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 Post subject: Dune movies/series recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:56 pm 
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What movies and/or series based on Frank Herbert's Dune would you guys recommend?

I'm on the verge of becoming an addict. Thought I'd start by watching a movie or a bit of a series and then go ahead and read all of them books.

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I don't know if its frank hubert but the one w/ Sting in it I thought was good. It also has Captain Picard in it. That guy looks the same then as he does now he hasn't aged in 30 yrs for some reason somethings wrong w/ im. He was a badass in the movie

At the end he wants to be the one to have at the badguy so bad he can taste it:
"MY LORD!, Let ME kill him! I beg you!"

I always thought that was cool.

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I thought the Dune movie was ok too, never seen the tv series. I loved the first book, thought the others in the series didn't match its epicness though...

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Yes, the old Dino De Laurentiis flick is good (and a bit trippy) but it's hard to follow.

If you can find it, there was a SciFi channel (IIRC) mini-series remake, years ago, that did a better job of telling the story. Of course that was probably due to it being much longer. I still think the old one had more 'artsy' style to it than the newer mini-series but you'd be doing yourself an injustice if you wanted the whole deal. And it really wasn't bad at all.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142032/

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Iirc, there was 3 part miniseries I watched some ago, though, it forgot to explain some key elements of the plot and ended up appearing as 'lame' to someone not familiar with the universe.

In the series you got these 'spartans' (harkonnen) and then even way more badass 'ultraspartans' (sardaukar), who lost to a guys wearing towels and wielding daggers (fremen).

I have later learnt of why they actually lost and of the advantages that the fremen had, that "oops" were left unexplained in the filmatization.

Now I think I could much better enjoy a good film.

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Read the whole series, only remember the first book.

As for the movie vs tv series, I like and have both plus recommend both.

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Kameolontti wrote:

Now I think I could much better enjoy a good film.


I've heard tips, from them newfangled interwubs, that help you get into this alternate universe setting. The main point being that the electronic computer was never invented in the Dune universe so their technology is mostly mechanical (or trippy fairy dust!) in that space empire.

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NefariousKoel wrote:
Kameolontti wrote:

Now I think I could much better enjoy a good film.


I've heard tips, from them newfangled interwubs, that help you get into this alternate universe setting. The main point being that the electronic computer was never invented in the Dune universe so their technology is mostly mechanical (or trippy fairy dust!) in that space empire.


Heh. It's a lot like Foundation-series by Asimov then, what with some of the empire's biggest universities being equipped with computers! :lol:
And of course abandonment of robots because they're evil, except that... well. Let's not reveal all of it.

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NefariousKoel wrote:
Kameolontti wrote:

Now I think I could much better enjoy a good film.


I've heard tips, from them newfangled interwubs, that help you get into this alternate universe setting. The main point being that the electronic computer was never invented in the Dune universe so their technology is mostly mechanical (or trippy fairy dust!) in that space empire.


They had computers, "thinking machines", but there was a war against them in the backstory called the Butlerian Jihad, and now they are banned. Hence why they have Mentats - human computers.

JIHAD, BUTLERIAN: (see also Great Revolt) — the crusade against computers, thinking machines, and conscious robots begun in 201 B.G. and concluded in 108 B.G. Its chief commandment remains in the O.C. Bible as "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."

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