Armen Chakmakjian


In Movie, Science Fiction on May 30, 2009 at 12:10 am

I’m in the middle of watching the 1984 Dino Di Laurentis/David Lynch version of Dune.  We rented it on the AppleTV.   Funny, after 25 years, it seems a much better movie than what I remember.  The acting is still pretty bad (William Shatner would be considering underacting in this flick)

I have to say though, that this movie is quite closer to the book than the Sci-Fi series, at least from the perspective of its Darkness.  I still like the Sci-Fi channel version, but this is quite interesting.

One thing about this is that it is much more “cold war” than the later version.  Much more “military’

  1. I always liked the 1984 version of Dune. However, I have never read the original book. Shame on me. What intrigued me about Dune and Asimov’s Foundation was the amount of historical like information inter-twined with the fictional aspects. I own this movie on DVD bought it when I was working at Universal Studios years ago. The production values of course are very high and it does introduce the universe to the non-DUNER.


  2. When the 1984 version of Dune came out, I read the book just before seeing it. At the time, my reaction was that the movie kinda rushed through the story, and Sting was totally miscast as Feyd. After watching it last night, those two opinions really didn’t change much. What I was more impressed with last night was how very good the special effects were.

    I do recommend that Sci-Fi channel version, it was awesome. The sequel, Children of Dune was ok, but really didn’t delve deep enough into the competing cloning/breeding religions.

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