Fans have clamored for the DVD release of Dune since the formatâ€™s inception. Before, it could only have been seen via television or bootleg copies. Universal has released the â€śtelevision versionâ€ť of David Lynchâ€™s adaptation of Frank Herbertâ€™s novel Dune.
David Lynchâ€™s original edit was almost three hours long, but he was ordered to cut its theatrical version of 137 minutes. It was later re-edited for television, which Lynch objected to. The 177-minute extended cut is now referred to as the â€śAlan Smithee versionâ€ť - Alan Smithee refers to the pseudonym given by directors to films that the directors no longer want to associate themselves with.
Set thousands of years in the future, the universe is controlled by a galactic empire headed by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (JosĂ© Ferrer) of the Imperial House Corrino. Among the other Great Houses are the House Atreides and House Harkonnen, who are mortal enemies. The House Atriedes is led by Duke Leto Atreides (JĂĽrgen Prochnow), his wife Lady Jessica (Francesca Annis) and their son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan). The Atreides supplant the Harkonnens, led by the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan), as stewards of the desert planet Arrakis (also known as Dune) - the only source of the precious spice melange that is essential to everything in the universe. The spice is crucial to the two remaining thought schools: the Spacing Guild and the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood.
Without getting too deep into plot and summary, controlling Arrakis means controlling the spice and the universe. Everyone has a vested interest in maintaining the spice production. As Paul grows, he learns that he must make crucial decisions regarding the spice and, in turn, fulfill the greatest prophecy in order to bring peace to the universe.
Kyle MacLachlan is amazing as Paul, the young son who must rise above huge odds to protect his namesake and fight his mortal enemies. Paul grows from a sensitive and eager boy to a bold and confident man. Paul can be seen as a Christ-like messiah figure, leading the Fremen - native inhabitants of Arrakis - to retake their planet from the empireâ€™s control.