Dune – 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Edition

Seems to me that it has gotten to the point where Quebec director Denis Villeneuve can do no wrong. No matter what the challenge is he takes on in regards to making a film. He has built a fine career in short order. Making strong film after strong film. It has only been up since 2009-2010 when he released films Polytechique and Oscar-nominated Incendies pretty much back to back. With the success of those two films, Hollywood came a calling. After that came Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049. With each subsequent film he makes they seem to get bigger in budget and scale. Not one to shy away from a challenge he took on revisiting the beloved sci-fi film Blade Runner and now he has taken on Dune.

The original Dune was directed by David Lynch and was released in 1984. While it did not get a ton of love from critics, Dune became a cult favourite. So it is a big ask of a director to make a more modern version of the film. That pressure did not scare off Villeneuve. He has plunged headfirst in. Bringing plenty of style and substance to his version of Dune.

Daunting as this is a complex story to handle. Demonstrating his wisdom, Villeneuve has broken the big story into two parts, so there will be a Dune: Part 2. With this decision he does not have to force a whole lotta story into one film, so there is time to flesh out both story and characters. The only problem that does crop up is for those who have not read the book. If you haven’t then some of the story might not make a bunch of sense. The main parts will be comprehensible but some of the nuances will be trickier. Definitely a film that will be aided by multiple watches.

What you don’t need any previous familiarity with is the visuals. They are stunning! While watching this film your eyes will thank you. They are in a class by themselves.

Do not go in expecting a high-paced action film. This is more a thinking person’s sci-fi film. You do have to pay attention and read between all the dialogue. Also, don’t really expect a true beginning and end as this is not your typical film in that way.

He obviously is not a man who scares easily as he will next move onto another Dune film and then Cleopatra. M. Villeneuve does go big!

Special Features:

-Digital Copy

  • Featurettes:
    • The Royal Houses
    • Filmbooks: House Atreides
    • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
    • Filmbooks: The Spice Melangelnside Dune – The Training Room
    • Inside Dune: The Space Harvester
    • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
    • Building the Ancient Future
    • My Desert, My Dune
    • Constructing the Orniyhropters
    • Designing the Sandworm
    • Beware the Baron
    • Wardrobe From Another World
    • A New Soundscape