Thx 1138 [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Audio Commentary: by George Lucas and sound editor, Walter Murch --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Spoilers DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.
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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A very odd movie from George Lucas that also has Martin Scorcese involved. Note that it would be the first time the word "wookie" has been used and it looks like they were... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Gis A. Bun
These disc's are defective. Have had two copies now shipped - both did not play tried in multiple region free players.Published 7 months ago by xsx
A classic of a movie. unfortunately the copy I received was a bad one. It kept going out as if the player could not read the disk.Published 19 months ago by Bourgsmallworld
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Mike J
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 morePublished on June 6 2014 by Christina Douglas
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 morePublished on Dec 8 2013 by gregoire tremblay
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 morePublished on Nov. 9 2013 by RobT