One of this year’s biggest films is now available for streaming in the UK, somewhat earlier than expected – as a Premium Rental. It will also be available as a digital download early next month – and eventually, to purchase on DVD and 4K Blu-ray (see full details below).
January 17 Update: The film is now available as a Digital Purchase (and not a rental). Check the price below:
Dune was originally scheduled to be released in 2020, but was delayed by the pandemic. It was eventually released in UK cinemas on October 21, 2021.
In the US, however, the film was also available for streaming on HBO Max, at no extra cost to existing subscribers – on the same day and date as its theatrical release.
UK home viewers had to wait longer for home streaming – but we can now confirm the film is available as a premium digital rental – starting on December 6 – just 46 days after its theatrical release.
Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is the first of a two-part adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel.
It follows the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a gifted young man born into a great destiny, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.
As evil powers explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.
The film also stars Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and others.
In the US, the film was available on HBO Max, a streaming service that includes shows and films from DC, HBO, Universal Pictures, WarnerBros and others.
A subscription to HBO Max currently costs $14.99/month, but it’s only available in the US (unless you use a VPN).
Some feared that releasing Dune in theatres and for home streaming (in the US) at the same time, would hurt the film’s box office performance – but it was still a major success.
While Dune is no longer available on HBO Max in the US – it will be coming as premium rental there, on December 3.
How To Watch Dune Online In The UK
Dune is now available as a 4K Premium VOD Rental in the UK (from December 6), on some of the leading UK streaming services.
The cost is £15.99. This is similar to the cost of other premium rentals, such as No Time To Die and Wonder Woman 1984 earlier this year (but cheaper than premier rentals on Disney+, which cost £19.99).
As with all video rentals, once you start playing it, you will only have 48 hours to complete your watching.
The film is available on Amazon’s Prime Video store, Rakuten TV, Google Play Store, and other streaming video stores.
While still more than a month after the film’s theatrical release (in the UK), it is still much earlier than films of the past, where it used to take several months before films transferred from movie theatres to home entertainment.
The Digital Download version of Dune (which you can purchase online and keep), will be available in the UK on January 17, 2022.
The physical DVD and Blu-ray versions of Dune are already available to pre-order, and will be shipped out on January 31, 2022.
The Dune 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray will contain the following special features:
- The Royal Houses
- Filmbooks: House Atreides
- Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
- Filmbooks: The Fremen
- Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
- Inside Dune: The Training Room
- Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
- Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
- Building the Ancient Future
- My Desert, My Dune
- Constructing the Ornithopters
- Designing the Sandworm
- Beware the Baron
- Wardrobe from Another World
- A New Soundscape