How to watch Dune (2021) online on HBO Max, Dune 4K Blu-ray release date

Lead characters from the upcoming Warner Bros sci-fi movie Dune (2021)
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Dune (2021) the sci-fi blockbuster starring Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet – has finished streaming on the HBO Max Ad-Free plan, but is likely to return around the time of the Dune 4K Blu-ray release date, on 11th January 2022. Read on for how to watch Dune on HBO Max (opens in new tab) in 4K from any country in the world.

The reviews are in and Dune (2021) is a hit. British film critic Mark Kermode calls it "electrifying", while RottenTomatoes rates it a healthy 83%. Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted nobleman entrusted with protecting the galaxy's most vital element from evil forces. An all-star Dune cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Zendaya and Dave Bautista.

Dune (2021) premiered in US movie theatres on 21st October 2021, was available to stream on HBO Max (US only) for 31 days. It's likely to return to HBO Max soon, though. Follow this guide on how to watch Dune on HBO Max from anywhere in the world.

And before you watch the "awe-inspiring" new movie, don't forget you can watch Dune 1984 in 4K HDR now or even read the Frank Herbert Dune book series.

Dune 4K Blu-ray release date

The disc that you've been waiting for is on its way. The Dune (2021) 4K Blu-ray release date is 11th January 2022. You'll be able to buy both the UHD and plain HD versions in the States. There's no official word on the UK Dune Blu-ray release date but no reason to expect a different day just yet.

You can place your Dune Blu-ray pre-order here for the UK (opens in new tab) and here in the States (opens in new tab).

Watch Dune on HBO Max

Characters from the upcoming Warner Bros sci-fi movie Dune (2021)

(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

HBO Max, HBO's streaming service, is the place to find Dune. The movie was previously available to stream for 31 days from Thursday 21st October 2021 at 6pm ET / 3pm PT / midnight BST (Fri) / 8am (Fri) AEST .

It's now disappeared from HBO Max, but will likely return after the Blu-ray/DVD release on 11th January, so you won't have to wait long.

Subscription to HBO Max costs just $14.99 a month (opens in new tab). There's no contract and you can cancel at any time. (You can't access the movie via HBO's $9.99 ad-supported plan). Hulu (opens in new tab) subscribers can get a 7-day free trial of HBO Max.

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Sign up to HBO Max's ad-free plan for 12 months today and you'll save a chunky 16% (around $30). There's no contract and you can cancel or change your plan anytime. Why not try HBO Max for a few days and see how you like it?

HBO Max is currently only available in the US, so you'll need to use a VPN to access your account when travelling away and outside the States. Details below.

How to watch HBO Max from anywhere

US citizen stuck outside the United States? No problem. You can access HBO Max from anywhere in the world using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). We typically recommend ExpressVPN since it offers a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

With a good VPN, you can sign into your HBO Max account (or even create a new one) and watch movies and TVs shows as if you were in the States. Good to know, right? Dune is no longer streaming on HBO Max, but should return to in early 2022. 

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ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the HBO Max, you should 'USA' (or a US city).

3. Then head over to HBO Max on your browser or device and stream Dune.

If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, then do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Do I need a US credit card?

Don't have a US credit card? You can also use PayPal, when you sign up via the iOS or Android HBO Max app on your iPhone/iPad or Android mobile device. Here's a step-by-step guide... 

Sign up to HBO Max without a US credit card:

1. Launch your VPN and select United States as your country. 

2. Create a new Apple ID (opens in new tab)/Google account remembering to pick United States as your country. (Apple users should be able to use a UK phone number, but should head to the Apple ID website (opens in new tab) to sign up, rather than using an app on their device). 

3. Now use your shiny new Apple ID/Google account to access the US Apple App Store (opens in new tab) or US Google Play Store and download the HBO Max app.

4. Subscribe to HBO Max through the HBO Max app, using PayPal (opens in new tab) (you should be able to use a UK PayPal account as your method of payment).

5. You should now be able to sign in to your HBO Max account (opens in new tab) from any device and watch HBO Max from anywhere in the world.

How can I get the HBO Max app? 

HBO Max streaming service: launch line-up

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Very easily. You'll find the HBO Max app on a wide range of smart TVs, games consoles and streaming devices including:

  • Roku TV and Roku devices (OS 9.3 and above)
  • Chromecast
  • Amazon Fire tablets (4th gen or later), Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV StickAmazon Fire TV Cube and Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs
  • Samsung TVs (2016 or later)
  • LG TVs (2018 or later)
  • Android TV (OS 5+)
  • Apple TV box (4th gen or later)
  • Computers running Mac OSX, Windows or Chrome OS
  • Android smartphones and tablets (with Android OS 5 or later)
  • iPhone, iPad, and other Apple iOS 12.2 or later devices
  • Sony PS4PS5
  • Microsoft Xbox One X and Xbox Series X and S

Can I watch Dune in 4K Ultra HD?

Every Warner Bros. theatrical release coming to HBO Max, including Dune, is available to stream in 4K Ultra HD. That including  2022 Warner Bros. movies, including The Batman, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Elvis, Black Adam and The Flash.

The films will be available in Dolby Vision HDR, but Dolby Atmos support depends on how each film was produced.

To enjoy HBO Max content in 4K HDR you will need:

1. 4K TV with support for HDR (Dolby Vision or HDR10).

2. Supported 4K HDR streaming device (Amazon Fire TV stick 4K and Fire TV Cube, Android TVs, Apple TV 4KGoogle Chromecast Ultra/with Google TV, Roku Ultra 4800x, Roku 4k TVs, Roku Premiere, and Roku Streaming Stick+).

