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Dune (2000/Umbrella Entertainment/Region Zero (0)/PAL Import/TV Mini-Series)


Picture: B- ††††Sound: B- ††††Extras: C†††† Episodes: B-



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



With a third version of the Frank Herbert novel supposedly on the way (we hope it fails to be remade again), weíve never covered the second TV mini-series version until now, though we already have covered the 1984 theatrical version of Frank Herbertís classic Dune twice on this site, located here:









16-years after the theatrical release of that film, which still leaves people on the fence with their overall satisfaction and even after the extended cut, a 2000 mini-series was issued that was going to be the more Ďcompleteí version of the Herbert vision.The end result is equally mixed and only trivializes things more so, and again people are still on the fence.


Some believe that the execution of this material is problematic simply because the vision of Herbertís story is so complex and detailed that itís hard to translate to film, or even into a mini-series.Fans are split over the love of the 1984 film and their lukewarm feelings about the mini-series.In some respects itís a trade-off.The 1984 has greater direction, production, and acting, while the 2000 mini-series (with its length) is able to deliver more material and is more faithful to the source material in some respects.However, itís still a TV mini-series.


Whatever your feelings, there is no doubt that people enjoy both and Umbrella Entertainment has issued this All-Region import of the mini-series, which is similar if not identical to the U.S. release from years ago. Presented in a 3-disc directorís special edition, we get all 300-minutes of the series with a 1.77 X 1 anamorphic transfer, which is noticeably sharper and less grainy to the U.S. release.The 5.1 Dolby mix is also the same and it is harder to spot a clear winner, they both sound about the same, but this release does not include the DTS 5.1 that was on the U.S. release and therefore does not have near that fidelity or punch.


There were a ton of extras on the U.S. release as well; here we simply get the making of piece, a featurette, and the stills gallery.It would appear that this release is a highly pared down version of what U.S. audiences received and despite a slightly superior picture, itís hard to see justification in importing this disc over the one Artisan (now Lionsgate) put out years ago.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Umbrella at:





-†† Nate Goss


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