TV Mini-Series 2: Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune (2003)

ON THIS PAGE:

  • Introduction
  • Affiliate Marketing Kit
  • Advance Press Kit
  • Affiliate Promotions: Leather Portfolio, Quote Calendar
  • Advertising: Postcards (English, German)
  • SciFi Mini-Series Website: Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune
  • Promotional Items: Dune Saga Box Set
  • Promotional Screener DVD
  • Emmy “For Your Consideration” Sphere with VHS Tapes
  • Children of Dune Two-Disc DVD Set
  • Dune I and II: The Complete Blu-ray Box Set (Japan)
  • Magazine Articles

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Introduction

SciFi Channel Original Miniseries, premieres March 16, 2003.

More to be added.

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Affiliate Marketing Kit

“Born to rule an empire. Destined to tear it apart.”

In 2000, the SciFi Channel presented “Frank Herbert’s Dune.” This original, six-hour mini-series won numerous accolades and awards. It achieved such great ratings that SciFi launched into a sequel that integrated the storylines of the next two books in Frank Herbert’s series: Children of Dune and Dune Messiah. “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune” premiered in March 2003.

The exceptionally rare affiliate marketing press kit for the follow-up series’ television event includes:

  • An etched faux suede/velour storage case.
  • Folio kit holder.
  • 29 pages of information.
  • 3 transparencies (slides).
  • 1 postcard.
  • 1 billstuffer.

(See more detailed descriptions below.)

About Press Kits and Affiliate Marketing Kits

Regular press kits for TV shows typically go to newspapers, magazines, and other reviewers, plus to broadcast affiliates. An affiliate marketing press kit differs from the regular press kit, as it not only highlights the content of the TV show, but also seeks to get “buy in” from network affiliates who can promote the event. Press kits in general tend to be relatively rare; marketing kits are even harder to find.

So, an affiliate marketing kit might include any combination of cast and crew notes, posters, mini-posters, transparencies (slides), and trailers or screeners to show the production values. It usually also includes more unusual pieces, such as flyers and promo postcards that affiliates can send out with regular billings or special mailings, camera-ready copy to be used in print materials, scripts for TV and radio advertisements, etc.

For students of culture and marketing, the affiliate materials give a lot of insight into the inner workings of franchise events. The packaging on the kit also tends to be at least a bit more dramatic – even spectacular – and such is the case for some of the promotional items provided for SciFi’s “Frank Herbert’s Dune” mini-series (2000) and “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune” mini-series (2003).

Details: The “Children of Dune” Affiliate Marketing Press Kit

The Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune Affiliate Kit includes the following sections and items:

Storage Case. The case for the marketing kit is covered with dark mauve faux suede/velour, etched with design elements and the SciFi channel logo. It was created to either lie on a surface with the brass plaque showing, or to be set upright on a shelf, like a book slipcase cover. Both the brass plaque and the outer edge of the case read, “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.” The inside of the lid is covered in tan suede, etched with the mini-series’ slogan “Born to rule an empire. Destined to tear it apart.” There are magnetic strips to keep the case closed. The inside bottom appears to have been torn out, and the remaining shape looks like it may have originally held one or two VHS tapes. Case size: 12.75 x 9.75 x 2.25.

Folder. Book-style folio with fold-out panel panorama on the left, and pocket holder on the right plus three slides.

(1)  Main poster/key art design with headshots of Alia, Paul, and Wensicia; and back view of Leto II looking out toward the dunes.

(2)  Leto II (James McAvoy) prepared to fight. [Photo credit: Zdeneck Vavara.]

(3)  General Tyekanik (Marek Vasut) listens as Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon) plots against the Atriedes. [Photo credit: Zdeneck Vavara.]

Front Matter (1 page): Key art promo poster (8.25×11).

Landscape mini-poster: Daniela Amavia, Alec Newman, Susan Sarandon. “Born to rule an empire. Destined to tear it apart.” Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune. This March, SCI FI presents Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, the new story in the epic Dune saga. Based on Frank Herbert’s best-selling novels and starring Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon, Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune is the story of one man’s battle to confront his own destiny, in a world filled with betrayal, intrigue and interplanetary power struggles. An epic miniseries event only on Sci Fi Channel. Premieres Sunday March 16th [2003] 9/8 Central Time.

