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In 1975, director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12-year-old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dalí, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever. Through interviews with legends and luminaries including H.R. Giger (artist, ALIEN), Gary Kurtz (producer, STAR WARS EPISODES IV ' V) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, DRIVE), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky, director Frank Pavich’s film finally unearths the full saga of ‘The Greatest Movie Never Made’.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Format: Blu-ray
All the advertising - as well as most reviews - of the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky's Dune use the phrase "The Greatest Film Never Made" (and I guess I am too, right?). That pretty much sums it up in five words. But the story goes deeper. As I post this review there are already 10 reviews here but most of them are based on either the theatrical release or the Amazon Instant one. The Bluray has 46 minutes of "Deleted Scenes" which add to the 90 minute film as released. (One has to wonder what the subject of this fascinating documentary - Chilean Director Alejandro Jodorowsky - would think of paring down 136 minutes to just 90. The 84 year old director (best known for his first film "El Topo" ) is engaging in the lenthy interviews that form the central thread of director Frank Povich's project. (He certainly doesn't look 84!

I won't repeat what has been said in the other reviews - about the plot and the amazing "creative team" that Jodorowsky assembled to make his 1975 film (years before Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Alien). Orson Welles and Salvador Dali (as actors), Pink Floyd for the score. I'll, try to add some additional info to guide you in knowing more about the BD release. (A review copy was provided by the studio in advance of release date).

As I said there is 46 minutes of "deleted scenes" - there are nine of these scenes. They include a section on the costumes, Frank Herbet's original science fiction novel "Dune", Jodorowsky on Hollywood, Jodorowsky's film philosophy and more. And then there is the theatrical trailer.

The film takes an unusual approach to "subtitles" . Because some of the interviewees speak French in the film, English subtitles are necessary.
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Format: Blu-ray
"Jodorowsky's Dune" (2013 release from France; 90 min.) brings the background story on what is referred to as possibly the greatest movie never made, the adaptation of the science fiction book "Dune" by "high art" director Alejandro Jodorowsky. As the documentary opens, we get a quick crash course of Jodorowsky's earlier work, including experimental theater in Mexico in the early 60s and a couple of cult movies ("El Topo", "The Holy Mountain") in the early 70s that did surprisingly well in Europe. So Jodorowsky gets the opportunity from a French producer to assemble a team of "warriors", as he calls them, to make his vision of Dune into a visual reality. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, if you are a movie enthusiast, you are in for a finger-lickin' good time, honestly! Credit for that goes of course to director Frank Pavich, but let's be honest: he couldn't have had a more enjoyable subject than Alejandro Jodorowsky, who turns out to be a master story teller. The way he convinces people, one after another, to give their cooperation to the movie, is just priceless (one of the best stories involves the movie makers making a trip to London to ask Pink Floyd to provide the soundtrack--just watch!). Jodorowsky is now in his mid-80s but he looks about 20 or 30 years younger, and most importantly, he remains as feisty and as ambitious as ever. There is a nice soundtrack to the movie, by Kurt Stenzel (of the band SpacEKraft).

I had seen the trailer for this movie a number of times in recent weeks, and this was for me once of the most anticipated releases so far in 2014.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Maybe it wouldn't have been Dune, but it would have been incredible. The stable of talent Jodorowsky had lined up is beyond belief: H.R. Giger (from before he did Alien), Salvador Dali, Moebius (the comic artist), Orson Welles, and so many more I can't keep track of them all. It was a grand if quixotic adventure to attempt anything like that ...

... and it ultimately failed. Perhaps the would-be backers shied at the erratic reputations of some of the participants, perhaps Jodo's vision was too far ahead of its time (or theirs), perhaps, well a lot of things. Many of those who would have been involved have passed away, and the others apparently weren't consulted for this movie, so we might never know. (C'mon, it's about how great Dune would have been, not why it wasn't.)

Even today, decades later, Jodorowsky's enthusiasm for this would-have-been incredible pageant remains undimmed. And, even if the movie he envisioned never came to pass, lots of movies did. The team he assembled went their ways, but many of them went on to other great things, often with each other. Perhaps Jodo's contribution was to connect these other great talents, rather than use them himself. One can only wonder.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the release to theaters
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Randall F. Miller III on June 26, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This well-received 2013 documentary by Frank Pavich explores the ups and downs of director Alejando Jodorowsky's failed adaptation of Dune in 1975. It's a fascinating "What If?" story that doubles as a look behind-the-scenes and a brief glimpse at what might have been. Featured participants include Jodorowsky (84 at the time of filming, and as charismatic as ever), artist Chris Foss, artist H.R. Giger and FX supervisor Dan O'Bannon (both later famous for "Alien"), producers Michel Seydoux and Jean-Paul Gibon, Jodorowsky's son Brontis (who also acted in "El Topo") and more. Fascinating stories are told, great art is shared and we see exactly where everything went off the rails. You'll hear about the involvement of Mick Jagger, Orson Welles and Salvador Dali, as well as failed studio pitches and, of course, the influence on modern sci-fi. It's a really well-done documentary from start to finish, no matter if you're familiar with "Dune" and Jodorowsky or not.

I received an advance screener from Sony for a review published separately at DVD Talk, which you can look up if you're so inclined. Sony's done a good job on this disc: the A/V presentation is terrific and the bonus features, though limited, are interesting. They include over 45 minutes' worth of deleted scenes from the film and the original trailer, which brings the total amount of content to just under 2.5 hours. Sure, it's more than a little expensive, but this is a fine disc and one well worth looking out for.
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