Dune

A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam the Fourth, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over 4000 years, use the orange spice gas, which gives them the ability to fold space. That is, travel to any part of the universe without moving. Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fremen, who have long-held a prophecy that a man would come, a messiah, who would lead them to true freedom. The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.

For me this is another classic movie. I was not aware that David Lynch was the director until after I just rewatched it. I tend to like most of all his other work. ‘Give me back my phone!’ so funny.
Anyway, it is a sci-fi flick staring Kyle MacLachlan who plays Paul Atreides as two houses, Harkonnen and Atreides battle over the planet Dune.
Seems that people either love or hate this movie, with more people hating it. I just happen to enjoy it. Back in the PC/Dos days I was into Dune and Dune2 – the games, fun stuff.
Some interesting trivia…
David Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi to direct Dune.
Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes from Conan the Destroyer.
The TV version shown on SciFi channel is the longer uncut version, which I have not seen yet. And apparently it is very hard to find the extended version on DVD, rare imports seems to be the only way to find it.
David Lynch disowned the television cut, the TV version is shown to be directed by Alan Smithee.


Dune (Extended Edition Steelbook)

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