Directed by David Lynch
“Dazzling special effects, unforgettable images and powerful performances highlight David Lynch’s stunning film version of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction epic about an intergalactic warrior’s messianic rise. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, José Ferrer, Max von Sydow, Oscar winner Linda Hunt and Sting, Dune is the ultimate adventure experience that goes beyond the imagination.”
“Dune” is rated PG-13.
“Dune” fans will also be unhappy that there are no new bonus features. These are the same ones from the recently released extended edition DVD. If you’re looking for more, you’re out of luck. Theres no commentary and none of the actors contribute to any of the featurettes. However, what remains is decent. A few deleted scenes are introduced by Raffaella De Laurentiis who explains that there was never a 4 hour cut of the film, but they had intended to do a 6 hour version. This is followed by a few deleted scenes. One shows Paul crying for a man he has killed. Another scene shows Kyle MacLachlan as Paul offering himself as a sacrifice to the family’s traitorous assistant. This is followed by him taking on Virginia Madsen who plays Princess Irulan as his wife. The other deleted scenes are less noteworthy. The rest of the extras are featurettes discussing the design of the film, the special effects, the models and miniatures, and the wardrobe. The original artists and crew are interviewed for these pieces. It’s very interesting and you begin to really appreciate the design work that went into the film. It’s a shame it all had to get bogged down by a bad script.
Unfortunately, this Blu-ray is not the definitive edition of the film. If you’re a “Dune” fan, the Extended Edition DVD is still the version to go with. If you’re not a “Dune” fan, then I still think the SCI FI Channel mini-series is a better adaptation of the novel. It’s a lot less weird and convoluted.