Children of the 1980s had reason to celebrate last week when “The Neverending Story,” the fondly-remembered fantasy film, arrived on Blu-ray. But fans across the Internet immediately wondered why this release, seemingly perfect for retrospective extras, was delivered with absolutely no bonus content whatsoever. Well maybe the answer is that the filmmaker behind the modern classic had no inkling that this new edition was slated for store shelves.
“I didn’t even know!” Wolfgang Petersen said with a laugh in an exclusive interview with MTV News. The helmer, whose impressive roster includes such blockbusters as “Air Force One,” “In the Line of Fire,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Outbreak” and “Troy,” wrote and directed “The Neverending Story,” which follows a young boy who becomes intertwined with a dark parallel universe filled with strange creatures, a hero on a quest and a glistening princess. Released theatrically in 1984, the film has since developed a wide fanbase, making it all the odder that the willing director wasn’t approached for the Blu-ray.
“Sometimes the studios are…it’s just unbelievable,” Petersen said. “I would have loved to get involved and work on the colors a little bit, let’s do this and let’s do that. They didn’t tell me. It’s strange.”
Nearly thirty years later, the director still retains an intense love for the film. And he’ll be enjoying the high-definition offering as much as the rest of us…as soon as he picks up a copy.
“I just told my assistant to get me the Blu-ray,” he exclaimed. “I have a beautiful theater at home and I can screen it there. I have not seen it yet in Blu-ray, and I have family here from Germany, [so] we really are looking forward to seeing it again. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it. I’m so anxious to see how it looks on Blu-ray.”
It's worth noting that "The Everending Story" has never looked or sounded better than the Blu-ray version, so fans of the film should pick it up.
Check back on Monday for more from our interview with Wolfgang Petersen, including a never-before-told tale of how a certain American filmmaker collaborated on “The Neverending Story.”