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Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
137 / 177 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
178 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
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Synopsis:
This is my 1080p high definition rebuild of Dune The Alternative Edition Redux, my 2012 fanedit (which was in 480 standard definition) of David Lynch's 1984 science fiction film.

This fanedit has twice been officially released on Blu-ray as the ‘Spicediver Cut’ by Koch Films Germany (now Plaion Pictures):
1. On the Dune Ultimate Edition box set in 2022 (standard definition edition upscaled to 720p)
2. On the Dune Ultimate Edition box set reissued in 2024 (contains the Special 1080p Edition).
Intention:
The footage is drawn from 94% 1080p sources, and also features improved special effects, improved colour correction and a small number of minor additional editing changes. Enjoy this fanedit in glorious new detail - such visually rich and imaginative cinema as Lynch’s Dune deserves no less.
Special Thanks:
For assistance on the Special 1080p Edition:
addiesin
ArtisDead
doug23
DwightFry
TM2YC
Wakeupkeo
Release Information:
  • Digital
  • Blu-ray
Special Features:
Video: AVC (h.264) 1080p 23.976fps
Audio: PCM 2.0 stereo
Custom subtitles: English, Spanish
Cuts and Additions:
***CHANGES UNIQUE TO THIS SPECIAL 1080p EDITION***

The footage is drawn from 94% 1080p sources, and also features improved special effects sequences (e.g. the guild navigator's folding space sequence), improved colour correction (to better match Theatrical and Extended scenes) and a small number of minor additional editing changes (e.g. the 'History of the Universe' filmbook is no longer split over two sittings/scenes).

Otherwise, cut-list and changes are the same as the 480p version listed here: https://ifdb.fanedit.org/dune-1984-the-alternative-edition-redux-480p-edition/

***CHANGES COMMON TO THIS AND THE ORIGINAL 480p STANDARD DEFINITION EDITION***

ADDITIONS

* Most scenes and footage unique to the Extended Edition have been used.

* The following additional Deleted Scenes have been included:

- The Fremen Reverend Mother’s original opening to the film
- An extension of Fremen housekeeper Mapes testing Jessica
- Thufir and Leto discussing the Fremen’s prophecy about Paul
- An extension of Paul’s talk with Jessica after his waking dream
- The aftermath of Paul defeating Jamis in the knife fight
- The Fremen priest telling Paul he may be the fulfilment of their prophecy
- A shot of Jessica in labour with Alia
- A closeup shot of Fremen warriors shouting “long live the fighters!”
- Thufir Howat’s redemption and death
- Paul taking Princess Irulan as his wife.

* The film has been divided into four 'Books', each with a title frame preceded by a quote from various Dune novels. The original novel by Frank Herbert was divided into 3 books. This fanedit includes these and adds a 4th book to accommodate the structure of the film. The titles are: Book I: The Great Houses; Book II: Dune; Book III: Muad’dib; Book IV: The Prophet.

* A new 'filmbook' has been created about the history of the universe and the Great Revolt against artificial intelligence, and is seen being read by Paul Atreides during the film. It has been built with material from the Extended Edition’s prologue and is designed to match the look and feel of the existing filmbook that appears early in the movie.

ALTERATIONS

* Some scenes from both the Theatrical and Extended Editions have been moved around and relocated to improve the narrative, including changes to accommodate the fanedit’s new 4-part structure.

* A new opening features Princess Irulan’s narration, a Fremen ceremony and customised Dune Titles. The Fremen ceremony audio now has the intended reverb added, and the chanted answers to the Reverend Mother are now the sound of a whole crowd responding instead of a single placemarker voice.

* A new, simpler ending has been created, modelled on an earlier draft script, where Paul does not magically make rain fall on Arrakis. The idea of rain on Arrakis is a narrative and ecological absurdity in the world that Frank Herbert created.

* Princess Irulan is the narrator. The Alternative Edition Redux uses most elements of her narration from the Theatrical Edition, plus selected audio edits from her Deleted Scene.

* The male narrator including the painted prologue from the Extended Edition has been deleted, but parts of it have been reworked into a new filmbook about the history of the universe and The Great Revolt, read by Paul Atreides during the film.

* The overuse and/or inappropriate choice of music in some scenes from the Extended Edition has been addressed.

* The attack on House Atreides by the Harkonnen and the Emperor’s forces is confusingly shot and edited in places. This has now been re-edited and some shots flipped around, to a give better sense of direction and a better sense of the ebb and flow of battle.

* Because the Fremen Reverend Mother’s prophecy now opens the film, it’s appearance in the official versions of the Dune – when House Atreides lands on Arrakis – would be an exact repeat of an earlier shot. So the Trip To Arrakis sequence has now been remixed so that only desert landscapes are used for the visuals, while the prophecy is still heard intoned on the soundtrack.

