Dune: The Complete Saga 3-Hour fan cut

0783226063.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_SL400_David Lynch’s Dune (1984) has long been debated, derided, celebrated and discussed. There was even a documentary about a batshit version that never got finished. But everyone can pretty much agree that Lynch was in over his head, and that the studio version represents no one’s true vision.

Enter superfan Michael Warren, who has painstakingly edited together footage from all known versions: the original Theatrical Cut, the Extended TV Cut, and deleted scenes to make the most complete version of the film as of 2012. He writes, “I have done this as a labor of love to give fans of this under-appreciated gem an alternative version to the two flawed cuts currently available on the DVD.”

As a former video store owner, I have vivid memories of the salad days of laserdisc, when imports and director’s cuts ruled the day … and one of the most coveted titles was the 189-minute “Alan Smithee” version, which many considered to be a vast improvement over the studio cut.


Dune: The Complete Saga from Michael Warren on Vimeo.


Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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