Even the most ardent David Lynch fans, who support all of his films and artistic endeavors, are hard pressed to get behind “Dune.” The filmmaker’s lone attempt at a blockbuster is remembered for a lot of things, none of them being that it’s particularly good. Lynch’s supposed four-hour cut was said to be hacked down by the studio, which may explain why it’s so confusing, but doesn’t explain why it’s boring and slow. Nor does it explain why “the spice” is repeated about five thousand times in the movie. And clearly, Universal was concerned.
The story goes that the studio was (rightly) worried that audiences might be lost amid the dense terminology from Frank Hebert‘s novel, so they provided audiences with a glossary to help them out. The one-pager (both sides) is pretty long, so it’s not clear how this would’ve helped anyone after the lights went down and movie started, but hey, couldn’t hurt, right? So in case you were still wondering what on Earth an Ornithopter was, read on below. [io9]