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Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)

William Hurt , Alec Newman  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (641 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 (641 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frank Herbert's Dune" on IMDb

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339 of 357 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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121 of 124 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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82 of 87 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 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 2 days 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 4 days 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 1 month ago by J. J. Higner
3.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive advertising
Product was advertised "like new." Case looked like it was thrown from a second story window then sat on. Broken in several places. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Dytrych
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Dune
Real Dune fans will attest that this is a more accurate version than Peter Lynch's 1985 attempt. Personally, I don't think that either William Hurt or Alec Newman were the right... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard F. Carozza
4.0 out of 5 stars "Here We Need Desert Power..."
After the 1984 version of Dune reached cult-classic status, it must have seemed something of a daunting task to adapt Frank Herbert's science-fiction saga into a television... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. M. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Closer to the book
Less dramatic than the first movie. Presented in a believable enactment. I would, however, have chosen some different actors for some of the roles, not that thier acting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by InSourcepiration
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Dune
This is THE special edition and does not bear any resemblance to the 1980s version. If you're interested in the beginning of the Dune saga, this is the version to watch.
Published 3 months ago by Feathergrove
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great Rendering of the Book!
Our original video tape of this movie died so I went to Amazon to purchase this very good movie. If you like Frank Herbert, as my husband does, you will like this DVD. Very Good.
Published 3 months ago by Racella M. Sieberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie
Books never transfer well to movies, but this is one example where at least part of the part was captured very well. Read more
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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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