Dune

Dune

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Director: John Harrison

Cast: John Harrison, William Hurt, Julie Cox, Laura Burton

     
 

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The Sci-Fi Channel's first miniseries production adapts Frank Herbert's esteemed futuristic novel Dune into a six-hour epic. When House Atreides lead by the noble Duke Leto Atreides (Academy award-winner William Hurt) gains control of the universe's most powerful commodity -- Spice -- rival House Harkonnen begins plotting their revenge. As a result, Duke

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The Sci-Fi Channel's first miniseries production adapts Frank Herbert's esteemed futuristic novel Dune into a six-hour epic. When House Atreides lead by the noble Duke Leto Atreides (Academy award-winner William Hurt) gains control of the universe's most powerful commodity -- Spice -- rival House Harkonnen begins plotting their revenge. As a result, Duke Atreides' mistress (Saskia Reeves), a magical Bene Gesserit witch, and their son Paul (Alec Newman) must flee into the dangerous, worm-infested dunes where they find help from an ancient civilization that engages in guerilla warfare. As the political agenda of the reigning emperor unfolds, Paul is enlightened about his powers in the world and those of the mysterious Navigators of Spacing Guild. The series is written and directed by John Harrison who had considerable help from an award-winning production team including three-time Academy award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Apocalypse Now).

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Barnes & Noble - Matthew Johnson
Frank Herbert's 1974 novel Dune holds a special place in the modern science-fiction canon. Boasting throngs of fans and a sizeable critical following, its setting -- the planet Arrakis, after the year 10,000 -- is the genre's well-tread equivalent of William Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Sixteen years after David Lynch first brought Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic to the big screen in 1984 -- to decidedly mixed results -- the Sci-Fi Channel has adapted the classic novel as a 4 1/2 hour miniseries. The result is a richly satisfying vision of the distant future. Writer/director John Harrison's (Tales From the Darkside: The Movie) adaptation is detailed enough to satisfy avid fans of Herbert's work, and accessible enough to entrance the uninitiated. Dune follows the fate of the noble house of Duke Leto Atreides (William Hurt) who is charged to rule the desolate, sandswept desert planet Arrakis, the universes only source of Melange, a powerful spice that enhances mental performance and makes instantaneous interstellar travel possible. The Duke leaves his home world with son Paul (Alec Newman), but soon after taking control of the forbidding Arrakis, he is betrayed and Arrakis is conquered by its previous ruler, the ruthless Baron Harkonnen (Ian McNeice). Paul is left for dead in the desert, where he falls in with the Fremen, the indigenous people of Arrakis, and begins the fight to retake the planet. Despite its basic cable pedigree, the film does not skimp on production values. Dune has the look and feel of a theatrical release, and even evokes Lawrence of Arabia. Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) renders the galaxy in a gorgeous array of color. The cast, especially newcomer Newman and the always-reliable Hurt, is roundly solid. But the real star of Dune is the well-executed story -- a marvelous, engrossing tale that is finally given a chance to stretch out on-screen and breathe.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
UPC:
0012236115557
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Live / Artisan

