THX 1138 DVD in the works!

 
Old 12-16-03, 04:17 PM
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THX 1138 DVD in the works!

No date yet, but it's being restored apparently.
From theforce.net:

Teemu tells us that www.apple.com just released an article in their trailers section under ´Mac & Movies´ called Restoring Indiana Jones. On page two called ´Removing The Veil´, you'll find some interesting new developments inside of Lucasfilm:

But restoring films remains Lowry's main business. He's working again with Jim Ward and Warner Bros., just finishing a restoration of George Lucas' first film, "THX 1138." "After we saw what he could do with 'Indiana Jones,'" says Ward, "we definitely wanted back in the queue."

It seems to mean that a revamped and updated THX 1138 is coming to DVD in the near future!
Haven't seen it myself, but thought some people here may be interested.
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Old 12-16-03, 04:39 PM
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Glad to hear it!
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Yes, I second that. :-) I love this film and I'm very glad to see this finally coming to DVD.
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Can't wait to replace my crap pan-and-scan VHS!! Great frickin flick!
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yep...my tape has been toast for a long time. great film and I cant wait!! thanks for the heads-up.
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I've heard it's going to be the SE. Suncoast may be taking preorders.
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SE ?? Don't get my hopes up !

Robert Duvall & George Lucas together on DVD !! Woot !!

Man, those white on white scenes are going to be blinding.
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I hope Lucas gets involved for a director's cut [ducks].

Apparently, THX was severely edited by the studio before its release.
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Originally posted by Gerry P.
I hope Lucas gets involved for a director's cut [ducks].

Apparently, THX was severely edited by the studio before its release.
Not 'severely'. But they did cut a couple of scenes out of the film. Once Star Wars came out and Lucas became a name, he had the material re-inserted into the film. All video versions (VHS and LD) have the footage included.

That's not to say that he won't continue to mess with the movie (this is Lucas, after all), but the current video version is the director's cut.
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Never saw the movie, but would love to check it out.
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They have the official website and trailer up.

http://www.thx1138movie.com/
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Never saw the movie, but would love to check it out.
It's a brilliant film, probably his best. But it's not something I could recommend as a blind buy. It's not a crowd pleaser type of film. It's a dark, dreary, Orwellian, sci-fi. It moves along at a slow pace as a character driven film. So you may or may no be bored with it.



I hope Lucas gets involved for a director's cut [ducks].
Well, it is a director's cut. The scenes the studio cut against his will were restored. There are also some enhanced backgrounds and effects cleanups, in some scenes obvious enhancements. Some may not like that. But the changes are nowhere near as serious as the Star Wars changes. No lines of dialogue changed and no character moments changed. The white on white scenes are still there.

Trailer screencaps:









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Oh wait, I think I have seen parts of this film. The second to the last screencap sparked a memory jolt.
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I forgot the DVD coverart.



It is a DVD, and pretty well packed with features considering it's an obscure title that probably won't set any sales records.


Video: 2.35 Anamorphic (restored by Lowry Digital Images)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:

- Audio Commentary with director George Lucas and co-writer/sound designer Walter Murch

- "Theater of Noise" Isolated Sound Effects Track

- Master Sessions With Walter Murch

- "A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope" New Documentary

- "Artifact From the Future: The Making of THX-1138" New Documentary

- "Bald" Vintage Featurette

- "Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138:4EB" Original Student Film

- Original Theatrical Trailer

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I caught part of this a couple years ago, didn't think it was much but I might pick it up if I can get it used cheap!!
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didn't think it was much
That's why I said it was a great film that received critical praise, but it's certainly not for everyone. So there's no way I could recommend it as a blind buy. I'd say rent it first.
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awesome cover art!
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