|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|
|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 & DustedBy Roddenberry (40 reviews) from Bristol , 06 Jul 2013One of those films I think you have to watch, a flawed gem. Some great cinematography, the acting is, to be kind, variable and desite leaving me feel a little short-changed in terms of story-telling, as it felt like it a had gaps, well worth a watch.
Almost perfect, if you can forgive certain thingsBy Scytheria (2 reviews) , 26 May 2013One of the most derided films of all time, but visionary and beautiful. The things is gets right it gets *really* right - most of the cast are spot on, the artistic interpretation is exquisite, the music is chillingly wonderful, the sense of the universe's strange and diverse cultures is captured along with the dryness and heat of the desert... all perfect. And then it's all ruined by boil-covered sado-masochistic arch-villains, ray guns and cat-milking. You can see round the eyesores, and the landscape beyond is majestic, but oh-what-a-movie it would have been without the unwanted Lynchisms.
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 (268 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