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FTN reviews Dune (Blu-ray)

August 16th, 2012 by Paddy 1 Comment

It’s fair to say, that whatever you think of David Lynch’s adaptation of the classic novel, Dune is a film like no other.

While it’s far from perfect there was always something captivating about Lynch’s film.

A massive flop upon release, for some the most interesting thing about it is that Lynch turned down Return Of The Jedi to adapt Frank Herbert’s acclaimed book.

Now almost 30 years since its release, it’s been given a release on Blu Ray and the results are impressive to say the least.

Kyle McLachlan, in a very early role, leads a stellar cast including Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, Jurgen Prochnow, Virginia Madsen and Max Von Sydow.

The story is far from perfect, it’s still a jumbled mess in parts, but under Lynch’s hand it’s a glorious mess that deserves a second chance.

His haunting imagery, matched with an atmospheric score by Toto and Brian Eno, makes for a film that’s never less than diverting.

At times it’s inspired, other times it’s all over the place, but it’s never boring.

Dune demands to be seen to be believed just for the sheer scale of its ambition.

Genius is a word that is used too frequently but in Lynch’s case it is a perfect fit.

This is a maverick director making an art house space opera, something that is inconceivable these days.

As bonkers as it is brilliant, it’s the very definition of a cult classic.

Four out of five nerds

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...