Much maligned film that launched my fascination with Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic. The made for tv series was also good, but Lynch's film will forever shape the image of this universe in my imagination. Amazing amount of attention to detail: costumes, set designs, props---even the shield dagger fights look awesome. And as we all know, Star Wars is a ripoff of Herbert's Dune. Paul Muadib lives!!!
Dune, Sarrakis, the Sand. The spice reminds me of the bug powder in Naked Lunch. The gigantic worms are reminiscent of Tremors. A Dino de Laurentis production. Score synthesised by Brian Eno. The nostalgic 1980s videoesque special effects we all secretly long for to be injected straight into our hungry visual veins. A cinema of a grand escapist nature that overflows even the driest unvisionary mad minds.
there's so much wrong with this film, yet I still find myself intrigued by it.. the shots of the water droplet rippling and the sand undulating as a worm approaches were simply captivating. various psychedelic/visionary sequences were also well done. it may not be Lynch's finest moment, but it was certainly a spectacle.
For the longest time, I have delayed giving my rating for this film. I don't like to discuss it, as I felt the talent of David Lynch on the screen. It could have been better then or equal to Star Wars. Instead we are left with another example of studio bastardization, like Blade Runner before it (though that was properly restored). All I have left to say is that at least it is the reason we have Blue Velvet...