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Dune [Blu-ray]

Kyle MacLachlan , Virginia Madsen , David Lynch    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)
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Even more than most of David Lynch's deliberately bizarre and idiosyncratic movies, Dune is a "love-it-or-hate-it" affair. An ambitious, epic, utterly mind-boggling--and, let's admit it, all-out weird--adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel, Dune remains one of the most controversial films in the director's exceedingly provocative career. The story (if Dune can be said to have just one story) is complex and convoluted in the epic tradition; it has something to do with political intrigue and a planet that is home to a precious spice and gigantic sand worms. Think Shakespeare's Henry IV with a dash of Tremors, and set in another galaxy. But despite plenty of strangely whispered voice-overs that explain the characters' thoughts (and endlessly detailed exposition), storytelling is not really among the film's strong points. There are, however, a lot of memorably fantastic/grotesque images, an extraordinary cast, and a soundtrack featuring Toto. I told you it was weird. Among the stars are Kyle MacLachlan, José Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Brad Dourif, Sting, Kenneth McMillan, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, and Linda Hunt. The DVD contains the original release version; a shorter version cut for television has been disowned by Lynch, who insisted his name be replaced by that famous Hollywood pseudonym "Alan Smithee." --Jim Emerson


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Feb. 19 2008
By Harrison Koehli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I have heard nothing but bad things about this film. Before seeing it I was under the impression that it was universally panned as a supreme failure. So, being somewhat susceptible to the influences of mass opinion, I avoided watching it. This, when David Lynch is my favorite filmmaker.

However, I finally decided to watch it with an inner thought of, "Well, can it really be THAT bad?" So I sat down to watch and from the first moments of Princess Irulan's narration was entranced. Sure, the movie is not perfect. The last third is rushed, and material had to be cut to get a reasonable length. But Lynch does NOT disappoint. The actors are great, the script is well-written, the look of the film is revolutionary, and the emotion of the book is transferred with Lynch's distinct subtlety and insight into human nature.

I honestly cannot see why this film gets so many bad reviews. It seems to me, which is typically the case, that most of these reviews are either from people who require a film adaptation to be a word-for-word interpretation of the book, or those who cannot identify with the depth of character and the complex subtext. To each her own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe you had to have read the book Dec 26 2011
Format:Blu-ray
For starters, it's a David Lynch film, and you can taste that in every frame. Secondly, but on par with its David Lynch-ness, this is an EPIC tale represented in epic proportions. The movie's IMDb rating is (at the time of reviewing) 6.5/10. My rating was 9/10 -- because I read the Dune series & love David Lynch films?

I purchased the film (in VHS, DVD & now on Blu-ray) for the amazing sets, costumes and frame-by-frame delicious visuals, and for Shadout Mapes and Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (and his doctor!).

Yes, a lot of the acting is now pretty cheesy and over dramatic, but for me, I would have paid the price of the film just for the mind blowing sets!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Works Wonders On A Classic April 2 2012
By Peter McNicol TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
With this version on Blu-ray media, the movie looks absolutely magnificent and the sound is perfect.

A classic movie made so much better by the Blu-ray treatment!!

