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

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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, George Lucas
  • Format: Widescreen, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002CHIKG
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In a future where people have numbers, not names, and mates are assigned, a man and woman fall in love.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 14-SEP-2004
Media Type: DVD

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 8 2010
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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By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 19 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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Format: DVD
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 on their own and it'll be plausible to them because they fabricated it.

with this in mind if you watch this movie only and never view the bonus features it's slow, boring, but overall good and with a real uptick in value from the middle to the ending..... BUT DON'T EVER VIEW THE BONUS FEATURES!!!! because they mention where the movie is supposedly taking place.

the updated version is better than the original, the CGI additions fit seamlessly and improve the film.... except for the tunnel monkeys but they on their own don't kill it.


as a day in the life you get the impression the society is like Communist Russia at it's most oppressive... this is plausible, the comparison are easily identifiable but the explanation given in the bonus features is the exact opposite, the bonus features claim the world is based on extreme capitalism.... so why no choice, why no freedom, why nothing to buy worth mention, why no variety which is at the heart of consumer choice even if it's only an illusion and why is no one buying anything other than an empty red cube?

this movie may have been George Lucas's best work, the budget was minimal and he did a lot with it, I can't fault him entirely because he readily admits all the time that he can't write to save his life but to be so very accurate is really still quite disappointing.
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By A Customer on Nov. 17 2004
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's crap. Ok, yes, one would argue there are hidden messages and visions of possible future,'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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