||Title: Frank Herbert's Dune - Director's Cut
|| Year: 2000
|| Country: USA
||Starring: William Hurt, Alec Newman, Saskia Reeves, James Watson, Jan Vlasák
|| Director: John Harrison
My Review: Screenplay and direction (Known mostly for his work/screenplay and direction of television shows (notably Tales from the Darkside) by John Harrison (based upon the novels of Frank Herbert). Starring William Hurt, Alec Newman, Saskia Reeves, P.H. Moriarty, Ian McNeice, Giancario Giannini, and others. A made for TV series (three episodes). A Sci-Fi channel mini-series production. This particular version is the directors cut. Three discs and 295 minutes of viewing. It's a good thing I'm on vacation! I love the Dune series of books. The absolute best books I've ever read (including the novels by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson). This epic series manages to capture a small piece of the rich tapestry woven by those books. In a far, far, future, mankind has colonized the universe, conquered space, and become a highly evolved, highly specieized race of beings, inhabiting all manner of environment. Despite the technological, psychological and physical achievements of mankind, the universe is still ruled by corruption, intrigue and deception. In this futuristic vision of mankind's fate, an obscure desert planet and it's hardy desert dwellers become the focal point for an evolutionary change in mankind's struggle. As man teeters on the brink of a new dark age, one man becomes the fulcrum, destined to tip the balance one way or the other. The series fulfills the pageantry of Frank Herbert's vision. Populated with a rich, colorful palette of characters, some excellent special effects (considering the budget for six hours of production) and acting. The story is epic, dramatic, and powerful. I love it. 5 out of 5.
Summary: A three part mini-series based on Frank Herbert's classic Science Fiction novel entailing politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah.