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Old 10-04-2010, 05:19 PM
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Default 'THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut' - High-Def Diget Review

Gosh would you ever have guessed George Lucas would go back and tinker with one of his films? Nate says this film shows how talented Lucas really was. This Blu-ray features over-processed video, great audio, and ton's of behind-the-Lucas nuggets. Recommnded for lovers and haters alike.

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Old 10-04-2010, 08:18 PM
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I should watch this again. I fell asleep the first time I saw this years ago.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:28 PM
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So much to enjoy here -- I love how they are tallying the budget DURING the chase at the end to justify whether they should pull back or not.. am I gushing? Yea, lol, LOVE IT!!

Living definition of the term 'cult classic'... an absolute must own IMO based solely on the message, nevermind the superb direction, dialogue, and what I feel is a 4 star transfer.. absolutely love the crackle of the dialogue exchanges via the intercoms; no other film quite like this.. I'd give it a 4.5 for the movie as well.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:16 PM
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It is shocking to watch this film and realize it's the same director of the Star Wars prequels. The styles could not be any more different. In the opening scenes of THX 1138, the audience has the feeling that this is a dystopian future, but only from the mood and the suggestions from a series of striking images and sound clips. Nothing too blatant, nothing too obvious. The audience shares the feelings of Robert Duvall that something just isn't right but of course the viewer must take the journey with Robert Duvall to find out what.

It baffles me that the same man can create this visually stunning and moody film, and also be responsible for the sterile, soul less prequels where the lines of dialogue competed for the title of most shameless exposition.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:26 PM
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My GF hates this film. She's never been able to get all the way through it.

I thought the AQ was great. Near reference almost. I need to get the LD version that has none of the reatweaking. It would be fun to watch.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:47 AM
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I really dislike the "George Lucas Director's Cut", and not just on principle. Most of the CG is really dated already. It looks video game quality, and stands out terribly from the live action footage shot in 1970 (especially in high definition). I also find it ironic that Lucas has taken this film, which is about the dangers of commercialism and conformity, and tried to "conform" it to what he believes are modern standards so as to make it more commercial for a younger audience. He's forgotten the whole purpose of his own movie. It's shocking and disheartening.

If you listen to the commentary, Lucas even mentions that he intentionally shot most of it in static shots without much camera movement. Then look at that stupid CG car chase he's added in (which looks like a Hot Wheels commercial), and it's all shaky-cam zooming around. It's ridiculous.

As far as the transfer goes, most of the issues are not Warner's fault. The master was prepared by Lucasfilm in 2004. That's when the DNR and EE were baked in. I think it looks OK overall, but there are definitely moments where the processing is overdone.

The sloppy encoding, however, is probably Warner's fault. There are a few scenes with really bad artifacting. I'm sure that Warner probably just ran this through a single pass in an automated encoder and called it a day, as they're prone to do with too many discs these days.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:31 PM
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My wife also fell asleep during this movie. We streamed it from netflix. I enjoyed it and will probably pick up the blu-ray.

For the life of me, I will never understand why Lucas can't put both versions of the movie out there. Does it no longer exist (like the theatrical original star wars trilogy)? I don't own a VCR or LD player, so not much hope in ever seeing the original version unless I go the pirate route.
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THX-1138 is a truly superb film. I didn't fully appreciate the movie until I saw it in a very limited theatrical release back in September 2004, about a week before the Special Edition DVD release. The Special Edition version of the film is great, since it truly enhances the movie in subtle ways & cleans up a lot of the poor effects; also liked the "ape-like" creatures that attacked THX in the end - these replaced most of the little people that were initially used, and were much more effective.

In any case, I liked the whole movie, including the hologram sequence, the "white room/space", the constant "What's wrong?" questions, etc. The whole vibe was very much like the dystopian novels 1984 & Brave New World, etc., while still being completely original.

I really enjoyed the theme of escape from the confines of a restrictive society/life - these themes were visited again by Lucas in "American Graffiti" and "SW: A New Hope".

I also wanted to again mention how significant it was that Lflm. cleaned this film up, made some non-intrusive changes/improvements, and re-released it to theatres & DVD back in 2004. If this hadn't been done, we would all be relegated to watching this film on sub-par VHS tapes in the crummy pan & scan format, something that really inhibited my full enjoyment of the movie back in the day.

Side-note: To those who are wondering what happened at the very end of "THX-1138" when THX went through the man-hole that led to the surface, the very end of the film's novelization (by Ben Bova, long OOP these days) indicates that there are other people on the surface of Earth (if the planet is meant to be Earth). That being said, I liked the end of the film much better, because you just saw THX going up to the surface and that was it - the red setting sun worked really well for this scene, and this ambiguous ending was much more cinematic than the one in the novel, at least IMHO.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:14 PM
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Are you kidding? They have completely ruined a fantastic film. Lame CGI that looks dated and out of place. Flying monkeys instead of malformed humans close to the edge of the radiation shielding. The only good thing about this disc is the upgrade in sound and a cleaned up and corrected video. The changes made to this film by Lucas are a travesty. Sad thing is until he dies we will never see the original in Blu Ray.
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