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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 31, 1998
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Biographies: Cast Biographies
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||José Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Francesca Annis, Sting, Max Von Sydow, Brad Dourif, Sean Young, Virginia Madsen, Leonardo Cimino, Freddie Jones, Dean Stockwell, Richard Jordan, Jack Nance, Silvana Mangano & Everett McGill|
|Directed by||David Lynch|
|Edited by||Antony Gibbs|
|Screenplay by||David Lynch|
|Composition by||Toto, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno & Marty Paich|
|Art Direction by||Pierluigi Basile|
|Produced by||Raffaella De Laurentiis|
|Director of Photography:||Freddie Francis|
|Executive Production by||Dino De Laurentiis|
Rating: B- -- Underrated, especially for devotees of the book. An impressively faithful if necessarily streamlined adaptation, though heavy on industrial-looking art direction and grotesque makeup effects. Full Review
Most sci-fi movies offer escape, a holiday from homework, but Dune is as difficult as a final exam. You have to cram for it. Full Review
Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic. Full Review
There's some pleasure to be had from its misguided spectacle...but only if you embrace the mystery rather than try to define it, which is true, really, of all of Lynch's work. Surrealism isn't meant to be sorcerered into making sense. Full Review
...Imaginative....Visually unique and teeming with incident....There's just about always something going on for the senses to appreciate....[The] cast is also first-rate...
The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly. Full Review
It can be entertaining to watch, to examine like an odd bit of ephemera, but it does not deserve laurels for failing creatively. There are better ways to manage that feat. Full Review
The story behind the adaptation of Frank Herbert's massive, seminal science fiction novel DUNE is a well-known one, spanning 20 years and involving directors as diverse as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott, before the job fell to David Lynch. DUNE tells a story set far in the future, in the year 10191, where factions war over control of the substance named "spice." The clan Atreides currently produces the spice, found on the planet Arrakis, but they are plotted against by the Harkonnens. After a stunning betrayal, it is revealed that Paul Atreides, heir to the clan, is actually the prophesized savior of the Fremen, who are native people of Arrakis. DUNE is famously an enormous, expensive production that was critically lambasted and ended up a financial flop. In part to recoup their losses, Universal Studio edited a longer edition of the film to be shown on television, but director Lynch disavowed this version. But in subsequent years the film has been reappraised and reappreciated, and the extended version has been coveted by fans worldwide. Both the original and longer cut of the film are available together in DUNE: EXTENDED EDITION.
DUNE seemed to generally baffle audiences and critics when it was released. And rightfully so, as the finished version of the film condenses much of the detail in the novel so necessary to understanding the action in the movie. The result is one of the most brilliant failures in motion picture history. Lynch crams in so many visual ideas and gets the feel of the book so well that viewers don't want to admit to themselves that after the halfway point, the film seems to zip through the action so quickly that it's impossible to get all of what is going on. Still, it looks so amazing that it has certainly earned its somewhat fanatical cult following.
Adventure | Big Battles | Fantasy | Psychic Forces | Science-Fiction | Epic | Recommended | Disturbing | Surreal | Desert | Space Opera | Theatrical Release
- Theatrical release: December 14, 1984.
- Filmed on location in California and Mexico.
- The credited name attributed to director David Lynch on the televison versions is "Judas Booth."
- Lynch turned down an offer from George Lucas to direct RETURN OF THE JEDI in order to collaborate with Dino De Laurentiis on DUNE.
- Directors Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott also tried to adapt Herbert's novel to the screen.
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