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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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So this edit was quite something! You must understand that I am someone who grew up with the international cut of the movie, I've never actually seen the German cut before so quite a few things in this cut were new and a surprise to me.

In terms of audio and video quality, I think this was top tier. The image quality is the clearest I've seen out of other versions of the movie, puts the official releases to shame. The audio quality is also great, you get to hear the painful groans of Gmork clearly in this one along with the actual name Bastian calls out to save the Empress which is heard a lot more clearly and can be made out here than what could ever be heard in the international cut.

In terms of visual editing, I never noticed any cuts or glitches at all. Same goes for the audio editing, it was all seamless and parts that cut abruptly are just how the official releases had it also, so zero issues on that front. With all the extra editing of visual and audio, it didn't alter the narrative or drastically change it one bit, it all flowed nicely and I had no issues in that regard.

My enjoyment is slightly lowered from a 10 to a 9. This is not actually a fault of the editor, it's actually an issue I personally have since I grew up with the international cut. There are certain parts that opted for the German version (namely the opening credits being black instead of the awesome visuals we get in the opening credits of the international cut, and changed audio to the German audio in the Atreyu riding the horse montages). Both of these things always stuck with me throughout my enjoyment of the international cut and seeing these replaced made my heart yearn to have those things back. But granted the purpose of this new cut was to give the international cut a more German flavor so I can't really fault it.

I do recommend this edit, quite a few scenes are longer and they put the international cut to shame for making the scenes shorter than they actually are. I would say that this particular cut is 95% better than the original movie, but this is for me personally. You might watch this cut and find it 100% superior to the original, and I absolutely could not fault you for thinking that.

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I really liked this version. Ever since I watched a video on youtube on the subject of the different versions I have been wanting to watch a version that has got most of the things cut from DUG. I like how awkward Bastian and his fathers conversation becomes in the start. The Dialog with Mr. Koriander I suddenly understand. And, contrary to what I thought before watching, I really liked the black background in the beginning. The removal of the music when Artax dies (spolier alert) however was not something I enjoyed. The added melodrama of the music always made me cry, this time I did not cry. Also, I find that Artreju is way too whiney in the end with the added lines. Some things were good to remove from the TNS-edit.

As dwight-fry said "...very well realized and of a remarkable high quality.".

And for everyone who hasn't: Please read the book!!!

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Owner's reply February 27, 2022

Great that you enjoyed it overall, seems that the points you raise are of personal preference. I think the Moroder music during the Swamp scene just a touch excessive (admittedly in a film that is hardly trying for naturalism), yet find myself missing the extra Ivory Tower moments at the end when looking back at the International Cut.

Reading the book is on my to-do list, finally got myself a copy!

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In short, this is so much better than the theatrical cut I grew up with!

Others have gone into the differences and changes, so no need to rehash in my review. I will add this, though the movie will never compare to the book and has certain flaws that will never be overcome, this edit matches the book itself much better and more importantly, the tone feels much better.

I am not a professional editor, so from a technical standpoint I always ask, did anything take me out of the experience. I am happy to say no it did not. Very well done and thank you for your hard work creating this!

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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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