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Thx 1138 [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Robert Duvall , Donald Pleasence , George Lucas    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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George Lucas's enigmatic feature film debut expands on a student film he made at USC. Created under the wing of producer Francis Ford Coppola, this movie is a bleak vision of a world in which technology, not man, is the ultimate dictator. Efficiency overrides every other aspect of human life, as people are reduced to code names and their lives are contained, monitored, and manipulated for the sake of the system. Featuring unsettling performances by Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasance, and Maggie McOmie, THX 1138 does not attempt to explain how things became this way; rather, it utilizes the alienation of its characters, the stifling white-on-white imagery of its sterilized society, and the claustrophobic, droning sound design to emphasize the dangers of a world reliant on soulless technology. Even though this is not a film one will want to take in repeatedly, THX 1138 merits attention because it is that rare film that uses images and sounds--rather than relying heavily on dialogue--to communicate its dark prophecy. --Bryan Reesman

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early genius Feb. 8 2010
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Be forewarned: THX 1138 is not for all Star Wars fans. This is hard sci-fi, like the kind Kubrick used to make. There are no cute furry Ewoks, there is no villain, there is not much in the way of heroics. This is a dystopian future brought to you by the once-brilliant director, unhampered by his own commercial drives. This is as pure a vision as it gets.

One viewing is not enough to digest THX1138. There is not much in the way of dialogue, or exposition. There is no traditional music, and the story plods along in a very Kubrickian fashion.

It is the future, and humanity now lives in a vast underground city, so vast that nobody ever ventures out to its superstructure where malformed, monkey-like "Shell Dwellers" remain. Perhaps they are mutants, victims of a long-forgotten nuclear holocaust. It is never explained and it's never supposed to be explained. Humanity lives in a sterile, pristinely white city that resembles the dullest of shopping malls. Every word spoken is monitored, including at strange Catholic-looking confessionals, where one prays to the State and the Masses and a weird Christ-like face. Children are taught entire school courses via a chemical IV. Sexual activity is forbidden unless you are scheduled to produce a child. Sedation by drugs is compulsory. Failure to take your medications will result in drug offences and rehabilition. Some humans are deemed defective and left to themselves in a strange white prison, an asylum that seems to go on forever.

Our protangonist is THX-1138, called "Tex" for short. He is played by the young Robert Duvall. He does not feel well. He feels sick, shaky, because he is off his medication. Feelings of love and lust are stirring for his roomate, LUH.
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2.0 out of 5 stars THX 1138? THX, but no THX Nov. 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Okay, I got to admit, I read multiple reviews and listened to many opinions before finally watching this movie. I am an oldschool cinematography fan and will watch what most of today's audience can't even bear for more than 5 minutes. I've seen the most disturbing Italian movies and the turtle-like slow-paced Kurosawa masterpieces. Been there, done that, got a t-shirt. Then I heard about THX-1138. Well my first thought..what? George Lucas? Maybe it's as good as the original Star Wars Trilogy was too? So having spent time researching the movie prior to buying it, I went and got a copy. Well, what can I say? I'll just say it...it's crap. Ok, yes, one would argue there are hidden messages and visions of possible future, but...it's still crap. What did Lucas do? He took the infamous cliche (by then) topic of 1984ish reality and added a twist...then he looked at his own budget and realized that most scenese will have to be empty, instead of futuristic costumes he'd use cheap prisoner clothing and well everything else that he probably had in mind before he made it would have to be 'out of the picture' too. Result? An overrated not-so-masterpiece that has no acting, ripped off storyline, jumps from scene to scene and overall has no sense of fluency that is a must have in a good movie. You're thrown into an on-going reality, introduced to a personality-less prisoner and are moved, no, dragged through a predictable story until at the end you realize that, umm...THX 1138 is not even a movie, it's like a scrapbook with random ideas that should have been left on paper and forgotten. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Minimalist Epic July 13 2004
Format:DVD
I first saw this incredible film in a local theater in Long Beach, California in 1971, while still in the U.S. Air Force. I was expecting a "shoot-em-up" science fiction diversion... but was I ever amazed. Just three years before I saw Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" and thought no other film could touch my soul like that movie could. I think this film hit those same visceral roots within. Like "2001" there is little dialog, and much of the verbage in this film is heard through computer, robot or intercom noise that "first viewers" might dismiss... however, every word in this film is vital in telling the story of THX and LUH.
Robert Duvall is superb in the title role, as is Donald Pleasance and character actor Don Pedro Colley.... but the real surprise is Maggie McOmie in her only movie role. She is totally convincing as the strangely beautiful LUH, THX's love interest. Every frame of this film is a work of art... each one is like modern art... visceral, haunting, unforgettable and brilliant.
This is a film to be experienced.... and with repeated viewings, new clues open up, and you begin to wonder where these people come from, and where they are headed.
This is not a film for those with limited attention spans... it is not about "quick cuts" and simple solutions. And this film was not made in 2004, but in 1971, keep that in mind when you realize this film shows technologies we take for granted today long before they were a reality.
The sets for this film were largely REAL locations in San Francisco and Oakland, by the way. The escalators in the school for boys is actually still in Golden Gateway Center near the Embarcadero. The still-under-construction 16th Street BART station is the realm of shell dwellers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great release of this classic sci-fi. (Other than Lucas's...
I really wish Lucas hadn't messed with this but it's still great to have in hi-def as his "improvements" are few (much like what he did to the original Star Wars trilogy... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mike J
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this movie
I absolutely love this movie. There are very few movies I can stand to watch over and over again without getting tired of them and this is definitely one of them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christina Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future...
The movie may date from 1970, but its message is far more significant than a far echo of its decade. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simon Bergeron
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with remastered
This is a great movie. It was remastered with discretion. If you haven’t seen the original, you cannot tell what was actually modified. The only problem is the complex menu. Read more
Published 9 months ago by gregoire tremblay
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 BRD sets Defective
After looking forward to see this early George Lucas film again, this time in high definition, I was disappointed that the Blu Ray Disc got stuck in "loading" mode. Read more
Published 10 months ago by RobT
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Published 17 months ago by F. Marra
2.0 out of 5 stars brilliant when I was young, dim and boring now that I know better.
this movie was shot as a "day in the life" from the future, that on it's own is ok to a point, the nice thing with getting no information is that the viewer will fill in the blanks... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2011 by whatever
4.0 out of 5 stars The future
This is a great movie if you "get it". I do but not everyone does. Check it out and make your own decision.
Published on Sept. 26 2011 by Wen
5.0 out of 5 stars THX 1138 George's Cut
This is the only movie from Lucas that is well directed. The new version has some extra footage and a lot of extra CG digital work that actually enhances the film (same as the... Read more
Published on March 3 2009 by Hades
3.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the 'afficiandos'...
Some reviewers after citing their many qualifications (having seen some Italian/Japanese films etc) lambast this film for being dry, slow, not action packed enough or not original... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2007 by T. Aj Harcourt
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