In the 11th millennium, Shaddam IV, ruler of the Galactic Empire, rids himself of his competitor Duke Leto Atreides by giving him control of the desert planet Dune also called Arrakis; fully aware that its present owner, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, will not give it up without a fight. The reason is that Arrakis is the source of the valuable spice, a substance produced by enormous and dangerous sandworms, which bestows special mental qualities on anyone who consumes it. A short while later Harkonnen does indeed succeed in ambushing and massacring Leto and his men. Leto's mistress Lady Jessica, who is a member of the clairvoyant order of Bene Gesserit, manages to escape into the desert with her son Paul, and after a long and dangerous march they finally encounter the Fremen, the long suppressed desert tribe of Arrakis. Impressed by Paul's clairvoyant abilities, tribal prince Stilgar takes in the fugitives. Very soon the Fremen are convinced that Paul is their long-prophesied redeemer, and... Written by
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And so it begins. The trap is set. The prey approaches. A glorious winter is about to descend on House Atreides and all its heirs, and very soon, the years of humiliation visited upon my family will finally be avenged.
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Impressive epic miniseries that redefines science fiction
If there was one word to describe this version of "Dune," I would have to say extraordinary. John Harrison has done a fantastic job at writing and directing this fantastic miniseries. Graham Revell's score, dazzling visual effects, flawless cinematography, well-developed story, and the cast all essentially contributed to masterful epic storytelling. However, "Frank Herbert's 'Dune'" does suffer from the stiff performance of William Hurt as Duke Leto Atreides. On the other hand, the performances by Ian McNeice and Alec Newman makes this entertaining. Overall, "Frank Herbert's 'Dune'" is impressive, spellbinding, and exciting. It's a must see for any science fiction fan or anyone who loves a great story!!
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