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Let me preface this by saying that I have read the dune book(s) and understand that movies often/almost always don't do books justice.

That said, if I wanted to watch one or the other (movie or mini-series) which would you recommend? I've seen neither and the 5 hrs vs 2 hrs play time isn't a factor.

Thoughts?

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I own them both and the Children of Dune follow to the mini-series.
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If you want "accuracy" to the books, but dry as a bone acting, I would go with the mini-series.

If you want a really cool melodrama, setting, and overall production, and something that IMHO captures the feeling of the books...nothing beats the movie.
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MWChapel wrote:
If you want "accuracy" to the books, but dry as a bone acting, I would go with the mini-series.
Well, it is Dune, desert planet and all. They're just better capturing the feel of the books that way.
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Definitely the mini-series.
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I, like always, agree with Chapel. I would even go as far as saying there are some aspects of the movie that I prefer to the book.
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KSensei wrote:
I, like always, agree with Chapel. I would even go as far as saying there are some aspects of the movie that I prefer to the book.
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goo Another vote for Lynch's film, which gets an unfair rap IMO. Check out how the architecture and set decoration is designed to reflect the tastes and qualities of each individual Great House. Stunning. SHAI-HULUD! goo
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Yeah, I preferred the Lynch, too. However, you need to be aware that there are a number of different cuts out there, which result in a wide quality variance, depending on which you're watching. The Extended Edition DVD (probably still available) contains both Lynch's 137-minute cut and the 177-minute Alan Smithee version--which I believe I saw on USA Network some time around 1990. It was the one with the explanatory voiceover, and was shown as a two-part miniseries. There are some more obscure cuts, as well, detailed on the wiki page.

Not that a librarian would ever tell anyone to check wikipedia. ninja

And, of course, it launched the career of the astoundingly-hot Alicia Witt. But that's personal bias, there.
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Movie for the production.

Mini-series for most of the rest.

Neither for the acting

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As good film goes, the David Lynch movie is far more interesting to watch, but the mini-series has its pluses, as well. Why settle for one or the other? See both.

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sdiberar wrote:

Neither for the acting


I'm gonna disagree with you there. I think that the movie has some of the most astoundingly wonderful acting bits in it from perhaps any movie.
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I really wish that this one happened:

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune

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pronoblem wrote:
I really wish that this one happened:

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune



...and I read all six books and saw the first part of the mini-series and the Lynch film. I like the series OK, but Lynch's film I thought was great...
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Koldfoot wrote:
Read the book again.


Koldfoot's got the right of it. The answer to the original question is neither. Don't watch either, just read the book again. Or watch both, be disappointed, and then read the book again.
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pronoblem wrote:
I really wish that this one happened:

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune



I just found El Topo used on DVD for $11 today. SCORE!

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Thommy8 wrote:
Koldfoot wrote:
Read the book again.


Koldfoot's got the right of it. The answer to the original question is neither. Don't watch either, just read the book again. Or watch both, be disappointed, and then read the book again.


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The mini-series is, for me, rendered unwatchable by the Barons rhyming prose.

That might be the worst idea I've ever seen on film.
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I saw the Dune movie first and thought it was terrible (but amusing to watch).

Then I watched the mini series because someone said it was much better than the movie. It was boring, and a bit ridiculous.

Finally I read the book at the insistence of friends after they found out I'd never read it. The book is probable the worst of the three, and now I know why all the Dune shows have a stupid plot.
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MusedFable wrote:

Finally I read the book at the insistence of friends after they found out I'd never read it. The book is probable the worst of the three, and now I know why all the Dune shows have a stupid plot.


Really, all you've done here is embarrass yourself.
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The movie.

I did not say this.

I was not here.
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The movie, if either.

But yeah, the book is the real pick. But only the first.
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JordanZS wrote:
Let me preface this by saying that I have read the dune book(s) and understand that movies often/almost always don't do books justice.

That said, if I wanted to watch one or the other (movie or mini-series) which would you recommend? I've seen neither and the 5 hrs vs 2 hrs play time isn't a factor.

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watch both versions.

I prefer the miniseries.
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