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Thx 1138 (1971)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40246345
UPC: 085391116226
UPC 14: 00085391116226
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When two workers avoid their medication they begin to feel the force of their repressed sexuality and need for freedom.

"Extraordinary. Visually hypnotic.  Vincent Canby, New York Times

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 DVD, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Widescreen, Special Edition, Documentary

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/14/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 88 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11162
Video UPC UPC: 00085391116226
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Don Pedro Colley
Video Cast Info Donald Pleasence
Video Cast Info Maggie McOmie
Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info Sid Haig
Video Cast Info Albert Kihn - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Writer
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Director
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Editor
Video Cast Info Lalo Schifrin - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Lawrence Stuhahn - Producer

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Lucas,George
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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