Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

DVD - 2014 | Widescreen edition
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A documentary film about Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, starring Jodorowsky's own 12-year-old son, as well as Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali with music by Pink Floyd; film includes interviews with Jodorowsky and others.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2014
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVDN 791.4372 J589J 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 Blu-ray disc

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jim14green98
Jun 20, 2019

When I first saw this doc, I'd hardly even heard of Jodorowsky or any of the people who planned to make this movie nor had I read dune or the incal (which Jodo put his ideas into) and I only heard of the movie by David lynch (shudders) but after reading said source material as well as looking to the Warriors Jodo assembled, I can say this: regardless of whether it'd be bad or good, this film could have been made; the movies borrowing from it prove this. Looking at the available storyboards, one can see all of the concepts that dominated the book but were absent in the movie; the mysticism, the environmentalism, the political intrigue, and, most importantly, the human relationships and even down to the hand-to-hand fighting. The artists involved also not only captured the alien look of Herbert's world but also fleshed out each and every character's persona in a visual style that was breathtaking (such as the emperors gold fortress and the baron's castle) and not eye-gougingly ugly like lynch's crap. Also all of the changes I've seen, with the exception of the ending, were purely visual and didn't impact the story and if it did, it was at least gave us something meaningful or deep in exchange (and in the long run, the ending resembled a message FH had about humanity coming together). All in all a unique if not impressive take on a sci-fi epic. Also, while I'm sure that villeneuve's upcoming adaptation will be great, it won't reach the sheer scope this could have had but didn't all because of Dali's need to screw over other artists vision.

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tomdance
Apr 26, 2019

Watchable only for Science Fiction fans (like me), this documentary is markedly underwhelming. Maybe my expectations were too high after read glowing reviews by critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. It's main strength is in showing Jodorowsky's enduring enthusiasm and ability to attract good talent such as Pink Floyd and H. R. Giger. But the documentary fails to establish him as a directorial talent. Jodorowsky's previous directorial efforts (El Topo and The Holy Mountain, of which I have only seen the outtakes included in the documentary) look very dated and poor, with stilted actors working with surrealistic B movie material.

Tellingly, Jodorowsky says he hadn't even read Frank Herbert's Dune book before he decided to attack the Dune film project. He and his team went on to develop complete story boards (the weighty size of a telephone book), based on the story and characters, but radically changed the ending, albeit with Herbert's tacit approval, apparently. With its gaudy spaceship designs and quirky direction, Jodorowsky's Dune could easily have been a hokey, pricey bomb. Parts of his talented team luckily went on to achieve full artistic expression in Alien, Terminator, and more. A creative dreamer, Jodorowsky seemed unaware that its potential length & expense would run $5 million short of full $15 million funding. To be paid by the minute, ego-driven Salvador Dali (cast as the Emperor), could also have potentially bankrupted or disrupted the film, but know one can know. Hindsight judgment is worthless regarding a film that was never made.

The later 1984 and 2000 versions of Dune were worthy efforts, valiantly attempting to catch the spirit of the book, although imperfectly.

Now, with great excitement I look forward to seeing Denis Villeneuve's film of Dune, slated for release Nov 20, 2020! His very impressive credentials (Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival) and talented cast bode well:
Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho; Zendaya as Chani; Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica; Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck; Dave Bautista as Glossu 'Beast' Rabban; Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides; Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides; Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Harkonnen; Javier Bardem as Stilgar; Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam.
May the spice be with them.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 20, 2018

First off, this is not a blu-ray disc as the cover photo suggests. Secondly, this is a documentary and not a film. It is a documentary on how Jodorowsky planned to make his version of Dune and the huge amount of work done up to the point of getting adequate financing, which he did not. As a result his project never took off in the end. So this docu is about Jodorowsky mouthing off on how great his film, if made, would have been. And the extend he went to in selecting the personnel - actors, artists, sci-fi consultants - for his project. Worth a look if you are a fan of Dune, or Jordorowsky's previous work such as El Topo.

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Jer40
Sep 11, 2018

Jodo' has always been far ahead of his time.

Great, engaging and endlessly interesting documentary about the Dune that could have been. Maybe a younger director like Panos or Rafn could attempt to still bring most of his vision to life (if Lynch can get what amounted to an 8 hour Twin Peaks film presented as a series, who knows?), as highly unlikely as that is.

Lynch's Dune is highly imperfect but still good for what it was; Haven't seen that early 2000s miniseries yet.

Dune and Kingshot are the two Jodo' films I'm most disappointed about having never happened.

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patch666
May 02, 2017

If only >> 420

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Nursebob
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.

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rgb1
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.

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MarkMatsuzaki
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.

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Kagamusha
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?"

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carlboygenius
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 •••

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