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Tales From the Neverending Story: The Beginning (Full Screen) [Import]

Mark Rendall , Tyler Hynes    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Tales is a refreshing new incarnation of "The Neverending Story" it expands on the plot, has state of the art visual effects, and mostly good acting. There seems to be a trend in reviews for this series. A trend that I don't like. People are judging this movie before they have even seen it. Most of the people who have written these reviews either refuse to accept anything different from the classic movie or are die hard purist for the book. True, the show doesn't remain very faithful to the book, but all the elements from the original novel are there, with some additions. Ever heard of a little movie called "The Wizard of Oz"? Well, that movie is NOTHING like the book and yet it probably has more fans and has been seen by more people than any other movie in the world. The important thing is to view this show with and open mind. If you watch the movie thinking it's going to be bad, your opinion will most likely not change. You will be looking for the flaws of the series instead of looking over a few minor things that may not be up to par with the rest of the show. Now this series is not perfect, by all means, but it contains everything a good story/movie/show should have. Action,adventure,a wonderful plot,great special effects, and if your a fantasy lover, I can nearly guarentee you that you will like this show. Alot of people are coming on here and saying things about this show that just are not true. Saying the costumes are sub par,or the acting is bad. If you watch the making of feature on this disk, you can easily see that several peoples blood and sweat have been poored into this production and that quality is what they are striving for, and in the feature, you can certainly tell. This is one of those series that's just good for everyone. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LIKED IT! Dec 1 2003
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Looks like I'm in the minority here but I think this was an excellent film. As an owner of the original Never Ending Story Trilogy, I thought this rendition explained a lot more. This version shows what happened to Bastian's mother and why his father was the way he was. In the original films I just thought he was an unfeeling jerk! The characters here were much more interesting and the story told much more about them. It is a classic tale of good versus evil, delivered in an entertaining manner. Atreyu, The Childlike Empress and Zeide came to life for me in this version. It showed so much more of who they were, what motivated them. The special effects aren't quite Star Wars calibre but they come across very well.
All in all, I found this to be an excellent story, well-written and well-acted. Mark Rendall (Bastian) reminded me a lot of Jason James Richter (who played Bastian in The Never Ending Story III) in the original Free Willy and I thought he was a very appealing boy who gave "Bastian" a heart the other actors never achieved in the original films. In my opinion the character of Atreyu in the original films was much too young and neither actor gave the character any believability, as was the Childlike Empress. She wasn't child-like, she was a child.
After my son and I watched this, we found the the next installment, The Gift, and enjoyed it even more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not shabby after-school fare April 11 2004
Saved by the Bell, Mary Kate and Ashley, etc. Those were the shows that met us when we got home. This series has the same family feel (except for the one or two surprising swear words towards the end, of the 4-disk set). The only issue I have is that this particular disk does not have the entire series, and there aren't any more you can buy. You have to purchase the 4-disk set which recently came out (UPC 76145082003), which is worth getting because it has all the episodes from this disk, plus a lot more (and it STILL doesn't feel complete!). Sebastion is not my fav character, but everyone else is not shabby (Atreiu is pretty cool actually). It is the Neverending story expanded and worth watching.
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First of all, NO this isn't a GREAT movie, the acting isn't the greatest, the effects aren't the greatest either, well, do you previous viewers realize that this ISN'T made for Adults???HELLO??
its made for children, therefore it WILL have cheesy acting, and cheesy effects, yes it strays ALOT from the book, but kids will love it! its a NEW version for a NEW generation, do you REALLY think kids will think the original movie is cool??? after seeing Harry Potter? sad to say HP has KILLED the idea of Good fantasy, it has perverted a great genre, however this film is for those who want to have a cheesy good time! Think saturday morning made for tv movie! the only thing that REALLY bothered me is the ending, there ISN'T one! and the dvd says "watch for the next installment coming to home video"??? uh, its home DVD not video!
bottom line, its an entertaining film for the NEW generation, no big studio is going to remake the first film, this is it folks! so stop whining and just read the book if you dislike this version so much!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please let it end! Oct. 17 2002
First off, the only reason I'm giving this "movie" more than one star is because, in the deep recesses of my mind, i still find it impossible that it could have been this bad. I mean, it remains one of my favorite novels. I even loved the first two movies. When I saw the cover of the dvd, I had to get it. In my life, I now regret few things more. If the attention and effort put into the cover of this "movie" had been half that of the "movie" itself, I wouldn't feel this deep sadness that now sweeps over me. There should be a disclaimer somewhere on the box that says "WARNING! This "movie" is NOT as good as it looks! Buy the original and for God's sake, read the book!" Bottom line: the production quality is questionable, the dialogue is deplorable (the WB would have rejected this!), and the plot couldn't be farther from that of Michael Ende's novel. A new spin is one thing, a desecration is another.
Wait! I've got an idea! What if they made this movie so bad so people WOULD go and read the book? I don't know...I'm searching for explanations here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars For Michael Ende�s Sake - Don�t Buy It!!!
Please heed my words and avoid this movie! Michael Ende's novel "The Neverending Story" is my all-time favorite book, and I believe to be one of the most original and inspiring... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage, Pure Garbage!!!!
Do not get this movie!! I repeat do not get this movie!! This movie was so bad that I had to take action. I have never written a review for anything until now! Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2002 by A True NES fan
3.0 out of 5 stars fun
I found this movie very entertaining. Yes, some of the elements have been changed from the original videos, so what. I thought the take on this one was interesting. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look for any NES fan
I'm a true NES fan and I found Tales From a lot of fun. They seemed to take elements from the book, take them apart, and put them together in new ways. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
It is the start of a great series. They remade The Neverending Story into a great series. They remade it using todays stuff. It is a new great series. I would recomand it.
Published on Aug. 24 2002 by John
3.0 out of 5 stars Tales From The Neverending Story - The Beginning
I was disappointed to see what they did with the original characters. And I really don't like being left hanging at the end. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Michael Ende Would Be Ashamed!
Michael Ende would be outright ashamed if he had lived to see his novel slaughtered like this. The movies were one thing... Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by "grograman"
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