Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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"The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel"
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodiscs (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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BookReviewer2015 Nov 27, 2014

A fascinating film about a fascinating film based on a fascinating book that was never made!

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May 02, 2017

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Apr 29, 2017

From producers, artists, and enthusiastic film critics to Jodorowsky himself (then 84 years old) , Frank Pavich’s engaging documentary sheds some light on what went wrong and what could have been. What emerges is a portrait of the artist as a fiercely passionate visionary whose grandiose ideas were bigger than his purse (the film was to be fifteen hours long) and whose colourful eccentricities gave conservative studio execs cold feet—at one point Herbert’s galactic emperor Shaddam IV was to be played by surrealist painter Salvador Dali who insisted on having a burning giraffe scene thrown into the film for good measure. Despite his project being turned down however, several of Jodorowsky’s ideas regarding camera techniques and set design would mysteriously resurface in such productions as "Star Wars", "The Terminator", and "Raiders of the Lost Ark". One final note, just to inject a bit of reality into the fairy tale, even though Alejandro clearly comes across as a lively and creative intellectual his previous track record suggests that this film would also have been relegated to the realm of midnight cult oddities. But in a world where Peter Jackson can go from "Meet the Feebles" to "Lord of the Rings" anything is possible.

Aug 30, 2015

Of the movies made based on Dune (the book) David Lynch's is the best and the only one recommended by the author.
But nothing can beat the book.

Aug 05, 2015

I think it's better that Jodorowsky's movie was never made. The movie shows all the inspiration that came because of it.

Jun 29, 2015

Wow. Trippy. The "Dune" movie would be an acid trip, as well as this Documentary is. Great seeing Mobius & Giger; and Dali as the Emperor is inspired. Wish he would have done the movie, but 12 Hours...Come on! Plus a lot of times I was going..."I don't remember that in the book?"

May 26, 2015

A MUST-SEE for any fan of Science-Fiction filmmaking. Also a must see for cineastes. Jodorowsky's film version of Frank Herbert's novel, "The Greatest Film Never Made" — nixed by a Hollywood studio system that could not comprehend its scale of vision — influenced, seeded, every science-fiction film that came out of Hollywood afterward. [In short: They denied Jodorowsky — then stole his ideas.] "Star Wars", for instance, lifts heavily from Jodorowsky's storyboards. ••• HIGHLY RECOMMENDED •••

Apr 03, 2015

It was the 1970s, when anything seemed possible. Or almost anything. Though I wouldn't go so far as ravenheart, below, Jodorowsky is probably too much the artist, and too little the craftsman, to have directed a great film. But one can see how the project got as far as it did -- his enthusiasm is intoxicating. If the price of making this Dune was really Jodorowsky stepping aside as director (though, one hopes, continuing to be a producer/artist in residence), I dunno, that's what I would have done. Even now, there is no reason why an animated Dune could not be produced, working from the late Giger's and Moebius's artwork and story boards. Maybe someday.

Mar 17, 2015

An inspirational look at an extremely passionate and fairly eccentric artist. Where his genius is truly shown was in amassing talent and influencing people to realize his vision. Unfortunately, his surreal artistry and grandiose interpretation seemed to be too much on the whole but when taken in slices can be understood and inspire many other less visionary projects.

Dec 10, 2014

For all the creative potential behind Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed adaptation of Frank Hebert's Dune, the documentary about it has a severe lack of that creativity, instead going for a by the numbers "Making Of" DVD feature-style doc. The main highlight here is Jodorowsky himself--a fascinating figure full of contradictions and endless ambition, whenever the Mexican director is onscreen the film perks up from his grandiose bluster. However, director Frank Pavich surrounds him with a series of critics, collaborators, and admirers who effusively sing his praises to an absolutely ridiculous level, inflating the non-film's importance beyond belief not to mention the director's already massive ego. There's a huge lack of nuance here, and the subject would be better served by not be worshiped but rather simply discussed.

BookReviewer2015 Nov 27, 2014

A fascinating film about a fascinating film based on a fascinating book that was never made!

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