TAB #1: Marketing (10 pages plus other materials): Postcard (4×6), billstuffer (5.5×7), 3 transparencies/slides (see description above under FOLDER). Pages: suggested affiliate marketing plan, black-and-white ad slick (camera-ready copy), printout of sample key art poster, printout of sample key art counter card, sample promo letter, promotion summary timeline, marketing materials order forms, turning an epic cable TV event into a major public event.

TAB #2: Broadband (empty). [I do not know if there ever was anything in this section.]

TAB #3: Local Ad Sales — “A whole new world of local ad sales opportunities is waiting to be discovered.” (5 pages): Local ad sales opportunities, national advertisers and local sources for ads, multimedia packaging options.

TAB #4: Incentive Program — “Hard work has always been its own reward. We just made it a little more rewarding.” (7 pages): marketing and ad sales support, premium and sweepstakes incentive programs.

TAB #5: Cable in the Classroom — “SCI FI continues to help your local English teachers with exciting ways to teach high school students.” (2 pages): overview of the lesson plans prepared by Heuristix Instructional Design for teachers of high school English. (This section is relatively short, as the lessons were put online – see Internet Archive link later on this page.)

TAB #6: Consumer Advertising“A world unlike any you know. A story unlike any you’ve heard. An advertising campaign unlike any you’ve seen.” (4 pages): details of national advertising campaign – broadcast, radio, print, out of home (bus stops subways, kiosks, billboards), guerilla, and online.

List of Available Promotional Products

  • 100% heavy cotton black tee w/ logo (L, XL).
  • Black nylon hat with silver trim and embroidered logo.
  • ¾ length black poplin cotton jacket with corduroy collar, 2 pockets, lining, zip front.
  • Polar fleece pullover with zipper.
  • Black nylon knapsack.
  • Silver insulated barrel mug.
  • Silver and black commuter mug.
  • Silver sunglasses case.
  • Light-up ballpoint pen (cool blue)super ball (lights-up as it bounces).
  • Black cat’s eye key ring.

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The following images were posted on March 17, 2019–the 16th anniversary of the Children of Dune miniseries–on the DuneInfo Facebook page. The images and descriptions are reposed here by permission.

This weekend marks the 16th Anniversary of the premiere of the SciFi Channel (now SyFy) mini series, “Children of Dune.”

Early 2003 SciFi sent out a beautiful press kit, presumably to TV stations and Local Affiliates, promoting their forthcoming series, here we take a look at its contents.

  1. The box is appropriately 32 x 25 x 5.5 cm and is covered in a suede type material, with a bronze coloured logo in the centre.
  2. Opening the magnetic flap at the front, the box opens to reveal a book. Notice the quote in the lid, “Born to rule an empire. Destined to tear it apart.”
  3. Removing and opening the book we see a fold-out poster on the inner flap, and the right hand side contains a number of promotional and informational material.
  4. The contents include 3 transparencies, a postcard, a leaflet (that opens to reveal the same postcard image), a small poster, and information sheets broken down into categories: Marketing, Broadband, Local Ad Sales, Incentive Program, Cable in the Classroom, Consumer Advertising.
  5. Beneath the folder there is a VHS containing a short (less than 40 seconds) promo video.
  6. The postcard.
  7. The small poster.
  8. One of the many sheets in the folder, this one is a press release which each Local Affiliate could use.
  9. In 2003, the “cutting edge” of marketing was to have a screensaver apparently!
  10. The VHS box of the promotional video.
  11. Some customisable adverts that the Local Affiliate could use.
  12. The first slide.
  13. The second slide.
  14. The third slide.

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Advance Press Kit

If history teaches us anything, it is simply this: Every revolution carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. And empires that rise, will one day fall.

~ Princess Irulan Corrino ~

“Frank Herbert’s Dune” (2000) produced by the SciFi Channel won praise for its adaptation and presentation of the sci-fi classic, Dune. The six-hour mini-series received high ratings, and led to a follow-up mini-series in 2003, “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.” This adaptation drew from Herbert’s next two books, Children of Dune and Dune Messiah.

The press kit for Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune includes:

  • Full-color two-pocket 9×12 folder
  • 8 information sheets or packets, totaling 32 pages
  • 7 color slides in clear slide holder page

Two-Pocket Color Folder

Front: Main poster design with head shots of Alia, Paul Muad’dib, and Princess Wensicia; and back view of Leto II looking out toward the dunes.

