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I love DUNE. I've read Frank Herbert's book 4 or 5 times, and each time I see and feel other aspects of his brilliance. This version of Dune is equal to the task of showig Herbert's command of drama.
This is David Lynch's (director) adaptation to film, and has been labeled as a "Love it or Hate it" movie. Even if I didn't love the story and the way this has been told, I would find the collision of empires, the slavery of the population of Dune, and the bold young man destined to change the universe fascinating. Dune is the only planet with melange, the drug that allows interplanetary travel by folding space.
In DUNE, the book, we are privileged to know what the characters are thinking. This is difficult to show in a film, yet it is masterfully done. Knowing the thoughts of the many different characters helps show the depth of the Fremen lore about the Kwisatz Haderach, the One who would make the changes and bring freedom to Dune, also known as Arakis. We see his visions, even before melange enters his system, and a growing knowledge of the political intrigue that determines his fate.
This extended version contains a 'Deleted Scenes' introduction to provide insight into David Lynch and the way he wanted to show DUNE. It also explains why he had his name removed and the mythical Alan Smithee.
It also contains information about the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, the Kwisatz Haderach prophecy and the Fremen culture and their struggle against the Emperor, and the Harkonen, the bitter rivals of the Atraedes.
Be prepared for a long, intense experience as you enjoy Dune.
In a very distant future human beings have evolved, and thinking machines have been outlawed due to a horrible war with them some time back. Humans have instead developed their minds to amazing capacities. Out of this evolution several different camps have emerged, all with their own peculiar quirks and skills. Each group plays a role or function: spiritual, mental, or as navigators for space travel. They all need the spice "melange" in some way, shape, or form to perform their duties. The spice is essentially an addictive psychotropic drug which expands consciousness to extreme levels. It is the sole natural resource that fuels the entire existence of civilization.
The known universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor, with royal families ruling each planet. There is one planet that is important above all others, because it is the sole source of spice in the Universe: Arrakis, also known as Dune. The Emperor has sent Duke Leto Atreides to the planet to govern the spice production, because he is a trustworthy leader. But the Emperor has actually set an elaborate trap for the House of Atreides, for he fears their growing power and their expanded army, trained in a new sonic-based form of battle called the "Weirding Way." He has made a backroom deal to allow the evil House Harkonnen to attack House Atreides, and wipe them out on Arrakis.
To throw a wrench into all this political intrigue, the Duke has a son who should have never been born. His concubine, Lady Jessica, provided him with a son named Paul. This was against the wishes of her religious order, the Bene Gesserit, a mystical group of women who are engaged in selective breeding. Their goal is to produce a messiah who will cleanse the universe. Paul just might be this mythical figure, but he was unexpected, as Jessica was mandated to bear only daughters.
A group of native people called the Fremen live on the planet Arrakis. They are mysterious figures who work closely with the spice, and who have developed a religion around the substance and the giant worms that help produce it. After the attack on House Atreides, Paul and Jessica escape to the desert to live with them. The Fremen have been waiting for a messiah to come; Paul just may be him. He teaches the Fremen the "Weirding Way" in battle, and prepares them for an all-out civil war that will make them the sole controllers of the spice and Arrakis. Will their Holy War (or "Jihad") cleanse the Universe? Is Paul destined to be a messiah?
**Dune is a great fiction move witch a saw when I was really young and loved it up to the date.The effects are really good for the time that it was made. Dune is a pretty politically and religiously complicated move its a hole seres of books sow theirs stories within stories and this is why I loved this extended version of the move it explains allot better. also the tin box is beautiful THIS is the item for any SYFY collector.**
Although often poorly-rated by others, I believe that this movie is in many ways the best representation of the rich (world?; future?; universe?) we have read about in the book Dune. The production team has very successfully created sets which are replete with the civilized age of the story, and the casting incudes many excellent choices. Among my favourites were Francesca Annis and Linda Hunt. Kyle MacLachlan does an excellent job at portraying the protagonist. The effects used in the movie are satisfying with the following exceptions: the eyes of the Ibad, and the ornithopters. The flourescent-blue eyes of those who use spice might have been better if they were just dark blue contact lenses. And no movie yet has successfully imitated a bird in flight, as an ornithopter shoud do. A disappointment in this movie version is the extent to which it diverges from the written story. The scriptwriters obviously "didn't get" the intention of Frank Herbert, and the rain at the end is extremely out-of-place. But in spite of these reservations, I am still willing to give this movie 5 out of 5. I enjoy it each time I watch. And the extras included on the DVD are worthwhile: biographies of some of the cast and crew; extensive production notes, and the very good trailer shown in theatres.
If "Lord of the Rings" is the pinnacle of fantasy, then "Dune" is surely the apex of science fiction. With the success of "Star Wars," "Star Trek" and "Moonraker," adapting Frank Herbert's masterpiece in 1984 must have seemed like a great idea. Instead, David Lynch crafted a substandard debacle while wrestling with studio bosses in a fight that later became reminiscent of "Blade Runner." "Dune" bombed at the box office and was reviled by fans of the book, who found it impossible to cram Herbert's sprawling universe into two hours and 17 minutes.
Not much has changed in two decades. Even in an extended version, "Dune" is still awful—a fact that Lynch himself has admitted in several interviews. The film's pacing is terrible, focusing on the first few chapters for 90 minutes and compressing nearly 400 pages into the movie's last half hour. Plus, decisions were made concerning the art direction that defy logic: black stillsuits anyone?
Still, in cinematic terms, the film does possess a few bright points. Twenty years on, the visual effects are still stunning. Miniatures and models will always hold up better than CGI, and this is certainly true with "Dune." The sandworms and spice trawlers look as real today as they did in 1984. The score by 80s band Toto still fits the film's trippy feel, and Kyle MacLachlan is superbly cast as Paul Atreides, a young man who may or may not be the messiah of the universe.
Do these things save the film from utter disaster? No, but even in failure, David Lynch proves himself to be a visionary filmmaker.
Starring Kyle McLaughlin, this first film version of DUNE combines political intrigue and science fiction set far in future, to reveal a quasi-religious central theme. The future is set to rotate around one planet in entire Universe that produces a unique spice which enables transportation, the Empire revolves around this planet, Arakis, DUNE.
There is competition among leading houses, one noble and other perverse, both set on becoming more powerful. To be most powerful, means ruling the planet DUNE, and conflict erupts. One house is defeated, other rises to power. Later, the defeated house builds an army and overthrows the first, to regain leadership. This is done through religious means, fulfilling futuristic 'prophecy.'
The players are extremely well cast against a futuristic backdrop. Prior to this release at least two film companies went bankrupt attempting this production. Many stars in supporting roles make this movie a classic for many years to come!