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Dune (2000)

Cast: William Hurt, William Hurt, Giancarlo Giannini, more...
Director: John Harrison, John Harrison
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Science Fiction , Television, Sci-Fi TV, Miniseries, Sci-Fi TV, Space Opera
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The Sci-Fi Channel's first miniseries production adapts Frank Herbert's esteemed futuristic novel Dune into a six-hour epic. When House Atreides lead by the noble Duke Leto Atreides (Academy award-winner William Hurt) gains control of the universe's most powerful commodity -- Spice -- rival House Harkonnen begins plotting their revenge. As a result, Duke Atreides' mistress (Saskia Reeves), a magical Bene Gesserit witch, and their son Paul (Alec Newman) must flee into the dangerous, worm-infested dunes where they find help from an ancient civilization that engages in guerilla warfare. As the political agenda of the reigning emperor unfolds, Paul is enlightened about his powers in the world and those of the mysterious Navigators of Spacing Guild. The series is written and directed by John Harrison who had considerable help from an award-winning production team including three-time Academy award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Apocalypse Now). ~ Jessica Frost, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Lure of Spice
  • Interview with Graeme Revell
  • Photo and Sketch Gallery
  • Audio Commentary

GreenCine Member Ratings

Dune (Disc 1 of 3) (2000)
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6.93 (96 votes)
Dune (Disc 2 of 3) (2000)
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7.05 (88 votes)
Dune (Disc 3 of 3) (2000)
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6.90 (67 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Dune redux by PGalloway October 3, 2003 - 1:29 PM PDT
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While the overall series is extremely true to the book, I have but one issue with the production as a whole: the ending monologue. It's silly, sappy, and insults the intelligence of the viewers. Of course we all get the fact that Paul's mother will be the one history remembers as Duke Leto's wife in the world Herbert created. Of course we all get that Paul's marriage to Irulan is a marriage of alliance and name, not one of love. I expected the production to be a bit of a melodrama, and it is, but far less so than expected, so this ending is a bit of a let down for me.
I like the ending of Lynch's Dune much better, but that's just me. I also find the music a bit derivative, it owes a great deal to Lawrence of Arabia, and the score prepared for Lynch's version is more original, if now a little dated in places. Overall, this is actually a much better movie in terms of capturing the story and remaining faithful to the text. Its one true failing is its desperate attempt to distance itself from the theatrical film. I think it could have done well to have embraced some of that movie's aesthetic, given it some homage, then moved on. Other than the above, I highly recommend it to science fiction fans. A great epic beautifully realized.

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