Being older than dirt, I pursued the Dune manifestations the opposite of what many younger readers/viewers have done. I read the serialized novel in Analog as it came out in the 1960s. Then it was something of a mission to compare Herbert's books to cinema and tv. I'm afraid they all came up short for me compared to the printed word.My Dune journey was a bit different. Played Westwood studio's Dune 2, then Virgin's Dune. Loved both so much I watched the movie, which I enjoyed. The recent miniseries is ok too.
Got enthused about reading the book, found it esoteric, especially with all the terms Frank throws in. So put it down for a long time.
Then got into Brian Herberts and Keven J Anderson's prequel, I couldn't put the book down, read through all those.
Then gave Frank another chance, on the second try found it wasn't bad.
I wonder why the Sci-Fi channel stopped making these after Children of Dune?
I liked Feyd Rautha in the movie. That's about it.
The TV series did try it's darn best. But, alas, only a true visionary director could probably match the vision of Frank Herbert.... calling Peter Jackson? Chris Nolan?