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23 June 2009 @ 09:50 am
Lynch's Dune vs the Sci-Fi Channel's mini-series  
To start things up...I want to know what you feel is the best adaption to the Dune series and why! :)

David Lynch's Dune vs the Sci-Fi Channel's mini-series

The mini-series was far more superior, in my personal opinion. The mini-series was closer to the book (probably because of the length of time they were given). The casting was wonderful. Alec Newman was a wonderful Paul. He gave the strength he needed to the character. Barbara Kodetova was a wonderful Chani as well, she had the looks and the ability to carry the character as Herbert wrote her. The Lady Jessica was also another excellent member of the cast. She was the best Jessica I have seen.

The Lynch version did have the stillsuits right...or at least, the picture of them in my head while I read the novel.

The second mini-series had more money, obviously, and they did a great job with adapting Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. Dune Messiah would have been a hard to film. They did an amazing job.

I know you guys will have some awesome insights!
empresstria: juneempresstria on June 27th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
I haven't actually seen the Lynch movie...I didn't know it existed until I read this and looked it up. I really liked the mini-series, mostly because, as you said, it was so close to the book, which is very difficult to do in any sort of film. All of the changes (Princess Irulan's greater role, for one thing) are acceptable to me.

I do think that any film adaptation must be, by the nature of the medium, more superficial than the book. Most of Dune's layered themes--political, ecological, religious, etc--are explained more fully through the narrative than through actions and dialogue. It would be impossible to have a film with so much narration without being too cumbersome to watch. And so much of the action itself is internal, like the Agony scenes, which are hard to portray on film.
Chani_chani on July 6th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on the changes they did with the mini-series. I think they were very acceptable changes. It was actually nice to see Irulan more. You're very right. It is hard to get everything in a film. The books are very deep and they have a lot of things that would be hard to get across in a film.
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Chani: Dune_chani on July 6th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
You're right about the narration of the Lynch movie. It does get annoying after a while. I felt like it was a struggle for the actors, as well. I think the actors in the mini-series did a better job with the material. I think the Children of Dune mini-series was amazing. They did such a great job with Dune and Children of Dune.

I'm glad you joined. I'm looking forward to expanding it.
binguchan on July 14th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
i wish i could just combine the two into one awesome movie/miniseries.

there are pros and cons to both of them.
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