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Frank Herbert's Dune
(2000)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Tim Simonec

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic and Chorus

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
GNP Crescendo Records
(April 17th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release, though difficult to find in some stores.
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Buy it... only if you caught the ethnic tones of Graeme Revell's fatally understated music in the film itself, which would immediately put you in the minority.

Avoid it... if you expect the necessary balance of epic, romantic, and ethnic elements recorded with much better success by Brian Tyler for the 2003 television sequel, Children of Dune.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #525
WRITTEN 4/3/01, REVISED 1/27/09
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Frank Herbert's Dune (TV): (Graeme Revell) With so much cult controversy revolving around the David Lynch adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic novel in 1984, it was inevitable that another attempt would be made to better conceptualize Herbert's plot. Writer and director John Harrison's 288-minute television miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune, airing on the Sci-Fi Channel in December, 2000, is neither perfect nor necessarily better than the feature film version by Lynch. Where the 1984 film failed, the new television film improved drastically, though, catapulting it to high ratings and a sequel production in 2003. Unfortunately, while attempting to correct the weaknesses of the previous film, this Sci-Fi Channel extravaganza forgot to take a lesson or two from the strengths of the Lynch version. The acting in the 2000 film is a stunning embarrassment, with William Hurt as an expressionless and seemingly medicated Duke Leto and Alec Newman portraying an uninspiring and desensitized Paul Atreides. Also completely lost in the television film is the epic scope of the story, with few special effects and entire scenes of action simply omitted to avoid costs and keep the production based at ground level with the characters. The story of Dune can be described using all sorts of adjectives, but in the basic sense, it can be accurately described in three: epic, romantic, and ethnic. The feature film of 1984 went overboard on the epic and romantic, bordering on delusional. The Sci-Fi Channel film of 2000 nearly abandons both the epic and romantic aspects of the story and instead overflows with the element of ethnicity. The cinematography and art direction in Harrison's film are nothing short of brilliant, correcting the silliness that obviously tainted the visuals of the earlier adaptation. But with a seemingly endless budget for sets, the new film completely lost track of both the characters and the larger political battle, ignoring the reflective meditations of the first film and, as already mentioned, skipping entire battle scenes (such as the invasion of Arrakis by the Harkonnens). With these aspects of the story missing, the 2000 film lacks the passion and scope of the first version, dwelling instead on lengthy and rather boring, unnecessary scenes involving characters whose actors don't seem to care one bit for their roles.



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1,002 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.35 Stars
***** 102 5 Stars
**** 106 4 Stars
*** 166 3 Stars
** 298 2 Stars
* 330 1 Stars
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A surprisingly GOOD score!
Randal shipway - May 18, 2003, at 9:29 p.m.
1 comment  (2437 views)
Music in trailer   Expand >>
Steven T - May 6, 2003, at 3:48 p.m.
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Ugh.
Sam - March 31, 2003, at 12:15 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 67:16
Part 1:
• 1. Main Theme (1:55)
• 2. Navigator Advises (1:30)
• 3. Pain Box (2:59)
• 4. Worm Sign/Escape the Worm (4:17)
• 5. Dreamscape (1:57)
• 6. Up the Ladder/Battle (1:22)

Part 2:
• 7. Desert Trek (1:44)
• 8. Outrun Worm (2:22)
• 9. Travel Within Fremen (1:21)
• 10. Reclaim Janis' Water/Worm Riding (4:47)
• 11. Fremen Village (2:47)
• 12. Underground Lake Vision (2:14)
• 13. Paul and Chani (2:18)
• 14. Chani and Paul's Love (2:07)
• 15. Worm Bark (2:26)
• 16. Seduction Pt. 1 (1:53)
• 17. Seduction Pt. 2 (4:12)
• 18. Jessica Changes Water (1:41)
• 19. Desert Love (1:28)
Part 3:
• 20. Paul's Vision (1:41)
• 21. Conquering the Worm (2:51)
• 22. Paul Drinks (2:40)
• 23. Paul Reigns (3:37)
• 24. The Killing of the Innocent (2:22)
• 25. Baron Harkonnen Dies (2:22)
• 26. Jihad Begins/Last Fight (2:57)
• 27. Paul Chooses-Finale (3:25)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive notes about the production and its music.
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