When Dino De Laurentiis teamed with David Lynch for the big screen adaptation of Dune, it was blasted by critics and did not do well at the box office. But for those of us who saw it, who appreciated its visually lush style, (no Star Wars film at the time could come close) it was an unforgettable trip. The sprawling story line of the novel was never easily adaptable for film, and the SciFi channel's 2000 mini-series was the only one that was able to capture all of the plots intricacies. Maybe if the old style serials with edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers were still in use, it would have better served the book. Story difficulties aside, the film remains coherent, exciting, mysterious and became an instant cult classic.
I could write endlessly about various attempts to bring the novel to the screen over the years, the rehashed television version, but for my money, the original theatrical release is the best version and introduction into Frank Herbet's world of Dune. The Baron may be overdone and the film could probably use a shot of humor now and then, but overall, this is a masterpiece of visual story telling, and the score by the rock group Toto is one of my favorite soundtracks.
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