Dune - Frank Herbert's - (TV Miniseries) (2000)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
William Hurt Jessica
Alec Newman
Giancarlo Giannini Feyd
Uwe Ochsenknecht
Klara Issova Servant Girl
Julie Cox
Matt Keeslar
Laszlo Imre Kisch
Barbdra Kodetova
Ian McNeice
P.H. Moriarty
Saskia Reeves
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Fantasy; Sci-Fi
Director John Harrison
Producer David Kappes; John Harrison
Writer John Harrison
Studio Artisan
Language English
Audience Rating Unrated
Running Time 270 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 54
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.77:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 012236117681
Chapters 66
Release Date 2001
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 3
Extra Features
Color Widescreen