Originally Posted by JGDragov
Josh, I have no doubt you would be the one to ask this question to. Is the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel version any good? I am considering getting it as I don't feel I can consider myself a Dune fan if I don't check this movie out.
I sincerly doubt it is better than Lynch's version and I don't excpect you to say it is but, I would respect your opinion as a Dune enthusiast in telling me it's pros and/or cons.
I thought it was horrid, personally. But keep in mind that I came to Dune first through Lynch's movie and then later to the book. I can't read the book without picturing Lynch's visuals and characters. So I'm probably not the most objective person to ask on this.
The miniseries eviscerates the entire first 1/3 of the novel, starting with the Atreides already en route to Arrakis. It misinterprets most of the characters, especially Paul, who's been turned into a petulant whiny little prick. It also adds a needless "Girl Power" storyline in which Princess Irulan takes a much more active role in the plot than Frank Herbert ever intended.
The miniseries production values are absurdly low-budget and cheesy. Every single character wears a silly hat. The pinnacle of this is when Feyd appears at the end to confront Paul with a big red triangle sticking up from behind his head for no reason. The CGI is terrible, and most of the movie consists of the actors standing around in front of fakey green-screen backdrops.
What I will give the miniseries is that the last act, which is where Lynch's film falls apart, is better fleshed out and more coherent. Nonetheless, I absolutely hated it.