|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Francesca Annis, Kyle MacLachlan, Sian Phillips, Sean Young, Sting, Dean Stockwell, Max von Sydow, Everett McGill, Kenneth McMillan, Jurgen Prochnow, Jose Ferrer, Francesca Annis, Dean Stockwell|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Sci-fi - General|
Dune - Bonus Features
|Run time:||2 hours 10 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Aug 2004|
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He who controls the spice, controls the UniverseBy a customer from Liverpool , 20 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Dune, based on Frank Herbert?s novel of the same name is widely regarded as a flop. In terms of box office takings then this is true; however, Dune is a remarkable film of epic proportions that has a hard-core fan base around the world. And rightly so.
Dune follows the life of Paul Atreides as he makes the strange transformation of a well-educated son of Duke Atreides to Paul Muad?Dib, fearless leader of the Freeman and the man who brings water back to the arid planet of Arrakis and peace to the Universe. Paul?s task is not an easy one as he takes on the Emperor of the known Universe and the will of the Navigators - those who are able to fold space and thus allow intergalactic space travel.
Although some of the special effects look somewhat dated now, the cinematography, sets and lighting allow the viewer to suspend disbelief. There was some inspired casting with Francesca Annis playing the role of Lady Jessica and the young Alicia Witt as Alia, sister of Paul Muad?Dib.
Dune was and is a groundbreaking achievement for David Lynch to accomplish. This film is quite simply science fiction at its best ? dark; philosophical; set on many worlds and contains characters with costumes as outrageous as their names.
Look out for a great performance by a very young looking Sting!
If you liked Dune you may also like to hire [Star Wars], [Twin Peaks], [Aliens].
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Dune in HD / Blu RayBy Zanderama (1 review) , 25 Mar 2013One of my favorite movies, and even better to see on Blu Ray after all these years. The HD really shows the cinematic detail and adds to the viewing.
Sci-Fi at its bestBy Zydor (147 reviews) from Headley Down , 26 Oct 2012Superb Film and stands out in its genre as one of the top films in its topic sphere. 'Films of the Book' always make compromises, you can hardly reproduce a 500 page Sci-Fi novel in a 2 hour slot without doing so. It stays true to the main-stream plotline of the novel and does a very good job in putting across the main elements of the novel.
Sure there are parts 'missing' compared to the Novel - surprise surprise for such a long novel - but that hardly matters if you are new to the Plot Line. Only purists with a superiority complex moan about such gaps.
The acting is superb, and given the time allowed in the film, very true to the Novel. If you are anywhere close to being a Sci-Fi fan, you will love it. If having seen the film, and you like the plot-line, go buy the novel, its still out there on reprints in specialist book stores.
If you are not a major Sci-Fi fan, steer clear of it, because this one is at the extreme edge of Sci-Fi fantisy; but if you are, run dont walk to get it, its a superb example of the Sci-Fi genre.
The greatest scifi film ever madeBy a customer , 20 Oct 2012This is the greatest scifi film ever made. I can understand that some people give this poor reviews but in my honest opinion if you have read the books, then this film is as close as you'll get to seeing the story visualized. This film was a flop due to it being so far ahead of its time, if it was released today I would certainly pay to see it at the cinema
really poor filmBy RobM77 (2 reviews) , 07 Oct 2012This film gets lots of bad press, and I'd often wondered if people were simply rating it compared to the novel, because the novel's been voted the best sci-fi book ever in many polls (in the New Scientist 'best sci-fi book' poll a couple of years ago it won by a huge margin), so an average film is going to look bad compared to the book. However, ignoring the book completely, this film is not average, it's not even bad, it's utterly terrible. The acting is dire and the sets poorly designed, constructed and lit; in fact the film is like a stage production, not a feature film at all. Finally, the script adaptation from the book is really poorly done. Creating a film from a book invariably means leaving plot lines out, detail and even characters, which is fair enough. However, the film of Dune tries to put everything from the book into it, and then completely misses chunks of important information out. The fact that I've read the book twice was the only reason I could follow the plot - and even then I had trouble as it was so confusing! One to avoid I'm afraid.
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Tron in the dessert with big worms!By hippopjw (13 reviews) , 06 Oct 2012Classic film was as good as i remember, can't believe how old this film is considering that it could still give modern films a run for their money.
Would definately recommend this film if you've never seen it