This fall, Warner Brothers Home Video will see fit to release the Wolfgang Petersen family classic The Neverending Story and its 1990 sequel The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter.
The first film introduces us to Bastian, a young boy who’s dreary life consists primarily of avoiding the school bullies. One trip to the local bookstore however, provides him an escape from the drudgery of his life in the form of a mysterious book, which the shopkeeper describes as forbidden and dangerous. Like all little boys, that temptation is too strong to resist, and Bastian reads of the world of Fantasia, where the hero Atreyu must save the dying Empress before her kingdom is devoured by The Nothingness. The more Bastian reads, the more he is aware that the characters are aware of him, and slowly he is brought into the world of Fantasia, where he himself must save the kingdom.
In “The Next Chapter” Bastian finds himself returning to the kingdom of Fantasia to help Atreyu and the Empress once again as the kingdom is threatened by the evil sorceress, Xayide.
Sadly, both films will only be presented on disc with Pan & Scan transfers in Dolby Stereo sound. The final features have yet to be announced, but “The Neverending Story II” will contain the bonus Bugs Bunny cartoon Box-Office Bunny.
Both films will make their DVD debut on September 4th, and will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98.