Back: Sand dunes and contact address for Sci Fi Channel media relations.

Inside: Sand dunes across the pocket faces.

Press Kit Documents

  1. Cover letter of January 7, 2003, from Lana Kim. “The Saga of Dune is Far From Over.” [1 page].
  2. A Brave New Digital World / Technology in the Production of Children of Dune. [2 pages].
  3. Synopsis: Overview, Night One, Night Two, Night Three. “The Saga of Dune is Far From Over.” [2 pages].
  4. Production Notes. “Every revolution carries within it the seeds of its own destruction …” [8 pages].
  5. Production Credits. [1 page].
  6. Production Bios. [7 pages].
  7. Cast Bios. [10 pages].
  8. Slides and Photo Captions. [7 slides; 1 page of captions].

Production Notes

  • Introduction
  • Behind-The-Scenes
    • The Costumes
    • The Special Effects
  • The Power Behind ‘Dune’
  • The Sarandon Factor
  • The Challenge of Adaptation
  • A New Director
  • Can Lightning Strike Twice?

Production Bios

  • Richard P. Rubinstein / Executive Producer
  • John Harrison / Writer and Co-Producer
  • Greg Yaitanes / Director
  • David R. Kappes / Producer
  • Ernest Farino / Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Brian Tyler / Composer
  • Arthur Reinhart / Director of Photography
  • Theodor Pistek / Costume Supervisor
  • Jan Pistek / Costume Designer
  • Ondrej Nekvasil / Production Designer

Cast Bios

  • Daniela Amavia / “Alia”
  • Edward Atterton / “Duncan Idaho”
  • Steven Berkoff / “Stilgar”
  • Jessica Brooks / “Ghanima”
  • Julie Cox / “Princess Irulan”
  • Barbara Kodetova / “Chani”
  • Alice Krige / “Lady Jessica”
  • James McAvoy / “Leto II”
  • Ian McNeice / “Baron Harkonnen”
  • P.H. Moriarty / “Gurney Halleck”
  • Alec Newman / “Emperor Paul Atreides”
  • Susan Sarandon / “Princess Wensicia”

Slides and Captions (Photo credit: Mary Ellen Mark)

  1. The Atreides heirs, Leto II (James McAvoy) and Ghanima (Jessica Brooks).
  2. Leto Atreides (James McAvoy).
  3. Alia (Daniela Amavia) and Duncan (Edward Atterton).
  4. Chani (Barbara Kodetova) confronts Princess Irulan (Julie Cox).
  5. Tyekanik (Marek Vasut) listens as Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon) plots against the Atriedes.
  6. Receiving his inheritance – Leto (James McAvoy) and his father, Paul Atreides (Alec Newman).
  7. The women of Dune – Left to right: Princess Irulan (Julie Cox), Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon), Chani (Barbara Kodetova). Lying down: Alia (Daniela Amavia) and Lady Jessica (Alice Krige).

I have seen eBay auctions this advance press kit where the folder and contents are on their own, and also where they were inside the leather portfolio (see immediately below).

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Affiliate Promotions:

Leather Portfolio, Quote Calendar

Imprinted Leather Portfolio

In 2000, the SciFi Channel presented “Frank Herbert’s Dune.” This original, six-hour mini-series won numerous accolades and awards. It achieved such great ratings that SciFi launched into a sequel that integrated the storylines of the next two books in Frank Herbert’s series: Children of Dune and Dune Messiah. “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune” premiered in March 2003.

This hard-to-find imprinted leather portfoliowas produced to promote the follow-up series’ television event.

When folded, this portfolio measures 9.25 x 12.25 inches. Unfolded, it is 27 x 12.25 inches. The leather tie is .25 inches wide and 55 inches long. The left-hand inside contains a storage pocket with the Sci Fi Channel log and Dune-style design elements imprinted; the outside of that section has the mini-series title imprinted. The center section has a strap for holding papers or files, and the right-hand section is a closing flap with the Dune series icon imprinted.

This calendar may have been distributed with the Media Press Kit. It also fits perfectly into the Children of Dune leather portfolio.

Front

  • Logo of House Atreides (stylized symbol of two hands clasped?)
  • Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune

Frontspiece

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Months and Quotations

January. Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere.

