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Frank Herbert's Dune (TV Miniseries) [VHS]

The toughest thing about reviewing this miniseries will be the fact that Harrison stuck so close to the book (in composition). Which I do like because I don’t like reading a book and have the movie/miniseries totally different. The inside of the palace at Arakeen was beautiful, but didn’t improve on the Lynch’s movie set in my book. I think that William Hurt did a good job. I feel that he understood how to react as the Regal Duke whosacrifices himself for the good of his family and his royal house. He is somewhat depressed by this (as he shows us) but is also forcedforward by things beyond his control. The head-dresses were beautiful in my opinion. If you are a Dune ‘purist’ I think you’ll like the Harrison miniseries better. If you’re a movie buff, the Lynch version will probably standout for you. But I suggest watching it with an open mind and make your own conclusion. Check it out!

It’s a mixed blessing, but Frank Herbert’s Dune goes a long way toward satisfying science fiction purists who scoffed at David Lynch’s previous attempt to adapt Herbert’s epic narrative. Ironically, director John Harrison’s 288-minute TV miniseries (broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in December 2000) offers its own share of strengths and weaknesses, which, in retrospect, emphasize the quality of Lynch’s film while treating Herbert’s novel with more comprehensive authority. Debate will continue as to which film is better; Lynch’s extensive use of internal monologue now seems like a challenge well met, and Harrison’s more conventional approach is better equipped to convey the epic scope of Herbert’s interplanetary political intrigue. This much is certain: this Dune is a sumptuous treat for the eyes, with sets and costumes that were conceived with no apparent limits of budget or creativity. In terms of architecture alone, this is one of the most impressive films in science fiction history. And although the special effects fall short of feature-film quality, writer-director Harrison (who rose from an extensive background in TV) admirably tames the sprawling narrative that pits the opposing houses of Atreides and Harkonnen in a struggle to control the lucrative market for the spice melange. This is as accurate as any Dune adaptation is likely to get (i.e., there’s no need for another attempt), and even then, it can be tricky to keep track of who’s doing what to whom. Unfortunately, the film’s biggest flaws are the casting of a nearly comatose William Hurt as Duke Leto, and a wooden Alec Newman as the messiah-to-be, Paul Atreides. These are regrettable shortcomings, but this Dune remains altogether respectable. That Frank Herbert would be impressed is perhaps the biggest compliment one can pay. –Jeff Shannon

 

 

 

Frank Herbert’s Dune (TV Miniseries) [VHS] Review

 

imagine this as a fine stage act rather than a major movie production and we give it a 5+ rating. ..it was a scifi channel production, and for that it is awsome, if you love dune buy it. ..the casting is a bit of a toss up, but good for scifi ch., jessica stands out for me, which is sad as she was replacedin the unplanned followup "children of dune" along with some others. ..but thats equally good otherwise. ..Ian McNeice as the baron gave an awesome performance as well, he came back in "children". ..Stilgar bothered me, another great act really, but after listening to the audiobooks i envisioned him more as a sternmuslim side of eastern europe sort. ..he is not so powerful here, but good anyway. ..having mentioned it, the audiobooks with Scott Brick and others are still the top media performance of this great work,the whole collection of audio is an absolutely captivating work with multiple top voice acting talents -Read Reviews-

Frank Herbert was one of the hardest working authors of our time, and his book shows up to readers as the sci-fi equivalent of Lord of the Rings, and it shows. It is also a very contemporary message, not mere fiction–it is a visceral commentary on our own world, as well as the world of 10,191. This film truly made up for what the other, older big-screen movie lacked–although both films have their proud moments. The costumes, international-cast acting, and set decorations are excellent, and the stylizing, particularly the lighting effects and special effects, were remarkable. My only wish was that there were more deleted scenes included in the final package, and that the dessert scenes were fully outdoors, but otherwise, one might not have been able to tell the difference. A great version of this book and it’s sequel was just as well done. I recommend this version right alongside the 1984 film, for it helps to flesh out the story through an explanation of the galactic human civilization of 10, 191 as a year not all too different from 2014; a universe that thrives on the exploitation of ‘Spice’ as much as our Oil, and the dramatic revealing of souls in both universes to be just as respectably real.

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