The Perfect Way to Watch Denis Villeneuve’s Adaptation

Denis Villeneuve Dune It finally made its way to theaters and HBO Max in October, and while the hype was pouring in, it didn’t disappoint. Even after nearly three hours had passed, the sci-fi extravaganza was still too short, and its overall impact was only dampened by an abrupt ending paving the way for what should be an extraordinary sequel.

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Written by Villeneuve, John Spaihts, and Eric Roth based on Frank Herbert’s novel, Dune It follows Paul Atreides, a young man with supernatural powers who is prophesied to be the one who will unite the universe. As different houses and factions battle each other, Paul must set out on a journey to fulfill his destiny and bring peace to the galaxy.

Featuring an all-star cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Dune He swings for the fences and hits his ground completely. The acting is great, the story, no matter how complicated, is great. Stunning visual effects and stunning visuals only add to the flavor.

I thought the movie looked great on HBO Max, despite streaming restrictions, but this new 4K release totally blew me away (order here). The 2160p transmission is impressive, even if this version lacks the great IMAX sequences captured in a 1:90:1 aspect ratio. It doesn’t matter, the 2:39:1 format lends itself well to the views of Villeneuve and cinematographer Greg Frieza and amazing battle sequences. The colors stand out more than ever, while the contrast, for example, between the dark shades of Baron Vladimir Harkonin’s lair and the sand dunes of Arrakis is remarkable.

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Likewise, the Dolby Atmos sound mix explodes from the speakers. I own a relatively modest 5.1 surround sound home theater system and enjoyed the different sounds coming from each speaker. Hans Zimmer’s incredible score tends to take center stage during some of the bigger sequences, but not in a way that detracts from the viewing experience like the last Christopher Nolan did. tenet.

The special features are good, but not as amazing as one would expect from a version of this genre. Most are short features that take less than 10 minutes and mostly serve as promotional material with papery insight into actual production, while the lack of commentary is disappointing given the abundance of fans of the material who would definitely love to learn more about it.

Dune He’ll obviously enjoy better versions in the future, especially once the franchise ends, but this new 4K show is currently the best way to watch Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi saga in all its glory.

Result: 9/10

As ComingSoon’s review policy explains, a score of 9 equates to “excellent”. The entertainment that reaches this level is at the top of its kind. The gold standard that every innovator aims to reach.


Disclosure: The critic sent us a copy Dune 4K review.

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