February. Fear is the mind killer.

March. Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

April. Do not be quick to reveal judgment. Hidden judgment often is more potent. It can guide reactions whose effects are felt only when too late to divert them.

May. There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.

June. There are weapons you cannot hold in your hands. You can only hold them in your mind.

July. One observes the survivors, and learns from them.

August. To keep from dying is not the same as “to live.”

September. Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit.

October. Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history.

November. All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

December. When we try to conceal our innermost drives, the entire being screams betrayal.

Back

SCI FI Channel logo (stylized rings of Saturn)

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Advertising: Postcards (English, German)

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SciFi Mini-Series Website

Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune

Links in this section are from the internet archive Wayback Machine for the (then) SciFi website. The links are not available on the current (renamed) SyFy website.

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The MAIN and INDEX webpages include links to: Press Releases and Video Prologue pages.

Main Page. This page has little on it other than an Adobe Flash video, probably a promotional trailer for the mini-series. There is also a link above the trailer icon, embedded in the headline: “FRANK HERBERT’S CHILDREN OF DUNE has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects – Miniseries, Movie or Special.” It leads to the Press Releases section.

Press Releases. Gives summaries of five press releases, dated from December 3, 2001, through September 15, 2003. Three of the press releases have links to expanded information.

Index Page. The Index Page has a video icon plus the same caption as the Main Page on the top. However, the link with that caption goes to the Video Prologue page. It also has a set of links at the bottom to Bulletin Board Articles. The key link to View All Articles takes you to a section with 2352 article links total, divided into 40 articles per page. The first page of grids is at this link, and there is a navigation bar to all article pages at the bottom. The articles are dated from November 28, 2002 (page #1) to June 5, 2003 (grid page #61).

Video Prologue. QUOTE: “New to Dune? Everything you need to know about the new epic miniseries event is here in the Children of Dune Video Prologue! Written by miniseries scriptwriter John Harrison and narrated by star Julie Cox (Princess Irulan), this easy-to-follow introduction to Frank Herbert’s epic saga is available only on SCIFI.COM” Includes several sizes of videos in Quicktime and in Real Player.

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The ABOUT webpages include: Backstory, Cast, Crew, Credits, Introduction, Production Notes, and Primer. Some of the follow-up Cast and Crew pages lead to items (video interviews, transcripts, etc.) on the FEATURES and/or TRANSCRIPTS pages.

About. Introduction to the mini-series. “Every revolution carries within it the seeds of its own destruction …”

Backstory. This is a relatively brief introduction, entitled: “The Story of Paul Atreides and Dune.”

Cast. At the top of the page, a grid of thumbnail images of key cast members gives links to individual pages. The individual page appears directly underneath the grid when clicked. Some individual profiles also have a link to a video interview about that person’s work on the mini-series (also found on the Features page) and/or to an extended interview transcript (also found on the Transcripts pages for 2003).

CAST. Alec Newman (Paul Atreides). Julie Cox (Princess Irulan Corinno). Richard Atterton (Duncan Idaho). Ian McNeice (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen). Barbara Kodetova (Chani). Steven Berkoff (Stilgar). Daniela Amavia (Alia). P.H. Moriarty (Gurney Halleck). James McAvoy (Leto Atreides II). Jessica Brooks (Ghanima Atreides). Jonathan Brüün (Farad’n Corrino). Rik Young (Javid). Alice Krige (Lady Jessica). Martin McDougall (Scytale). Gee Williams (Bijaz). Susan Sarandon (Princess Wensicia Corrino).

Crew. Each entry gives a one-paragraph summary about that person’s role in the production of the mini-series, plus a link to more information. The follow-up individual pages all have the heading of Sietch Leaders, and give at least several paragraphs of details. Some also have a link to a video interview about that person’s work on the mini-series (also found on the Features page), others to an extended interview transcript (also found on the Transcript pages).

CREW. Richard P. Rubinstein (Executive Producer). David R. Kappes (Producer). Greg Yaitanes (Director). Arthur Reinhart (Director of Photography). Brian Tyler (Music). Ernest Farino (Visual Effects Supervisor). Harry B. Miller III (Editor). Jan Pistek (Costume Designer). John Harrison (Teleplay Writer, Co-Producer). Ondrej Nekvasil (Production Designer). Theodor Pistek (Costume Supervisor).

