Wow...really? I know virtually any movie can have it's champion, but I'm surprised you could possibly think much of that film. I had hopes for it when it came out, but it was just so gawdawful, so utterly stiff and "off" in virtually every way, it was punishment to sit through it in the theater. Subsequent glimpses of that flick through the years have only served to increase that impression.
It's not surprising it was a Dino De Laurentiis production. Starting at least from King Kong, he had amazing talent for combining braggadocio with the most idiotic production choices, always confusing a sense of showmanship with making good movies. He couldn't seem to find a project he couldn't ruin, or a way to miss-fire on any concept-movie. I mean...King Kong '77, The White Buffalo, Orca...? In a row?
For me De Laurentiis' name on the poster became a warning "stay away, crap ahead." He even managed to drag one of Ingmar Bergman's worst efforts out of him. His resume after Kong pretty much sux (for me) and Dune is just another disappointment.
However, we all have our reasons for the movies we like and I would not argue that someone else ought not like Dune (I'm certain I love movies some others hate), so Josh I'm curious if you'd summarize what you liked about Dune.