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Thx 1138 [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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An individual flees his future world of outlawed love and robot pain-prod police. Directed by George Lucas.
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What is most striking about THX 1138 is the sound. Lalo Schifrin's score has apparently been digitally scrubbed up and is paramount to the mood and intensity of the film. A continual bleed of dislocated voices, radio chatter, metallic echoes and other abrasive, industrial sonic ephemera, you can see why the film had such a powerful influence on leftfield musicians from DJ Shadow to Radiohead. The latter's 'Fitter, Happier' could have been lifted directly out of the film, in which robot voices calmly reassure us that 'for more enjoyment and greater efficiency, consumption is being standardized.'All this adds to the film's maddeningly dislocated atmosphere, its themes of dehumanisation and automisation.
For a new viewer to the film, THX 1138 is shockingly avant-garde, and bears no resemblance whatsoever to any of Lucas' subsequent work. It has a loose, drifting narrative, a main character in Duval who is hardly lucid and is driven by non-articulated instincts to escape the nightmarish Orwellian society he is trapped in.Read more ›
The people of the future are drug users doped up to keep them productive as workers and emotionless - willing to do whatever ordered . It is quickly established that humans are now produced in labs and are given 'serial numbers' instead of names (THX 1138 being Robert Duvall, the main protagonists name) . THX is feeling strange and we find out this is because in an act of defiance his 'mate' LUH is replacing his sedatives with placebos - so he is essentially becoming more human .
The story follows THX'S awakening and fight to escape .
The main thing that differentiates this film from others in the genre is the dream like quality and almost white washed look of the film - This is such a great thing because it makes the film less dated. Everything is bright white and all the characters are bald - none of those 70's haircuts to detract from the story and mood! Although there is obviousely a plot the film is more like a series of memorable set pieces and if you are like myself you will find yourself muttering all the excellent quotes much to your confused friends dismay . Key scenes such as the robotic confession box where THX relays his problem to a badly synched tape recorder and a glowing portrait of ohm are excellent. The sound and look of the motorbikes chasing THX through tunnels ... There are some excellent 'what IS happening ' moments - the film is quirky as hell . Lucas nerds will notice the similaritys between the officers electric shock sticks and the light sabres ..
The other amazing thing about this film is the unique sound - in the double disk edition is an excellent featurette documenting how it was made . There are no cheesy theremins here , it truly is a real piece of work .Read more ›
Yes it's another dystopia themed 1984 film, or if you like that dumb down feeling day in day out, hey you found your Utopian society! Where it's an offence not take your drugs!
Admittedly it does not seem to have the originality of Brave New world or 1984. The film talks of the `standardisation of consumerism'. However, on closer inspection THX and his associates seem to live in sterile, cubist, white-wash apartments. The only things in their apartment, that hinted at consumer consumption, was the crass 3D TV entertainment and a full drugs cabinet.
I remember seeing the unaltered version, i.e. non CGI enhanced version, late at night on TV, in the 1980s. I found it quite disturbing and still do today. I cannot understand the need for Mr Lucas to back and tinker with his previous productions. This was low budget film, of 1960s-70s, that now seems slightly disjointed with its `new' enhancements', as in the fast car scenes, the CGI kills the iconography of that scene. I hope that he leaves his films well alone, once finished!
This re-mastered version with a second disc of extras, is well made and thought out. The second disc is a revelation. When played on an upscaling DVD player, the film appears as if it was done in HD format DVD. The quality of picture and sound is amazing. As an all round product, it works well, sans the CGI!
All said and done is it worth the purchase? In short yes, the extras give real insights. Even modified, this movie stands up well through the passage of time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
thought provoking picture which is why I purchased it because it stayed in my memory from the 1970's TVPublished 2 days ago by stephen
Strange film, slightly boring but worth a watch if theres nowt else on tv.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Nicky G. Woodward
This doesn't play on any of the Blu-ray players I've tried it in. Having looked on Google, I see that this is a problem with the disc - Warners tried to put too much on the disc... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mercutio
Great film ruined by completely unnecessary CGI and other supposed "improvements".Published 3 months ago by Mr. Simon Thomas
Intriguing first movie from Lucas before he hit the big time with American Graffiti.Published 4 months ago by Hadley Dean