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Director: David Lynch

Cast: David Lynch, Francesca Annis, Leo Cimino, Brad Dourif


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After years of waiting and anticipating, Universal has finally unleashed an official release of the Dune Extended Cut out on the DVD marketplace. Presented with the original theatrical cut (which still sports David Lynch's credit, since he took his name off of the longer cut), this dual-sided disc is a wish come true for many, even if itSee more details below


After years of waiting and anticipating, Universal has finally unleashed an official release of the Dune Extended Cut out on the DVD marketplace. Presented with the original theatrical cut (which still sports David Lynch's credit, since he took his name off of the longer cut), this dual-sided disc is a wish come true for many, even if it could have been given a bit more love from a company like Criterion, who pride themselves on their highest standard of quality. Picture and sound quality for both cuts are quite good, with the Extended Cut benefiting greatly from the new remastering. And while the extras are missing any involvement from Lynch, what is provided is a fine testament to the technical wizardry that has been lost with the advent of modern computer graphics movie magic. Four featurettes are presented focusing on the technical aspects of the film, with one more to present the extra deleted scenes and the story behind the long-rumored four-hour cut. Add in a photo gallery and a slim pseudo-tin case and viewers have a nice reason to chuck their long-dated bootlegs for this sharp package of the sci-fi classic.

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Editorial Reviews

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Surrealist auteur David Lynch turned down the intergalactic chance to direct Return of the Jedi in order to work on this screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic novel, and a fine decision it was, as Dune certainly creates a better playground for Lynch's infamous imagery. In the year 10,191, the most sought-after substance in the feudal universe is the powerful spice known as Melange. However, the sole source of the spice is the desert wasteland of Arrakis, otherwise known as Dune. Emperor Shaddam (Jose Ferrer) sets up Duke Leto Atreides (Jurgen Prochnow) with the spice trade on Dune, only to attempt to steal it back from him, all in a backwards effort to eliminate competition. Lynch regular Kyle MacLachlan puts in a fine performance as Paul, Leto's son, who is hinted at as a messiah and reminiscent of Luke Skywalker. Lynch had to cut a lot from Herbert's original vision, which sometimes causes for a confusing plot, but oddities such as grotesquely large sand worms and notoriously disturbing villains make up for any convolutions. Kenneth McMillan is beautifully over-the-top as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, a balloon-like pustule of pure evil and bad skin, and Sting is delightfully cold as the Baron's equally evil but much more attractive nephew, Feyd. Bordering on camp with dozens of classic lines like, "Uzul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen," Dune is a unique necessity for any sci-fi fan's collection. Simon Goetz

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Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Disc 1 (Feature 1): Extended Version
RUN TIME: 2 Hours 57 Minutes
LAYERS: Dual/Dual (Double Sided)
AUDIO: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
SUBTITLES: French, Spanish
PICTURE: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

Disc 1 (Feature 2): Original Theatrical Version
RUN TIME: 2 Hours 17 Minutes
AUDIO: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; English DTS 5.1 Surround; French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: French; Spanish
PICTURE: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Francesca Annis Lady Jessica
Leo Cimino The Baron's Doctor
Brad Dourif Piter De Vries
José Ferrer Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Linda Hunt Shadout Mapes
Kyle MacLachlan Paul Atreides
Jürgen Prochnow Duke Leto Atreides
Fred Jones Thufir Hawat
Richard Jordan Duncan Idaho
Virginia Madsen Princess Irulan
Silvana Mangano Rev. Mother Ramallo
Everett McGill Stilgar
Kenneth McMillan Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Jack Nance Nefud
Sian Phillips Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Paul Smith The Beast Rabban
Patrick Stewart Gurney Halleck
Sting Feyd-Rautha
Dean Stockwell Dr. Wellington Yueh
Max von Sydow Dr. Kynes
Alicia Witt Alia
Sean Young Chani
Daniel Bryan Corkill Honorato Magalone
Jane Jenkins Actor
Judd Omen Molly Wyrn
Honorato Magaloni Otheym

Technical Credits
David Lynch Director,Screenwriter
Eric Bergren Screenwriter
Maggie Cartier Casting
Dino de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup
Christopher de Vore Screenwriter
Giorgio Desideri Set Decoration/Design
James Devis Cinematographer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Brian Eno Score Composer
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Jane Jenkins Casting
Daniel Lanois Score Composer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Masters Production Designer
Barry Nolan Special Effects
Marty Paich Score Composer
Carlo Rambaldi Special Effects
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
José Lopez Rodero Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Brian Smithies Special Effects
Nelson Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Toto Score Composer
Kit West Special Effects
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Rudolph Wurlitzer Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Dune [Original Theatrical]
1. A Very Delicate Time (Main Titles) [4:47]
2. The Guild Navigator's Orders [5:47]
3. House Atreides [19:53]
4. House Harkonnen [19:23]
5. The Conqueror Worm [15:10]
6. The Harkonnen Attack [20:36]
7. The Fremen [11:44]
8. The Weirding Way [3:48]
9. The Worm Conqueror [3:47]
10. The Coming of Muad'dib [4:37]
11. The Water of Life [7:10]
12. Wormsign [5:22]
13. The Descending Storm [3:18]
14. Alia the Avenger [1:12]
15. The Last Harkonnen [4:00]
16. The Word of God (End Titles) [5:36]
Disc #1, Side B -- Dune [Extended Edition]
1. Prologue (Main Titles) [9:15]
2. Orders From a Guild Navigator [8:44]
3. House of Atreides [12:49]
4. Face Your Fears [12:07]
5. House of Harkonnen [11:03]
6. The Prophecy [8:30]
7. A Traitor in the Midst [10:26]
8. Worms and Spice [11:24]
9. Betraying the Duke [5:35]
10. Attack of the Baron [15:08]
11. In the Forbidden Area [9:19]
12. Saved by the Fremen [17:34]
13. Teaching the Weirding Way [11:06]
14. Water of Life [9:41]
15. The Time Has Come [8:53]
16. An Impassable Storm [5:16]
17. True Freedom [6:21]
18. End Titles [3:28]

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