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« on: July 14, 2014, 01:39:29 PM »

I got Jodorowski's Dune this weekend. What a piece of crap. Just a fanboy circlejerk featuring Jodo and his producer raving what a great movie Dune would have been. Very few graphics, a few storyboards and costume sketches. Nothing in the doc that you haven't already seen or read about. Not even an image gallery. They claim every major film made since then stole from their production design including everything from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Flash Gordon.
Lots of spilled milk here.
All these famous people wanted to be in their movie, Mick Jagger, Dali (who wanted $100,000 per minute), Orson Welles yet they still couldn't raise the production money. Any one of those a***oles could have funded the entire movie with their pocket change (15 mil. 1970's money) They went on and on about the book they produced of the production art. As thick as a cinderblock and only 20 printed and very few images from the book are shown and those are repeated several times.
Apparently, nobody involved had even read the original book. The impression I got was that the film would have been a disaster even worse than the David Lynch version.
A total waste of time and money on everybody's part, including me for buying the f**king thing.
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 01:10:28 PM »

I'm guessing this subject is a little too highbrow for this crowd.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 11:40:24 PM »

I've watched the version of Dune that did get made and ... that plus a 90s PC game are about the limiuts of my Dune knowledge. 

I really don't know anything about  Jodorowski's Dune, not even how to say it.  Although frankly, a documentary about a movie that wasn't made doesn't sound like the most entertaining thing in the world anyway. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2014, 07:09:52 AM »

I haven't seen it, but you are the first person I've heard say they didn't like it (other than an Amazon reviewer who thought he was buying the completed movie). Of course, the ratings will be skewed because typically the only people who are going to watch this are people who are already Jodorowsky fans (or maybe "Dune" fans). It's not high on my list to see. I'm more interested in Jod's new feature movie (THE DANCE OF REALITY) which didn't get nearly as much promotion as this documentary.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 05:12:59 PM »

I'm guessing this subject is a little too highbrow for this crowd.

I saw David Lynch's 1984 version of "Dune." Does that count? A lot of negativism about it, but darn! did I have fun watching it.

I also saw the 2000 miniseries version of "Dune." Not near as much fun. Though, I did like the sequel to it 2003's "Children of Dune" a whole lot better.

What I would have liked to have seen is a TV miniseries version of "Dune" directed by David Lynch and starring the actors in the theatrical version. Though, the cost of making that probably would be prohibitive. Still, there is one more version of "Dune" supposedly coming out sometime in the future, either to theaters or TV. Though, at the moment it is apparently stuck in "development hell."
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2014, 03:03:18 AM »

That is not cool at all.  I've been excited to see Jodorowsky's take on Dune, but if the doco is that bereft of production information, then it might be better missed.  My only exposure to Jodorowsky is Santa Sangre and the traliers to his other movies like The Holy Mountain, and while Santa Sangre was an original movie, it wasn't exactly pleasant.

Dune was one of my most-read series of all, and I've read a heck of a lot of science fiction.  I usually return to it every few years and read the entire series again, to see what more I can glean from it, and how my own perspectives have changed. 

It always struck me that adapting Dune to the cinema would be very hard indeed, given the depth of the world-building and philosophical/political/social commentary.  Lynch's Dune was pretty cool as a general movie, but I wonder what a real visionary director could do with it now, given today's design and effects technology.  I didnt see much of the mini-series, but I wasn't overly impressed with what I did see. 

I believe that Dune would require a heck of a budget, and a production team that was intimately familiar with the series.

An R-rated sequel that involved the Honoured Matres would also be pretty cool.  The descriptions of the intense altered states generated by their sexual imprinting techniques could make for some very creative cinematography and editing!  TeddyR
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2014, 05:47:28 AM »

I'm guessing this subject is a little too highbrow for this crowd.

That's not nice: our combined film knowledge here would overwhelm that of other boards.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2014, 08:24:49 AM »

I'm guessing this subject is a little too highbrow for this crowd.

That's not nice: our combined film knowledge here would overwhelm that of other boards.

Go git 'em, Trevor!

Not too highbrow. More of a case of "who cares?" I've seen the trailer, and even in that they repeat production sketches. I kept thinking, "I should make a doc about ideas that I had that someone else ended up making into a movie/book/tv series, and sell it to a bunch of hipsters who want to make much ado about nothing."

But, hey, if you want to watch this documentary, I'm happy for you. Sorry you didn't care for it. Really sorry you paid good money to buy it. You might have more fun watching "Popatopolis".
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2014, 09:55:06 PM »

I dunno, I liked the documentary. Jodo is batty as hell and his version would have been ridiculous– he didn't read the books, apparently– but it was cool how they showed the influences of the project. Whether or not it would have been a more artistic Star Wars? I guess we'll never know.
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2014, 12:54:32 PM »

I dunno, I liked the documentary. Jodo is batty as hell and his version would have been ridiculous– he didn't read the books, apparently– but it was cool how they showed the influences of the project. Whether or not it would have been a more artistic Star Wars? I guess we'll never know.
Even so, a little something to show WHY this would have been the most awesome movie ever would have been nice. A script, perhaps, or some production art other than what we've seen over the past few years might have been nice. Instead of the word of a bunch of dotty old farts reliving their youthful glory
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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2014, 08:16:10 PM »

Movie fans like myself prefer a finished product to critique over some documentary about a movie that was never made. If they had put as much time, effort, and money into their version of the movie that they never made instead of a silly-sounding documentary like this one, the results would have been far more satisfying for them, I believe. Heck, they could have easily utilized YouTube and some computer-based digital filming to pull it off; everybody is releasing movies on YouTube these days.

I liked the David Lynch versions of Dune (1984), warts and all.  Cheers
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