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Desc:Those wacky Harkonnens!
Category:Video Games, News & Politics
Tags:dune, harkonnen, Vincent Schiavelli, Westwood, Michael McShane
Submitted:Hugo Gorilla
Date:04/30/13
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cognitivedissonance
PROFESSOR KEEN-BEAN?!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
chumbucket
Not sure that Herbert ever wrote in scenes of Harkonnen evil laughter moments.
Meerkat
He wrote in evil laughter wrapped in evil laughter wrapped in evil laughter.

SteamPoweredKleenex
Say what you want about the David Lynch version of Dune, he got the Harkonnen right. They were fucking scary, unlike in the SciFi miniseries.
Hooker
The David Lynch version of Dune is not bad as lock as you can satisfy yourself with the idea that Dune is a novel and you don't need a movie version of it.

SteamPoweredKleenex
I prefer it to the miniseries, actually.

The cast was far superior, the soundtrack was amazing, the costumes actually looked cool, the scene with the spacing guild navigator is just incredible... the list goes on. As cheesy as he was, Sting made a great Feyd.

The biggest gripe a lot of people have is how they changed the Weirding Way, which was originally a type of martial art and not sound modules that blew shit up. I'd say it was a decent change given the effects of the time (they even embraced it, making Muad'dib a "killing word") and that even if they'd had wire-fu, it would've looked even more ridiculous.

I wish they'd used more of HR Giger's designs in the film, but you can't have everything.

Nominal
I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic. The book Harkonnen were completely amoral and power hungry, but never bathed in an orgy of burst pus sacs and slave blood.

SteamPoweredKleenex
I'm not being sarcastic at all. From the Dune wiki:

"In his later years, the Baron's most notable feature was his corpulent frame. Vladimir's sheer weight required belt-mounted suspensors to retain mobility, which allowed him to float in midair from place to place, as he was unable to walk under his own power unassisted. The Baron's weight was attributed to a degenerative disease transmitted to him sexually by the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam."

I really disliked the miniseries for several reasons. Maybe the movie was over-the-top with the Harkonens, but the TV show had the fearsome Feyd first appear in a toga with a cardboard triangle behind his head held up by a stick coming out of his collar. The princess, who for some reason meets Paul when she shouldn't see him 'till he conquers Arrakis, shows up in a gown with butterflies glued to it, escorted by Sardaukar?!

The Dune movie had a better aesthetic and was more enjoyable overall. I thought the miniseries stupidly left out key scenes that were covered even in the limited time the movie had (Paul and his mother being taken to the desert in the ornithopter) and inserted ones that didn't come from the book and made no sense. Plus the polish of the show was uneven, the soundtrack aped the movie one whenever it could, and Alec Newman was a crappy, whiny Paul.

StanleyPain
The first Dune TV movie was pretty awful (I also like how they went out of their way to mispronounce almost every single thing in it, presumably to set it apart from the movie, despite the fact Herbert signed off the language used in the movie), but Children of Dune was actually pretty good.

MrBuddy
Nice sets anyway
StanleyPain
The visual design of the movie was fucking perfect for capturing Dune, regardless of what you thought of the movie. Pretty cool they reused all of that for the game.
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