Story

Even more than most of David Lynch's deliberately bizarre and idiosyncratic movies, Dune is a "love-it-or-hate-it" affair. An ambitious, epic, utterly mind-boggling--and, let's admit it, all-out weird--adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel, Dune remains one of the most controversial films in the director's exceedingly provocative career. The story (if Dune can be said to have just one story) is complex and convoluted in the epic tradition; it has something to do with political intrigue and a planet that is home to a precious spice and gigantic sand worms. Think Shakespeare's Henry IV with a dash of Tremors, and set in another galaxy. But despite plenty of strangely whispered voice-overs that explain the characters' thoughts (and endlessly detailed exposition), storytelling is not really among the film's strong points. There are, however, a lot of memorably fantastic/grotesque images, an extraordinary cast, and a soundtrack featuring Toto. I told you it was weird. Among the stars are Kyle MacLachlan, José Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Brad Dourif, Sting, Kenneth McMillan, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, and Linda Hunt. The DVD contains the original release version; a shorter version cut for television has been disowned by Lynch, who insisted his name be replaced by that famous Hollywood pseudonym "Alan Smithee." --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Francesca AnnisLady Jessica
Leonardo CiminoThe Baron's Doctor
Brad DourifPiter De Vries
Jose FerrerPadishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Linda HuntShadout Mapes
Freddie JonesThufir Hawat
Richard JordanDuncan Idaho
Kyle MacLachlanPaul Atreides
Virginia MadsenPrincess Irulan
Silvana ManganoReverend Mother Ramallo
Everett McGillStilgar
Kenneth McMillanBaron Vladimir Harkonnen
Jack NanceNefud
Siân PhillipsReverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Jürgen ProchnowDuke Leto Atreides
Patrick StewartGurney Halleck
StingFeyd Rautha
Dean StockwellDoctor Wellington Yueh
Max von SydowDoctor Kynes
Alicia WittAlia
Sean YoungChani
David LynchSpice Worker

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I read this one when I was twelve. Big time. Awesome, Mr. Herbert. They are probably right. `..Science Greatest Fiction's Masterpiece.' Dune
  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 137 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 14, 1984
    EuropeDec 14, 1984
    JapanMar 30, 1985
    AustraliaDec 14, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaApr 27, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 7, 2002
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