David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering the story incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with the novel and making the film look like a sketchy greatest hits ...
David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering the story incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with the novel and making the film look like a sketchy greatest hits collection of the book for Herbert fans. The story takes place in the year 10,191. The universe is governed through a system of feudal rule, presided over by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer), who appears to take his marching orders from something that resembles a talking vagina. In the kingdom are two rival houses -- the House of Atreides and the House of Harkonnen. Each house is trying to gain dominion over the universe, but that dominion can only be gained by the house that controls the Spice, a special substance that permits the folding of time. The Spice is only available on the desert world of Arrakis, or Dune. Shaddam, tired of the feuding between the two houses, permits the Atreides to take over the Spice production on Dune, while secretly working with the Harkonnens to launch a sneak attack on the Atreides and destroy them. The leader of the Atreides is Duke Leto (Jürgen Prochnow), who rules with the help of his concubine Jessica (Francesca Annis) and son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan). The rival Harkonnens are headed by the pus-oozing degenerate Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan, in a thoroughly through-the-roof performance) and his two unsavory nephews, Rabban (Paul L. Smith) and Feyd (Sting). When his father is murdered by the Harkonnens, Paul escapes to Dune, where he is greeted by the Fremen (the desert dwellers on Dune who prepare the Spice) as the messiah foretold in Fremen legend. Paul assumes the mantle of messiah and leads the Fremen in a revolt that topples the balance of power in the universe. Paul Brenner, Rovi
Francesca Annis, Leo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Kyle MacLachlan, Jürgen Prochnow. Run time: 140 mins. Originally released: 1984. Language: English. From a private collection, this VHS tape and it's box cover are in great shape, playing and looking like new. Based on the classic science fiction novel of Frank Herbert. Includes a separate pamphlet on the terminology of the Imperium, for those not totally into the Dune novels.
Francesca Annis, Leo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Kyle MacLachlan, Jürgen Prochnow. Fine in fine packaging. Originally released: 1984. Language: English. Run time: 140 mins. (m33) VHS movie is in excellent cond, with box in excellent cond.
Dune is a great book, but the movie leaves a bit to be desired. Probably not worth buying, but it is worth renting or snagging off netflix with something like this
Jun 13, 2013
what is to come
Had watch the film after I read the book and the new books that cover the Families. Now it puts it alltogether.
Dec 30, 2010
The extended version has added scenes which help with the continuity. I didn't realize how disjointed the theatrical version was until I saw the extended version.
If you are a F. Herbert fan and have read the Dune series, be aware that the film does not follow the books faithfully. Just sit back and enjoy the weird technology, wardrobe and sets.
I am not sure why Lady Jessica whispers through most of the film.
Aug 19, 2010
Although the special effect can not be compared to today's, it is deffinately a movie woth seeing.
May 21, 2009
If you've read the book, then this movie is for you. It's storyline is very close to the book and I'm sure Frank Herbert (Dune's author) approved .