In 2000, Dune, the novel by Frank Herbert, which may well be the greatest science fiction novel ever written, was brought to the small screen in a 5 hour miniseries. There were a few things I disliked. What seemed enigmatic or pompous in the film — primarily Lynch’s attempt to replicate the distinctive internal dialogue of the novel and to capture Paul’s spiritual visions — is almost completely missing in the miniseries, which feels substantially hollowed out as a consequence. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. Spice is distinctly missing from the Sci Fi Channel's six-hour miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune." Dune Mini-Series Review 0. Spice is distinctly missing from the Sci Fi Channel's six-hour miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune." Dune is a landmark novel published in 1965 and the first in a 6-book saga penned by author Frank Herbert. Sci Fi has simply bitten off more than it can chew, taking on a project of this scope. Spice is distinctly missing from the Sci Fi Channel’s six-hour miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune.” The classic 1965 novel, which has sold 12 million copies, has stood well the sands of time — the basic material’s as fresh as it was in 1984, when David Lynch made his feature adaptation.

The miniseries, while bungling some of the details (Paul’s seitch name, Usal, is gone; the Fremen phrase “Lisan al Gaib”, the voice from the outer world, is mistranslated as “Mahdi”, which actually means messiah), gets the gestalt much righter.

All of the major events of the middle of the book were faithfully reproduced, but the feeling of this brilliantly realized people was lost. Spiritual awakenings, some rides on the planet’s legendary giant worms and guerrilla warfare ensue.

Academy Award winner Theodor Pistek (“Amadeus”) did the interesting but cheaply rendered costumes; production designer Miljen Klijakovic comes up with a somewhat Egyptian-influenced palace that conjures the interior of a Vegas theme hotel; and the work of triple Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (“Apocalypse Now,” “The Last Emperor”) is undistinguished.

The handsome but eminently generic Newman can summon only a couple of expressions in his role as the spiritual young noble and ultimately charismatic leader Paul; Reeves is merely earnest and competent as Jessica; and Hurt and Giannini, fine actors who deserve far better, phone in their perfs from another planet.

Alas, the cast does not help much either. ( Log Out /  The Dune miniseries is an excellent place to delineate the line between how close an adaptation of a book should run in order to make for a good … Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The music was uninspired, the major action scenes jumbled. The Emperor (Giancarlo Giannini) has taken mining rights away from the evil Baron Harkonnen (Ian McNeice) and granted them to Duke Leto Atreides (William Hurt).

Lynch’s film was judged a failure by many, with auds laughing at some of the dialogue and exasperated by a hard-to-follow plot. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Sadly, the film and the miniseries are like the two broken halves of the whole. If you want to see more of this kind of content, please support me by buying my books (click here: Post was not sent - check your email addresses! A remake was a chance to correct the mistakes made by the earlier attempt and to capture the essence of the book. The classic 1965 novel, which has sold 12 million copies, has stood well the sands of time -- the basic material's as fresh as it was in 1984, when David Lynch made his feature adaptation. On this planet is mined the most important substance in the world: the spice Melange, a narcotic that enables all interstellar space travel through the mental folding of space — an activity monopolized by the concomitantly powerful Spacing Guild. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. ( Log Out /  Even the efforts of a crack production team come to naught. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The greatest flaw of Lynch’s film was its failure to capture the Fremen culture. An enormous betrayal nearly destroys House Atreides, and Paul and Jessica must flee into the desert — then fulfill the prophecies of the fierce natives of Arrakis, the Fremen. Critic reviews are not available for this series yet. Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming. The 1984 film by David Lynch, while it captured some elements of the book well, was seriously flawed. But the mini’s bland, on-the-cheap approach to this necessarily epic story and the script’s superficiality will disappoint “Dune” purists, fans of the Lynch film and science-fiction aficionados hoping for more from the Sci Fi Channel’s first original miniseries. ( Log Out /  Frank Herbert's written six novels: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune.

The latter’s son, Paul (Alec Newman), trained in the ways of his mother, the Bene Gesserit witch Jessica (Saskia Reeves), senses a momentous future awaiting him on Arrakis, aka Dune. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The Dune miniseries was a hit for Syfy, airing in over 3 million homes and winning two Primetime Emmy Awards. Get a list of the best movie and TV titles recently added (and coming... What to Watch Now on HBO Max and the HBO App, Music title data, credits, and images provided by, Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by. The acting was good, but not nearly at the level of the film. Herbert’s novel is an oh-so-complex weave of spirituality and mythology, political intrigue, ecology and grand-scale adventure set against the backdrop of the mysterious desert planet Arrakis. It’s massive is scope and also incredibly personal with its cast of fantastic characters.

