Written by: David Lynch, based on the novel by Frank Herbert
Directed by: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Sean Young, Sting, Linda Hunt
- Cast bios
- Theatrical trailer
- Production notes
Released by: Universal Studios
My Advice: Avoid It.
Dune, the book, is a massive epic of galactic politics, mysticism, ecology and its effect on a people. It would be almost impossible to make this book into a two-hour movie. David Lynch tried and failed. The characters of the Baron and his two nephews are so outrageously evil they come off as cartoonish. In the book, Paul constantly worries about the massive jihad his actions will create, but the Paul in the movie is so self-assured the character becomes uninteresting. And David Lynch’s additions of the sound weapons and the ugly, ugly Navigators are just too much. The movie uses a lot of corruption imagery but it distracts instead of adding to the movie. The movie diverges too much from the book to satisfy fans and the plot is too slow and dense to keep non-fans interested.
The DVD doesn’t help. We have the obligatory theatrical trailer, and cast bios and production notes that are way too brief. I could get better information from the Internet Movie Database. The picture quality isnâ€™t very crisp, especially when the scene is dark–and, believe me, there are a lot of dark scenes. If you like Dune, this DVD will satisfy you and other fans like you but I can’t see anyone else picking it up. Don’t bother.