Thx 1138 (Blu-ray)

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Studio Warner
SKU 215959011
UPC 883929116348
UPC 14 00883929116348
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Classic
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Futuristic
Recommended
Robots/Cyborgs
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "[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
Directors
George Lucas
Actors
Donald Pleasence
Maggie McOmie
Don Pedro Colley
Robert Duvall
Cast & Crew
Marshall Efron - Star
Donald Pleasence - Star
Ian Wolfe - Star
Maggie McOmie - Star
Irene Forrest - Star
Sid Haig - Star
Don Pedro Colley - Star
Robert Duvall - Star
George Lucas - Editor
George Lucas - Screenwriter
Walter Murch - Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin - Composer
Lawrence Sturhahn - Producer
Michael Haller - Art Director
Francis Ford Coppola - Executive Producer
David Myers - Cinematographer
George Lucas - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00883929116348
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 88 minutes
Features
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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