David Lynch’s Dune: The Third Stage Edition
- NTSC DVD-5
- NTSC DVD-9
- Chapter Menu
- Supplement: Theatrical Trailers
- Supplement: Enhanced Deleted Scenes
- Supplement: Television Prologue (Widescreen)
- No shots from the Theatrical Cut have been removed.
- [CUT] Fake constructed scenes (such as Reverend Mother Mohiam’s trip to Arrakis) from the Extended Cut are not reintegrated.
- [CUT] Redundant alternate takes from the Extended Cut are not reintegrated.
- [CUT] Added paintings from the Extended Cut are not reintegrated.
- [CUT] Male narrator from the Extended Cut is not reintegrated. Irulan narration only.
- [CUT] Music changes from the Extended Cut are not reintegrated or, at the very least, toned down.
- [CUT] Some trims or ambient sound effect changes have been made to the Extended Cut scenes in order to mesh properly with the Theatrical Cut.
- Lynch scenes from the Extended Cut reintegrated.
- Some deleted Lynch scenes have been reintegrated.
New Edits In This Version:
- Eyes have been digitally colored blue in the added unfinished scenes from the Extended Cut and deleted scenes.
- Scenes have been digitally cleaned (frame by frame) to minimize evident scratches and dirt.
- Some music and sound effects have been added to accomodate transitions, rough deleted scenes, or to help scenes from the Extended Cut mesh properly with the Theatrical scenes.
- Although the Extended Cut dialogue from the Guild Navigator is used, the Extended Cut music is toned down and the original Theatrical ambient sound effects have been recreated.
- In the Extended Cut DVD, the background music is out of synch in the extended scene when Reverend Mother Helen Mohiam returns with her report to the Emporer. Audio from a television version (converted to 5.1 audio) has been used here so the music synchs properly.
- The scene of the House Shield activating has been moved in order to accomodate the restored scene of Thufir talking to Leto about Duncan.
- Some scenes (such as the worm drowning sequence) have been moved to more logical places in the film. Various drafts of the script have been used as a guide for certain scenes’ chronology.
i love dune and had been after this version for a while.
so after getting my hands on this i watched it that night.
i love this edit but i loved the alternative redux more.
i love how this cut is closer to Davids version of dune more than the studios.
the only real problem i have with this edit is the quality is a little rough but you can only use what ever you have to work with.
this is a real solid edit and really improves the movie greatly, it defiantly taking a spot next to the alternative redux and kicking the theatrical cut off the DVD shelf.
thank you to PhineasBG for giving us the version of dune so meny people have waited for for so long and this edit was worth hunting down. tops job i loved it
I just made an account to THANK YOU SO MUCH for making this...! I haven't seen Dune in a long time. I love the book so much, so I just downloaded your version and at the same time, the 1080p theatrical cut. I watched the first ten minutes of both and instantly knew yours was going to be the more wonderful experience... even at the 480 resolution (I assume?). Thanks again for putting so much time and care into this edit. Really feels like I'm watching the intended version, flaws and pacing issues are no matter, because it's what the book feels like... a true edit for the fans! THANK YOU!
I've been an avid fan of David Lynch's 'Dune' since I was a wee kid. For me it is his true masterpiece with almost every frame (There are a few duff FX shots among the many brilliant ones) sheer perfection. I bought the VHS, the DVD, the CD Soundtrack, the Extended TV DVD, the Blu-Ray, the 2nd (Reasonably faithful PC game) and even scratchbuilt a few models! I was never a fan of the novel or it's sequels/prequels or of the TV show. It was Lynch's visionary direction and the visual world that he created that I loved and not neccasarily Frank Herbert's universe. So I've never been able to see why so many (Including Lynch himself) dislike this movie. That thought out of the way...
I was excited about seeing this edit because of it's stated intent to not change Lynch's movie but to mearly extend it. The additional footage is for the most part seemlessly integrated into the film. As the first half unfolds, it doesn't feel intrusive into the flow of the movie and even for a devoted fan of this movie it was hard to spot. Sometimes it's just a shot or an extra sentence, sometimes it's a significant scene. But on rare occasions a shot was used whose visual quality is so far below the rest that it's a bit jarring from a purely visual point of view. But I was glad to see that footage integrated none the less. At the midpoint I was grinning from ear to ear with how brilliant this edit was. But...
After the midpoint there seemed to be much less integrated footage and this combined with the second half's leaps through time and space made this edit feel like two disjointed halves. In the original cut, 'Dune' flows like a beautiful unbroken dream sequence with Lynch using sound, montage, haunting voiceovers and mysterious visuals to tell his poetic story. But in this edit the first half's extra footage is integrated so well that it kind of breaks that spell, rendering the story in conventional yet more coherant terms. We see everything, every piece of the puzzle is revealed, every custom explained, every character fleshed out and every minute of life in Arakeen is shown. Then when Paul leaves Arakeen (At almost the exact middle) the edit appears to shift back into the mysterious dream structure with whole years passing with just a word from the voiceover. I would have liked to have seen almost all of the footage glimpsed on the bonus features being used. Since as I've said, the flow of the movie was disturbed anyway, so more of it would have made no difference.
So in the end this edit allowed me to appreciate even more why this film is so remarkable in the original cut and why I never grow tired of it's charms. Somehow to add to 'Dune' is also to take away something. However as you will notice I have scored this edit a 10 for enjoyment as it truelly is one of the best FanEdits I've so far seen. It allowed me to view a whole different side to the movie that the ugly Extended TV version could never do. I will be rewatching this for many years to come and will take a proud place next to my Theatrical Cut Blu-Ray.
Thanks so much to PhineasBG and all involved for the time it must have taken to complete. If you hated 'Dune' you'll probably hate this even more but if like me you love 'Dune' then you HAVE to get a copy of this edit! It will allow you to see a whole different side to this world, meaning that you can go back and enjoy Lynch's cut even more!
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September 12, 2011
Just watched this awesome work again. Man, what a great job!! This is the version of Dune everyone should get to see. If you do another version, use the bluray and upscale the extended footage :)