Director David Lynch's strange and visionary sci-fi epic is given a new lease of life with this unique fan-edit by Spicediver. Dune The Alternative Edition is a painstakingly created new cut that draws on the Theatrical Version (1984), the Extended Version (1988), various deleted scenes, and two versions of the original soundtrack album. Presented in 2.35 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound.
The Revised Version 2 replaces V1 and features additional changes and technical improvements.
ORIGINAL RUNTIME: 137/177 minutes (NTSC)
NEW RUNTIME: 183 minutes (NTSC)
TIME TAKEN FOR PROJECT: 12 months of planning, editing and revisions including V.2
INTENTIONS FOR THIS FANEDIT:
Both of the officially released versions of David Lynch's visually amazing 'Dune' have substantial problems. The Theatrical Version was gutted to the point of incomprehension by executive producer Dino De Laurentiis in his quest to make it a two hour movie instead of three. The easier-to-follow Extended Version assembled for cable TV, with much restored footage, was so incompetently put together by Universal's MCA TV division that Lynch ordered his name removed from the writing and directing credits.
Broadly, my intention with the Alternative Edition is to improve storytelling and flow by preserving the best elements from both official versions of the film while also integrating some newly available deleted scenes.
The Alternative Edition does not claim to be a director's cut. It is also based more on the Extended Version of Dune than several other fanedits doing the rounds. In this and many other respects the Alternative Edition is a significantly different take on the film. I have used Herbert's novel and the 6th and 7th drafts of Lynch's original script as a guide but have also taken my own liberties with the material.
CHANGES/CUTS/ADDITIONS (including V.2):
See www.fanedit.org for the full list of changes.
Video Codec: Xvid
Video Bitrate: 1500kbps
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: AC3 Dolby Digital 224kbps
Channels: 2-channel stereo (switch your amp to Pro Logic II for surround sound)
If you enjoyed my Alternative Edition fanedit in its original form I'm sure you'll enjoy this revision, too. Thanks to those of you who gave kudos and shared constructive criticisms along the way.
Torrent comes with full artwork. Once downloaded please SEED for as long as you can.
The DVD V.2 set is available from May 2009.
May the hand of god be with you... :)
SPICEDIVER, April 2009
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