The Neverending Story (With Book)

Starring: Barret Oliver & Noah Hathaway Director: Wolfgang Petersen  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1984
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Notes and trivia on the book and its characters
    • Theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"The video arcade is down the street. Here we just sell small rectangular objects. They're called books. They require a little effort on your part, and make no beep-beep-beep-beeps. On your way please."
  - Mr. Koreander (Thomas Hill) to Bastian (Barrett Oliver)
"Never give up and good luck will find you."
  - Falcor to Bastian

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 07/04/1984
"...A marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy..."
Empire - 09/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "Barret Oliver, the nine year-old lead, suits the bookwormish loner who opens the pages to Fantasia's world of rock-eating giants...[and] unforgiving swamps..."

Product Description:

In director Wolfgang Petersen's charming fantasy, Bastian (Barrett Oliver), a lonely schoolboy alienated from his father and bullied by his classmates, retreats to an attic where he becomes engrossed in a book entitled THE NEVERENDING STORY. It is the tale of a magical kingdom appropriately named Fantasia, since it is a world born of human fantasies. However, as humanity loses faith in the power of imagination, the once-thriving Fantasia is being destroyed by great storms of Nothingness. Dangerously ill herself, Fantasia's youthful empress (Tami Stronach) sends the young warrior Atreju (Noah Hathaway) on a quest to find a cure for the kingdom. After encountering flying dragons, swamp monsters and a vast assortment of other strange creatures, the young hero discovers that only a human boy can save Fantasia, at which point Bastian is drawn, literally, into the pages of the story.

Plot Synopsis:

In THE NEVERENDING STORY, a young boy is physically drawn into a fantasy novel he is reading, and there he struggles to save an incredible world from destruction.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Based On A Novel | Dragons | Epic | Family (General) | Fantasy | Fantasy Worlds | Friends | Jewels | Kids Adventure | Magic | Theatrical Release | Witches And Wizards

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: July 1984.
  • Filmed at the Bavaria Studios in Munich, Germany. Shooting completed May 1984.
  • Budget estimated at $27 million.

    This was director Wolfgang Petersen's first English-language film.
  • Filmed at the Bavaria Studios in Munich, Germany, in Technovision and Eastmancolor; prints by Technicolor.
  • Shooting completed May 1984. Released in the USA July, 1984.
  • Additional technical credits: conceptual, scenery, creature and costume design by Ul DeRico; aerial photography by Clay Lacy Aviation, Apogee Productions, Inc., Continental Camera Systems and Stephen J. Wright; chief animatronics engineering, mechanical special effects and creatures by Giuseppe Tortora; cloud effects unit supervisor, Mike White; cloud effects photography by Jair Ganor.
  • This was Wolfgang Petersen's first English-language film. He later went on to direct the 1993 hit "In the Line of Fire," starring Clint Eastwood.
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Censors.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 126,326
  • UPC: 883929118069
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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