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Dune Extended

Posted Feb 03, 2006 in Miscellaneous, Movies, Science Fiction.

Oh dear. I bought the Extended Edition of David Lynch's Dune. I loved the theatrical release of the movie, but the extended edition is an awful Alan Smithee lash-up, rather than the hoped-for realization of the director's original vision. Mercifully, a decently remastered version of the theatrical release is on the other side of the disc, so it hasn't been a complete waste of money.

In the extended edition, some important scenes missing from the original (like the “Little Maker” scene) have been added, but most of the additions add little value. The early part of the movie has been ruined with what is essentially 10 minutes of a rostrum camera wobbling its way over a handful of painted stills, accompanied by some guy's voice (who also replaces the Princess Irulan narration throughout the film). It's a bloody travesty. They've also messed around with the music soundtrack.

Actually, this post is beginning to make me angry all over again. I'm going to stop talking about it now. Just don't waste your money.

Comments

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    I suppose you could look at the bright side...you didn't buy the Sci-Fi miniseries version...right? Please tell me that's right! ;)

    Posted by Bill on Feb 03, 2006.

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    You are correct. I did not buy the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries, nor will I ever buy it. It was garbage, as was the follow up.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Feb 03, 2006.

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    Ouch.
    It sucks when your expecting something and you get the complete opposite.

    Don't feel to bad -- I'm still waiting on a movie that is just as decent as the video game.

    Posted by James Henry on Feb 07, 2006.

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    Actually, I watched Doom yesterday. I rather enjoyed it, in a mindless-shooting-at-everything-and-don't-expect-much-else kind of way.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Feb 08, 2006.

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    I have yet to see anyone who has liked the new extended Lynch (Alan Smithee) version. I wonder if it was worth all the hype and effort? As for the miniseries version I loved it, it did need a bigger budget and some better actors but compared to the 1984 movie it was much more faithful to the book.

    Posted by Garry on Feb 17, 2006.