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THX 1138 (The George Lucas Director's Cut: Two-Disc Special Edition) [Import]

Robert Duvall , Donald Pleasence    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with remastered Dec 8 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. I had to plug a USB stick in my brand new Blu-Ray reader to provide additional memory to the machine. Otherwise, the disk would not start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future... Dec 19 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The movie may date from 1970, but its message is far more significant than a far echo of its decade.

Not as smart as "Solaris" or "2001: A space odyssey", it nevertheless captures human determination, and the sheer will to be free, no matter what's sent our way. Robert Duval plays his role (THX-1138) to a degree of perfection: introvert, yet boiling with an inner rage at all time. This rage, he uses to exact his plan to try and get out of this futuristic hellhole, and with some added CGI (Lucas, can't help himself), the movie actually benefits from having a nice scope and greater visuals, though I wonder what the original film looked like.

Special features are very entertaining, insightful and come in great numbers, culminating to almost 3-4 hours worth of visual documentaries, plus a commentary track. It is hard to ask for more in this case.

Not the "be all end all" of sci-fi movies, THX-1138 has enough smarts, ingenuity and pacing to be called a film. And a classic film, at that. Its message will most likely be as resonant 50 years from now as it felt 40 years ago.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 2 BRD sets Defective Nov. 9 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. Amazon quickly replaced the defective disc with another one. Sad to say the second disc performed exactly the same way. (I tried a number of other BRDs to make sure it wasn't my player, and everything played fine.) So it seems like the Canadian pressing of THX 1138 may well be defective.

**My low rating is not for the film, but for the manufacturing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little known fact... March 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Remember the scenes of the robotic-like cop beating the human? Well, those sounds are used to start off the first track of the Nine Inch Nails album "Downward Spiral." Pretty cool, huh?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the 'afficiandos'... Jan. 23 2007
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 enough...

I have seen enough film now that I will award a film merit based purely on the originality of its ideas. Science fiction is nothing if it doesn't suggest alternatives to our current understandings and this film presented (to me) an interesting posssible future. Is it entirely original - no. Is it derivitive and unworthy of merit - far from it. Stylistically bold I would hate to see what Lucas would have done with it (as one reveiwer suggested) with the budget and resources of todays films.

I'm not impressed when vintage cinema is 'updated' with CGI that does not meld with the original material. So I would prefer if no such visuals had been added to this edition. Star Wars having strong compositions destroyed by the addition of new background CGI is a good example of a director undoing his own work.

This is Science Fiction. George Lucas was responsible for Star Wars and is most well known for it. He has written/directed several such adventure movies but just because he found commercial success with films like Star Wars/Raiders that doesn't mean he would have done ANYTHING of the sort with THX 1138 (if his budget had been expanded). This is not Star Wars - get over it. The simple fact is this film would not have been made by an older, wiser and more business savvy Lucas.

This is Science Fiction. It presents a stark, cold, clinical, depressing, claustraphobic future. This is the story of a man who finds his existence at odds with his nature. If you want wookies and dogfights look elsewhere - maybe the kids section.
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Published 15 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
Sometimes a movie is better left alone, away from the attempts of the Director to change it for a newer, more sophicated audience. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars THX 1138? THX, but no THX
Okay, I got to admit, I read multiple reviews and listened to many opinions before finally watching this movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Stop George Before He Really Goes Too Far!!
I can't believe it. I bought this DVD before reading the reviews, expecting it to be a digitally REMASTERED director's cut in the true sense of the word. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2004 by Scifihorrorfan
2.0 out of 5 stars Has eveybody been fooled?
In my entire life I have never met anyone who liked this movie. And by like I mean, "I sat down to watch THX1138 last night and Lord that's a good movie! Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2004
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