Thx 1138

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It was amazing concept. The way it was shot was great, Duval was great. It made you keep wanting to watch to see how it ended and when it did you wanted it to keep going. Excellent!

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Opened the hole in my head!

by Karen on 9/14/2004

I have been looking for this on dvd for at least eight years. Most clerks (young) at video stores had no idea of what I was talking about. I did finally come across someone at a store that knew enough to tell me that this had never been released on dvd but perhaps sometime in the future would be. Right now I am so ecstatic I may have a brain hemmorhage!!! The first time I saw this movie it was 1968, 69 somewhere around there and I was eleven or twelve years old. I was up really, really late at night, maybe about 1am on a school night. I watched this movie from beginning credits until the ending credits and was so stunned by the storyline and the cinematography I almost couldn't speak. The all white background on a 19" TV screen in an almost totally lightless room was awesome. The presence of minimal dialogue with the exception of Donald Pleasance' babbling when he first finds someone to talk to causes you to totally immerse yourself into movie using your own senses and sensibilities. The only other movie that ever effected me that way was "Black Orpheus". I never forgot that movie and when BETA came about, of course, I started looking for those two movies for purchase. Here it is, 2004 and I can now purchase at least one of my all time favorite movies. Read More

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on 9/28/2004

It was amazing concept. The way it was shot was great, Duval was great. It made you keep wanting to watch to see how it ended and when it did you wanted it to keep going. Excellent! Read More

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Product Overview

When two workers avoid their medication they begin to feel the force of their repressed sexuality and need for freedom.


Studio Warner
SKU 40246345
UPC 085391116226
UPC 14 00085391116226
Format DVD
Release Date 9/14/2004
Rating Rating
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Theatrical Release
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.
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
George Lucas
Donald Pleasence
Maggie McOmie
Don Pedro Colley
Robert Duvall
Cast & Crew
Albert Kihn - Cinematographer
Don Pedro Colley - Actor
Donald Pleasence - Actor
Francis Ford Coppola - Executive Producer
George Lucas - Writer
George Lucas - Director
George Lucas - Editor
Lalo Schifrin - Musical Score
Lawrence Stuhahn - Producer
Maggie McOmie - Actor
Robert Duvall - Actor
Sid Haig - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1971
Catalog ID 11162
UPC 00085391116226
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 88 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
DVD, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Widescreen, Special Edition, Documentary
Product Attributes
Actor Lucas,George
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Vincent Canby, New York Times Extraordinary. Visually hypnotic.
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