Wim Wenders

Until the End of the World

Until the End of the World

Conceived as the ultimate road movie, this decades-in-the-making science-fiction epic from Wim Wenders follows the restless Claire Tourneur (Solveig Dommartin) across continents as she pursues a mysterious stranger (William Hurt) in possession of a device that can make the blind see and bring dream images to waking life. With an eclectic soundtrack that gathers a host of the director’s favorite musicians, along with gorgeous cinematography by Robby Müller, this breathless adventure in the shadow of Armageddon takes its heroes to the ends of the earth and into the oneiric depths of their own souls. Presented here in its triumphant 287-minute director’s cut, Until the End of the World assumes its rightful place as Wenders’ magnum opus, a cosmic ode to the pleasures and perils of the image and a prescient meditation on cinema’s digital future.

Film Info

  • Wim Wenders
  • Germany, France, Australia
  • 1991
  • 287 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English, French, German
  • Spine #1007

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by Wenders
  • New interview with Wenders about the film’s soundtrack
  • New conversation between Wenders and musician David Byrne
  • Japanese behind-the-scenes program detailing the creation of the film’s high-definition sequences
  • Interview with Wenders from 2001
  • Up-Down Under Roma, a 1993 interview with Wenders on his experiences in Australia
  • The Song, a 1991 short film by Uli M Schueppel detailing the recording of “(I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: Essays by critics Bilge Ebiri and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on the film and its soundtrack

New cover by Michael Boland

Purchase Options

Released Dec 10, 2019

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by Wenders
  • New interview with Wenders about the film’s soundtrack
  • New conversation between Wenders and musician David Byrne
  • Japanese behind-the-scenes program detailing the creation of the film’s high-definition sequences
  • Interview with Wenders from 2001
  • Up-Down Under Roma, a 1993 interview with Wenders on his experiences in Australia
  • The Song, a 1991 short film by Uli M Schueppel detailing the recording of “(I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: Essays by critics Bilge Ebiri and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on the film and its soundtrack

New cover by Michael Boland

Until the End of the World
Cast
William Hurt
Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee
Solveig Dommartin
Claire Tourneur
Sam Neill
Eugene Fitzpatrick
Max von Sydow
Henry Farber
Rüdiger Vogler
Phillip Winter
Ernie Dingo
Burt
Jeanne Moreau
Edith Farber
Chick Ortega
Chico Rémy
Elena Smirnova
Krasikova
Eddy Mitchell
Raymond Monnet
Chishu Ryu
Mr. Mori
Allen Garfield
Used-car dealer
Lois Chiles
Elsa Farber
Kuniko Miyake
Mrs. Mori
Credits
Director
Wim Wenders
Produced by
Anatole Dauman
Produced by
Jonathan Taplin
Produced by
Wim Wenders
Screenplay by
Peter Carey
Screenplay by
Wim Wenders
From an original idea by
Solveig Dommartin
From an original idea by
Wim Wenders
Director of photography
Robby Müller
Music by
Graeme Revell
Editor
Peter Przygodda
Production sound
Jean-Paul Mugel
Sound design
Barbara von Weitershausen
Production design and futuristic objects
Thierry Flamand
Production design (Australia)
Sally Campbell
Costume design
Montserrat Casanova
High-definition video design
Sean Naughton
Special effects by
Frank Schlegel
Songs
U2
Songs
Talking Heads
Songs
Elvis Presley
Songs
Lou Reed
Songs
T Bone Burnett
Songs
Peter Gabriel
Songs
Laurent Petitgand
Songs
Can
Songs
Elvis Costello
Songs
R.E.M.
Songs
Julee Cruise
Songs
Crime & the City Solution
Songs
Chubby Checker
Songs
Boulevard of Broken Dreams Orchestra
Songs
Robbie Robertson and The Blue Nile
Songs
Depeche Mode
Songs
Patti Smith and Fred Smith
Songs
Neneh Cherry
Songs
Daniel Lanois
Songs
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Songs
Jane Siberry with k.d. lang
Songs
Gondwanaland
Songs
David Darling
Songs
Mildred Hill and Patty Hill

From The Current

Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted

From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.

The Sound of Yesterday’s Future: Notes on the Until the End of the World Soundtrack
The Sound of Yesterday’s Future: Notes on the Until the End of the World Soundtrack

When he set out to make his dream project, Wim Wenders enlisted several of his favorite musical acts—including bands like U2 and Depeche Mode—to contribute to the film’s soundtrack.

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Until the End of the World: The End of the Road
Until the End of the World: The End of the Road

Wim Wenders’ string of successes in the eighties freed him to mount one of the most ambitious productions in European film history, an epic he characterized as “the ultimate road movie.”

By Bilge Ebiri