* The Deleted Scene where Thufir speaks to Leto about the Fremen prophecy now opens with an atmospheric long shot of Arakeen and the castle keep. This shot has been changed to make it set at dusk and the 2nd moon rising over the shield wall has been added.

* An new closeup of Princess Irulan – and some altered footage – has been included in the scene where Paul surveys the prisoners after his defeat of the Emperor.

DELETIONS

* Approximately 50% of internal dialogue has been removed from the audio track and, where necessary, the video has been recut. I believe it was a colossal mistake to use this narrative device so often. In the translation from book to film some of it is effective, but much more was added in the final stages of post-production and is often unnecessary. Essential elements like The Litany Against Fear have been left intact.

* Deleted the incongruous St Francis Prayer section from Princess Irulan’s final narration, in order to move the story away from a simplistic and forced happy ending: “Where there was war, Muad’dib would bring peace; where there was hatred Muad’dib would bring love.”

* Reduced Paul’s awkward forced laughter in two shots to a more believable smile.

* Deleted some cheesy closeups of the actors when riding the sandworms.

* Deleted Chani’s cheesy line when Paul wakes from a dream: “You were calling my name. It frightened me.”

* Deleted Beast Rabban’s diabolical laughter when the Baron hands him charge of Arrakis. Also deleted the shot of him kicking over the dwarf. These villains are already cartoonish enough.

* Deleted or fixed some bad rear projection FX shots during Paul and Jessica’s pursuit by the sandworm. This action scene as also been tightened to increase the sense of danger.

* The climax of Paul and Feyd’s knife fight has been tightened to make it more tense and more plausible.
Fanedit hosted by YouTube (blocked in some regions)

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
137 / 177 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
178 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
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Synopsis:
This is my 1080p high definition rebuild of Dune The Alternative Edition Redux, my 2012 fanedit (which was in 480 standard definition) of David Lynch's 1984 science fiction film.

This fanedit has twice been officially released on Blu-ray as the ‘Spicediver Cut’ by Koch Films Germany (now Plaion Pictures):
1. On the Dune Ultimate Edition box set in 2022 (standard definition edition upscaled to 720p)
2. On the Dune Ultimate Edition box set reissued in 2024 (contains the Special 1080p Edition).
Intention:
The footage is drawn from 94% 1080p sources, and also features improved special effects, improved colour correction and a small number of minor additional editing changes. Enjoy this fanedit in glorious new detail - such visually rich and imaginative cinema as Lynch’s Dune deserves no less.
Special Thanks:
For assistance on the Special 1080p Edition:
addiesin
ArtisDead
doug23
DwightFry
TM2YC
Wakeupkeo
Release Information:
  • Digital
  • Blu-ray
Special Features:
Video: AVC (h.264) 1080p 23.976fps
Audio: PCM 2.0 stereo
Custom subtitles: English, Spanish
Cuts and Additions:
***CHANGES UNIQUE TO THIS SPECIAL 1080p EDITION***

The footage is drawn from 94% 1080p sources, and also features improved special effects sequences (e.g. the guild navigator's folding space sequence), improved colour correction (to better match Theatrical and Extended scenes) and a small number of minor additional editing changes (e.g. the 'History of the Universe' filmbook is no longer split over two sittings/scenes).

Otherwise, cut-list and changes are the same as the 480p version listed here: https://ifdb.fanedit.org/dune-1984-the-alternative-edition-redux-480p-edition/

***CHANGES COMMON TO THIS AND THE ORIGINAL 480p STANDARD DEFINITION EDITION***

ADDITIONS

* Most scenes and footage unique to the Extended Edition have been used.

* The following additional Deleted Scenes have been included:

- The Fremen Reverend Mother’s original opening to the film
- An extension of Fremen housekeeper Mapes testing Jessica
- Thufir and Leto discussing the Fremen’s prophecy about Paul
- An extension of Paul’s talk with Jessica after his waking dream
- The aftermath of Paul defeating Jamis in the knife fight
- The Fremen priest telling Paul he may be the fulfilment of their prophecy
- A shot of Jessica in labour with Alia
- A closeup shot of Fremen warriors shouting “long live the fighters!”
- Thufir Howat’s redemption and death
- Paul taking Princess Irulan as his wife.

* The film has been divided into four 'Books', each with a title frame preceded by a quote from various Dune novels. The original novel by Frank Herbert was divided into 3 books. This fanedit includes these and adds a 4th book to accommodate the structure of the film. The titles are: Book I: The Great Houses; Book II: Dune; Book III: Muad’dib; Book IV: The Prophet.