3. Broadband connection – over 25Mbps ideally.

Is Dune on Netflix?

A screenshot depicting the HBO Max interface

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Not at the moment, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. Dune (2021) is one of a number of other Warner Bros. pictures such, as the The Matrix trilogy, that is exclusive to HBO and available in Dolby Vision and with Dolby Atmos surround sound. 

After Dune's home release on 11th January 2022, it's likely that the movie will appear on other streaming platforms, though we don't know which ones yet. One thing we can say for certain? Given that an estimated two million households streamed Dune (2021) on its opening weekend, we'd bet the house on it coming back to HBO Max.

What else can I watch on HBO Max?

The HBO Max app offers access to the complete HBO catalogue, including every episode of The Sopranos, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm (seasons 1-11), Veep, Westworld and South Park. 

You also also get access to WarnerMedia's vast library of movies and TV shows stretching back 100 years, from Casablanca and Citizen Kane to Braveheart and the Harry Potter films.

Selected Warner titles – such as The Many Saints of Newark will be available on HBO Max for 31 days, so you can play (and pause) them from the comfort of your couch. These 'same day premieres' will end in 2022, so sign up (opens in new tab) now if you want to make the most of them.

From 2022, major Warner Bros pictures, such as The Batman and Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, will place in exclusively in cinemas before streaming on HBO Max. 

Prefer Japanese anime? HBO Max is the only streaming service that provides access to content from the legendary Japanese film studio Studio Ghibli in the US. Fan of 90s sitcoms? HBO Max is the place to see the (unscripted) Friends and Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunions.

Will there be a Dune sequel?

Dune is technically called Dune: Part One so you won't be surprised to hear that fans are already talking about Dune: Part Two.

"Will we have a sequel to Dune? If you watch the movie you see how it ends," said WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff on the day that Part One debuted in US theaters. "I think you pretty much know the answer to that."

After grossing an estimated $40.1m on its North America debut, Dune hit cinemas in 75 countries, which pushed its well over $200m. The impressive showing prompted confirmation of a sequel...

“I just received news from Legendary [Entertainment] that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two," announced director Denis Villeneuve in a statement on  the 26th October. "It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.” 

Ready to head back to Arrakis and have it out with those pesky sandworms? Dune: Part Two is due in cinemas October 2023.

Dune trailer

Watch Dune (1984) in 4K HDR now

The Dune (1984) film adaptation, written and directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, bombed at the box office, grossing a lowly $30.9m from a $40m budget. The critics weren't too kind, either, with the late Roger Ebert calling Dune (1984) "a real mess" that was both "ugly" and "incomprehensible".

Since then, an army of sci-fi fans have embraced the quirky movie, hailing it as the "the anti-Star Wars". Now considered a cult classic, Dune (1984) is spoken about in the same breath as the likes of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

You can buy Dune (1984) to watch and own in the UK in 4K HDR on both Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video for the bargain price of just £4.99 (opens in new tab) (Amazon (opens in new tab) / iTunes (opens in new tab)). Well worth it. Go the Apple route and you'll get the Dolby Vision version (opens in new tab).

Sadly, those in the States can only buy the HD version and it's seriously expensive too at $14.99. Renting for $3.99 (opens in new tab) seems a better option, there.

(1984) in 4K HDR £4.99 on iTunes (opens in new tab)
Own it today!

Dune (1984) in 4K HDR £4.99 on iTunes (opens in new tab)
Watch Kyle MacLachlan, Sean Young, Patrick Stewart and Sting in this David Lynch cult classic. Available at an absolute bargain price for UK fans an in 4K Dolby Vision too. Spend like a reed in the wind.

Set in the distant future, the Dune (1984) movie chronicles the conflict between rival noble families as they battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, or 'Dune'. The planet is the only source of the fictional drug Spice, which allows awareness and is vital to space travel.

So, is it worth watching Dune (1984)? It certainly does a good job of easing viewers into the weird and wonderful Dune universe, but director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) intended his take on Dune to stand on its own – and capture a whole new audience.

If you'd like to take things even further, then there's also the Dune miniseries from 2000 called Frank Herbert's Dune. The story here focuses deeper on the rise of the young Paul Atreides before his arrival on Arrakis. It's a three-parter available in HD on both iTunes and Amazon for approximately £6.99 in the UK (opens in new tab).

It's harder to get hold of in the States, so UK citizens travelling abroad will need to use a VPN to access Frank Herbert's Dune online.

miniseries £6.99 on iTunes (opens in new tab)

Frank Herbert's Dune miniseries £6.99 on iTunes (opens in new tab)
Another bargain price for an Emmy-winning three-part TV miniseries which will certainly get the juices flowing ahead of your date with new movie. Available in HD here.

Lastly, if you really want to go deep, then there is one more piece of the Dune oeuvre that you really ought to sample. Dune 1984 was not the first time that a film adaptation of the Frank Herbet novel was attempted. In the mid-70s, cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky also had a go. It didn't turn out so well.

Jodorowsky's Dune is a 2013 documentary detailing this aborted effort. You can stream this critically acclaimed, award-winning, 90-minute movie on most services for £3.49 (opens in new tab)/$3.99 (opens in new tab). Again, well worth a watch.

Dune book

But to go deepest of all into Dune, then it's the Dune book series that you'll need. As well as the original Dune novel, Frank Herbert followed it up with five very good sequels which explore the lengths and breadths of the universe he created for the first story.

Try the original Dune book and see how you get on or dive straight in with the Dune book boxset. It's £29.99 in the UK (opens in new tab) and $77.70 in the US (opens in new tab). Enjoy.

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