The 1984 film by David Lynch, while it captured some elements of the book well, was seriously flawed. Fans of the novel who were outraged by the liberties Lynch took will be no more gratified here. Change ), movies, books, writing, programming, how-to, and more. In 2000, Dune, the novel by Frank Herbert, which may well be the greatest science fiction novel ever written, was brought to the small screen in a 5 hour miniseries. This SciFi mini-series is an adaptation by John Harrison of Frank Herbert's first novel set in the Dune universe. While there is room in the miniseries’ expansive running time for more detail from Herbert’s book, Harrison has tampered with the plot in inexplicable ways — most notably promoting Princess Irulan from mere observer to potential romantic interest for Paul early on and a wily diplomat promoting a benign agenda. Is Having to Working Harder a Good Thing for Women? Synopsis:Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. Published by BOOM!

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The princess Irulan was made into a major character (in the book, she is merely the narrator). Socialist Pots Claim that Republican Kettle is Undemocratic, The Gnostic Genesis: Hypostasis of the Archons. But the mini's bland, on-the-cheap approach to this necessarily epic story and the script's superficiality will disappoint "Dune" purists, fans of the Lynch film and science-fiction aficionados. Yeah, it’s really really good.

Review of “Dune” (the miniseries) Posted on 2017-09-13 by jimbelton * * * B. To be sure, Sci Fi and writer-director John Harrison set themselves a nearly impossible task given the resources apparently available to them. The Dune series is the subject of several adaptations into film, TV, boardgames and video games - including an upcoming major motion picture slated for release in 2020.

( Log Out /  What’s more, a supporting cast of largely Czech actors (including Kodetova as Paul’s Fremen love) often struggle with the English dialogue as they deliver wooden performances. But the director was unafraid to put his own stamp on the flawed pic, which warms the memory as an exotic, richly realized work in its own right compared to the effort here. This miniseries focuses on the first novel and was followed by a second miniseries This SciFi mini-series is an adaptation by John Harrison of Frank Herbert's first novel set in the Dune universe.

The same can be said of the sets and costumes. In the first act, Paul was much more sulky than he is in the book. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC.

While movie audiences may have to wait longer for a chance to see the latest film adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi work Dune, readers can visit its fantastical world of Arrakis in a new comic book miniseries. All are helpless without the coin to make this miniseries what it should be. I’d say the miniseries is a partial success. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. While visual effects were only 85% finalized on the review tape provided, this Prague-shot desert epic clearly suffers from sandbox-with-a-backdrop scenes that are supposed to take place deep among the dunes, very underpopulated and underenergized battle scenes and bargain basement f/x. Dune is easily one of the greatest sci-fi epics of all time. Check box if your review contains spoilers. Read Next: Netflix Global TV Head Bela Bajaria Sets Leadership Team, Diana Rigg, Star of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 82, Wilford Brimley, ‘The Natural’ and ‘Cocoon’ Star, Dies at 85, Alan Parker, Director of ‘Bugsy Malone,’ ‘Midnight Express,’ Dies at 76, ‘Saved by the Bell’ Trailer Offers First Look at Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen in Peacock Series, Sacha Baron Cohen Defends Trump Accusation, Breaks Down Giuliani Scene in Colbert Interview, ‘Borat’ Lawsuit Over Holocaust Survivor’s Interview Is Dismissed, ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Live-Action Netflix Series in Development, George Clooney’s ‘The Midnight Sky’ Trailer Explores Humanity After Earth’s Destruction, ‘Borat 2’: How Sacha Baron Cohen’s Unsuspecting Targets Feel About Being in the Movie, ‘Batwoman’ Unveils First Look at Javicia Leslie in the New Batsuit, TV Ratings: Trump and Biden ’60 Minutes’ Interviews Draw Almost 17 Million Viewers, T-Mobile Unveils ‘TVision’ Skinny Pay-TV Bundles Starting at $10 per Month in New Play for Cord-Cutters, T-Mobile TVision Services: Full Channel Lineups and Pricing, Jennifer Lopez, Armie Hammer to Star in ‘Shotgun Wedding’, Oscar Isaac in Talks to Star in ‘Moon Knight’ Series at Disney Plus, ‘Big Mouth’s’ Nick Kroll Lists Alluring Spanish Colonial Bungalow, Jon Stewart to Launch Current Affairs Series on Apple TV+, Jaguar’s E-Pace Crossover Gets a Sporty Makeover for 2021, FC Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu and Board to Resign, The Best Field Jackets for Military-Inspired Style and Protection From the Cold.



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