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Dune -- Two-disc Special Edition [DVD]

Kyle MacLachlan , Virginia Madsen , David Lynch    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Writers: David Lynch, Frank Herbert
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, José López Rodero, Raffaella De Laurentiis
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sanctuary
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISLP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This two-disc special edition release of David Lynch's 1984 film Dune presents the same cut as originally shown theatrically, but with an improved transfer compared to the previous DVD edition and with the addition of new and archive documentary material. In case of confusion, it should be noted that this is not any of the following versions: the re-edited TV movie adaptation of Lynch's film, the long-sought-after extended version Lynch screened for cast and crew in January 1984, a new Director's Cut, or the Sci-Fi Channel mini series.

The first disc contains a new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 transfer taken from a High Definition archive copy of the 1984 film, further restored to remove dirt and scratches, and a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix as well as the original stereo soundtrack. The film looks superb and sounds almost as good, though a DTS soundtrack would have been welcome. This is much superior to the average making-of, featuring significant new contributions from Kyle MacLachlan, producer Raffaella De Laurentiis, cinematographer Freddie Francis and others--though David Lynch is conspicuous by his absence. Destination Dune is a six-minute promotional featurette made by Sammon at the time of the film's release and the 4:3 image is fairly poor quality. An 83-second BBC interview with Frank Herbert is too short to be of more than passing interest, though the original trailer is a fine example of the 1980's way of selling movies. The set is completed with routine cast and crew profiles. Even with no involvement from Lynch and no commentaries, this is still the best Dune on DVD. --Gary S. Dalkin

Product Description

'Blue Velvet' and 'Twin Peaks' director David Lynch made this sci-fi epic set on planet Dune, where a precious life-enhancing spice is guarded by monster worms. Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) is the Prince who leads his people against the territorial designs of the Harkonnens, and who, once on Dune, discovers he is earmarked for an even greater destiny.


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88 of 94 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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85 of 93 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!!!!

EDIT:
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but I loved it 24 April 2008
By Zen10
Format:DVD
This is the 'Alan Smithee' TV version, on single disc with no extras.

The most obvious difference from the start is a new introduction, which is a series of still pictures with a voice-over. A new narration then crops up at various points to explain who and what various people are. Ideally, non of this would be here, but it didn't bother me too much, and they actually have a good go at making things clear.

As this version was somewhat cobbled together using the original release and cut footage, it is not as smooth as it could be. The most glaring problem being that in the 'new' footage of the Fremen their eyes aren't blue! Some of the stronger material has also been cut.

But despite all this, I really enjoyed this film. The extra detail the new footage brings opens up the world of Dune and helps you connect more with the characters, making it a richer and more rewarding experience.

The extra material with the Fremen inperticular makes Pauls story arc fuller and more satisfying.

I bought this film because I wanted to know if the legendary missing footage could have improved the original. I think the answer is yes. Ideally it would be an official David Lynch restoration, but as he seems to have no interest in revisiting this movie, I for one will not be holding my breath.

Generally, I think this version gives a good idea of what might of been, and if it was put together with a bit more time and cash, and had a few things taken out and some others put back in, I would give it five stars.
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Published 2 days ago by Mr. Andrew Lavelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The more i watch it the more i like it. Very stylish individual Sci-FI with a distinct storyline.
Published 4 days ago by RICHARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune
For me the greatest Sci.Fi film ever made
Published 15 days ago by K. Bromley
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Planet never looked so good
Always did like this, though many were critical at the time. The Blu-ray version only reinforces my opinion. Read more
Published 19 days ago by L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Sci-Fi Spectacular
Dune (DVD)

DVD Info.
Region 2.
Ratio: 16:9/2.35:1
Certificate 15
Running time 131 minutes.
Sound: 5. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Timelord007
1.0 out of 5 stars so no good for Deaf people like me
No subtitles, so no good for Deaf people like me.
Published 24 days ago by Tim Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mind blowing !
Published 24 days ago by fatmanbat46
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Published 25 days ago by Ms. P. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune
The original film, love the film which i had on tape and updated to DVD.not everyone's cup of tea but pleased with purchase. Quick delivery.
Published 26 days ago by Janette Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of Lynch's epic sci-fi available for your home...
There are quite a few blu-ray releases of David Lynch's flawed cult sci-fi film. A UK release which is now out of print, endless German releases, and this one to name a few. Read more
Published 28 days ago by DABRo
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