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Dazzling special effects, unforgettable images and powerful performances highlight David Lynch’s stunning film version of Frank Herbert’s classic science-fiction epic about an intergalactic warrior’s messianic rise. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, José Ferrer, Max von Sydow, Oscar® winner Linda Hunt and Sting, Dune is the ultimate adventure experience that goes beyond the imagination.
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There are no added scenes or CG-enhanced scenes that I noticed; this is not the George Lucas Special Edition of "Dune," but rather the original theatrical release, digitally restored and enhanced to look as sharp and colorful as Blu Ray can offer.
I haven't yet looked at any of the additional content included on the disc, or listened to commentary on the disc's secondary audio tracks, but they're there and when I do get to view them I'll update this review with my thoughts. As far as the movie itself, though, I'm proud to say the studio gave it the white glove treatment, and gave to us the very best visual and aural presentation of this now-classic (in my opinion) film.
And yet, somehow, it does work. Director Lynch thinks his movie was a sell-out, but he did a better job with Dune than he may have realized. At worst, he committed that rare sin of getting the big picture right while fouling up certain of the details.
While it’s still easy to dissect the many apparent mistakes in isolation from the whole (which range from horrendous acting to inferior modeling to the embarrassing inner monologues), those mistakes for me ultimately blurred into a more-appealing whole that celebrates and so redeems the more schlocky qualities of Frank Herbert’s landmark science fiction novel.
That’s a process better experienced than described. All I can suggest is that you leave yourself open to the experience. I did and I’m glad for it. My time with Dune was hardly wasted.
Of course, the things that worked back in the ‘80s still work. It’s hard not to enjoy the out-of-control-ness of the Harkonnens (the dictionary entry for “wild-eyed” should be accompanied by Feyd’s picture), the pure creepiness of the Guild navigator, the palpable menace of Alicia Witt’s Alia and, at the end, the savage disappointment of Sian Philips’s Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother.
And Virginia Madsen — who narrates the tale but, apart from the intro, is seldom seen — is just mesmerizingly beautiful. Putting her up-front buys Dune some time.
Does it make good use of that time?
Not so much.
Is it brilliant nevertheless?
*Extras are exactly the same as DVD extended edition.
*Spanish subtitles stink horribly. "A thumper" is translated as "A plant", and "spice melange" is translated as "mixed spice". Gom Jabbar reference is absent. There are better fan subtitles in Internet, so I bet pirate audiences may enjoy a better experience. These are just a few examples of amateur translation. Please take these translators and let them be sentenced by the Spanish Inquisition for such a sin. Spanish subtitles are just as poor as the Top Gun spanish subtitles.This horrible translation takes 2 stars from the rating. These same subtitles are present in the Extended edition.
*The movie is a classic. But the horrendous subtitles makes it look below a B movie. A classic example of overpromise and underdelivery.