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The GOOD STUFF: Many scenes have a great deal of the HD pop, and as soon as Princess Irulan begins her opening monolog the difference in PQ from previous releases is apparent. Things stay looking pretty good until we get to Geidi Prime (Home of House Harkonnen) and then things look SPECTACULAR. After hundred of viewings of this film, I noticed details I had not seen before! There are MANY impressive looking scenes in this new edition and the all important "water of life" sequence and the final battle and the end scene in the Hall of Rites all look stunning and nearly three dimensional. They are gorgeous.
THE BAD STUFF: Dirt, specks, lines, threads, all sorts of debris on the print show up FREQUENTLY and they ARE distracting.Read more ›
Now that's it here, however, I am horrendously disappointed. The previous review claims that it's "remastered?" Well, the sound may have been "mixed" into a 5.1 sound field (and badly done at that), but the picture is still in the same horrific condition as the ORIGINAL DVD release.
You don't have to look any further then the Guild ship landing at the beginning of the movie. Look at the lower left-hand side of the screen and watch the inexplicable shadow artifacts that keep fading in and out...as if the original film were compromised. No, it's not one of those "oh, you really have to look close" things, either; it's actually annoyingly, painfully obvious!!
You don't even have to go THAT far to look for transfer problems!! Look at the Universal logo on the opening reel and "oooooo" and "ahhhhhh" at the dust specks and scratches on the film.
ALL THIS TIME, and it's for a film that sports a couple of docs, an extended edition that STILL doesn't have completed effects (you can tell where some of the deleted scenes are without knowing the film that well - the Fremen's eyes aren't colored in), and a release that goes the extra mile to be as cheap as possible by sporting a DOUBLE-SIDED DISC to cut down on manufacturing costs.
If you've already seen the extended release shown on the Sci-Fi channel, base your decision to buy this based on your feelings towards what was shown there because there is no difference here.
5 stars for the movie; 1 star for this release and for Universal making Dune fans froth at the mouth after many inexplicable delays...for no good reason at all.
Now here is where the entire true purpose to this review comes in. Many may wonder, "why was I watching this on Sci-Fi channel and the director was Alan Smithee instead of David Lynch?" Well little Jimmy, the answer is complicated. David Lynch knew when he made Dune he was in trouble and cut the film down incredibly to make it fit the desired time limit. Lynch was slightly pleased with this cut of the film and hoped that that would be the last he would have to do with it... Wrong!
A few years when Dune finally was on TV, a special edition version was prepared containing an HOUR of extra footage. A new narration covers the film and practically spells out every bit of information to the audience this time. The studios were ready to show it when suddenly David Lynch says "Woa woa, I liked it the way it was!" and refuses to have credit for this new longer version. The studio then takes out Lynch's name and replaces it with the fake Alan Smithee who doesn't exist. With me so far?
The version of Dune available on DVD and VHS is the David Lynch version which in my opinion actually works better than the longer version. It cuts to the chase and doesn't drag as badly as Smithee's version does.Read more ›
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Did not capture the soul of the book. Should never represent the book.Published 12 hours ago by Illuminati Acolyte
One of my favorite Fantasy/Sci-fi movies. Hard to understand if you dont pay attention, and during slower segments it hard to pay attention. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cobweb
cult classic - it even includes Capt Picard! If you love the books then you will the movie - much better than the mini-series on the Sci Fi ChannelPublished 5 days ago by CMF
The original version of this film ran 4 plus hours and is beyond obtaining outside of some bootleg recording. Read morePublished 7 days ago by this(ladies and germs), is my pen name .Pretty cool eh?
This was a mega bomb in the 80's, not for the simple minded, who weren't familiar with Herbert's work. Critics are it alive. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Steve Both
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Is this the full version?||
This is BOTH, David Lynch's Theatrical Release AND the revamped Alan Smithee cut
Dec 21, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 14 posts
|languages and subtitles||
Anyone please? I'm also interested on knowing if Portuguese subtitles are available. Tks!
Mar 16, 2011 by Tiago Santos | See all 2 posts
|Region Free or A?||
Not an answer but same question. Did you find an answer?
May 24, 2011 by Harry Apokides | See all 2 posts
Looks like just the theatrical (Lynchian) version is on this bluray
Sep 4, 2010 by Quexos | See all 2 posts
|Dune on Blu-ray 4/27/10||
It's the theatre David Lynch version, not the after the fact extended Smithee "remix". There are like 15 minutes of sloppy dusty 480p deleted scenes.
It plays very choppy on my Playstation3. Unacceptable. Maybe there is very recent hardware update that would help, I dunno.
Apr 30, 2010 by (®_0) | See all 10 posts
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