It’s been a while since we’ve seen a brand new sci-fi epic come along and shake up the film industry, and there’s a lot of hype around the upcoming title, Dune.
With an all-star cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Issac, Josh Brolin and Jason Mamoa (to name a few), Dune is an adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel by Frank Herbert and will be the first part of the full story.
As it’s part of the Warner Bros. franchise, it’s also another film that will release both in cinemas and for home release. If you’d like to watch Dune – both in theatres and at home – then we have everything you need to know.
Dune release date
Dune will release both in cinemas and on HBO Max on October 22 2021, so there’s still quite a wait ahead. Fortunately, the first full trailer is out now, so you can get hyped for what’s to come:
Where to buy Dune cinema tickets
Cinema tickets for Dune aren’t yet available. However, when they do go on sale, you’ll be able to pick them up from the likes of Cineworld, Vue and Odeon if you’re in the UK, and Fandango, AMC and Atom Tickets if you’re in the US.
How to watch Dune on HBO Max
Dune will release on HBO Max on the same day that it releases in cinemas, giving subscribers the option to watch at home.
You can sign up for an account over on the HBO Max website for $14.99 per month. There is a cheaper, ad-supported subscription, but this does not include new movie releases from Warner Bros.
HBO Max also includes new the Friends reunion, classic series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the Justice League Snyder Cut and many other films and shows from the Warner Bros. vault.
Currently, HBO Max is exclusive to the US. However, if you’re in the UK and would like to watch from home, then there is a way.
How to watch HBO Max in the UK
It is possible to sign up for HBO Max to watch Dune with the help of a VPN. VPN stands for virtual private network, which essentially re-routes your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you’re in another country.
To sign up for HBO Max, you would connect to a US server. There’s lots of VPN providers out there, but for the best performance and speeds, we recommend either NordVPN or SurfShark. You can see more options in our list of the best VPNs for HBO Max.
Once you’ve chosen your VPN, here’s what you need to do:
Billing information for HBO Max
For the next step, you’ll need the HBO Max app. We have successfully tested this method using NordVPN and an Android phone.
Once you’ve bought the VPN you want, you’ll need to download it on either your iOS or Android device. The HBO Max website currently only allows you to sign up if you have a payment card that’s tied to the US. If you don’t have that, here are the steps you should take:
Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that’s tied to the US (leave the country blank)
Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
You should now have access to the US app store – download and install the HBO Max app
Tap ‘skip’ if the app store asks you to add payment information to your iOS/Google Play account before you’ve installed HBO Max
Create a new account in the HBO Max app with your email address and password
Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device
There have been reports of users not being able to install HBO Max on iOS as the app store forces users to register their payment details and doesn’t accept UK PayPal if you try to register with this account.
To get round this, we recommend purchasing US App Store credit via a digital gift card – which can be added as a US payment option.
You can purchase this from places such as Amazon US, though there are other retailers available. You’ll need a website that allows you to pay with UK bank details. The typical minimum amount you can purchase will be $25 – enough to cover one month’s subscription of HBO Max.
When the site asks you to put in the recipient, enter your own email address and the code to redeem the money will be sent to your inbox. Then when you need to add payment information in the app store, select ‘redeem gift card or code’, and you should be able to add the money as credit on your account.
With this, you should then be able to sign up for an HBO Max account. Once your account is active, you can change your payment information back to your UK PayPal via the website to avoid having to pay for a new gift card every single time.
We’d like to stress that all of these methods are technically against HBO’s terms of service, so the company could cancel your account at any time. Proceed at your own risk.
Will Dune release on UK VOD services and DVD?
Dune will only release on HBO Max at the same time that it releases in theatres. When it does eventually come to UK VOD services and DVD, it won’t be until at least a few months after the initial cinema release.