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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 215959011
UPC: 883929116348
UPC 14: 00883929116348
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
In George Lucas's fascinating debut feature (based on his short student film), the filmmaking wunderkind creates a futuristic, underground world in which bald, drone-like workers are forced to take drugs to regulate their moods and stifle their libidos. THX 1138 (Robert Duvall) and his mate LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie) are factory workers, building the robotic police that keep order in their stark world. The soundtrack to their lives is a news service that continually lists information about factory accidents, as well as sex and drug crimes, à la George Orwell's 1984. There are electronic confessionals where workers admit to mistakes they've made, outlets THX uses to express his unhappiness with his life. When LUH decides she and THX should stop taking their medication, their sense of humanity--and their desire and love for each other as a couple--is unleashed. It's not long, however, before they are imprisoned for this crime, and LUH learns that she is pregnant. Separated from LUH, THX embarks on a journey to find her, with the help of rebel SEN (Donald Pleasence) and hologram SRT (Don Pedro Colley), eventually attempting escape to the outside world.

Combining complex editing and sound techniques with brilliantly subtle performances, THX 1138 is Lucas's less widely regarded vision of life in outer space, though it stands firmly as an awe-inspiring sci-fi spectacle. The film is also eerily prophetic, depicting a world in which television screens are bombarded with sensationalistic news, sexually explicit films, and vapid comedy shows.


Video Features Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/7/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 88 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video UPC UPC: 00883929116348
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review THX 1138 - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Reviews
Published on: 9/10/2010 2:03 PM
Today, who would think that George Lucas once had the soul of an avant-garde filmmaker? Anyone only familiar with the overblown Star Wars prequels or his revisionist versions of the original trilogy would only see the purveyor of soulless special effects and the possessor of a relentlessly stubborn personality that refuses to acknowledge any so-called “inferior” versions of his works. With THX 1138, you get to see both Lucases — the visionary filmmaker and the meddling, perpetually unsatisfied revisionist. Originally released in 1971, THX 1138 was an expanded version of a short film Lucas made as a student at USC. It was a sparse, minimalist, and menacing the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Marshall Efron
Video Cast Info Donald Pleasence
Video Cast Info Ian Wolfe
Video Cast Info Maggie McOmie
Video Cast Info Irene Forrest
Video Cast Info Sid Haig
Video Cast Info Don Pedro Colley
Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Editor
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Walter Murch - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Lalo Schifrin - Composer
Video Cast Info Lawrence Sturhahn - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Haller - Art Director
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info David Myers - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Director

Professional Reviews

Film Comment
"A sci-fi classic..." 09/30/2004 p.79

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] good film..." 09/24/2004 p.89

Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] science-fiction parable set in the 25th century and displaying remarkable visual mastery." 09/10/2004 p.33

"[I]t's visually breathtaking." 11/01/2004 p.157

Sight and Sound
"[T]he film exhibits a sci-fi sensibility rooted in Orwell, Kubrick and Kafka..." 12/01/2004 p.76

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Lucas' biggest set is a bare, bleached-out void, while his primary resource is sound, Walter Murch's dense multi-tracks engulfing us in an oppressive drone of voice and noise." 01/01/2011

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