The first of this summer’s Sunday Double Features goes
up today, with reviews of a miniseries and its sequel.
Cast and Crew
William Hurt as Leto Atreides
Alec Newman as Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib
Saskia Reeves as Jessica Atreides
James Watson as Duncan Idaho
P.H. Moriarty as Gurney Halleck
Ian McNeice as Baron Harkonnen
Matt Keeslar as Feyd Harkonnen
Uwe Ochsenknect as Stilgar
Barbora Kodetova as Chani
Karel Dobry as Liet
Written (for the screen, based on Frank Herbert’s
novel, but you all
knew that already) and directed by John Harrison.
Past TV reviews can be found here.
Frank Herbert’s Dune originally aired in the
year 2000. The
Director’s Cut wasn’t seen on North American
television, although it
sounds like it may be the version that aired in
A boy goes to a desert planet and becomes a man before
god. Politics abound.
Alia meets the emperor.
The mixed quality of visual effects.
This is an extremely faithful adaptation of a work
that has been
adapted before. Apart from increasing Irulan’s role,
this is the
book. (Note the lack of ray guns!) I give it 3 out
The effects were all over the map. The
screening, and sand displacement around worms were
quite bad, while
the other effects were quite good. The eyes in
excellent. There were a lot of effects here for a
production. I give it 4 out of 6.
The story is an excellent adaptation of
material. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting is very well done, with casting
that fits the
roles. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response was rather strong for
me, having read
and enjoyed the novels, and having been disappointed
Lynch’s adaptation. This was Dune done
right. For me,
that’s worth a 5 out of 6.
The production of the sets and constumes was
lighting varies with tone, scene, and planet. It was
impressive. It’s not as rapidly paced as most
productions today, but
that’s keeping in line with the tone of the novel. I
give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this is well worth while, and my
adaptation of the source material. I give it 5 out of
In total, Frank Herbert’s Dune: Director’s
Cut receives 32
out of 42.