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Dune [DVD]

Kyle MacLachlan , Virginia Madsen , David Lynch    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007EU5JUU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Dune: Special TV Edition is an extended US network television version prepared in 1988 from David Lynch's 1984 film of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel, Dune. The original cinema release of this complex tale of interplanetary intrigue was heavily shortened and this 176-minute TV edition should not to be confused with Lynch's still unreleased three-hour-plus "Director's Cut". In fact Lynch disowned this TV version, replacing his director's credit with the infamous pseudonym Alan Smithee and his screenplay credit with the name Judas Booth (a combination of two notorious traitors). What the network did was add 35 minutes, about 15 minutes in the first two thirds, which in the cinema cut is in any case superbly paced, and around 20 into the final 40. This latter material does help balance the frenetic rush of the cinema cut, restoring important scenes such as Paul Atreides' fight with Jamis, a Fremen funeral and Jessica Atreides' taking the "Water of Life". What primarily alienated Lynch was the imposition of a folksy, sometimes laughable narration, as well as the replacement of the original prologue with a far longer sequence explaining the Dune universe via pre-production paintings. This TV edit is a travesty of what, in the "Director's Cut" at least, is probably a great film, and is really only worth seeing to get a glimpse of the material Lynch was forced to remove. The unconnected mini-series, Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) does a far better job of telling a more complete version of the story.

On the DVD: There is a fold-out colour booklet which contains a wealth of stills, a reproduction of the original cinema poster and a worthwhile essay on the original film that avoids any discussion of the TV version it accompanies. On the disc there is only the original theatrical trailer. The superb cinematography is ruined by the panned and scanned 4:3 image, which is grainy and has poor colour fidelity. It is also soft, lacking detail and washed-out, probably a result of being converted from American NTSC TV format video rather than coming directly from an original film print. Certainly the DVD of the cinema version looks far better. The audio is thin mono, completely failing to do justice to how fantastic a post-Star Wars 40-million-dollar science fiction epic should sound. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

Travel to a time and place beyond your imagination with this definitive edition of David Lynch’s epic sci-fi adventure Dune.

Kyle Maclachlan heads an all-star cast (Sean Young, Patrick Stewart, Francesca Annis, Max Von Sydow, Sting) as Paul Atreides, an intergalactic warrior who leads his people into battle against the dreaded Harkonnens for control of the desert planet Arrakis, and it’s most valuable asset: the spice Melange.

Special Features:

- Destination Dune
- Impressions of Dune

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the review I would have liked before buying this blu-ray title.

I don't understand why this title has only been published for the German market. Perhaps it has a stronger following over there. Anyway, although the packaging and disk art is in German, once the movie's playing, that's all irrelevant.

I took the risk in getting this German import because although the movie is deeply flawed it has qualities that I really appreciate. The soundtrack by Toto is stunning and Brian Eno's "Prophecy Theme" is haunting. The story is epic. As a kid I was a fan of the book series and was deeply disappointed when the movie came out and was universally slated by the critics.

However, it is also beautiful. The sets and costumes are sumptuous. It oozes atmosphere, like Brade Runner and Aliens. If you can filter out the flaws and focus on enjoying its qualities, it is moving and uplifting. I will add my plea to those of others: "David Lynch, please transcend the trauma of making this film and the confused reactions of the test screening audiences that caused the studio to force you to butcher the movie down to its theatrical release length, recognise that this is a cult film and delight your fans by publishing your original, full-length director's cut." Given that this isn't likely to happen, the next best thing is this German blu-ray package...

To my immense relief, the upgrade to blu-ray was worth it. High definition detail makes it a different experience, one that amplifies the DVD experience. The dire special effects and the grainy scenes are rendered even more painful by high definition. However, the richness of the sets, costumes and performances from the all-star cast are equally boasted to new heights.
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2012 Dune UK blu ray is horrendous 12 Jun 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning is a very delicate time... 9 April 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Dune is a fantastic scifi classic and I really enjoyed watching this disc. Picture quality is excellent considering the films age with some nice detail coming through.
Proper colour reproduction also means your seeing it as intended. I've read this german version has a different transfer to the american bluray, which has elements of print damage.
I didn't notice any print damage on this disc.

Sound wise you get an english 5.1 DTS-HD track (selected by default on my PS3) and english/german Dolby stereo tracks.
The DTS-HD track was good quality with everything coming through clearly.
The disc is Region B and goes straight into the film. There are no special features and it comes in a slim case which I wish all my blurays used.
Overall this a great way to experience Dune and is a good addition to your collection.

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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware 16 Oct 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Beware of Jacques review above.

It is totally misleading as to the product you will receive. He discusses an ultimate 3 disc edition and gives the impression that this is what you will receive. This is not the case at all as it is a single disc edition, without even a title screen!

You will see it available from sellers in Australia and the far east and when I received my copy it was unbranded and I had some question it was even legitimate.

If you are a massive Dune fan and would sacrifice anything to see the "missing" footage (like me) then its worth buying. Otherwise I would recommend the 2 disc re-mastered special edition of the original film available from Amazon directly.

As far as Jacques' review, while he obviously likes the sound of his own "voice" it has little relevance to this product.

Just to clarify this is a cheaply produced extended version based on the original US TV version. It is NOT the restored extended cut by the director that everyone is waiting for. This version is sadly not (yet) in existence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
blu ray is really very good.
Published 6 days ago by S. Reidsma
5.0 out of 5 stars ... spent ages looking over on-line reviews to determine the best...
I spent ages looking over on-line reviews to determine the best blu-ray version of Dune.
This is how I remember it from when I saw it in the cinema originally. Read more
Published 7 days ago by P. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars money well spent
Wasn't sure whether to buy it, in case of being disappointed but it has transferred to Blu- Ray really well, after watching, was glad I got it.
Published 13 days ago by gaynortalbot
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent dvd
did not think I would find this old favourite let alone as a dvd excellent service delighted with product and service very happy thankyou
Published 1 month ago by colin j mccallion
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune
A film I have known for a long time and used to have on video. A very interesting and spectacular film.
Published 2 months ago by Ken
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated
Dated, new version required, some films hold their age unfortunately this is not one of them! ,probably trying to cover too much in 2 hours
Published 2 months ago by Tony McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars very good "sci-fi" entertainment
Thoroughly enjoyed the film. Extremely hard to believe even for sci-fi, but perhaps that's what makes it so really interesting.
Published 2 months ago by BobT
1.0 out of 5 stars Robbery Watch out for one touch orders
Did not mean to rent it. I used to like Lovefilm I have already cancelled Amazon Prime. Watch out for one touch orders.
Published 3 months ago by MR J W SELBY
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunner
Ok, the graphics aren't great but this is a classic! A very young Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides bringing Fank Herbert's epic tale to life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neonant
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for my husband
He was really pleased, enjoyed the books now enjoying watching it. Recommend them to all who like Si-Fi . Very well done
Published 3 months ago by Caroline Cadlock
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