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Dune (extended edition)

Director(s): David Lynch

Theatrical Release: 1984

Cast: Francesca Annis, Leo Cimino, Brad Dourif, Jose Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Kyle MacLachlan

Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: American Directors > David Lynch

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Running Time: 2 VERSIONS INCLUDED: Original Theatrical Version (137m, David Lynch) & Extended Version (177m, Alan Smithee)

David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering the story incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with the novel and making the film look like a sketchy greatest hits collection of the book for Herbert fans. The story takes place in the year 10,191. The universe is governed through a system of feudal rule, presided over by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer), who appears to take his marching orders from something that resembles a talking vagina. In the kingdom are two rival houses -- the House of Atreides and the House of Harkonnen. Each house is trying to gain dominion over the universe, but that dominion can only be gained by the house that controls the Spice, a special substance that permits the folding of time. The Spice is only available on the desert world of Arrakis, or Dune. Shaddam, tired of the feuding between the two houses, permits the Atreides to take over the Spice production on Dune, while secretly working with the Harkonnens to launch a sneak attack on the Atreides and destroy them. The leader of the Atreides is Duke Leto (Jürgen Prochnow), who rules with the help of his concubine Jessica (Francesca Annis) and son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan). The rival Harkonnens are headed by the pus-oozing degenerate Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan, in a thoroughly through-the-roof performance) and his two unsavory nephews, Rabban (Paul L. Smith) and Feyd (Sting). When his father is murdered by the Harkonnens, Paul escapes to Dune, where he is greeted by the Fremen (the desert dwellers on Dune who prepare the Spice) as the messiah foretold in Fremen legend. Paul assumes the mantle of messiah and leads the Fremen in a revolt that topples the balance of power in the universe. -- Paul Brenner (


Extended Edition DVD Special Features:

! DELETED DUNE: deleted scenes with an introduction by producer Raffaella De Laurentis

! DESIGNING DUNE: See how Dune's visual design was developed by director David Lynch and production designer Anthony Masters through original sketches and paintings; from pre-conceptual ideas to set designs, you'll gain an understanding of the magnificent scale of the production as ideas are turned into the working sets that transport us into the four worlds of Dune

! DUNE FX: From explosive pyrotechnics to the mechanics of the fighting robot to flying the Baron, join Kit West and other special-effects artists as they give you a thrilling inside look at the process of one of the most ambitious special effects productions of its time

! DUNE MODELS: Model unit supervisor Brian Smithies explains the unique challenges of bringing the models to life on Dune, from the uncomfortable weather conditions to the crude motion control setup

! DUNE WARDROBE: Costume designer Bob Ringwood and others explain how nearly 4.000 costumes were designed to create the looks of such memorable characters as the Reverend Mothers, the Emperor, the military and the Baron - find out how the body suits were constructed and get a never-before-seen glimpse of wardrobes that were lost during production

! PHOTO GALLERY: behind-the-scenes photos and original artwork available for the first time