Dune: Part Two (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.

May 8, 2024 10 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

If you’re a fan of science-fiction movies or a fan of the director, Denis Villeneuve – or both. Then what I say won’t matter. Dune, the novel by Frank Herbert, was first released in theaters back in 1984. It starred a relatively unknown Kyle MacLachlan, Max Von Sydow, Sting and a then relatively unknown actor by the name of Patrick Stewart. The movie…wasn’t that great. Sure it had its fans, but by and large it didn’t really live up to the full potential of the novel. Let’s flash forward a few decades and…here we are. For those that saw the first Dune film, I think I’d equated it with films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and It: Chapter I in the sense that they only served to set up the second film. I stand by that assessment. But the wait is over and now we’ve got another 166 minutes of sand. Well there’s more to it than that, but by and large – yep – sand. And lots of it. If you’ve been waiting for the exciting conclusion, the wait is over.

Paul (Timothee Chalamet) has joined forces with Chani (Zendaya) in an effort to get control of the planet Arrakis. As we know it’s rich with valuable spices. It also means taking on Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård) and his nephew, Feyd (Austin Butler). He’s also trying to prove that he is, in fact, the “Chosen One” and many people believe it including his friend Stilgar (Javier Bardem). Paul’s parents (Josh Brolin and Rebecca Ferguson) have returned as well along with Irulan (Florence Pugh), a princess with a connection to Paul, though we’ll leave that part to the imagination. In essence, we continue along on Paul’s journey and his romatic relationship with Chani and it gets…complicated.

Generally-speaking, it’s difficult to summarize a 166 minute film down into one paragraph. Perhaps other writers who are much more skilled than I could do it, but I did the best I could! Truthfully, this is one of those films that’s just about as good as it can get. There are some novels that are great reads but don’t always translate well to the screen (Atlas Shrugged and The Goldfinch) come to mind. But there’s a vision here and it does work. Is 300+ minutes of these movies too much or not enough? Certainly there’s no shortage of talent involved and the film was critically and commercially successful, so it wasn’t just an experiment that produced no results. While I applaud the filmmaker’s efforts, I can safely say that it’ll be a while – a long while – before I sit down and watch them again. But for those that are fans, and you’re out there, Dune: Part Two does deliver on all accounts.

Video: How’s it look?

This might be one of the most complicated reviews of video that I’ve ever done. Ok, let’s get started… First of all, we’ve got multiple aspect ratios. The first movie was filmed with anamorphic lenses giving it a much wider and broader scope. That’s not the case here. We get some that were made for IMAX and others that showcase the sheer vision that the filmmakers had. I don’t even have a selection in my system to list all of the aspect ratios! But…does it look good. And, granted, I’m guilty of saying such trite things as “…most every new Blu-ray and 4K movie looks good these days” but in this case, it takes it to another level. It’s gorgeous. Warner’s 4K disc is, without a doubt, one of the finest examples of how a 4K movie should look. Capturing the level of detail in the film, the hushed tones, the intricacies and everything in between – I don’t know how they did it, but my God…I just can’t gush enough over how amazing this looks. Suffice it to say you’re in for a visual treat.

Audio: How’s it sound?

It’s fairly hard to compare with anything on a technical level after the praise I just gave to how the image appears, but…the included Dolby Atmos sound mix is nearly as impressive. Of course, if you’re not equipped (pardon the pun) to handle the Atmos mix, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track will keep all of your speakers working overtime. If I were to pick one word to summarize this track, I’d have to say that it’s enveloping. That’s what it does. It puts the viewer square in the middle of the action. And, if you’ve got your home theater set up correct – that’s the point, right? LFE are heavily involved (those worms make a lot of noise), vocals are crystal clear and surrounds are almost constantly churning away. Bra-vo!

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Chakobsa Training –  I’ve always wondered how a new language could really be judged on a film set. It’s not like there’s any precedent for it. But I’m not a filmmaker and in this segment we explore the “Chakobsa” language and all the thought that went into making it a reality.
  • Creating the Fremen World – The main focus of this one is all about the production design. We follow Production Designer Patrice Vermette who gives us a pretty in-depth look at what it takes to literally create a world (and in this case, the world of the Fremen).
  • Finding the Worlds of Dune – We travel around the world with the crew as they find inspiration in different places. We go from Italy to Jordan to Abu Dhabi where we see some awe-inspiring locales that make the movie what it is.
  • Buzz Around the New “Thopter” – If you recall (and it’s OK if you don’t), the first film had aircraft inspired by a dragonfly. We’re back in the second installment and this one takes its cue from the bumblebee. Interesting.
  • Worm-Riding – I have to imagine that when one rides a 1000 foot worm, there’s no antecedent. That’s not to say that there wasn’t an incredible amount of detail involved, but we literally see how they made this happen from concept to completion.
  • Becoming Feyd – If you wanted a feature on Austin Butler…you’re welcome. We look at the character of Feyd that Butler portrayed as well as the genesis behind his performance and the character as a whole.
  • A New Set of Threads – This costume design featurette focuses on Jacqueline West, the film’s – you guessed it – Costume Designer. As with the rest of the features, we see the immense amount of detail and planning that went into things that, well, most people won’t even notice. It’s impressive nonetheless.
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of the Dune – Composer Hans Zimmer is profiled here along with his tireless work ethic. We see his mindflow from the first film to the different style and texture of the second. It’s clear to see why he’s among the best out there.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve got five hours to spare and are a fan of Frank Herbert’s novel, then these are the films for you. I’ll go on the assumption that if you’ve seen and like this one, the first one has already been viewed multiple times. Dune: Part Two might not be for everyone. Some people want their movies over and done in 100 minutes. Not the case here. But if you’re into the awe-inspiring visual feast that is this movie, it’s worth the price of admission.

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