Children of Dune

Children of Dune

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Director: Greg Yaitanes

Cast: Alec Newman, Julie Cox, Edward Atterton


Officially based on two of Frank Herbert's science fiction novels, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, this three-part, six-hour miniseries was actually a sequel to the Sci-Fi Channel's multi-part adaptation of the original Dune. The story was set in the year 10,103. Having deposed the evil emperor of the desert planet Arrakis, the messianic PaulSee more details below


Officially based on two of Frank Herbert's science fiction novels, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, this three-part, six-hour miniseries was actually a sequel to the Sci-Fi Channel's multi-part adaptation of the original Dune. The story was set in the year 10,103. Having deposed the evil emperor of the desert planet Arrakis, the messianic Paul Atreides (Scott Newman) was firmly installed as the planet's supreme "Muad'Dib," as well as the guardian of Arrakis' life-enhancing spice supply. Unfortunately, Paul's efforts to unify his kingdom have had the residual consequences of bloodshed and tyranny. It fell to Paul's twin children, Ghanima (Jessica Brooks) and Leto II (James McAvoy), to thwart the villainous machinations of the planet's deposed matriarch, Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon), and the beautiful, but insane, Princess Alia (Daniela Amavia). Like the previous Dune miniseries, this one was decked out with superlative special effects, excellent performances, on-target direction, and (most vital for any Herbert adaptation) a thoroughly logical and coherent teleplay. First telecast March 16, 2003, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune was clearly designed as the pilot for a weekly series.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This five-hour-long second installment of Frank Herbert's sci-fi saga, as adapted for television by the Sci-Fi Channel, is even more lavishly produced than its predecessor and has all the scope and grandeur one finds in the most memorable cinematic epics. John Harrison's teleplay, which combines material from Herbert's second and third Dune books, is densely plotted and rich in intrigue, suspense, and excitement. Alec Newman is back as Paul Atreides, who has overthrown the evil emperor of planet Arrakis and assumed the throne with faithful wife, Irulan (Julie Cox), at his side. As the story begins, Paul's popularity is waning among those citizens of Arrakis who detest what they believe to be the deleterious changes he has made to the planet's ecological system. Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon), daughter of the previous emperor and sister of Irulan, still covets revenge and power and sees opportunity in the unexpected disappearance of Atreides, who flees into the desert and is presumed dead. Children of Dune, like all good epics, spans many years and introduces a plethora of colorful supporting characters. A substantial portion of the running time is devoted to the exploits of the Atreides twins, Leto (James McAvoy) and Ghanima (Jessica Brooks), who are drawn inexorably into the vortex of political intrigue created by their father's departure. Of course, these events play out against the backdrop of an unmistakably alien planet whose vast deserts are populated by gigantic sand worms and other exotic creatures. Prolific TV director Greg Yaitanes doesn't seem at all intimidated by so massive a project, and while some of the finer plot points aren't delineated as carefully as they might have been, the sprawling narrative unfolds with linear directness. Science-fiction fans carped somewhat about the production values of the previous Dune miniseries, but there will be no such complaints about Children: everything from sets to costumes to special effects is of feature-film quality, and a stirring musical score lends majesty to the proceedings. This unusually intricate sci-fi extravaganza will yield countless hours of pleasure, as its compelling story is one you'll want to revisit again and again.
New York Times
The best qualities of the earlier film are matched in its successor: the eye-filling vistas, the over-the-top sets and costumes, the nifty effects, all of them light years beyond standard made-for-television fare.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Featurette - "Making Dune's Children: The VFX Revealed;" storyboard comparisons; English and Spanish subtitles.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Newman Paul Atreides
Julie Cox Princess Irulan Corrino
Edward Atterton Duncan Idaho
Ian McNeice Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Barbara Kodetova Chani
Steven Berkoff Stilgar
Daniela Lunkewitz Princess Alia
P.H. Moriarty Gurney Halleck
Susan Sarandon Princess Wensicia
Jessica Brooks Ghanima
James McAvoy Leto II
Daniela Amavia Princess Alia
Alice Krige Lady Jessica
Jonathan Bruun Farad'N
Rik Young Javid
Martin McDougall Scytale
Gee Williams Bijaz
Ivo Novak Farok
Zuzana Geislerova Rev. Mother Mohiam
Karel Dobry Korba
Marek Vasut Tyekanik
Viliam Doclomansky Tariq
Klara Issova Lichna
David Forrester Fedaykin Pilot
Jakob Schwarz Otheym
Zdenek Maryska Muriz
Predrag Bjelac Namri
David Fisher Palimbasha
Pavel Kriz Al-Fali
Lana Likic Sabiha

