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Frank Herbert's Dune - The Spence Edit Revised (WIP)

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I am currently working on an updated version of this edit. This is a remake of the edit from the ground up with a better HD quality source, new and extended scenes, different color timing, and a 5.1 surround track. This will be the definitive version of my Dune edit, so if you’re curious about it, I’d wait for the newer version.

Some changes:

  • Additional scenes: New/extended dream sequences for Paul, Yueh and Jessica in the palace, Paul is visited by the Reverend Mother, Paul rides the worm.
  • 2:35:1 cropping is further refined, now moving within the same shot to keep the framing correct throughout.
  • Further color correction and use of LUT’s to make the cinematography more cinematic.
  • Further soundtrack replacement/additions from Children of Dune.
  • Extended runtime, 2 hrs 49 minutes.

Here is a new trailer for the film:
https://vimeo.com/647062970

It will likely be out within the next 10 days or so.

Below information is for the original version of this edit:


Original film title: Frank Herbert’s Dune
Fanedit film title: Frank Herbert’s Dune - The Spence Edit[SIZE=+0]
[/SIZE]Date Original Film Was Released: 2000
Date Fanedit Was Released: August, 2014
Original Runtime: 265 mins
New Runtime: 163 mins
Time Cut: 102 mins

Intention: To create a feature film version of the Dune Miniseries that runs at under 3 hours.

Every shot has been individually cropped to fit the 2:35:1 aspect ratio. Elements of the score have been changed, many subplots have been cut, many obnoxious colors have been desaturated.

Cutlist:
There’s honestly way too many things to note them all, but here’s the big stuff:

  • Crop the footage to 2:35:1 and desaturate the over-bright colors to make it more “cinematic”. The film was actually originally shot in 2:1 ratio, so the cropping actually works quite well. Still, ever shot had to be hand cropped.
  • Brian Tyler’s score from Children of Dune has been incorporated and blended in with Graeme Revell’s original score. Both composers are credited.
  • New opening credits sequence.
  • Princess Irulan’s subplot with Feyd is removed. It doesn’t really add anything to the story, she’s just finding out things we already know.
  • Paul is less whiny, less childish. Because this footage is so condensed, I needed to make him a little stronger right off the bat, so we can believe he has grown into the leader he becomes.
  • The first act of the movie has been chopped up the most, completely reordered with a large amount of scenes removed.
  • The majority of the cutting I did was for pacing and truncating the plot. Though it’s still a long film, this length to me feels like the perfect amount of time to tell this story without it feeling hacked to bits.

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Frank Herbert’s Dune - The Spence Edit
The Hobbit - The Spence Edit

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I’m definitely interested!

I’ll be checking in to see when it’s ready.

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Thank you for updating us at OT.
Many will be keenly interested in this.

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I’m also very interested in this!
Thanks a lot for attempting to revise it with higher quality sources.