endearing movie has aged remarkably well. It is about a bullied boy,
Bastian (Barrett Oliver), who owns quite a few books but who, on a
chance encounter with a mysterious bookshop owner when being chased,
comes across a very special book. As he reads, the imminent end of the
land of Fantasia is unfolding before him. To halt the crisis, the young
warrior Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) must quest through various trials and
terrains to help the Empress.
are stunning panoramic shots with rich colours which show up nicely on
the Blu-Ray's 1:2.4 aspect ratio. Though some of the effects may seem
clumsy to our pre-CGI eyes, to children I suspect the suspense and plot
would greatly over-ride such concerns.
opening number became a stand-alone hit and I guess the disc is a
nostalgia trip for many adult viewers. The power of reading and
imagination is the dominant message and I personally cannot think of a
more appealing and worthy one. The main child actors are both very
capable and the overall naivety is adorable.
look back on the film as most people do because I never saw it as a
child. I kind of hate that it is with jaded eyes alone I have to review
The Never Ending Story. The DTS HD Master Audio is lush and
all-embracing. The disc has no special features but does offer several
Director Wolfgang Petersen has made films varied in theme an quality,
from the famous epic Das Boot to Air Force One and Troy.
His “touch” is very visible. Parents of very young children may not want
them to go through some of the more “scary” scene. There is also a pair
of statutes with very clear breasts: I wonder if a movie in 2010 would
try something similar? So despite the G-rating, I would urge some
like this movie and would recommend it for those wishing to go down
memory lane, with or without their children.