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- DescriptionDavid Lynch's baroque rendering of Frank Herbert's detailed, complex, and deliberately paced epic science-fiction novel is a muddled but visually stunning affair. It's 10991, and the desert planet Dune has been taken over by the Harkonnens, oppressive conquerors who desire the precious spice that lies beneath Dune's arid sands. The story concerns the attempts of a young warrior messiah, Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan), to lead the native inhabitants in an uprising against the evil empire--and battle the giant man-eating worms that guard the coveted spice.<BR>Lynch shot much more footage than ended up in the finished film, but executive producer Dino De Laurentiis didn't want a three-hour-plus sci-fi epic on his hands, so he coerced Lynch into trimming it. The result is one of cinema's most infamous cases of personal vision colliding with studio politics. Nonetheless, Lynch still manages to cram in so many visual ideas and captures the tone of the book so well that these production issues can be easily set aside once the story starts rolling. Refusing to further edit the film for television, Lynch took his name off the director and screenwriter credits. As troubling as DUNE might have been for Lynch, the experience greatly inspired 1986's brilliant BLUE VELVET, for which audiences should be thankful.
- Leading Role 1Francesca Annis
- Director 1David Lynch
- Leading Role 2Kyle MacLachlan
- Leading Role 3Sian Phillips
- Additional Roles bySting,Jose Ferrer,Dean Stockwell,Kenneth McMillan,Max Von Sydow,Sean Young,Jurgen Prochnow,Everett McGill
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2000
- GenreScience Fiction
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time180 minutes
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- stratamanga29 Oct, 2014by
Dune extended or TV edition, the version David Lynch hated. (360min)
Quite different from the standard release, most notably the intro is missing so no big string glissando or speech from Irulan. In fact all the commentary is a different (man's) voice and much more extensive with more background info. Edric's voice is also different. This is the version that David Lynch had his name removed from as he objected to the changes. It is more comprehensible with the hour of extra footage if you don't know the story but less slick than the standard 2hr version. A must for fans though, if only they had let David have his way...
- kang731819 Jul, 2012by
Dune special tv edition the splice must flow
Having never seen this version of this film i did not know what to expect and despite sometime's looking like it was a very rough job of splicing clip's and deleted scene's in here and there it doe's make the film much more enjoyable, some scene's from the theatre release are missing and would have been nice to have been kept in but all in all a very enjoyable film one for people interested in the genre than just a casual film watcher.
- 360c1683e84dc3e...05 May, 2012by
one of the greatest flims made (?)
one of my most favorate flims,weird and also visionary.some of the best visuals in all the flims i have seen,just a pity they skipped over most of the book. all in all brilliant
- hugherb23 Jun, 2011by
You can't beat a good old sci fi!
Superb quality, a truly epic film, appealing on all levels including set design, costumes, basic but relevant storyline, lots of action and excellent special effects (for the era the film was made!).
- tim230120 Apr, 2010by
Dune TV Version
Compared to the Movie the TV version is poor. Yes it contains more footage (reason why I bought it) but it makes the 'story' worse, yes there is more of the book in it, but the movie version is more dramatic and visually entertaining. If like me you are a fan of the books the TV version is worth a look to see more of the story on screen, but for entertainment and spectacle stick to the movie version. It is easy to spot the added footage as the eyes of the actors are not blue, adding this was an expensive process and the previously unused footage was left in its original format to save money. Also the prologue is painfull to watch, it is needed to educate the American TV audience in case thay do not understand the story.
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