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THX 1138

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
THX 1138
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"Like all other drones in the sprawling subterranean technocracy, he has a designation: THX 1138. He's the product of a number-crunching, soul-numbing society. But there's a flaw: he's human and wants out."--Container.
Title: THX 1138
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2004]
Edition: The George Lucas director's cut widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. ; American Zoetrope production ; producer, Lawrence Sturhahn ; screenplay by George Lucas and Walter Murch ; directed by George Lucas
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1971
Bonus materials: 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
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: "Like all other drones in the sprawling subterranean technocracy, he has a designation: THX 1138. He's the product of a number-crunching, soul-numbing society. But there's a flaw: he's human and wants out."--Container.
ISBN: 0790798662
Branch Call Number: DVD SciFi THX
Credits: Photography, David Myers, Albert Kihn ; music, Lalo Schifrin ; editor, George Lucas.
Performers: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby surround 5.1; dual-layer format
Other Language: Languages and subtitles: English, Francais and Español; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Brainwashing Drama Androids Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Science fiction films
Future, The, in motion pictures
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Brainwashing
Androids
Publisher No: 4506 Warner Home Video
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George Lucas' feature film debut, set in a dystopian future of conformity and control.


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I was a TV/film student at San Francisco State when this film was made. The space where THX1138 comes upon the neon-lit religious icon is Studio 1 in the TV department where I crewed and directed a number of student productions. The control room was used in the trial scene, as were close-ups of the video switcher. Most of the head-shaved residents of the subterranean city were extras from a large, San Francisco drug-rehab organization of the time. The long car chase in the underground freeway was done in the Oakland to Alameda tunnel over a period of several nights. The tunnel is not even a mile long. (Spoiler Alert!)In the escape from the city scene where THX is climbing concrete rungs up a long vertical tube toward the “surface,” he is really crawling horizontally along the concrete railroad ties of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) tunnel that was under construction below Market Street, downtown. George Lucas just tilted the camera on its side to get the effect.

Sep 29, 2011
  • Veepea rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

When I first saw this movie, I didn't like it. I waited a few years and watched it again, and- I still didn't like it. I am a huge fan of Star Wars, even of the prequels which are generally not well liked, but this movie just isn't very good. It is an interesting portrait of a dystopia, but the camera angles are confusing and there isn't enough of a back story in my opinion. The movie isn't completely devoid of worth, though.

Jun 27, 2010
  • Spillie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A visually stark yet interesting movie, of the future yet very rooted in the time it was made. Themes common in all George Lucas movies are clearly present.

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