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Dune 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of the SF classic ''Dune'' was good. Of course no film version could capture the complexity of the book, but the mini series did capture the broad texture of Frank Herbert's classic pretty well. I found it engrossing and very enjoyable, and I think most viewers will be intrigued and want to read the book after seeing the mini series. I strongly recommend this version. I feel it captured the feel of the book well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the book this is the closest you'll get in a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of the movie is better than the old version. It contains many scenes from the original film that weren't in it hence the 4 and a half hours of movie comparable to the 2 hours and 17 minutes of the original. In my opinion having seen the old movie first and having read the entire Dune series I think the way this movie was made is better than the old movie however I disliked the costumes and actors for this version. I thought the actors in the old version captured the feel for the movie better. The costumes in this version of the movie are much too flamboyant compared with the book and old film. The only acception to the actors is that I liked the Baron Harkonnen in this film version better as he was not so disgusting like the Baron from the first film. All in all though a very good and thorough film experience. A must see for all sci-fi fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This production does a very fine job of capturing the feel of another, alien, world, another time, and very different people. The use of color throughout the production to set the scene is exceptional. The characters are well portrayed, especially the Baron Harkonnen, and Stilgar. The length of the film allows for a far more complete story than previous efforts. This is a must see for science fiction fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked Dune, the book, then you have to see this. The aura of a distant desert planet was definitely captured. The characters were portrayed well, much better than in David Lynch's film. Dune can never be fully expressed on a television screen, due to the enormous amount of mental action, but I think that this is the best you will get out of a movie/miniseries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It's different from the 1st one, but that's why I liked it. A new twist on a great story. I loved it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dune is a very lush and magnificent sci-fi epic that's actually more impressive than any sci-fi film released in theaters in at least 3 years. David Lynch fans will hate it, but I for one found it much better, due to its multi-layered storytelling and awesome visual achievements.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider this movie one of the finest sci-fi ones ever released.The story and the environment is so interesting that it captures the viewer's attention immidiatley.Still, you have to accustom to the special terms like Guild,Sietch,Saradukar, and many others;but it's not difficult.and once u do that u'll want to see the movie again and again
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite simply one of the few movies that do a great book justice like it should. Too many others fall short of the standards to be met in this field.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best sci-fi movie there is! The acting is great!... Over all a great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply amazing. I recomend it to all who have read the book and even to those who havn't
Guest More than 1 year ago
where's david lynch
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version follows more closely the plot of Mr. Herbert's novel, and this allows even those who have not read the series to understand the human conflicts and political subterfuge. The special effects and constumes are big screen quality, satisfying and at times surreal, but all done in an excellent balance. These qualities are continued in this year's Children of Dune. The choices of cast, crew and director would be difficult to match.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a great scifi movie. It keeps you wondering what next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Science Fiction Channel production of ''Dune'' is very interesting for a variety of reasons. Others have already commented on the quality of the adaptation, and I am in full agreement: it's a marvelous job. Like the Jackson adaptation of ''Lord of the Rings'', decisions had to be made on what to delete, what to reorder, and what to change to go from a novel format to a modern movie. That is a very difficult path to tread, especially on a project like ''Dune'' that has such a heavy intellectual emphasis. The success in this project holds forth promise for other books I would like to see made into movies. We have proof, in the Science Fiction Channel's ''Dune'', that you CAN make good movies from challenging novels, and you don't have to ''dumb it down'' for the masses. The Science Fiction Channel aimed at a relatively limited audience, and made the movie for US. They trust us to hold interest without gratuitous explosions and alien sex, and I take that as a compliment. It says something when one of my strongest reactions to ''Dune'' was ''I can't wait to see what novel this team takes on next''. Okay, as to the production itself. The look of the film is excellent, and gives the needed flavor to the setting. The cast (with the exception of William Hurt as Duke leto Atreides, whose performance was stiff and unsympathetic) did an excellent job. Ian McNiece, who played Baron Harkonnen, did a particularly outstanding performance. Unlike in the David Lynch production (in which Lynch resorted to having the Baron be a scabby maniac who showers in toxic waste... literally... how little Lynch must think of his audience), McNiece's portrayal was believable... charismatic, evil, and disturbingly easy to like and admire. The special effects were adequate without being flashy (I found the depiction of the Guild Navigator and the ''look'' of interstellar travel to be especially poetic), and the sound track was for the most part very good, very fitting. One other comment I will make, which is especially relevant to adaptations of epic novels. I believe that a viewer who had never read the book would understand fully what's going on in this production, without needing a friend to explain it along the way. That's important. Make no mistake, this is a long miniseries. You're in it for the long haul if you sit down to watch this. It's time well-spent, though. For any Herbert fan, or any science fiction fan, this is a great treat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
YES, in this case. I had tuned in while it was on TV and the scene I saw had the FREMAN not in still suits. I dumped it fast. WRONG O sand breath. I bought it on DVD to hear the commentary! I was blown away. The production is much better than the Lynch. Costumes and back grounds , spectacular. Hurt isn't the best choice but others make up for it. From young beautys to older crone beautys. Well worth the investment, and I haven't even got to the commentaries yet!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peurile drivel. I gave up after 50mins.The Lynch version may have deviated more from the novel but at least it was art. The acting, if that is an appropriate word, was embarrasingly poor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could you find a better cast of actors, and what a great book to make a movie about
Guest More than 1 year ago
only watch this movie if u are a hard-core dune fan, its not very good even then - the acting is very bad >_<
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie that was looked down upon because it was on TV, not in theardors. This one of, if not,the best Sci-fi series. What Lord of the Rings did for fantasy, the Dune stories did for Sci-fi.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never seen a movie that is so rich in all aspecst of life. Dune touches the deepest parts of the human heart and makes one take a deep look at themselves. A must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, I would like to answer to the bad critiques written here...Have you people even read the book?? If you have, why are you saying that the David Lynch version is closer to the original story?? Aside from a few addins here and there, the new version was by far closer to Frank Herburt's work!! Plus, his consent or not on the original makes no difference..David Lynch himself said that his version sucked...he thought it was one of his worst works!! Now before anyone gets mad...I enjoyed both versions! Each one carried its own particular interests well...Now as far as graphics..The graphics were GOOD in the new version, but not amazing...but before you knock it, lets take into account the older version had WORSE graphics and effects...they were bad even for the time...So, I have to say that this was well worth it if you are a true dune fan, and also if you are a true sci-fi fan...cheers
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok so i've read EVERY one of Mr. Herbert's books and i have to say that he was the most prolific and complex writer that i have ever encountered. no other work has made me so introspective or outwardly aware all at once. having said that i now have to say that i have seen the David Lynch version of Dune as well as this latest incarnation. they both have their merits-- Lynch b/c he captured the visual as well as the textural concept of Dune. If u've never read the series or even the first book then you really have no idea what i'm talking about. in this second version there were a few things that really irritated me although over all the movie holds water (no pun intended) the one major sticking point for me was the stillsuits: in the lynch version the suits were better b/c they looked like what u imagined after reading a detailed description from one of Herbert's books. in the newer version the suits look like an unlined hazmat suit! what's worse is the look of the bene gesserit reverend mother mohiam. if u read the book she is described as an old, hard looking woman with steely teeth, not a quasi nubile, stevie nicks reincarnation! these are only two things that came to mind as i write this revue. but, please dont' get me wrong. this newest dune is in it's own right an excellent piece of work and i recommend it if only b/c it takes the time to develope the story as it should be. which the original dune movie was not at liberty to do. if u enjoyed the books then you will enjoy this movie just try not to bring your preconceptions to the screen. it's a better treat if u just see it again for the first time.
CharmingTNT More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. It is equally as good as the book. If you've seen the 1980's version of the movie Dune and liked it, then you will love this one. This is not a kids movie. I don't recall much bad language it's just that there are a lot of fighting/war scenes in this movie that a young child may not be able to handle. Teenagers and up would like it though. The sequal is not as good unfortunately. Although, the books used for the sequals content are definately worth reading.