NeverEnding Story: Hybrid Cut, The

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Tagline:
An alternative trip into Fantasia.
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Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
101
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
101
Time Cut:
6
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
Mixes elements of the two released versions to give viewers a new take on this eighties classic.
Intention:
As is probably the case for most viewers I first saw the shorter International Cut, widely-available on blu-ray but with disappointing picture quality (image softness, excessive gate weave, weird colour timing etc). I had always been interested in seeing the longer original German version and finally bought it after it was released on blu-ray newly restored, and while I found the viewing experience overall better (a massive improvement in picture quality for one thing) I missed certain elements from the version I had seen before. I consider this Cut my ideal hybrid of the two official ones, and hope that others find it interesting.
Other Sources:
• Die Unendliche Geschichte - 2019 blu-ray
• The NeverEnding Story - 30th Anniversary blu-ray
Special Thanks:
Huge thanks to Dwight Fry for reviewing my edit, providing assistance and making invaluable suggestions for improvements!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
The International Cut derived items are labelled TNS (The NeverEnding Story) and German Cut correspondingly DUG (Die Unendliche Geschichte). TNS is mainly used as audio source and for shot reference, the very occasional footage used is adjusted to try and match DUG as best as possible. DUG provides an English language track nearly identical to that in TNS, only a couple of noticeable differences besides the absence of any Giorgio Moroder music.

TNS footage speeded up by 0.1% from 23.976024 FPS to match DUG 24 FPS
Cuts and Additions:
• Added FanEdit disclaimer and personal plate.
• Added Warner Brothers vanity plate from TNS.
• Extracted English language TNS text and pasted onto black background to resemble those from DUG (removing gate weave as a bonus), added in Tilo Pruckner’s credit from DUG at proper place.
• Retain Klaus Doldinger DUG title music in lieu of TNS song, combined with absence of coloured clouds this is more fitting to put us into Bastian’s mind as he dreams of his mother
• Used TNS shots from Bastian seeing the book to Coreander finding his note, to keep onscreen text English. Slowed down the tilt to the note in order to make room for a little of the DUG music that plays as the scene ends.
• Replaced audio of Rockbither, Nighthob and Teeny Weeny in the forest with that from TNS to avoid the latter’s (in my opinion) distracting accent of the dubbed voice in DUG.
• Recut DUG footage as Ivory Tower is introduced to play to TNS audio with Moroder theme (DUG music here is a variation on Happy Flight, commonly used throughout).
• Added three of the four TNS cutaway shots during Cairon’s speech (one is duplicated later in both versions).
• Rearranged DUG footage from Atreyu riding out to the reveal of Gmork so it closer matches TNS, find the flow more natural (all riding scenes are followed by Gmork rather than broken into two sections), kept DUG score so needed to repeat a middle section. Decided to retain the DUG soundtrack (same piece as TNS but arranged differently), a consequence is that the DUG accent of Teeny Weeny is present but is not so distracting under the music.
• Used TNS audio over scene of Atreyu and Artax in the clearing, it adds some nice music over the scene where there was none before.
• Added four TNS shots to show the English (rather than German) titled book in the attic after Bastian throws it down.
• Added TNS shot of Falkor’s reflection in the water just before he dives in search of the Auryn, shortened following DUG shot to match TNS equivalent (believed originally done so to avoid model drifting and spoiling the effect shot) and played TNS soundtrack as Falkor searches for the Auryn.
• Reinstated Moroder music as Atreyu and Falkor approach the Ivory Tower (and replaced a warped frame with an identical following one when cutting back to the Tower after Bastian bites the apple).
• Kept TNS credits with accompanying song, perfectly appropriate with the uplifting ending.

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This is my preferred version now. I didn't notice the cuts and changes, I was just enjoying the movie. Excellent work.
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A great combination of the original German cut and the US cut that I grew up with. I think that the longer edits and original music not included in the US edit often add more depth and emotional weight to the story.

Paranoid Android ties these two edits together seamlessly. Any critical feedback from me is more around personal preference than about errors in the edit itself.

This made me see one of my childhood favorite films in a new light, and I appreciate it!

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Almost the definitive version of the film. Like others, I'd have preferred the international music for Artax. There's one rough audio transition at the very end of the film, and the 753MB file size is perhaps overly compressed for an HD movie (most noticeable at Gmork's first appearance), but those are minor quibbles. Otherwise, it's basically perfect! It would be nice to see a 4K HDR version one day, if the international version ever gets a 4K release.
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well done well done. better then the orignal. please keep this up.

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This is like a near perfect legacy edition. I highly recommend this version to new and old fans. This is a family favorite movie and its what we watched and was in no way a let down. this would be a perfect 10 cut except the missing music in the death scene. Other than that this is my favorite cut. if you're ever in need of a family movie this here is it. Having the hybrid cut gives nice adventure and a hidden gem to watch.

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