Lots of extras on BD-Live too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lordy July 11 2004
Format:DVD
Well. Time to write a review of this on Amazon. So many things to say. A beginning is a delicate time. Well, lets state the obvious first and foremost.
This movie was a flop. A bomb. A disaster. It cost a great deal of money to make and it made almost nothing at the box office. This was due to a number of reasons. One, in the early eighties, science fiction was considered very uncool. So that any young dude in the early eighties worth his salt wouldn't be caught dead going to this movie. The other matter is that any of those young dudes who DID happen to wander into this movie probably had to wonder just what the hell was going on.
Dune is very challenging science fiction that almost might be considered the work of a genius. It is far more complex and interweaving than the plot for something like "Star Wars" for example. By that, I'm not saying that Star Wars was a bad movie, indeed, it was a very profitable one (unlike Dune). It is just that from my viewpoint, it is incredible that this movie was even created at all, considering the usual attitude of movie studios toward complex plots of any kind whatsoever. In fact, I would go so far as to venture the guess that this movie being a flop set a standard for one dimensional movie plot lines for years to come. A movie must make a profit, the dumber the movie, the bigger the profit.
Anyway, the point is this movie somehow, against all odds, WAS made. And the director, to add to the weirdness, was that master of weirdness (the weirding way?) himself, David Lynch. Lordy, this movie is a miracle against all odds.
The thing to keep in mind is that this movie didn't have an immediate impact when it was first released. However, slowly, over the years, it gained a massive cult following.
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Format:DVD
The "Spice Melange" extends life and existence as people know it in the year 10191 AD. However, this precious spice is only available on one planet and that is planet Arrakis. Also known as DUNE!
There are two families who want to gain control of spice production because the one who controls the spice, will, indeed, control the whole universe! The spice is mined on Arrakis but there are HUGE sand worms that try to guard it for themselves. Be careful of WORM SIGN!
The families that war it out over the spice are: House Atreides, home of Duke Leto (Prochnow), Lady Jessica, a Bene Gesserit hnadmaiden & their son, Paul (MacLachlan). The Atreides reside on planet Caladan. House Harkonnen, comprised of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (McMillen), Feyd-Rautha (Sting) & The Beast Rabban, reside on planet Giedi Prime.
On planet Kaitain resides Jose Ferrer as the Emperor of the Universe, Shaddam & his daughter, Princess Irulan played by Virginia Madsen.
This story is focused on intergalactic warrior, young Paul Atreides & his messianic rise to leadership by coming into his own, so to speak. Due in part to an old prophecy regarding a man that will be above all other men.
The circa 1984 visual/special effects are STILL stunning even by today's standards, the soundtrack is by Toto, and some of the monsters created for this film, like "The Guildmaster" were by the likes of E.T.'s Carlo Rambaldi.
This film heads an all-star cast with the ones mentioned above plus - Sean Young as Chani the Fremen, Linda Hunt as Fremen Shadout Mapes, Brad Dourif as Piter De Vries, Patrick Stewart as Gurney, Max Von Sydow as Dr. Kynes, and even David Lynch makes an appearance as a Spice mining worker!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like this movie
I like this movie, may be a little slow, chopped up and hard to follow. Haven't watched the blu ray yet, will update in the future.
Published 6 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune [Blu-ray]
Le titre devrait être Dune (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

Langue originale: Anglais et Français.
Sous-titres: Anglais, Français et Espagnol. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephane Mercier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie. I know this movie did not get great box office reviews.. however it still ranks as one of my all time favorites! The special effects are incredible. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John S
5.0 out of 5 stars Interplanetary intrgue
A movie that gives one a glimpse of the different factions that are involved in control and ownership of the various resources that are found . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clarence Huibers
1.0 out of 5 stars Super Disappointed
I ordered this after my Dad confessing his love for the movie and that they never show the extended version on tv. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Loulou
5.0 out of 5 stars when for a remake
enjoy seeing again dune,i read that hollywood his going for the remake,cant wait to see it with all the new fx,
Published 18 months ago by rickduff
2.0 out of 5 stars A disppointment
Was expecting an improved movie in the extended edition but the standard version is better and less muddled. Save your money.
Published 18 months ago by Parkyman
1.0 out of 5 stars Why HD?
Unable to view the DVD. If the DVD were in the usual format, or even Blueray, I couls see it. But to purvchase a HD viewer for this one DVD isn't worth it . I'm sending it back!
Published 21 months ago by Raymond NN Charette
3.0 out of 5 stars An epic that just doesn't cut it
Dune(released Dec/84),is an overly long and erratic tome that in the end fails to satisfy.It is chock full of stars like Jose Ferrer,Patrick Stewart,Linda Hunt,Kyle... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2012 by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique movie
Since I saw that movie on VHS several times when I was young, I needed to have it in my collection. I cannot be considered impartial. This is a one-of-kind SCI movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2011 by Finfinaud
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