* A new 'filmbook' has been created about the history of the universe and the Great Revolt against artificial intelligence, and is seen being read by Paul Atreides during the film. It has been built with material from the Extended Edition’s prologue and is designed to match the look and feel of the existing filmbook that appears early in the movie.

ALTERATIONS

* Some scenes from both the Theatrical and Extended Editions have been moved around and relocated to improve the narrative, including changes to accommodate the fanedit’s new 4-part structure.

* A new opening features Princess Irulan’s narration, a Fremen ceremony and customised Dune Titles. The Fremen ceremony audio now has the intended reverb added, and the chanted answers to the Reverend Mother are now the sound of a whole crowd responding instead of a single placemarker voice.

* A new, simpler ending has been created, modelled on an earlier draft script, where Paul does not magically make rain fall on Arrakis. The idea of rain on Arrakis is a narrative and ecological absurdity in the world that Frank Herbert created.

* Princess Irulan is the narrator. The Alternative Edition Redux uses most elements of her narration from the Theatrical Edition, plus selected audio edits from her Deleted Scene.

* The male narrator including the painted prologue from the Extended Edition has been deleted, but parts of it have been reworked into a new filmbook about the history of the universe and The Great Revolt, read by Paul Atreides during the film.

* The overuse and/or inappropriate choice of music in some scenes from the Extended Edition has been addressed.

* The attack on House Atreides by the Harkonnen and the Emperor’s forces is confusingly shot and edited in places. This has now been re-edited and some shots flipped around, to a give better sense of direction and a better sense of the ebb and flow of battle.

* Because the Fremen Reverend Mother’s prophecy now opens the film, it’s appearance in the official versions of the Dune – when House Atreides lands on Arrakis – would be an exact repeat of an earlier shot. So the Trip To Arrakis sequence has now been remixed so that only desert landscapes are used for the visuals, while the prophecy is still heard intoned on the soundtrack.

* The Deleted Scene where Thufir speaks to Leto about the Fremen prophecy now opens with an atmospheric long shot of Arakeen and the castle keep. This shot has been changed to make it set at dusk and the 2nd moon rising over the shield wall has been added.

* An new closeup of Princess Irulan – and some altered footage – has been included in the scene where Paul surveys the prisoners after his defeat of the Emperor.

DELETIONS

* Approximately 50% of internal dialogue has been removed from the audio track and, where necessary, the video has been recut. I believe it was a colossal mistake to use this narrative device so often. In the translation from book to film some of it is effective, but much more was added in the final stages of post-production and is often unnecessary. Essential elements like The Litany Against Fear have been left intact.

* Deleted the incongruous St Francis Prayer section from Princess Irulan’s final narration, in order to move the story away from a simplistic and forced happy ending: “Where there was war, Muad’dib would bring peace; where there was hatred Muad’dib would bring love.”

* Reduced Paul’s awkward forced laughter in two shots to a more believable smile.

* Deleted some cheesy closeups of the actors when riding the sandworms.

* Deleted Chani’s cheesy line when Paul wakes from a dream: “You were calling my name. It frightened me.”

* Deleted Beast Rabban’s diabolical laughter when the Baron hands him charge of Arrakis. Also deleted the shot of him kicking over the dwarf. These villains are already cartoonish enough.

* Deleted or fixed some bad rear projection FX shots during Paul and Jessica’s pursuit by the sandworm. This action scene as also been tightened to increase the sense of danger.

* The climax of Paul and Feyd’s knife fight has been tightened to make it more tense and more plausible.
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9.6
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9.0(3)
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9.7(3)
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9.7(3)
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9.3(3)
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Enjoyment
 
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I've watched David Lynch's 'Dune' more times than I can remember since I was a kid, in various different versions and transfer qualities (sadly never at the cinema... yet). This time it was Spicediver's 'Alternative Edition' fanedit (which I've seen before) included on the big 6-disc German UHD/blu-ray boxset, in mostly lovely 1080p (due to some rare deleted sequences varying in resolution). In my opinion (not widely held), Lynch's 'Dune' is near perfect already, so it doesn't need changing but I'm happy to have more of the thing I love. e.g one of my favourite moments in all of cinema is "...also known as Dune... DUUH DUUH DA DAAAAH!!!" so having that changed, however beautifully edited and audio mixed by Spicediver, isn't what I'm ideally looking for in a fanedit. Lines are removed, music is changed, scenes are reordered to flow differently with new ones etc. 15MaF's 2.5-hour, all-HD, mostly just extended 'Deluxe Edition' fanedit is more my speed, it's the TV cut stuff but polished to the Lynch high standard. However, moments like Thufir's death are beautifully integrated here by Spicediver, even if the source video quality is very poor. Thankfully all of these different cuts can co-exist on my hardrive together (and now in my blu-ray collection), so the 'Alternative Edition' is great for the times when I want a different and more fulsome take on the material available.

