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.

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Past TV reviews can be found here.

Original Airdate

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
becoming a
god. Politics abound.

High Point

Alia meets the emperor.

Low Point

The mixed quality of visual effects.

The Review

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
of 6.

The effects were all over the map. The
mouse, blue
screening, and sand displacement around worms were
quite bad, while
the other effects were quite good. The eyes in
particular looked
excellent. There were a lot of effects here for a
European television
production. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is an excellent adaptation of
strong source
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
with David
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
incredible. The
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
receives 32
out of 42.