I was very pleased to see that the library had purchased this DVD
edition of the 2000 television miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic
novel Dune. Although the 1984
feature film version of Dune, directed by David Lynch, and starring Kyle
MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, had its good points, it was a flawed production
overall. This 2000 version, done as a 4-hour mini-series for the SciFi Channel,
features a cast of lesser-known actors (with the exceptions of William Hurt as
Duke Leto Atreides and Giancarlo Giannini as the Emperor Shaddam), but the
production values were excellent and Alec Newman turns in a powerful performance
as Paul Atreides, the man destined to become Muad'dib. The four-hour length
gives the story plenty of room to stretch and be more fully fleshed-out than the
1984 version. The special effects, costumes and soundtrack are all exceptional.
I highly recommend this both for long-time sci-fi fans, and also for those just
wanting to see what a good science fiction adaptation film can be. This
miniseries was followed up with a second, which adapted the 2nd and 3rd Dune
books into a single production -- some fans consider that to be superior even to
this Dune, however I had problems with it. However, I don't have any problems
with Dune -- definitely worth your time! [If you enjoy this, you may also wish
to compare this to the highly-stylized 1984 film, linked above. I think this is
an improvement.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [Subscribe to
Scott's monthly booklist newsletter It's All Geek to Me! - on the Books,
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[Also available, obviously, are the classic
novels by Frank Herbert upon which this mini-series and film are
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