Adam got it almost right! Good review, by the way.
This is an awesome story about the importance of the story. Yes, the moral lesson of "The Neverending Story" is the importance of the story itself (and by extension the importance of human imagination). If one has read some of Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth" one understands this completely. It is that Native American idea of "he who does not have the stories has nothing."
The key force of destruction in this tale is "the Nothing" literally non-existence or the lack of imagination. The world in which "The Neverending Story" takes place, Fantasia, is a conglomerate universe composed of the dreams and hopes of all people. Every story ever told and every character who has ever lived exists somewhere in Fantasia. So that somewhere in Fantasia, Paul Atreides wanders a desert landscape while somewhere else in Fantasia Alice falls down the rabbit hole.
Fantasia, this conglomerate world of human dreams, is dying. The reason is that people in the real world no longer dream... of anything. It is a very modern tale about the death of the human capacity to, as John Lennon put it, IMAGINE. Without the capability to imagine anything, people become easily manipulated by forces greater than them... this is where the real villain comes in (more about that after the next paragraph).
The main protagonist, Atreyu, is the alter ego of the real life boy who is reading the story. The real life boy, therefore, is filled with imagination, brimming with it, in fact. He exists in a real world where nobody imagines anything anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NeverEnding Nostalgia... June 1 2004
Format:DVD
If there was ever a work of art that personified the imagination of childhood- all the joys, the fears, the dreams and sheer wonder of life and all its possibilities - one would need to look no further than "The NeverEnding Story."
Looking at this film through older, more cynical, world-weary eyes, it's easy to discount it and point out its many faults. YES, the acting is unbearable at times. YES, the last twenty minutes are overly preachy. And YES the narrative progresses aimlessly with no rhyme or reason. But you know what? I don't care. I even found myself getting teary-eyed at some points, something I rarely do.
I agree with the other reviewers. If you didn't see and love this film as a kid, you won't enjoy it now. I watched the DVD with my (now ex) girlfriend, who yawned and groaned and rolled her eyes throughout the whole thing. A shame, really. I felt like she missed the boat. If this movie captured you as a kid, you owe it to yourself to let it capture you again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Dec 21 2011
Format:DVD
I received it really fast, many days before the due date! However, the case is a little broken. Good seller!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie March 13 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a great movie for children of all ages (including adults like me). I watched this on DVD when my kids were young about 25 years ago, and have owned the DVD for several years. I decided to "move up" to the Blu-ray version and was not disappointed. Both the picture and sound are considerably bigger. Eric
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best fantasy of the 80s July 6 2004
Format:DVD
I grew up on this movie, but I hadn't seen it in years until I bought this DVD. I view it with and adult's perception now, so it's not as good for me as it was when I was a kid. However, because I can see that kids would love it, I think it still holds up well. Heck, I still like it.
I wish this DVD had more special features, but alas it does not. What really bothered me was that it didn't have a subtitle for when Bastian shouts out a name for the Child-like Empress. I was so looking forward to finally finding out what the heck he shouts out for her name, and I get nothing. But I researched it on the net, and apparently it's "Moon Child." It does sound like that's what he's shouting. But I'm baffled that that was his mother's name (unless he changed his mind further into the film and decided to give the Empress a random name rather than his mother's).
So overall, the movie's good and the DVD is so-so. Great picture and sound quality, but no special features and no subtitle for when he shouts out the Empress' new name. But it's the only one in the series worth buying I think. Well, maybe the second one was ok.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Neverending Nostalgia April 22 2004
Format:DVD
I would agree with a lot of the reviewers thus far about this movie. If you didn't see it when it first came out (and if you weren't between the ages of 5-10) then the magic will be difficult to grasp. Which is the irony of the movie. It's about imagination disappearing, and people forgetting to dream and remember what it was like to be a kid.
Nevertheless, it is a good movie. The wolf might scare the kids, I remember it being rather spooky when I saw it at the age of 8. And of course, the effects are. . . ohhh, slightly dated, but they hold up. The only thing that simply STINKS about this DVD release is the lack of extras, (I guess we could call it the Nothing). Because it has none. Big disappointment. Where is the cast and crew? Why didn't the director put in some time with this movie and give us a commentary, or behind the scenes, or even cut scenes? Wasn't this a classic. . . ? As far as I know the director hasn't been up to too much lately. It's a shame, it's a classic for those who grew up in the 80's, it did leave it's mark culturally, and I'm surpised nobody from the cast/crew decided to do anything for it when it released. It may have DVD quality, but not the quantity. I only paid 10 bucks for it, so, in the long run it was worth it.
In the meantime, if you want just a movie purely for imagination, then buy it for your kids. It sure beats all the slop the movie industry has kicked out recently for "childrens entertainment".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie and fast shipping ;)
Published 20 days ago by Alexa Tremblay-Francoeur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie ever
Published 1 month ago by Helen Petre
5.0 out of 5 stars it never ends
great movie for the whole family
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy customer
Published 2 months ago by darran phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Un classique extraordinaire!
Revivez la magnifique histoire sans fin, film de mon enfance, que j'ai adoré revoir sur Blu-ray. Une image et un son impeccable!
Published 7 months ago by Richard Pinette
4.0 out of 5 stars Eternal classic
Watched it as a child, now my kids love it.

Beautiful story, everything is real, not computer generated like today.
Published 8 months ago by Y. Gendreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Bastian’s Purpose
“The Neverending Story” is a film that centers around a boy named Bastian Bux who finds refuge in using his imagination and reading fiction books having to do with quests. Read more
Published 14 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
5.0 out of 5 stars The Neverending Story
this was a present for my son ,he loves this movie.i got it for him.can always watch it any time
Published 18 months ago by Tamara Mac Aloney
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Magical Story
This movie is one of my favorite fantasy movies ever. It is a magical beautiful story and beautiful movie with loads of adventure.
Published on July 19 2012 by B. Beck
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong disc in case maybe?
The Movie says wide-screen on the back of the box yet when I play the movie it's in full screen. Also, It's a double sided disc with the first and second movies in the series, the... Read more
Published on April 26 2011 by Karl Domes
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