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Dune [VHS]

Kyle MacLachlan , Virginia Madsen , David Lynch    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 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: VHS
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 12 April 1999
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R67R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,346 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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'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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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2012 Dune UK blu ray is horrendous 12 Jun 2012
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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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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true Blu-Ray version. 20 Aug 2013
By stevepb
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have looked at , (1) The Directors cut DVD 177 minutes, (2) the B/Ray, Extended Edition, B/Ray ( Which is not what it says, it's only 136 minutes long. It's extended by a 3D version and extras. NOT A LONGER FILM.) (3) The TV B/Ray extended version, sold as by David Lynch in adverts and on the BR sleeve, but is not. As the film rolls you see it as by Alan Smithee, David Lynch refused to have his name on this edition, you would see why, really crap VHS type image, 177 minutes, only 4.3 square frame, not wide screen and stereo only. (4) Bar code version (5050582888065) so you get the right one.Now this version.It's the very best, actually by David Lynch, true Blu-Ray, excellent image, wide screen, excellent sound and nearly what I was looking for. I wanted to replace my extended edition (177 minutes ) on Blu-Ray. It dose not exist, i'v actually tried the lot,USA, UK, Germany and this is the best all round current version.
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28 of 31 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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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 8 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Caroline Cadlock
4.0 out of 5 stars A short
A bit dated now but buy it and watch it! I have nothing further to add but Amazon insist I write more words, rhubarb.
Published 1 month ago by DALee
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love it just got to see well watch it if you love sciy fiy need to be a fan go for it
Published 1 month ago by mark l jenkins
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst film in the world ever.
Bound to rattle some cages, but oh my days! Save yourself 2+ hours of awful viewing, go outside enjoy some sunshine, run in the park, hoover, wash up, anything would be time better... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Ashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than many give it credit for...
*** Please note: This is a review of the widescreen 2 DVD Special Edition ***

Inevitably, in cutting the SF epic that is Dune down to 131 minutes duration, much must be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr M.R.Watkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars love dune shame about the blue ray
Sadly the disc didn't work, I was very disappointed as I had been looking for it for a long time. At least I received my money back fairly quickly but would much rather had a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic film
Saw this at the cinema when it came out and the film gets better with time. Starring many well known actors and introducing Kyle MacLachan in the starring role. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Meerkat 1
3.0 out of 5 stars Phony cheap 3D trick effect is not worth putting on glasses for
I really love the movie - but the German made Blu-ray 3D version of David Lynch's "Dune" was disappointing in that their "3D" treatment consisted of merely applying a constant... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Frame
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