Credits. This is a short listing of major cast and crew only. At the bottom of the page, it gives a link to the End Credits page which gives a complete listing.

End Credits. This is a full listing of cast and crew, and the roles played by each member. Names do not link to other pages on the website.

Introduction. This page has “A Letter of Introduction to Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune,” written by Richard Rubinstein, the Executive Producer of the mini-series; and dated July 10, 2002. He gives some background on the first mini-series, the development of the sequel mini-series, and mentions key cast members and crew. Many of these individuals are also linked to bio pages in the Cast and Crew sections of the website.

Production Notes. Includes an introduction on the origins of the production and key people involved, and then has sections on the following topics.

  • Behind-the-Scenes (The Costumes. The Special Effects).
  • The Power Behind Dune
  • The Sarandon Factor
  • The Challenge of Adaptation
  • A New Director
  • Can Lightning Strike Twice?

Primer. Gives a short introduction, and a pull-down pick-list linking to 16 terms. Individual terminology pages feature the term, a photograph depicting it, and a description (ranging from 2 to 6 paragraphs). Many of the descriptions include links to other terms in the Primer, so that it functions as a mini-encyclopedia.

TERMS. Arrakis, the Bene Gesserit, Caladan, Face Dancers, the Frement, Gholas, Jacarutu, Mentats, the Pre-Born, the Qizarate, Salusa Secundus, Sandworms, the Spacing Guild, the Spice, the Tleilaxu, the Weirding Way.

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Features. This page contains descriptions and links for 14 entries. Items include videos, printed interviews, and articles. They were posted between January 29, 2003, to March 14, 2003.

Transcripts. Interview transcript are organized by year. Several years have entries of particular interest to fans of the Dune saga novels, as well as SciFi’s mini-series of Frank Herbert’s Dune and Children of Dune. The links are on these pages.

Transcripts 2000. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

Transcripts 2001. Versions of Dune: A Panel Discussion.

Transcripts 2003. CAST: Daniela Amavia, Jessica Brooks, Alice Krige, Alec Newman. CREW: John Harrison, Brian Tyler, Greg Yaitanes. DUNE WRITERS: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson.

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The CABLE IN THE CLASSROOM webpages cover both general pages on Cable in the Classroom and its use, and specific pages for its use with Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune mini-series. These include: Home Page, Registration, Downloads, FAQs, Feedback, link to the Main Page for the mini-series, and a Letter to Educators.

Cable in the Classroom

Main Page. Introduces the Use of SciFi in the Classroom, and how Cable in the Classroom fits with it. This latter section links to a page on How do I use these materials in my classroom?

The Main Page also describes and links to three scifi series that have these resources available: Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, and The Twilight Zone.

Cable in the Classroom: Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune

Home Page. The left-hand navigation bar includes links to Registration [Downloads], FAQ, Feedback, and Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune mini-series Main Page. At the bottom of the introductory section, there are links to Letter to Educators and Cable in the Classroom Main Page.

Registration. A link at the bottom of the Main Page leads to the [defunct] Registration form.

The left-hand navigation bar link labeled “Registration” leads to a Downloads page that includes a one-paragraph descriptions plus a link for each of six Cable in the Classroom PDFs.

Teacher Overview

Lesson 1: Conflict Revolution

Lesson 2: Power: The Spice of Life

Lesson 3: Journeys to Self-Discovery

Lesson 4: Science Fiction: Using Tomorrow to Change Today

Lesson 5: Divining a Fictional Future

FAQ/Frequently Asked Questions. Brief responses to the following questions:

  • Who is this free program for?
  • How will this program help me achieve my curriculum goals?
  • What are the key benefits of using these materials?
  • Do the lessons need to be completed in any particular order?
  • Frank Herbert wrote the Dune chronicles. Did he also write the screenplay for Children of Dune?
  • How important is it for me and my students to be familiar with Dune?
  • Do I need to show the miniseries in class in order to use the lessons?
  • How do I access the documentary and materials?

NOTE: the Cable in the Classroom materials were designed to be used in conjunction with a 30-minute documentary produced by SciFi. It was broadcast multiple times in late February and March of 2003 so educators could tape it, but it does not appear to be available on the website.

