Villeneuve's Dune (2019)

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Are all Honest Trailers like this? Horrible. Which shows my age, I suppose.
They are all honest, no buttering or putting on bling. They are funny, because they are so truthful. It might feel like collage humour, but it's not. It's part of the internet pop culture and it was brought up by people getting fed up with Hollywood lies.
 

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Most internet comedy is very poor.

The more I think about it, the more I like the broad sweep of the recent version and the details and characterisation of Lynch's version, especially for House Atreides. Villeneuve told the story far better, and made a much better film, but I prefer the way that Lynch depicted it.
 

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Well, I volunteered to review both Dunes for Fantasy Faction, so that should be interesting (at least for me!). I'll post a link when they go up.
 

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This might help you Toby.

Your chance to watch Dune at home is over. For a month, the hit sci-fi spectacle from filmmaker Denis Villeneuve was both in theaters as well as streaming on HBO Max. However, that window has now closed, which means if you want to see Dune, you can either go to a theater or wait at home. Thankfully, the wait is rather brief.

Warner Bros. just announced that Dune will come to most digital platforms on December 3 for $30 to buy or $25 to rent. It’ll then come to DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K on January 11 with a slew of extras. Here’s the list of extras:

  • The Royal Houses
  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape
The DVD only has the feature called “The Royal Houses.”


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AMZ cock up. I doubt, the next version is going to take 3 years to come out. So wait for the January slot to open up. Alternatively use your local shops and avoid amazon.
 

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I tried to see Dune in IMAX but when I went to buy tickets, all the screenings were Eternals.” I heard this several times in the past few weeks as friends headed out to see Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, only to realize all the IMAX screens had been taken over by Marvel’s latest. But like the Harkonnens to Arrakis, Dune is coming back.

IMAX has officially announced that on December 3, the sci-fi epic will return to its theaters for a limited time. (Probably for two weeks, until Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives on December 17.) Tickets are on sale now with more showtimes and screens coming on November 29. December 3 is also the day Dune arrives on demand, but unless your screen is bigger than your entire home, IMAX will be a much, much better presentation.

Villeneuve filmed Dune for IMAX so, in the format, you see between 26 and 40% more image, depending on the location. It truly feels like the planet of Arrakis completely engulfs you and, much like Paul Atreides himself, you can find yourself enamored by this whole new world.

 

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In the buildup to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, it seemed like Zendaya sure was gonna be in more of it than she actually was. The trailers implied that her character Chani would be more than a girl who haunts—or graces, depending on your POV—the dreams of Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, while the actual film itself rather noticeably came up short in that regard. Fortunately, and perhaps obviously, she’ll be much more of a character in the sequel.

Speaking to Deadline for their cover story on the surprise box office hit, Zendaya promised that Chani’s story will explored much more in the upcoming second act. “I can be there for longer, which is cool,” she joked. Prior to being cast, and before the film had even begun casting, she’d thrown her name out there — this would’ve been before she headlined HBO’s Euphoria (and presumably had just the one Spider-Man movie under belt), and she knew she didn’t have anything to really prove she could be in a sci-fi film.

Though her time on set was short, she had nothing but positive things to say about her time filming in Jordan. “Denis is great at giving you structure, but then also giving you freedom within it,” she said. “I could come to it with a sense of who Chani was...I felt immediately connected to her. I wish I had more time with her, and with everybody. I didn’t want to leave.” By the time she arrived in Jordan, she got to meet everyone already kitted out in their stillsuits, which was “a very cool way to be introduced to everyone, pretty much in their character essentially.”

Later in the cover story, Chalamet himself is asked about Zendaya, and he went full wife guy mode. “Zendaya is Chani, and it’s incredible to witness,” he gushed. He described the scene of her pulling her mask down as a pretty big deal, both in the film and on set: “On the day, it was like, Holy sh*t, Chani has arrived.” Knowing that the love between Paul and Chani will live on and endure throughout the books, he had some pretty glowing things to say that should make fans of the novels happy. “Not only was the relationship between us alive in Jordan, and not only does it live on the screen now, it was there just at the first chemistry read. It felt obvious.”
 

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Are all Honest Trailers like this? Horrible. Which shows my age, I suppose.
I have to say Honest Trailers are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me; crude and juvenile, but there's an occasional pearler in there, and they aren't overly cynical or critical (they were very, very kind to The Last Jedi, for instance).

As for the film itself, I agree with lots of what @farntfar said. There were one or two elements of Lynch's version that were better with respect to casting (Skarsgard was definitely ineffective for me) and also the musical score (Zimmer is a master manipulator and a great synthesist, but he is no classic composer of orchestra), but I preferred 90% of Villeneuve's film, certainly in terms of visuals, narrative style (no hideous inner thought exposition), and accessibility. Yes, I also felt slightly let down by getting only half the story (genuinely had no idea until I saw 'part one' appear on screen), but I'd prefer 2 x great 2.5 hrs movies than one incoherent 3 / 3-5 hr movie, which is what it would have been otherwise.

I love Villeneuve's movies and he is one of the best sci-fi directors around, but his movies consistently fall short of the very top rung. It sounds harsh to criticise a director for a string of 8/10 movies (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, and now Dune), but there's just that missing something for me that makes them fall frustratingly short of greatness. Pacing is definitely an issue; maybe he needs a different editor. I think we know he can do stunning, moody visuals, and deliver atmosphere and nuance in spades. I just think there's a bit of a spark that's missing; a pounding, edge-of-your-seat action sequence; some sweeping, emotive music (picking Hans Zimmer is a bit of a cop-out these days, as was the case with James Bond); more humour (his movies always seem to be quite mopey and dour); and just a tighter overall end product.

Still, more than happy to buy a ticket for the next one.
 

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I love the look of Villeneuve’s movies but the pacing has always been a killer for me. They remind me of a person you ask a simple question of and get a long convoluted answer when a simple yes or no will do. Infuriating.

Looks like I’ll be able to buy a copy on Jan 11th. I’m looking forward to seeing it and making up my own mind. I‘ve got a soft spot for Dune so I’m hoping that combined with Villeneuve’s visuals will trump all other issues:)
 

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Will we get sandworm action figurines next?
On July 5, 2022 Abrams ComicArts will publish Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 2 Muad’Dib. The story has been adapted by Brian Herbert (son of Frank Herbert) and Kevin J. Anderson, and the book features illustrations by artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín.

The graphic novel picks up the Dune saga where this year’s Part 1 left off, and covers the next phase of the story, which is likely to appear in part two of Denis Villeneuve’s films: Paul Atreides and his mother Lady Jessica are on the run after their family was betrayed and decimated by the Harkonnens. They find themselves in the desert looking for the Fremen, the native people of Arrakis, and Paul becomes a huge part of their world, changing Arrakis forever.

The cover of the graphic novel, painted by comic book legend Bill Sienkiewicz, features everyone’s favorite Dune creature, the sandworm. These creatures play a crucial role in the Fremen’s lives and belief system... but the book will certainly explain that more.

... wait. I went and did image search, this was available at 84.
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I always felt that the Dune toys were a bit inappropriate as the tone of both the book and movie are very adult.
 

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I think that happened a lot back in the days, when SF films were trying to work out how to cash in on the success of Star Wars and its toys. Robocop and Aliens had their own lines of toys! There is even a Dune colouring book. You might as well get some sand-coloured paint and a big brush.
 

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