Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (2003)
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Susan Sarandon
Daniela Amavia
Edward Atterton
Steven Berkoff
Jessica Brooks
Jonathan Bruun
Julie Cox
Barbara Kodetova
Alice Krige
James McAvoy
Movie Details
Director Greg Yaitanes
Producer David Kappes
Writer John Harrison
Studio Artisan
Language English
Audience Rating Unrated
Running Time 4 hr 26 mins
Color Color
Plot
Conspiracies abound in Children of Dune, Sci-Fi Channel's praiseworthy miniseries sequel to Frank Herbert's Dune, loyally adapted from the Herbert novels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune by John Harrison, who passed directorial duties (due to a scheduling conflict) to Greg Yaitanes, a 31-year-old TV director and Dune neophyte tackling his biggest assignment to date. Uninitiated viewers face a disadvantage; it's best to read Herbert's books and/or see the first miniseries before plunging into this remarkably coherent tangle of political intrigue, unfolding 12 years after the events of Dune.

To his horror, Maud'Dib--Arrakis emperor Paul Atreides (Alec Newman, reprising his Dune role)--has become the unintended figurehead of a violent dictatorship, and his enemies are multiplying. Vanishing into the desert, he waits as destiny shapes his twin heirs Leto II (James McAvoy) and Ghanima (Jessica Brooks), who must contend with their scheming aunt Alia (Daniela Amavia) while Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon), of the enemy House Corrino, plots her own attack on Maud'Dib's familial empire. Exiled Atreides matriarch Lady Jessica (Alice Krige, giving the film's finest performance) returns to Arrakis, where the enormous, desert-dwelling sandworms face an uncertain future. As always, the spice must flow, and the universe's most coveted commodity remains at the center of this richly detailed and physically impressive production. Special effects range from awesome (fly-over shots of the capital city, Arakeen) to awful (the saber-tooth tigers look like Jumanji rejects), and Dune devotees will endlessly debate the miniseries' strengths and weaknesses. Some may desire more action to punctuate the film's inherent verbosity, but consensus will surely conclude that this is Dune done right, with monumental effort and obvious devotion from everyone involved. --Jeff Shannon

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Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Edition TV Miniseries
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 012236138723
Chapters 28
Release Date 5/20/03
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
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