Love it or hate it, David Lynch’s Dune was one of the most ambitious (and beleaguered) science fiction films of the 1980s or any decade.
With a new star-studded adaptation of Frank Herbert’s space saga from Denis Villeneuve due in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1, it seemed like it was time to bring Lynch’s version up from the sands of Arrakis.
Arrow Video didn’t spare any “spice” for their two upcoming versions of the film. Dune devotees will be able to choose between a limited edition two disc 4K Ultra HD version and a deluxe limited edition three disc steelbook 4K/Blu-ray combo set.
Both 4K restored versions of Dune are full of extra features and collectibles. The standard edition includes a 60-page book featuring new essays about the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden, an American Cinematographer interview with sound designer Alan Splet from 1984, and excerpts from an interview with the director from Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch and a Dune Terminology glossary from the original release.
The set will also include a large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original artwork by Dániel Taylor, six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions, and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve by Dániel Taylor, picturing a mighty sand worm breaching the surface of the desert planet.
The deluxe edition includes all of the above extras, plus an additional 100-page book featuring original pre-production concepts and designs by Anthony Masters and Ron Miller, and an interview with Masters from the film’s press kit. The steelbook also fits nicely into the deluxe packaging, which features the original theatrical poster of Dune.
Bonus features on both versions include brand new audio commentaries by film historian Paul M. Sammon and Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast, the 2003 documentary Impressions of Dune, 2005 featurettes such as Designing Dune, Dune FX, Dune Models & Miniatures, Dune Costumes, and Destination Dune, a 1983 featurette originally produced to promote the film at sci-fi conventions and publicity events, trailers and TV spots, and image galleries including hundreds of still photos.
Both also include some tantalizing new featurettes about the toy merchandising of Dune, the music of Dune, special effects, and a brand new full-length documentary entitled The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the making of the film, featuring dozens of new and archive interviews with cast and crew.
Both edition are set for release on August 31. Check out the pictures of both editions below and be sure to choose wisely.