THX 1138 - Special Edition

Overview

Years before creating Star Wars, George Lucas created a very different science fiction drama, which is given an attentive presentation on DVD in this release. This edition of THX 1138 has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been remixed and mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; in addition to the original English-language soundtrack, dubbed versions in French and Spanish are also included, as ...
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Overview

Years before creating Star Wars, George Lucas created a very different science fiction drama, which is given an attentive presentation on DVD in this release. This edition of THX 1138 has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been remixed and mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; in addition to the original English-language soundtrack, dubbed versions in French and Spanish are also included, as well as optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Lucas and sound designer Walter Murch, and the film's original trailer.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally restored and remastered; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Commentary by co-writer/director George Lucas and co-writer/sound designer Walter Murch; Original theatrical trailer; Languages & subtitles: English, Français, & Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A more contemplative film than the later science fiction work that would make him a blockbuster legend, George Lucas' feature debut THX 1138 already displayed his talent for striking imagery. Produced under the independent auspices of Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope and expanded from Lucas' USC student short, THX 1138's vision of future dehumanization matched androgynous costuming with sparse high-tech settings and an expansive, unnerving, all-white prison "cell," aptly evoking an existence devoid of sensual pleasure. Deliberately paced and infused with early-'70s paranoia as well as somewhat stilted artiness, THX 1138's dystopian view of technology and the future was of a piece with such other contemporary science fiction films as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Soylent Green (1973), and Logan's Run (1975). The climactic, skillfully edited chase and celebratory final image, however, were also precursors to the direction Lucas' filmmaking would take. A box-office failure on its first release, THX 1138 soon became a favorite on college campuses and garnered a re-release after the phenomenal success of Lucas' more nostalgically upbeat science-fiction yarn Star Wars (1977) brought the director and his hardware a fanatical following.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • UPC: 012569450622
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,093

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall THX 1138
Donald Pleasence SEN 5421
Don Pedro Colley SRT
Maggie McOmie LUH
Ian Wolfe PTO
Sid Haig NCH
Gary Austin Man in Yellow
Scott Beach
Claudette Bessing ELC
Ralph Chesse Proctor
James Cranna
Jean Durand Listener
Marshall Erwin Efron TWA
Morris Erby Newscaster
Robert Feero Police Robot
Irene Forrest IMM
Gary Alan Marsh TRG
Terry McGovern
Julie Payne
John Pearce DWY
John Seaton OUE
Ruth Silveira
David Ogden Stiers Announcer
Eugene I. Sullivan JOT
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. Chrome Robot
Technical Credits
George Lucas Director, Editor, Original Story, Screenwriter
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Edward Folger Associate Producer
Michael Haller Art Director
Albert Kihn Cinematographer
Jim Manson Sound/Sound Designer
Dave Meyers Cinematographer
Walter Murch Screenwriter, Sound/Sound Designer
David Myers Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Lawrence Sturhahn Producer
John Ward Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:55]
2. What's Wrong? [2:12]
3. On the Job [2:36]
4. End of Shift [4:15]
5. Home [4:25]
6. Chemical Imbalance [2:50]
7. Forbidden Proximity [5:04]
8. SEN's Plan [5:49]
9. Mind-Lock [4:35]
10. Trial and Punishment [3:49]
11. Medical Diagnosis [4:37]
12. Fighting Back [2:50]
13. Prisons Without Walls [5:59]
14. The Shell Dweller [3:15]
15. The Way Out [3:58]
16. The Hologram [2:10]
17. Foot Chase [3:10]
18. Tagged [2:16]
19. Intruder's Prayer [2:35]
20. The Fate of LUH 3417 [2:43]
21. Jet Cars [4:42]
22. Hot Pursuit [4:56]
23. Restricted Expressway [2:54]
24. Nothing to Fear [3:38]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Co-Writer/Director George Lucas and Co-Writer/Sound Designer Walter Murch
      1971 Original Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Français 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Español 5.1
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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