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Dune (Special Edition, Director's Cut)
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It's a mixed blessing, but "Frank Herbert's Dune" goes a long way toward satisfying science fiction purists who scoffed at David Lynch's previous attempt to adapt Herbert's epic narrative. Ironically, director John Harrison's 288-minute TV miniseries (broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in December 2000) offers its own share of strengths and weaknesses, which, in retrospect, emphasize the quality of Lynch's film while treating Herbert's novel with more comprehensive authority. Debate will continue as to which film is better; Lynch's extensive use of internal monologue now seems like a challenge well met, and Harrison's more conventional approach is better equipped to convey the epic scope of Herbert's interplanetary political intrigue.\n This much is certain: this "Dune" is a sumptuous treat for the eyes, with sets and costumes that were conceived with no apparent limits of budget or creativity. In terms of architecture alone, this is one of the most impressive films in science fiction history. And although the special effects fall short of feature-film quality, writer-director Harrison (who rose from an extensive background in TV) admirably tames the sprawling narrative that pits the opposing houses of Atreides and Harkonnen in a struggle to control the lucrative market for the spice melange. This is as accurate as any "Dune" adaptation is likely to get (i.e., there's no need for another attempt), and even then, it can be tricky to keep track of who's doing what to whom. Unfortunately, the film's biggest flaws are the casting of a nearly comatose William Hurt as Duke Leto, and a wooden Alec Newman as the messiah-to-be, Paul Atreides. These are regrettable shortcomings, but this "Dune" remains altogether respectable. That Frank Herbert would be impressed is perhaps the biggest compliment one can pay. "--Jeff Shannon"
Owing to the differing broadcast standards of global television, the director's cut of Frank Herbert's Dune essentially combines the international versions originally broadcast in 2000. Several scenes are new to American audiences, including some brief and tasteful nudity, but the real benefit comes from scenes that clarify the politics and betrayals that arise between the houses of Atreides and Harkonnen. In his articulate and informative commentary track, writer-director John Harrison illuminates the value of these scenes, while additional DVD supplements explore the challenges of production and, most eloquently, the artistic philosophy of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, whose color strategies are outlined in interviews and an intellectual essay. And while the "Defining the Messiah" and "Science Future/Science Fiction" supplements are not directly related to the film, they place this epic production (and Frank Herbert's legacy) into a rich and meaningful perspective. Even if viewed only once, these and other features provide valuable context for a deeper appreciation of Harrison's ambitious adaptation. --Jeff Shannon
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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 head-dresses were beautiful in my opinion. If you are a Dune 'purist' I think you'll like the Harrison miniseries better. If you're a movie buff, the Lynch version will probably standout for you. But I suggest watching it with an open mind and make your own conclusion.
it was a scifi channel production, and for that it is awsome, if you love dune buy it...
the casting is a bit of a toss up, but good for scifi ch., jessica stands out for me, which is sad as she was replaced
in the unplanned followup "children of dune" along with some others...but thats equally good otherwise...
Ian McNeice as the baron gave an awesome performance as well, he came back in "children"...
Stilgar bothered me, another great act really, but after listening to the audiobooks i envisioned him more as a stern
muslim side of eastern europe sort...he is not so powerful here, but good anyway...
having mentioned it, the audiobooks with Scott Brick and others are still the top media performance of this great work,
the whole collection of audio is an absolutely captivating work with multiple top voice acting talents
Twice before, this movie was attempted. The first was widely acclaimed, yet juvenile in its approach and special effects; the second was a flop.
This third movie is a welcomed, adult approach giving validity to the unique universe within.
The basic story line revolves around a spice called Melange that permits certain users to "see" the future. The spice is only "grown" on a single planet, and various factions or "houses" seek to control that planet. However, an unexpected human of unnatural capacity arrives a generation early within a breeding program, who's unusual vision brings forward a much broader, expansive destiny for the universe. Still, his inner conflict with the death and destruction mandated by his fate constantly imprisons him to an irreversible path he initiates.
As a Hugo/Nebula award winner as one of the greatest ever epics of its genre, this story introduces many mind-boggling concepts and explores the ramifications in depth. One can imagine how prescience alone would alter mankind irrevocably, yet that is miniscule to the other deeply astounding concepts entwined within this and its sister movie.
Having a HUGE array of characters with their own multitude of ploys makes this story, at times, difficult to follow (I recommend reading the books), yet the story is told in a very adult fashion. Themes of romance, war strategy, religion, deceit, technology, planetary politics, culture and etiquette all play intertwined roles in this vast story.
For those simply seeking a very good story, this, though lengthy and complex is among the best. For those seeking science fantasy at its best, this story is unparalleled in ingenious diversity of epic proportions.
This is a must-see movie, and the "Children of Dune" must follow!
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