Technical Credits
Greg Yaitanes Director
Kim Collea Makeup
John Harrison Screenwriter
David Kappes Producer
Harry B. Miller Editor
Ondrej Nekvasil Production Designer
Ian Pistek Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Reinhart Cinematographer
Richard P. Rubinstein Executive Producer
Brian Tyler Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Parts 1 & 2
1. Main Title/Twelve Years of War [3:04]
2. Among the People [3:54]
3. "There Is No Escape" [1:27]
4. Ending the Myth of Muad'Dib [4:20]
5. Wensicia's Ghost of a Plan [3:19]
6. Chani's Desperate Remedy [2:03]
7. Beware the Chaos of Democracy [3:11]
8. A Role, Not a Wife [1:32]
9. A Clumsy, Unwilling Child [1:59]
10. Becoming Lichna [3:37]
11. A Ghola Befitting an Emperor [2:58]
12. Reverend Mother's Doublespeak [1:38]
13. Accomplished Recklessness [2:41]
14. The Face Dancer's Play [2:56]
15. A Warning From Otheym [3:32]
16. Night of the Stone Burner [3:51]
17. It Couldn't Be Helped [2:49]
18. Betrayer and Betrayed Together [4:48]
19. Every Empire Must End [1:28]
20. "Plans Within Plans" [2:21]
21. Kidnapping a Worm [2:53]
22. A Dangerous Pregnancy [1:44]
23. The Violence in Ducan [3:37]
24. "Destined to Be Used" [4:29]
25. Birth and Death, Hand in Hand [5:46]
26. Burdens No One Can Bear [2:46]
27. A Fully Restored Future [5:08]
28. A Simple, Blind Fremen [2:09]
1. The Children Remain [3:44]
2. Intuitive Worm Sighting [4:15]
3. Unseeing and Frightened [3:16]
4. Tiger Training [1:45]
5. The Doubting Scholar Farad'n [1:15]
6. Enemies as Angels [1:33]
7. Welcome, Reverend Mother Jessica [4:33]
8. "Sand Will Cover This Place" [3:30]
9. Frayed Family Ties [5:19]
10. A Mere Mad Thunderclap [3:32]
11. Two Bene Gesserit Defectors [2:33]
12. A Universe of Suprises [2:44]
13. "Help Me See the Future" [3:31]
14. Traces of Jacurutu [2:09]
15. Harkonnen on Her Mind [3:26]
16. As it Used to Be/A New Path [4:29]
17. Civil War Planning [1:07]
18. Jessica's Deepest Fears [3:51]
19. Simple Gifts, Complex Motives [2:22]
20. Alia's Diplomatic Paranoia [2:13]
21. An Urgent Warning [2:32]
22. A Little Harkonnen Advice [2:18]
23. "My Daughter Is Lying!" [4:48]
24. Through Fear to the Golden Path [2:43]
25. Only as Reckless as Needed [2:43]
26. "You Must Eliminate Her" [2:41]
27. Trust a True Atreides [4:06]
28. Attack of the Tigers [2:36]
Side #2 -- Part 3 & Special Features
1. Blindness and Abomination [2:26]
2. A Grateful and Dangerous Guest [1:24]
3. The Unstoppable Whirlwind [4:44]
4. Safe...for Now [2:14]
5. "We Have Your Water in Our Cup" [1:38]
6. Stirring the Blasphemous Pot [2:11]
7. Leto, Noble Prisoner [1:02]
8. Bad News, Good Sanctuary [2:45]
9. Surrender the Pawn [2:12]
10. A Brush With Spice Madness [3:11]
11. "My Skin Is Not My Own" [2:57]
12. A Union of Opposites [3:12]
13. Duncan Be the Messenger [5:55]
14. Only Worms Don't Fear [:56]
15. Farad'n on the Threshold [1:57]
16. Like a Speeding Bullet [1:39]
17. Ghanima's Wedding Wish [1:50]
18. Muad'Dib Meets His Son [5:38]
19. Two Deaths for the Atreides [3:10]
20. "I Am Desert Power" [3:48]
21. The Only Wedding Present [6:56]
22. Paul Is Tired [3:29]
23. A Twin Again [2:32]
24. "One Blasphemy Remains" [6:23]
25. Alia's Final Choice [6:35]
26. Raising From Their Ashes [3:10]
27. The Love and the Agony [2:06]
28. End Credits [1:02]

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