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Dune (Widescreen) (1984)

Francesca Annis , Leonardo Cimino , David Lynch  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783226063
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dune (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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    Even more than most of David Lynch's deliberately bizarre and idiosyncratic movies, Dune is a "love-it-or-hate-it" affair. An ambitious, epic, utterly mind-boggling--and, let's admit it, all-out weird--adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel, Dune remains one of the most controversial films in the director's exceedingly provocative career. The story (if Dune can be said to have just one story) is complex and convoluted in the epic tradition; it has something to do with political intrigue and a planet that is home to a precious spice and gigantic sand worms. Think Shakespeare's Henry IV with a dash of Tremors, and set in another galaxy. But despite plenty of strangely whispered voice-overs that explain the characters' thoughts (and endlessly detailed exposition), storytelling is not really among the film's strong points. There are, however, a lot of memorably fantastic/grotesque images, an extraordinary cast, and a soundtrack featuring Toto. I told you it was weird. Among the stars are Kyle MacLachlan, José Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Brad Dourif, Sting, Kenneth McMillan, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, and Linda Hunt. The DVD contains the original release version; a shorter version cut for television has been disowned by Lynch, who insisted his name be replaced by that famous Hollywood pseudonym "Alan Smithee." --Jim Emerson

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    The long-awaited film version of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction epic, Dune, explodes on the screen with dazzling special effects, unforgettable images and powerful performances. The saga of intergalactic warrior Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) and his messianic rise to leadership features an all-star cast, including Jose Ferrer, Max Von Sydow, Oscar-winner Linda Hunt and rock legend, Sting. This monumental Dino DeLaurentiis presentation is directed by David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Eraserhead), with photography by Academy Award-winner Freddie Francis, music by Grammy-winner Toto, and incredible monster creation by E.T.'s Carlo Rambaldi. Visit an unbelievable world beyond and space, and experience the ultimate adventure that goes beyond the imagination.

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    404 of 419 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    While everyone else has been waiting for AVATAR or LOTR (and yes I bought both of those and LOVE them), I've been holding my breath to watch DUNE in all its highdef glory. After watching this bluray disc, I feel like I've seen half of the film in HD and the other half in fair quality SD. I THINK I know what I'm talking about here . . . I saw this film 3 times in the original theatrical run, then bought the video tape in the Beta format, shortly thereafter replacing it with my first VHS copy of the film. Next came the LaserDisc (sadly a pan and scan version) then another vhs (from TV) of the "extended version". Shortly before the death of VHS, Universal released a Widescreen VHS version and then came the first, non-anamorphic DVD. Most recent is the steelbook anamorphic DVD release that also included the extended version as well as deleted scenes and short documentary materials. I still own them all and I'm happy to say that this new bluray release is the best DUNE has ever looked in a home video format . . . but I expected way more.

    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.
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    149 of 159 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars A long, long wait...and now that it's here... February 7, 2006
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    ...it makes me wonder what was taking them so long. I can only imagine that it was a legal issue.

    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.
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    360 of 413 people found the following review helpful
    Format:VHS Tape
    A beginning is a very delicate time. In 1984, the long awaited film version of Frank Herbert's epic novel Dune came to the silver screen. What happened next? The worst box office disaster in history! Sad to say it, but mostly everyone who saw Dune hated it except for the few who actually read the book! I've always loved this movie but if I ever said that in public I was usually beaten with large rocks or a baseball bat. This review isn't really about the story of the film or it's direction. Its about the confusing truth of their actually being two editions of the 1984 film version of dune.
    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.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars A solid movie.
    Well done considering the technological limitations of the day.
    Published 8 hours ago by Sean DArcy
    1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it
    Terrible.
    Published 13 hours ago by Alex Harley Wingert
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good story... and that's about it
    I love a good scifi movie however I felt very lost in this movie. I never read the book and perhaps I should have before watching this but I can definitely tell you that the acting... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Ryan Just
    1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible adaptation of an excellent book.
    Terrible adaptation of the book. Too much of the book is concerned with internal dialogue which a movie could not hope to represent. On top of that. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Andrew E. Cox
    5.0 out of 5 stars Compares well the the classics.
    Excellent movie. It reminds me that there are good Sci Fri stories out there that don't use "the force", or compel you to "live long and prosper". Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Oscar Miguel Gonzalez
    2.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to enjoy
    In case if you've never heard Dune, it was originally a famous sci-fi novel written by Frank Herbert in the 1960s and then was later expanded into a series, then soon after Frank... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Dan
    1.0 out of 5 stars If anything this second viewing was even more painful than the first
    "Tell me of your homeworld Isul." I remember laughing outloud in the theater during that scene. And I'm afraid I again got a hearty guffaw out if this last viewing. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Jeff Roskelley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Fantastic copy on blu ray am watching it right now at 7:43 pm at night.
    Published 4 days ago by Richad Marsh
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Fantastic, as described and fast delivery
    Published 4 days ago by Cameron Clark
    5.0 out of 5 stars library
    Enjoyed this one
    Published 5 days ago by bronwyne davies
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    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
    What editions?
    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 General Disarray |  See all 10 posts
    Is this the original theatrical release? Be the first to reply
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