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“Jodorowsky’s Dune”

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The ‘Dune’ that never was

With “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” filmmaker Frank Pavich makes an impassioned and relatively convincing case that the film in question — an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel by avant garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky — might be the greatest movie never made.

Unlike its subject, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” is surprisingly conventional as a documentary. It resorts to a wearying number of talking heads to relate a story that turns out to be as cautionary as it is compelling.

None of the film’s narrators is as captivating as Jodorowsky himself, who at 85 still shows youthful, contagious exuberance and undaunted belief.

The DVD/ Blu-ray release (Sony, $41) includes deleted scenes.

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Colin Covert says: Frank Pavich’s documentary paints a tantalizing picture of the movie that might have been. Jodorowsky had assembled a supergroup of true believers (Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, Pink Floyd) for his “Dune.” Ultimately the project failed to launch, but his war stories are never less than inspirational.

 

Out Tuesday: “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” “Hell on Wheels” (Season 3), “How the West Was Won” (Season 2), “Orphan Black” (Season 2), “Rio 2.”

 

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TV antenna gets streamlined

The RCA ultra-thin indoor antenna ($70, www. rcaaudiovideo.com) receives local HD and digital TV broadcasts but looks nothing like those old intrusive rabbit-ear antennas atop the family TV decades ago. Instead, it’s an 11- by 13-inch flat antenna that you mount on a window within 12 feet of the TV — only because the cable attached is 12 feet long.

Digital TV can be received in resolutions up to 1080; lower signals are enhanced to better quality since the antenna amplifies weak signals.

The setup is simple; connect the other end of the 12-foot cable, which has a coaxial connection, to your TV. A USB port needs to be connected to a power source. This can be into an outlet or even into your TV if it has one.

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