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Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)

William Hurt , Alec Newman  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (648 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Saskia Reeves
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (648 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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344 of 362 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where the heck did Duncan Idaho die anyway? February 12, 2001
After seeing this miniseries and the original David Lynch theatrical release, I felt compelled to read the book and settle some plot inconsistencies (i.e. where did the weirding weapons go and where the heck was Duncan Idaho really supposed to die? In the Atreides compound during the initial Harkonnen attack or blown to bits by Harkonnen patrols in the desert spiriting Paul and his mother to safety?). The Sci-Fi series got it right.
I did not find Allec Newman annoying as some people did. Sure, he was wooden, but Paul was schooled in the controlling of his own emotions by his mother so that they did not betray him. After the Harkonnen attack his ruthless, unemotional behavior became more pronounced as he was immersed in the grim Fremen culture.
In terms of following the original story, the Sci-Fi Channel series is superior to Lynch's version. Sure, nobody seems to be able to get the fact that Paul Atreides is supposed to be 14-15 when the story starts and that he is described as being much darker complected than either actor who has played him in the past, but things actually happened in the sequence they were supposed to in the miniseries. People die where they are supposed to and events take place in the proper sequence.
Another nice element of the miniseries was the use of knives. Everybody has knives in the miniseries, just like in the book, where knives play an important part of Fremen culture. In the miniseries, characters are more likely to duke it out up close with knives than shoot blasts from weirding modules (which aren't even in the book).
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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hart
David Lynch's 2-hour feature film (later extended to 3 hours) and John Harrison's 6-hour TV miniseries each have very different interpretations of Frank Herbert's masterful sci-fi novel "Dune". Separately, neither effort adequately captures Herbert's vision of humanity and struggles for power in the far distant future; but each work brings varying degrees of depth to the screen, giving the viewer a glimpse of what Herbert envisioned.
Strengths of Harrison's TV miniseries interpretation:
* Better character development: especially Duke Leto Atreides (William Hurt), Princess Irulan Corrino (Julie Cox), Padishah-Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV (Giancarlo Giannini) and Stilgar (Uwe Ochsenknecht).
* A more comprehensive telling of the story: including the Corrino family, the ordinary lives of the Fremen, the ties between the Harkonnen and Atreides families, and the influence of the Bene Gesserit. Strangely, Paul is never called Usul.
* Better special effects and panoramic views, except for the often-used surrealistic lighting.
* Little use of stock footage scenes, which was often used by Lynch.
Strengths of Lynch's feature film interpretation:
* Better costumes overall, especially the all of the uniforms and Fremen stillsuits, which, unlike the TV miniseries, looked as if they would actually work.
* Better portrayal of the Mentat.
* Hearing the thoughts of the characters added an extra element.
* Better acting overall: especially Lady Jessica (Francesca Annis), Baron Harkonnen's doctor (Leonardo Cimino), Shadout Mapes (Linda Hunt), Paul 'Muad'Dib' Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan), Baron Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan), Duke Leto (Jürgen Prochnow) and Gurney Halleck (Patrick Stewart).
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Held closely to the storyline March 31, 2001
The toughest thing about reviewing this miniseries will be the fact
that Harrison stuck so close to the book (in composition) but failed
in casting appropriate personnel for costume and set design. Now some
of the sets were okay. The inside of the palace at Arakeen was
beautiful, but didn't improve on the Lynch's movie set in my book.
Contrary to some beliefs, I think that William Hurt did a good job.
He is a HUGE Dune fan himself and has read the books time and again,
so I feel that he understood how to react as the Regal Duke who
sacrifices himself for the good of his family and his royal house. He
is somewhat depressed by this (as he shows us) but is also forced
forward by things beyond his control.
The costumes: Well they
tried. The head-dresses were a little over the top for my taste
(especially for Helen Gauis Mohiam) who looked like a giant butterfly
had landed on her head. The Lynch version showed the Aba robes of the
Bene Geserit sisterhood in a dark-light, indicating backroom deals but
incredible elegance (note in the Lynch version how the robe of the
Emperor's truthsayer flows magically as she is asked to leave the
thrown room in the beginning when the Guild Navigator arrives). I
didn't mind the stillsuits in either version and thought that both did
a good job on different aspects (the Lynch version looking like a
'pumping-type' suit in Herbert's vision versus the face flap in the
Harrison version that was lacking in the Lynch movie).
For purity,
I think that this Harrison miniseries blows the Lynch version out of
the water, however. Harrison seemed almost anal in his 'sticking true
to the book' version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love it
Published 26 days ago by Dragontopia
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Dune!
I may have come at Dune backwards (first saw the Lynch movie in 1984, then this mini-series, then read the novel), but of the three, this is my version of Dune. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Menkaure
4.0 out of 5 stars Good version
This extra long version really fills in the details of the planning and intrigue that is essential to the story. The acting was a bit stiff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sovereign
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
An amazing show! Every sci fi fan should own this! It's definitely more visually appealing than the original movie at least lol.
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune
Loved the books, this is a good representation of the book; however you should read the book for the real story.
Published 2 months ago by douglas a bouman
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
The movie was just as described even better and I was very happy I highly recommend them for there movies
Published 2 months ago by James T.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, bad set condition.
Apparently the seller and I have differing opinions of 'good condition'. The case was torn and falling apart; simply opening the cover had the disc holders almost falling out as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thomas M. Brizendine
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as there is
To ever think a movie could equal the book is unfair. Dune is one of the greatest books ever written. Period. This mini-series does a lot of things right though. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than the David Lynch version done in 1984.
This telling of the story is way better than the David Lynch version done in 1984, which I remember seeming as cheezy as a King Kong movie.
Published 3 months ago by M. Carbary
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and grand--a technical masterpiece based on a masterpiece of...
Frank Herbert was one of the hardest working authors of our time, and his book shows up to readers as the sci-fi equivalent of Lord of the Rings, and it shows. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. J. Higner
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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
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