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Old 07-31-2012, 12:48 AM
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With the advent of the recent UK and German releases, it does make me wonder if we will ever see a Director's Cut of the film from David Lynch? I am not referring to the Extended Edition which Universal added to themselves but rather the just under 3 hour version that Lynch apparently originally submitted but was ordered to cut back:

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Upon completion, the rough cut of Dune without post-production effects ran over four hours long, but Lynch's intended cut of the film (as reflected in the 7th and final draft of the script) was almost three hours long.
However, Universal Pictures and the film's financiers expected a standard, two-hour cut of the film. To reduce the run time, producers Dino De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, and director David Lynch excised numerous scenes, filmed new scenes that simplified or concentrated plot elements, and added voice-over narrations, plus a new introduction by Virginia Madsen. Contrary to popular rumors, Lynch made no other version of the movie besides the theatrical cut; no three to six hour version ever reached the post-production stage. However, several longer versions have been spliced together.[6] Although Universal has approached Lynch for a possible director's cut of the film, Lynch has declined every offer and prefers not to discuss Dune in interviews.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(film)

Likewise this review from Amazon.co.uk of the TV release also refers to this MIA Lynch version:
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Dune: Special TV Edition is an extended US network television version prepared in 1988 from David Lynch's 1984 film of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel, Dune. The original cinema release of this complex tale of interplanetary intrigue was heavily shortened and this 176-minute TV edition should not to be confused with Lynch's still unreleased three-hour-plus "Director's Cut".
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dune--Specia...3706149&sr=1-4

So I wonder if David Lynch will ever allow some company, somewhere to release this on ?
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Raffaella De Laurentiis has already debunked to so-called "4-to-5 hour rough cut" of Dune. What the crew watched that day is a Rough Assembly, which consists of all the footage shot for the movie strung together in approximate order with little to no editing. A rough assembly will have repeated takes, the same action photographed from multiple angles, flubs and all sorts of other stuff unfit for the movie. All Rough Assemblies run 4 to 5 hours.

The theatrical cut is the one and only version of the movie that David Lynch completed. That is his director's cut. These days, he refuses to even discuss the movie. He wants nothing to do with it.
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Raffaella De Laurentiis was already debunked to so-called "4-to-5 hour rough cut" of Dune. What the crew watched that day is a Rough Assembly, which consists of all the footage shot for the movie strung together in approximate order with little to no editing. A rough assembly will have repeated takes, the same action photographed from multiple angles, flubs and all sorts of other stuff unfit for the movie. All Rough Assemblies run 4 to 5 hours.

The theatrical cut is the only and only version of the movie that David Lynch completed. That is his director's cut. These days, he refuses to even discuss the movie. He wants nothing to do with it.
I am curious about this version that Lynch apparently assembled AFTER the Rough Cut which apparently ran for around the 3 hour mark before being cut down for the Theatrical Release?
If that is the case then it begs the following questions:

- Was this the cut footage that Universal re-inserted for the Extended Edition?
- If so does this at least partly explain Lynch's hostility and refusal to have anything to do with Dune?
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I am curious about this version that Lynch apparently assembled AFTER the Rough Cut which apparently ran for around the 3 hour mark before being cut down for the Theatrical Release?
If that is the case then it begs the following questions:

- Was this the cut footage that Universal re-inserted for the Extended Edition?
- If so does this at least partly explain Lynch's hostility and refusal to have anything to do with Dune?
Lynch did not make a three-hour cut of Dune. He was under contract from Day 1 to deliver a movie no longer than 2 1/2 hours. As they got closer to release, the studio demanded that it be closer to 2 hrs 15 min. They eventually compromised at 2 hrs 17 min.

The three-hour TV version of Dune was put together without Lynch's participation or approval. He had his name removed from it. Some of the extra footage was stuff that Lynch shot, but a lot of it was padded with cartoon drawings, repeated shots, and fake scenes made out of mixed-and-matched shots from other unrelated scenes.

During production, Lynch was overbudget and behind schedule. He was ordered to stop filming scenes that would have been important for storylines in the second half of the movie. That footage was never shot.

If you pay attention in the movie, there are a couple of young Fremen kids who hang around and train with the other Fremen warriors. There's a whole storyline about them in the novel and the script that was never filmed.
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