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The Neverending Story (Widescreen and Fullscreen) (Bilingual)

Noah Hathaway , Barret Oliver , Wolfgang Petersen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Dec 21 2011
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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NeverEnding Nostalgia... June 1 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Un classique extraordinaire! Feb. 20 2014
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Revivez la magnifique histoire sans fin, film de mon enfance, que j'ai adoré revoir sur Blu-ray. Une image et un son impeccable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eternal classic Jan. 10 2014
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Watched it as a child, now my kids love it.

Beautiful story, everything is real, not computer generated like today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bastian’s Purpose July 14 2013
By marriedutopianstriver TOP 500 REVIEWER
“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. He ends up reading a book set in the world Fantasia and unintentionally discovers that he plays a role in the outcome of this mystical world. Somehow, the destinies of Bastian Bux and the warrior Atreyu become intertwined. Atreyu gets help in his journey from a luck dragon named Falkor. The following actors/actresses are featured in “Neverending Story”: Barrett Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach, Alan Oppenheimer, Thomas Hill, Deep Roy, Tilo Pruckner, Moses Gunn, Sydney Bromley, Patricia Hayes, and Gerald McRaney. “The Neverending Story” is a brilliant fantasy film for audiences of all ages.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Fantasy Film EVER! Dec 3 2006
I remember first being introduced to the Neverending Story when I was about six, and have never forgotten it since. I believe it truly has shapened my taste in films and books, and shapened my imagination growing up. I was interested in Sci-fi and fantasy, and reading novels by greats, like Ray Bradbury, at an age where most children were reading things like The Peanut Butter Solution (love that story too, but you get the idea). I wouldn't contribute this solely to the Neverending Story, but it's one of the strongest memories I have of those films I watched in my childhood, and I still revisit it at least once every few months because I simply can't quench my craving for it. From the thrilling music, to the awesome visuals (for the 80's, that is, but for today as well, in the sense that all the fantastical characters used weren't computer generated and lacking substance), this movie is unforgettable and I declare the greatest fantasy film ever (the LOTR trilogy is great too, but didn't have the same emotional impact on me as this one). An unforgettable movie for any generation! I only wish they would come out with a better DVD transfer for it. Hopefully in the future :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings me back to my childhood
I saw this movie when I was very young and since then I have never forgotten it. It is such a classic, everyone I know loves this movie, it's so different and magical! Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2009 by Sophie Veilleux
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Top Movies Ever Made
The Neverending Story Is No Doubt The Best Fantasy Movie Of The 80's. I Saw This Film In The Theatre When It Came Out And It Became A Favorite Of Mine Right Away. Read more
Published on June 11 2007 by Nathan O'Casey
1.0 out of 5 stars Never Ending Boredom
I found this movie to be rather boring and babish. First of all the kid who is reading the book is a 100% loser and the story is not that great. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Best fantasy of the 80s
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. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Classis Genre Film Fanatic
4.0 out of 5 stars Speaking as an adult
Having only seen this movie for the first time two years ago, I beg to differ with those who claim that it's allure is lost to those not having been exposed to it at an early age. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by scooperiv
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, though the book's much better.
This movie is a great film from the 80's. I enjoyed the fantasy-like, imaginative plot of the movie and the characters. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Ammstratocaster
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