Feedback. Only a “Coming Soon” notice and no additional materials on this page.

Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune. This link takes you back to the Children of Dune mini-series Main Page.

Letter to Educators. This links to an undated one-page PDF cover letter on letterhead, from Bonnie Hammer, President, Sci Fi Channel. She introduces various educational resources available to complement the Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune mini-series.

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Promotional Items: Dune Saga Box Set

Children of Dune Promo: Dune Saga Box Set

In 2000, the SciFi Channel presented “Frank Herbert’s Dune.” This original, six-hour mini-series won numerous accolades and awards. It achieved such great ratings that SciFi launched into a sequel that integrated the storylines of the next two books in Frank Herbert’s series: Children of Dune and Dune Messiah. “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune” premiered in March 2003.

This rare boxed book setincluded all six of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels, in a specially-designed “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune” promotional slipcase. The books are mass paperback Ace editions of:

  1. Dune
  2. Children of Dune
  3. Dune Messiah
  4. God Emperor of Dune
  5. Heretics of Dune
  6. Chapterhouse Dune

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Promotional Screener DVD

Children of Dune: For Your Consideration Screener

“Born to rule an empire. Destined to tear it apart.”

In 2000, the SciFi Channel presented “Frank Herbert’s Dune.” This original, six-hour mini-series won numerous accolades and awards. It achieved such great ratings that SciFi launched into a sequel that integrated the storylines of the next two books in Frank Herbert’s series: Children of Dune and Dune Messiah. “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune” premiered in March 2003.

This hard-to-find marketing screener DVD promoted sales to distributers and retail outlets for the forthcoming VHS and DVD editions of “Children of Dune.”

The cover contains information on video media release dates, manufacturer’s suggested retail price, media catalog and UPC numbers, and other sales details. There were no inserts. The DVD itself, as is typical of screeners, contains a notice at the beginning that the film is in an unfinished form and that it periodically shifts from color to black and white as a copy protection feature. Also, there is no “root menu” or “special features” on the DVD, just the opening notices and then the entire mini-series.

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Emmy “For Your Consideration” Sphere with VHS Tapes

As a “for your consideration” promotion for their Children of Dune and Taken mini-series, the SciFi Channel used a white plastic sphere that held a two-tape set of VHS cassettes. The SciFi logo was impressed on the inside of the sphere, and one of the mini-series’ logo was on each side of the holder part for the tapes. Like many FYC items, this was a highly limited production and very rarely showed up on eBay.

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Children of Dune Two-Disc DVD Set

The Saga of Dune Is Far from Over …

From case back cover: For the first time ever …

… the second and third books in the best-selling “Dune Chronicles” series are adapted for the screen in Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.

Against a backdrop of interplanetary intrigue, rebellion and betrayal, the future of humanity itself rests with the Children of Dune in this sweeping tales of visionary sci-fi adventure! A spectacular sequel to the Emmy Award-winning Frank Herbert’s Dune.

PART ONE (Disc One)

  1. Main Title // Twelve Years of War
  2. Among the People
  3. “There is No Escape.”
  4. Ending the Myth of Muad’Dib
  5. Wencisia’s Ghost of a Plan
  6. Chani’s Desperate Remedy
  7. Beware the Chaos of Democracy
  8. A Role, Not a Wife
  9. A Clumsy, Unwilling Child
  10. Becoming Lichna
  11. A Ghola Befitting an Emperor
  12. Reverend Mother’s Doublespeak
  13. Accomplished Recklessness
  14. The Face Dancer’s Ploy
  15. A Warning from Otheym
  16. Night of the Stone Burner
  17. It Couldn’t Be Helped
  18. Betrayed and Betrayer Together
  19. Every Empire Must End
  20. “Plans Within Plans”
  21. Kidnapping a Worm
  22. A Dangerous Pregnancy
  23. The Violence in Duncan
  24. “Destined to be Used”
  25. Birth and Death, Hand in Hand
  26. Burdens No One Can Bear
  27. A Fully Restored Future
  28. A Simple, Blind Fremen

PART TWO (Disc One)

