The battle for control of a spice called "melange"—which expands consciousness, extends life and facilitates space travel—is pitted between two houses, the noble Atreides and the evil Harkonnens. The sole source of this substance is the desert planet Arrakis, a.k.a. Dune, where proud dwellers known as Fremen are subjugated and forced to mine the spice by the evil house of Harkonnen. But when the Atreides royal mistress, gives birth to a son—the prophesised ruler of Dune (MacLachlan)—the balance of power undergoes drastic change. Based on Frank Herbert's book.
Special features include deleted scenes with an introduction by Producer Raffaella De Laurentis; almost nine minutes of visualizing the set, from sketches to reality; a six minute peek at the special effects; seven minutes with models and miniatures; five minutes on wardrobe; a photo gallery; and My Scenes.
The VC-1-encoded 2.35:1 HD DVD picture looks very good, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Details are resolved well, but source element artifacts can become a distraction. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack uses each of the available channels frequently, but solid imaging around the soundfield is not fully attained. (Danny Richelieu)