Children of Dune

Children of Dune

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Director: Greg Yaitanes

Cast: Alec Newman, Julie Cox, Edward Atterton

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0012236138723
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
4:25:00

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

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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Children of Dune 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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this is a great make of the book. a must see for any scifi lover
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is a book movie, and yes some things were changed and a lot was left out. But I belive that this movie caputured the spirit of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, considering I have read all the Dune books atleast three times a piece, and these two are my favorite. I like the music although it is a diifernt style to the other Sci-Fi Dune, and the scenary is great. ALso, being a 17-year-old girl, I realllllly like how the producer made Leto II older. OVERALL, very good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sequal to the SciFi channels successful Dune miniseries continues the story of Mua'dib who is cursed with the knowledge of all possible future. It is everything that Dune was with graphics and special effects beyond the scope of most if not all science fiction miniseries I have ever seen. It lives up to the books by Frank Herbert in all respects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, here it is folks, the rise of the Atreides dynasty - plots within plots. Paul must come to terms with his destiny; the madness of Alia; the loyalties of Idaho, Irulan, and Stilgar; the plotting of the Corrinos, the Guild, and the Bene Gesserit; the trials and tribulations of Maud'dib's children; and the future of the planet Arrakis itself - the whole sprawling mess of Herbert's genius comes to vivid life in this miniseries. Beautifully produced, shot, and, in general, acted. This has more blood, sinew, and emotion than the first installment, thanks mainly to the direction of Greg Yaitanes and the brilliant cinamatography of Vittorio Storaro. And to think that this whole epic tragedy (in the Greek sense)flowed downhill from Jessica's choice to have a male child instead of the female desired by her sisterhood - what a story! If you are not familiar with Herbert's work buy it anyway and get into it - you will not be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is difficult not to repeat onesself. The same qualities found in Dune are continued here. The plot definition is equal to the first miniseries, allowing the same level of understanding for the non-reader of Mr. Herbert's novels. The special effects and costumes continue their big screen quality, are just as satisfying, and have the same level of surrealism, all with the excellent balance of the first production. The cast, crew and director would be just as difficult to match. Hopes are high that the quality seen here can be continued with this novel series, and that it can be applied to the production of other miniseries based on other well loved and respected novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie since Dune. Real SciFi thriller. The have to see movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was even more enjoyable then the first
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie on sci fi, and I thought it was a very good sequel. I definitely recommend this movie for people who like DUNE. If you have seen it, I would recommend this movie and the first one as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Directed beautifully with magnificent settings and wonderful actors...a must see!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this film and the first Dune, and I didn't understand it at all. I had to read the books later and so many things became clear. I'd say that these movies are not for people that haven't read the books. The acting was good and the effects were ok, (Except for the painted canvas background in the desert. I mean, come on! I'm sure they had a larger budget than that.), but the screenplay was not written well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tackling two books at once is a daunting task for any mini-series, let alone an epic saga like Dune. I felt Children of Dune, while stylish and visually appealing, lacked the substance of the first installment. My praise goes out to the producers and Sci-Fi Channel for having the vision to proceed and make these great books come to life. I am very much looking forward to see if God Emperor gets made and how it plays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the first movie, one is dazzled by the plots and intrigues of the planet Arrakis, and with the sequel, one is guided first-hand through the journey of the Atreides Messiah and his progeny. You have to take your hat off to the beautiful way this movie was portrayed. For the sake of all of us Dune fans who not only love the movies but the books as well, let's hope that this is not the last page in the Sci-fi Channel's depiction of the world of Dune.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is great! I would highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was only mildly interested in the first edition of Dune that was produced by the Sci-fi channel but Choldern of Dune was very nice. I actually liked how on purpose some of the backgrounds were mattes and surrealistic. You are not meant to see this story as real, it is meant to be larger than life and mythic. I came into this movie sceptical and went away loving it! A well told story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember when I saw the original Dune(1986), I was just a kid and i never thought i'm gonna see another movie about Dune.But 2000 remake was awesome and this year Children Of Dune was remarkable.I myself never read the books until this year but if you really like Sci-Fi stories you definitely like it.Last thing I want to say is .....I hope you guys from SC-Fi would continue with the movie for bk 4-6.Thank You!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty decent adaptation of the book until the ending...forget the trown scene at the end...and if you have not read to book, then there is no way in heck you are going to understand what is going on the last part of the movie.... but a pretty decent 5 hour distraction
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is 'da bomb! If you like sci-fi stuff, or if you saw the first Dune, this is a must see! Even if you don't like sci-fi this movie is cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the dune books by frank herbert, ''Children of Dune'' was one of my favorites. im happy to say the scifi mini series lives up to the name of dune. i was a little nervous of scifi blending two books together but must say the job was done perfectly. i really enjoyed the last 15mins of part 1 when the the enemys of Muadib are slain. the perfenct blend of revenge and sadness. ''Dune'' and ''Children of Dune'' only cover half of Frank Herberts saga. Will the scifi channel cover the rest? I hope so
Guest More than 1 year ago
We know the European version was almost an hour longer. Please make this a 5-star DVD by giving us a fuller, more coherent extended version than we have here. Good as this version is, it's not as good as it COULD be!
Alan_Slates More than 1 year ago
This Dune is awsome, but there is catch to truely enjoying this movie. Orginally, Dune came out many years ago, then HBO remade the movie as a mini-series. My wife had seen the movie with me, and while I was away, she watched the mini-series and the sequel 'Children of Dune'. In order to truely enjoy this movie, one must first watch the remade mini-series or you'll be lost. It explains more about the people, their ways, and why certain individuals behave the way they did. It gives you a view of real life, but also fantasy and action all in one. Excellent viewing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great follow up to the Dune movie and I think it was just a little bit better!
Michael_from_Richmond More than 1 year ago
This sequel simply does not live up to the high standards of the original Dune film. The acting feels wooden and forced at times, and the production values are inferior to those of the original. Still, it's worthwhile viewing given the power of the original source material. I was simply expecting more that what "Children of Dune" delivered ...
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