  1. The Children Remain
  2. Intuitive Worm Sighting
  3. Unseeing and Frightened
  4. Tiger Training
  5. The Doubling Scholar Farad’n
  6. Enemies as Angels
  7. Welcome, Reverend Mother Jessica
  8. “Sand Will Cover This Place”
  9. Frayed Family Ties
  10. A Mere Mad Thunderclap
  11. Two Bene Gesseritt Defectors
  12. A Universe of Surprises
  13. “Help Me See the Future”
  14. Traces of Jacurutu
  15. Harkonnen on Her Mind
  16. As It Used to Be / A New Path
  17. Civil War Planning
  18. Jessica’s Deepest Fears
  19. Simple Gifts, Complex Motives
  20. Alia’s Diplomatic Paranoia
  21. An Urgent Warning
  22. A Little Harkonnen Advice
  23. “My Daughter Is Lying!”
  24. Through Fear to the Golden Path
  25. Only as Reckless as Needed
  26. “You Must Eliminate Her”
  27. Trust a True Atreides
  28. Attack of the Tigers

PART THREE (Disc Two)

  1. Blindness and Abomination
  2. A Grateful and Dangerous Guest
  3. The Unstoppable Whirlwind
  4. Safe … for Now
  5. “We Have Your Water in Our Cup”
  6. Stirring the Blasphemous Pot
  7. Leto, Noble Prisoner
  8. Bad News, Good Sanctuary
  9. Surrender the Pawn
  10. A Brush with Spice Madness
  11. “My Skin is Not My Own”
  12. A Union of Opposites
  13. Duncan Be the Messenger
  14. Only Worms Don’t Fear
  15. Farad’n on the Threshold
  16. Like a Speeding Bullet
  17. Ghanima’s Wedding Wish
  18. Muad’Dib Meets His Son
  19. Two Deaths for the Atreides
  20. “I Am Desert Power”
  21. The Only Wedding Present
  22. Paul is Tired
  23. A Twin Again
  24. “One Blasphemy Remains”
  25. Alia’s Final Choice
  26. Raising from Their Own Ashes
  27. The Love and the Agony
  28. End Credits

SPECIAL FEATURES LIST

Making Dune’s Children: The VFX Revealed. An inside look at the creation of the Special Effects used in “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.”

Storyboard Comparisons.

SPECIAL FEATURES DESCRIPTION

Making Dune’s Children: The VFX Revealed.An inside look at the creation of the Special Effects used in “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.” (Length = 13:22.) Clips of interviews with John Harrison (writer), Greg Yaitanes (director), Harry Miller (editor), Tim McHugh (VFX producer), Glenn Campbell (digital compositing supervisor), Chris Zapara (lead animator), and Barry Howell (Laza Tiger animator).

Storyboard Comparisons. Featurette (video) that shows a series of storyboard drawings for an entire scene, with superimposed video showing how the drawings translated into film.

  • The Worm Capture. (Length = 02:54.)
  • (Length = 00:27.)
  • Riding the Worm. (Length = 02:08.)
  • Worm Rising. (Length = 00:34.)

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Dune I and II:

The Complete Blu-ray Box Set (Japan)

There is a Japanese-produced box set of four Blu-ray disc, fully remastered and distributed in 2017 by Happinet. UPC 4907953089358. I have only seen them available for sale on eBay, as of late 2018. They have typically been priced in the range of $175 to $225. I do not own this set, and as far as I have been able to investigate, it has no new special features. But, it is currently the only Blu-ray edition available.

The easiest way I have found to locate images of this box set is by doing a search on eBay with the UPC number. It’s worth the search — the artisanship that went into crafting the box and cases is superb!

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Magazine Articles

Chicago Tribune TV Week, March 16-22, 2003. Cover, page 3.

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Starburst #297, Volume 27, Number 9. April 2003. Pages 54-58.

The Sands of Time, by James Brooks. We look at Children of Dune, the newest star-studded television adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic Science Fiction saga. With 11 photos.

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Video Business March 24, 2003 advertisement

VB/Video Business, March 24, 2003.

DVD release advertisement. Inside cover.

New Releases: Key Data for Ordering Product. Page 22. Pre-book date, March 22. Release date, May 20. Source and date, TV 2003. Prices VHS/DVD – No suggested retail price/$26.98. Comments: Sci-fi. The twins of Paul “Muad’dib” Atreides, Leto II and Ghanima, become embroiled in the political landscape of Arrakis (Dune) and the rest of the universe; Susan Sarandon. DVD: featurette.

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