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Dune
ID:
1984
Comments:
Director: David Lynch
Screenplay: Frank Herbert
Producer: Dino De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Etsuko Egawa, Toto, Freddie Francis, Antony Gibbs, Jane Jenkins, Anthony Masters, Benjamín Fernández, Giorgio Desideri, Jorge Sainz, Bob Ringwood, Jerry Ross, José López Rodero, Pier Luigi Basile, Mirella De Rossi, Luigi Rocchetti, Mario Scutti, Mara Rossi, José María Alarcón, Peter Childs, Raul Paton Garcia, Kevin Phipps, Graham Sumner, Rafael Ablanque, Giulio Tamassy, Donald Flick, Alan Splet, Leslie Shatz, Teresa Eckton, Steve Maslow, Kevin O'Connell, Bill Varney, Charles L. Finance, Richard Humphreys, Chic Anstiss, Gordon Hayman, Ken Worringham, George Whitear, George Brand, Margaret Anderson
Cast: Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Running Time: 137
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: Spanish
Features:



DVD
Letterboxed


Region 1
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
DVD Release:  Mar 1998 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
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Reviews:  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


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