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It's a mixed blessing, but "Frank Herbert's Dune" goes a long way toward satisfying science fiction purists who scoffed at David Lynch's previous attempt to adapt Herbert's epic narrative. Ironically, director John Harrison's 288-minute TV miniseries (broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in December 2000) offers its own share of strengths and weaknesses, which, in retrospect, emphasize the quality of Lynch's film while treating Herbert's novel with more comprehensive authority. Debate will continue as to which film is better; Lynch's extensive use of internal monologue now seems like a challenge well met, and Harrison's more conventional approach is better equipped to convey the epic scope of Herbert's interplanetary political intrigue.\n This much is certain: this "Dune" is a sumptuous treat for the eyes, with sets and costumes that were conceived with no apparent limits of budget or creativity. In terms of architecture alone, this is one of the most impressive films in science fiction history. And although the special effects fall short of feature-film quality, writer-director Harrison (who rose from an extensive background in TV) admirably tames the sprawling narrative that pits the opposing houses of Atreides and Harkonnen in a struggle to control the lucrative market for the spice melange. This is as accurate as any "Dune" adaptation is likely to get (i.e., there's no need for another attempt), and even then, it can be tricky to keep track of who's doing what to whom. Unfortunately, the film's biggest flaws are the casting of a nearly comatose William Hurt as Duke Leto, and a wooden Alec Newman as the messiah-to-be, Paul Atreides. These are regrettable shortcomings, but this "Dune" remains altogether respectable. That Frank Herbert would be impressed is perhaps the biggest compliment one can pay. "--Jeff Shannon"
Owing to the differing broadcast standards of global television, the director's cut of Frank Herbert's Dune essentially combines the international versions originally broadcast in 2000. Several scenes are new to American audiences, including some brief and tasteful nudity, but the real benefit comes from scenes that clarify the politics and betrayals that arise between the houses of Atreides and Harkonnen. In his articulate and informative commentary track, writer-director John Harrison illuminates the value of these scenes, while additional DVD supplements explore the challenges of production and, most eloquently, the artistic philosophy of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, whose color strategies are outlined in interviews and an intellectual essay. And while the "Defining the Messiah" and "Science Future/Science Fiction" supplements are not directly related to the film, they place this epic production (and Frank Herbert's legacy) into a rich and meaningful perspective. Even if viewed only once, these and other features provide valuable context for a deeper appreciation of Harrison's ambitious adaptation. --Jeff Shannon
the whole series is a fantastic for sci-fi fans, highly recommendPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's Dune! These guys are truer to the book than the older movie. It's too bad they didn't have a bigger budget, though.Published 17 days ago by Richard Vance
A very different direction than David Lynch's Dune, but still true to the book. Overall I prefer the Lynch film, but this is well done and very entertaining.Published 22 days ago by Ted Crilly
I love this mini series I just had to see was there a DVD and I just had to buy it and share with anyone I encountered the beautifully told story of dunePublished 27 days ago by Margie Edwards
A must for avid DUNE fans. This is the best version out there. Very close to the book.Published 1 month ago by Beverly A. Casselman
Way better than the Dune on the big screen. It keeps you involved throughout the movie.Published 2 months ago by Howard Brauner
I love Sci-fi and this one is at the top of my favorites list.Published 2 months ago by Alice Steward
I really like this. Have watched it numerous times. Love the actors, sets, costumes. Just a wonderful science fiction movie. The special edition is great.Published 2 months ago by magickbetty
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|1 disc or 2?||
Some (not much) extra footage, and some extra behind the scenes goodies, and the one you are reviewing IS the 3 bagger.
Dec 21, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
|Insert booklet or not?||
Yes, there IS a booklet. It's a three page folded one. It has a chapter list for each DVD, production notes, etc.
Oct 5, 2008 by Manuel Figueroa | See all 4 posts
|Be forewarned: There are no subtitles||Be the first to reply|
|the $75 price tag||Be the first to reply|