Dune has exited HBO Max a month after it came out on the streaming service, but you may soon have the chance to watch it on a much bigger screen. The Denis Villeneuve adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel is returning to IMAX theaters on December 3rd for a limited time only. As Deadline notes, most IMAX locations will show the film with a 1.90:1 aspect ratio, which adds up to 26 percent more picture. Select locations will show it in 1.43 aspect ratio, though, which adds up to 40 percent more picture for the film.
Villeneuve and his crew filmed Dune with IMAX cameras, capturing sceneries and backgrounds with the format’s massive screens in mind. Like we said in our review of the movie, this adaptation of Dune demands to be seen on something bigger that a TV if you want to truly be able appreciate Villeneuve’s visual world-building.
In case you’d really rather not go to theaters, you’ll get more chances to stream the movie in the future. Dune hit HBO Max on October 21st, the same day it came out in theaters. It was only available for streaming on the service for a month, as per Warner Bros. current release strategy, but it will be out on other digital platforms on December 3rd and will be back on HBO Max sometime next year.note: Sword Art Online-Progressive-Aria without Starry Night Movie
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is no longer on HBO Max
2021 will go down as an especially interesting year in Warner Bros.’ history, because in response to the pandemic hindering movie theaters, the studio decided to release all of its theatrical slate simultaneously on HBO Max. Dune was among the movies that subscribers could watch on the platform for one month at no additional cost. However, since Dune was released on October 21, that means it has left HBO Max, and fans are sharing their strong feelings about that.
For those who weren’t able to check out Dune in theaters, HBO Max provided a welcome alternative for those who wanted to join in on the conversation surrounding director Denis Villeneuve’s latest movie. Alas, while Dune is still playing on the big screen, its HBO Max run was always going to have a time limit. So it makes sense why Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk came to mind for the person below.
“Just finished Dune hours before it leaves HBO Max, this is as close to Dunkirk as I’ll ever get”
At this point, if you’re wanting to either watch Dune for the first time or are simply itching for a re-watch, you’ll need to head to your local theater to make that happen. But if it’s any consolation for the people who missed seeing Dune on HBO Max, it’ll almost certainly end back up on the streaming service in the near future. If it’s following in the footsteps of movies like Wonder Woman 1984 and Godzilla vs. Kong, then Warner Bros. will focus on Dune’s home media release (starting January 11, 2022) going smoothly, and then the movie will return to HBO Max not too long after.
Because Denis Villeneuve decided to only adapt half of Frank Herbert’s original Dune novel rather than fit the whole tale into one feature like David Lynch did in the ‘80s, the latest cinematic take on Dune left off on quite the cliffhanger. Fortunately, fans can take comfort knowing that Dune: Part Two has been officially greenlit for an October 20, 2023 release. The sequel will play exclusively in theaters for 45 days, after which point Warner Bros. can distribute the sequel through other channels. Dune: Part Two is expected to begin filming in summer 2022, and there’s also a spinoff series in the works for HBO Max called Dune: The Sisterhood.
Warner Bros.’ latest theatrical release, King Richard, is now playing on HBO Max, and the studio’s remaining movies for 2021 are 8-Bit Christmas and The Matrix Resurrections. Look through our 2022 release schedule to figure out what WB and other studios are delivering next year.