I have wanted to own this film on blu ray for a long time as I am a big fan, I own the special edition UK DVD, and I had read very good things about the US and French blu ray transfers. Unfortunately, this UK blu ray transfer, released at the same time as the David Lynch boxset, is absolutely awful. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the worst blu ray transfer I have ever seen and Universal should be ashamed of themselves for releasing it. I urge you not to waste your money on this version of Dune. You will be sorely disappointed!
Firstly, the picture is so dark that sometimes it is almost impossible to see what is going on, especially during the final night battles scenes. Secondly, the picture is blocky and pixelated throughout the entire film, but is especially bad during the desert scenes. The swirling sand becomes a mass of blocky colours. Even the DVD is far better quality than this horrendous rubbish. It is not my TV or blu ray player settings, as I have two players and two screens and I have tested them extensively alongside other films I own, such Alien and Aliens, which look absolutely fine.
I also got a replacement for the first disc I purchased, in case it was just a faulty disc. The second disc I received was exactly the same and I will be getting a refund before sending off for the US blu ray import. Steer well clear and, if you want the film, order any other version than this! How dare they dump this rubbish on the UK when other countries get perfectly good transfers! Shame on you, Universal!!!!
I received my US Dune blu ray and it is so much better than the UK blu ray. None of the problems described above. It's a shame because there is quite a lot of print damage on the US blu ray compared to the UK one (I think), but I would take vastly superior picture and sound and put up with some print damage any day of the week!