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Published on Jun 17, 2008
Dune: The Novel Cut Chapter 01 - A Very Delicate Time (Main Titles)
Hello, and welcome to Dune: The Novel Cut
Allow me to introduce this re-edit Although many people love Dune for what it was, it is clear that there was much left out of the movie.
To date, there are two different versions of the film available There is the theatrical version, running in at about two and a quarter hours, and the extended edition, which clocks in just under three hours.
An extended editing of Dune seems perfect, but the EE slipped up. The editing was awful. At times they would zoom in on different effect shots to make it seem like a new shot (when the EE was made available in widescreen, this wasn't fixed!) the Fremen's eyes were not blue and rather than Virginia Madsen's velvet voice guiding us through the movie, we got a cheap painted prologue and an unkown male narrator (rumours fly that it was Frank Herbert himself, but no evidence ever surfaced)
This re-cut fixes all that (well, most of it)
In Dune: The Novel Cut, Virginia Madsen is the narrator, as she always should have been (which also ties in heavily with an alternate ending)
The editing is cleaned up. No repeat shots.
Unfortunately, I could not rotoscope the vast amount of footage needed for the Fremen eyes, but I think that's a small detail that can be overlooked.
With different chapters of this movie, you may notice small changes, large changes, or no changes at all (such as this first bit of the movie)
The movie was cut together with footage from the theatrical version, the extended edition, and the deleted scenes (there is a noticable contrast in quality, but I tried to smooth the transition through the sound)
Also, this version contains an alternate ending, keying in Irulan's purpose as the narrator, and giving some of the double meaning to this re-edit's title.
So like I said, some chapters may be untouched, and this is one of them. But changes will be seen in chapters to come.
All footage does belong to Universal. But this re-edit was made solely to show how the movie could have gone, had David Lynch had final say.
So as it's loaded, please sit back, and enjoy Dune as it was originally intended.