Dune

Tardis

Active Member
Dune: Special Edition in Widescreen from April 5th.

Must be worth a look and buy. See more at:

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FoxyMulder

Guest
Not a David Lynch approved version thus it can hardly be called the "definitive" version of the film.

The theatrical edition was a mess and still is a mess no matter which format it's released upon.
 

dfield2000

Active Member
So this new version is showing as 131 minutes, where as the TV edition is supposed to be over 3 hours.

I presume that means that there isn't much (if any) new footage on this SE release that isn't already on the non SE release.

That said, I'd still be interested in this for the remixed sound and anamorphic transfer.
 

Garrett

Moderator
Originally posted by dfield2000
So this new version is showing as 131 minutes, where as the TV edition is supposed to be over 3 hours.

Where and when was a 3 hour version shown? I have never seen a version 3 hours long on UK TV (or it never seemed that log whilst watching it :D )
 

dfield2000

Active Member
From what I understand, there is the standard release of Dune, and then there was a second release called 'TV Edition', which had extra footage. I've never seen it myself, but I just looked it up on Play and they have the running time as 3 hours. I think it was aired in US TV.

I think that the opening scene where the princess is reciting some of the background lasts about half an hour in this version ! It is 4:3 ratio and stereo.

I was hoping they would work some of the additional footage from that into this new SE, but it's looking doubtful now.
 

inzaman

Moderator
I have the R4 special edition which has a very good picture although is not anamorphic but has full bit rate DTS.
The 'TV version' which is over 3 hours was disowned by David Lynch and is credit by his alias Allen Smithee
 

Miyazaki

Distinguished Member
yes dfield2000 you are right

I have the tv edition on dvd. While it is only in stereo it is by far a better version than the cinematic release, more backstory etc.
 
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FoxyMulder

Guest
According to one of my film books, the director protested about the 3 hour tv version and completely disowned it.
 

dfield2000

Active Member
Now I think about it, I can remember seeing an interview with Lynch where he basically said he considered Dune a failure, not because of it's lack of commercial success, but because the finished film did not have the look and feel which he set out to achieve at the start.
 

Lex

Active Member
Wasn't there a Japanese laserdisc version which had even more footage than the three hour TV/DVD version?
 

Phil43

Active Member
The Japanese Laserdisc was exactly the same as the readily available extended TV version albeit with Japanese subtitles. I bought a laserdisc machine specificallly for it !

It looks as though there will never be a 'Lynch' extended version. 131min. is just the standard theatrical version, still it will be anarmorphic and the extras look interesting.

Interesting comment suggesting the Stereo track was better than the 5.1 , I think I agree, the 5.1 seems to loose some of the atmosphere.
 

the_pauley

Banned
At least we will have an anamorphic and remastered edition of the movie. The original release of this was the only DVD I own where I have had to go into the very advanced gamma and chroma adjustment features of my DVD deck to get a decent picture. Had to adjust so that I got a black background in the space scenes instead of muddy grey.

There is much mythology about the extended versions of the movie. The longest version available is the 4:3 ratio "Alan Smithee" version that has been available on DVD for some time.

There has never been a 4hr version, nor a 6hr version, nor a Lynch approved extended version. There are not hours of unseen footage yet to be assembled.

What makes the TV cut so bad is the dumbing down with the added narrations / voiceovers to "explain" the movie for the Attention Defecit Syndrome brigade. The rabbiting on during the opening is particularly painful.

By the way "Smithee" is not Lynch's exclusive alias; it is an alias made available by the DGA to any director who does not want his name associated with a movie that he has made.
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi,

Pauley's right in saying: "What makes the TV cut so bad is the dumbing down with the added narrations / voiceovers to "explain" the movie for the Attention Defecit Syndrome brigade. The rabbiting on during the opening is particularly painful."

The irony being, that for those who have no attention span, a three-film explaining the 135 minute version, will do these particular viewers no justice! Only keen Dune fans will want to watch the longer version.

Pooch
 

Jeff

Distinguished Member
I watched this last night, PQ was pretty good, but the DD sound lacked impact. I hadn't watched Dune for years so not sure how this cut compares to the original, but I enjoyed watching it.

The Box/pakage is very nice indeed, interestingly it calls this "Lynch's directors cut". So either it's true or surely Lynch would take them to court.
 

JimmytheSaint

Active Member
It seems to be the center chanel that's taken a back seat, but asides, it's good to finally have a widescreen anamorphic edition.

The TV edition comprises mainly of still animation with a voiceover at the beginning, with the only redeeming addition being the origin of 'the Spice of Life' (bile from a baby worm).
Other than that, this is the definitive edition to date!
 

cybersoga

Active Member
It's the best picture and sound i've seen for Dune ever, but it does show it's age. The picture has had dirt and specles removed and looks a lot better, but the sound hasn't had much done to it. The case is nice, the booklet is genuinely interesting and the features arn't bad. You can tell that this DVD was made by fanatics of the film, and it's definately better than any other release thus far.
 

Will K

Standard Member
I received mine today from CD-Wow, I haven't seen it before so haven't read the booklet or looked at the extras yet.
I wonder how the 2 disc SE of Blue Velvet is (released by the same company).
 

Lex

Active Member
In case anyone is interested HMV are doing the TV-Version for £4.99 at the mo :smashin:
 

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