Dune (2020)

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It's a 2 part miniseries (Dune in 2000 and Children of Dune in 2003). I've seen it (have the DVD's) and it is excellent, I really love it. It's supposed to be most faithful to the books (which I haven't read, but was planning to at some point… but there are so many things to read I don't know when I'll be able to delve into that one!). The soundtracks (by Graeme Revell and Brian Tyler) are gorgeous, the special effects are good (for the time) and the cast is great (Jame McAvoy, Susan Sarandon, William Hurt, Alec Newman). It has an onirical quality, and it's really fascinating to watch. You're really transported into another world.

I thought Children of Dune was really well done (James McAvoy was great, as always), but tried watching Dune again last year and found it almost unwatchable. It's more faithful to the book than Lynch's, but that's about all it has going for it, IMO.

I'm looking forward to Villeneuve's adaptation. It looks faithful to the book, but looks like it will capture the tone as well, which the miniseries didn't.

EDIT: Meant to write "re-watching" above. I'd seen the miniseries once already maybe 10 years ago and remember at least getting through it without being too disappointed. Couldn't get through it the second time though...
 
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It's a 2 part miniseries (Dune in 2000 and Children of Dune in 2003). I've seen it (have the DVD's) and it is excellent, I really love it. It's supposed to be most faithful to the books (which I haven't read, but was planning to at some point… but there are so many things to read I don't know when I'll be able to delve into that one!). The soundtracks (by Graeme Revell and Brian Tyler) are gorgeous, the special effects are good (for the time) and the cast is great (Jame McAvoy, Susan Sarandon, William Hurt, Alec Newman). It has an onirical quality, and it's really fascinating to watch. You're really transported into another world.
I didn't care for Lynch's version. I'm not really impressed with the trailer for the new film, which looks too hollywoodian/in your face/star warsesque for me. I highly recommend the miniseries.

Thanks for sharing @Adaryn. I will definitively watch that miniseries. :bacon:
 

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I just checked my copies and the Children of Dune miniseries is in three parts...

Out of the first six books (haven't read any of the others), God Emporer of Dune was my favorite. In a film/tv adaptation they could do a montage of Leto killing off Idaho gholas. ;-)
 

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I just checked my copies and the Children of Dune miniseries is in three parts...

Out of the first six books (haven't read any of the others), God Emporer of Dune was my favorite. In a film/tv adaptation they could do a montage of Leto killing off Idaho gholas. ;-)
I'm about halfway through God-Emperor via audiobook. Outstanding narration. My goodness, so much history and insight has the creature, especially regarding best uses of legends, religions and such. He mentions the limitless nature of truth and knowledge. So I kind of wonder what Frank Herbert was tapped in to. Andy (a Q commenter out of Rome) believes he was actually murdered for some things he disclosed about governments in his books. He has mentioned this many times.
 

BHelmet

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First read it when I was 15 in 1965. Re-read it more than once. My sons loved it. Of course I will watch this but there is already something irritating I notice.

The BLASTED, UBIQUITOUS, modern, up-close mic technique that produces these breathy whispered neurotic low-key sounding voices that would never sound that way in real life because nobody could hear what you are saying! (does this not bother anybody else? It is probably some hypnotic mind-control thing IDK) Sure, there is telepathy in some communications where breathiness might be 'normal' although in that case his lips wouldn't be moving but in all these scenes his lips ARE moving. No variance, no rise and fall in emotional delivery. That's "the Voice"?

"Paul!! Atreides!! SPEAK UP FOR GOD"S SAKE! Stop mumbling! You're so EMO! How are you going to lead the fiercest warriors on Arrakis?!? Project from your diaphragm...try it one more time..."

"y-y-y-yes Master Duncan..."
 

Yupo

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I'm about halfway through God-Emperor via audiobook. Outstanding narration. My goodness, so much history and insight has the creature, especially regarding best uses of legends, religions and such. He mentions the limitless nature of truth and knowledge. So I kind of wonder what Frank Herbert was tapped in to. Andy (a Q commenter out of Rome) believes he was actually murdered for some things he disclosed about governments in his books. He has mentioned this many times.
God Emperor was my favorite of all the Dune series. I wanted to go through the series before watching Dune 2020. Still have not seen it. In some of the later novels there is even more information provided about population management. In general, these later novels are excellent for seeing religion objectively.
As far as Andy/Q, his presentations were all over the place, covering a lot of history, occult, secret societies, etc. I believe he has a graduate degree in study of something related. Son of an Italian diplomat, he was ardent, engaging and entertaining. I couldn't take everything he said seriously, but I enjoyed listening to him. At some point he came to doubt Q.
I believe he mentioned at least one other author being killed for disclosing facts through fiction, Tom Clancy.
 
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