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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
The Neverending Story... You get Neverending Satisfaction!!! I love reading books even as a child. So when this movie came out in 1985, I could relate immediately to the main character, Bastian.
Who could ever forget Falkor, the dog-faced luck dragon, and Atreyu the warrior? Plus the beautiful Childlike Empress (boy! I really had a crush on her. Hey... I was 10 years old then).
My favorite part in the movie was when Gmork (the evil wolf) faced Atreyu near the end part. I even memorized the lines of Gmork, how about that?
I was really glad that my order came before Christmas time. I bought the DVD to show it to my daughters so they could appreciate the beauty of quality movies for kids then. They loved it more than those CGI-generated movies nowadays.
This DVD is actually two versions of the film. Full screen and widescreen versions presented individually in a double-sided DVD. Frankly, I was surprised that it didn't come in a dual-layered DVD instead. It would have been better, cuz then you'll just take care of one side of the disc instead of both sides.
My only disappointment is the case it came in (snapper case). I'd rather have it in a normal DVD case. You can't protect the double-sided DVD in this lousy snapper case. That's why my rating is only 4 stars instead of 5 because of this.
The Original dream fantasy As a huge fan of fantasy/adventure books and films, I am very particular about the way a fantasy is conveyed. The key to a good fantasy is making it incredible without rendering it unbelievable, and that is what The Neverending Story acheived. Before there was The Lord of The Rings, before Harry Potter, there was The Neverending Story, and it is still the most beautiful of all fantasy tales. It has the ability not only to transport small children to a world of imagination, but to transport teenagers and adults back into their early childhoods.
There is so much to be said for The Neverending Story. Memorable, beautiful characters like The Childlike Empress and Engywook, and Falkor, everyone's favorite furry dragon. The beautiful scenes are also a credit, for who can forget little Bastian in the dingy bookstore, laying eyes on the book with the Auryn symbol on the front for the very first time? Who can fail to love the terrifying but wonderful journey of Atreyu through the land of Fantasia, and what can ever replace the memory of the first time we witnessed Bastian screaming the Empress' name?
Not to mention the special effects were superb for the time and invoke a feeling of nostalgia and awe even today, though they are years out-dated.
For anyone who has seen this movie, I need not recommend it to you...you know its merit. But to those who missed this classic work of art, and to young children who are captivated by Narnia, Middle Earth, and the world beyond Platform 9 3/4...Fantasia is one more world you must escape to...you will love what you find there.Brilliant film Wonderful, a film that has stuck in my mind since I first saw it at the cinema. The part at the sphinx gets to me everytime.. Anyway now onto my beef, all those reviewers who say I should read the book, I'd like to say I have and I love the movie anyway. I read the book once in secondary school and perhaps I received a poor translation, but it made no sense at all. Maybe if I read it now, I'd understand more, but this book is nowhere to be found.