THX 1138 [Director's Cut] [Blu-ray] [1971]

  • SKU: 1171219
  • Release Date: 09/07/2010
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    77% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 17)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by George Lucas and Walter Murch
    • Theatre of Noise Experience: Isolated Sound Effects Track
    • Master Sessions: Docupod Gallery Showcasing Murch's Pioneering Work
    • 2 Documentaries: A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope and Artifact from the Future: The Making of THX 1138
    • Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB: Luca's Original Student Film
    • Vintage Production Featurette Bald
    • Theatrical Trailers

    Synopsis


    THX 1138
    Based on his award-winning student short, George Lucas's debut feature cerebrally celebrates the possibility for individual freedom against all odds. In a 1984-esque white-washed future underground dystopia where sexuality is banned, all humans sport shaved heads and the same shapeless outfits as they go about their work in a mandated state of sedation, listening to exhortations to "Buy and Be Happy." Black-clad robot cops chant a mantra to their victims that "everything will be all right" and automated confessional booths emit soothing therapeutic bromides. But unbeknownst to THX 1138 (Robert Duvall), his roommate LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie) has been reducing their meds, resulting in their mutual discovery of love and THX's subsequent imprisonment for drug evasion and sexual misconduct. Determined to find the pregnant LUH, THX breaks out of prison with the help of his cellmate SEN 5241 (Donald Pleasence) and an escaped TV hologram (Don Pedro Colley). With fugitive pursuits strictly budgeted, THX only has to evade the robocops until the funds run out, but surveillance is omnipresent and THX's vehicle keeps overheating. Making the only film produced through the first incarnation of Francis Ford Coppola's independent studio American Zoetrope, Lucas and his small crew, including co-writer and sound editor Walter Murch, shot THX 1138 in northern California with no interference from distributor Warner Bros. When Warners saw the austere result, however, they recut the film before its release. Neither the studio's nor Lucas's cut was a popular success, but THX 1138's coolly minimalist style and story-telling gained fans on the college screening circuit, just as Stanley Kubrick's poetic 2001: A Space Odyssey had attracted a large youth audience in 1968. When Lucas returned to sci-fi after American Graffiti, he traded restraint for nostalgic fun in the film that guaranteed his creative freedom in Hollywood: Star Wars. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert Duvall
      Robert Duvall - THX 1138
    • Donald Pleasence
      Donald Pleasence - SEN 5421
    • Don Pedro Colley
      Don Pedro Colley - SRT
    • Image coming soon
      Maggie McOmie - LUH
    • Ian Wolfe
      Ian Wolfe - PTO



    Customer rating

    3.9
    77%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great HD release of a George Lucas sci-fi classic!

      Posted
      ragnar
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      This blu-ray is feature packed with hours of bonus features including the original student film that THX-1138 is based on. The audio and video of the are both noticeable upgrades over the 2-disc DVD release. Missing from this set, although also absent from the DVD release, is the original 1971 theatrical cut of the film which would have been a nice archival inclusion to see the progression of this film from it's origins as a low-budget student film to a complete bells and whistles final cut, much like what was presented in the multi-disc set of Blade Runner that was also released by Warner Brothers. The film itself is a dark, dystopian sci-fi film very different from the Star Wars films that Lucas is most known for. It's thrills are far more cerebral than the serial inspired Skywalker Saga. If you are looking for something different than the usual sci-fi blow-em-ups, you could do worse than to give this one a spin.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      google123

      This is a movie that has a good story behind it, and that is what a lot of movies that are made today are lacking. Today is all about action (yes it can be exciting) but that is all it is and to me the movie then feels unfinished. I feel movies have to have a good story in order to make it a good movie. One big aspect that i love about this movie is that Gorge Lucas is a sound type of guy. He doesn't use visuals as much as he does sound but with the way he does it he doesn't need the visuals. He can make the image only with sound. Another aspect that is fascinating about this movie is that you can see pieces of Gorge Lucas's other movies in this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      interesting, not essential

      Posted
      doobiescoo
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      hoped to get a little insight into the mind of a young George Lucas. He's something of an enigama to me - I love the first two Star Wars movies (episodes IV and V), American Graffitti, the Indiana Jones movies...but then there are the very disappointing later Star Wars movies, Ewoks, Jar-jar, the dance routine added to Episode VI...what gives? Well, after THX....I'm still confused. Still, it was worth a viewing, maybe even multiple viewings.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Don't expect Star Wars

      Posted
      WhoIsPon
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      If you're expecting an early version of Star Wars, you'll be disappointed. This film is not for everyone, but it's always interesting to look at the early work of groundbreaking artists. The plot isn't particularly complicated (neither was Star Wars') but as you would expect from Lucas, the imagery is compelling. The commentary by Lucas and Murch is very detailed, highly recommended listen for film buffs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Lucas' first is still one of his best

      Posted
      JobJohn
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      Georege Lucas is rightfully known for the Star Wars franchise but his first film THX1138 remains one of his best. It can be a bit slow at times and certainly isn't one of the family friendly adventures that Lucas is known for but it is a great first film from a then unknown director and worth checking out for fans of science fiction.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      not for everyone

      Posted
      lonewolf
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      Was interested to get George Lucas first film as I am a fan of his movies. Movie is very stark and dated. Probably mostly an actors movie because of dialogue but not much scenery as in his later movies. If you want to view his first attempt you may be interested.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      DISSATISFIED

      Posted
      UNHAPPY
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      AFTER TRYING TO GET THE BLUE RAY DISK TO LOAD REPEATEDLY I WAS FORCED TO RETURN IT TO A BEST BUY STORE WHICH DID NOT HAVE A COPY ON HAND. RATHER THAN BEING ABLE TO GET ANOTHER COPY WAS FORCED TO BUY A MOVIE I DID NOT WANT

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I kept waiting for the answer.

      Posted
      Delma
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      I got this movie based on the fact that it was George Lucas's first works. I'll admit I was a bit lost. It was waiting for the answer but the end left me thinking I had lost two hours I'll never get back. Sorry George

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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