There is a black frame at 38.29 (on the mkv time stamp, or thereabouts on the blu-ray), soon after the line "Mother tell me", so I've knocked a point off Visual Editing for that. Otherwise the editing is fantastic. Another point off for Enjoyment, for reasons I already explained above and a point off Video Quality to reflect the lower res material that is occasionally dropped in (although it's presented as best it could be).

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First of all, the audio and video edits are very well made.
The narrative is improved on this version and some of the riskier editing decisions actually end up improving the flow and feel of the story.

As it has been said before, some of the added scenes have noticeably lower video quality, but as there was no other possible source for them, there was likely no other way. Even with that caveat, they do fit here and including those scenes was the right decision.

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THE fanfix. Ten years and many excellent edits later, this is still my favorite fanfix ever, and the best thing that could happen to Lynch's Dune outside of Lynch himself finally doing a director's cut. And it looks better than ever in HD. Unless one really dislikes Lynch's vision (some people seem to, in any cut), this is a must for all fans of the book, the film, and/or the filmmaker.

In 2012, the sleeper awakened. In 2022 it's still awake and has gained a well deserved acclaim even outside the fanedit community. With the film being re-evaluated (even the action figures are being re-released) I hope more and more people discover and embrace this version. Just magnificent.
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This is the only way I would want to watch Lynch's Dune. Spicediver has put an incredible amount of work into this edit, going far beyond simply adding in deleted scenes and such. This include building new in-world exposition scenes, fixing a lot of audio effects, and even some video effects, Some of the deleted scenes have poor video quality but the audio is still fairly smooth which makes the seams less jarring.
Lynch's Dune has a number of flaws, but it also has a huge number of strengths (for example the art design, important plot elements left out of New Dune, and the Atreides actors). Unfortunately the theatrical version is unwatchable. Spicediver has done the worlds a massive grace by constructing a worthy cut of Lynch's vision.

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Dune (1984) The Alternative Edition Redux [The Spice Diver] edit (playtime 2h:58min):
Up until the current remake of Dune part one (2021) and Dune part two (2024), this is the closest thing available which correctly portrays the story as written in the book. The other versions available in 4k won't give such a cohesive story. The current remake attempts to follow the book, but does take a few liberties with the character's behavior in certain scenes; which did irritate diehard fans of the book. But considering the big budget, all-star cast, and now especially the epic scale of part two... it would be best if one would view the Spice Diver fan edit first, and then move on to Dune part one (2021), followed by Dune part two (2024). It will prove to be most satisfying. Dune part three is still in development as of this writing.

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From a technical point of view, I'm not knowledgeable enough to rate this.
For me, as a FanEdit n00b, this looks amazing.
yes, I see the video quality jumping a bit, inconsistencies like first contact with the Fremen, it is very grainy and he is very dirty, next scene in the village he is crisp hi-quality and clean.
That being stayed, I soo glad those scenes are in there because as an avid reader of the first 5 books, I felt the original movie was very rich and true to the story in the first part but once we are at book 3 and 4 (Paul life among the Fremen), I always felt they rushed trough the story, skipping important scene, or reducing scene that are a pivoting point in the story to a short few seconds section.
This Edit relay stays way more true to the story, especially book3 and 4.
And in the scope of eth complete dune story, the first 2 books are just a short intro, setting the stage for the REAL story.

So as an avid DUne enthusiast, you have made me very happy with this edit.

I really wanted to give Narrative and Enjoyment an 11

Thank you SpiceDIver

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Best possible job with the material available. Issues stem from there just isnt enough filmed material to make the story coherent for the uninitiated.

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I hold Dune in very high regard. The original David Lynch film was one of my formative cinematic experiences, inspiring me to read Frank Herbert's original book series by the time I got through middle school. As soon as I learned about the art of fanedits, I sought out a version of Lynch's film that better represented the book's story and tone.

Spicediver's fifteen year journey in completing this edit is commendable. Drawing upon as much material as possible and putting in an immense amount of effort to complete effects, he's created the fullest version of Dune possible, While there is some visual incongruity between video sources, he's gone to great lengths to incorporate them into the film as naturally as possible.

While the majority of the internal narration is thankfully excises, my only suggestion is to eliminate these sections further, even some of the Virginia Madsen narrative moments - The story offered, I feel, is complete set up well enough that I feel the audience can be trusted to understand the narrative.

Still, this fanedit is one of my favorite discoveries, and my definite go-to when the Dune mood strikes.

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