THX 1138 DVD details...

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by R2D35, Mar 9, 2004.

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  1. R2D35 Jedi Master

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    A little clip of material that I found the internet...

    Here's a bit of info from industry sources that's likely to get the undies of some fans all in a bunch. Word is that George Lucas' THX-1138, which is currently being prepared for DVD release later in 2004 by Lucasfilm and Warner Bros, is going to feature more than 100 new visual effects shots. Look for digitally-enhanced skylines and other additions and alterations.

    The full story is here.

    Seems we will be getting a THX 1138:Special Edition...
  2. Jumpman Jedi Master

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    Also, Digital bits did a chat with Warner Bros. the other day. Apparently, The Star Wars Trilogy and THX will probably come out around the same time, maybe the same day. And it's going to be a 2-Disc Director's Cut. Can't wait for that.

    And about the enhancements, I'm not against. I'm kind of curious to see what he's planning. Either way, we get some great Lucasfilm DVD's very soon.

  3. hansen Force Ghost

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    Sadly, I still haven't seen THX 1138. I guess I'll have to pick up this DVD.
  4. Darth-Seldon Force Ghost

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    Is THX a good film? I have sadly never seen it (its not at my video rental store.) I would get the DVD if I knew it was a good film. Any info would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Seldon
  5. qui-gon-kim Jedi Master

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    From the Internet Movie Database:

    Visual Effects by
    Elbert Yen .... digital artist: ILM (2003 restoration)
    Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (restored version) (uncredited)


    Here's the link:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066434/fullcredits

  6. hansen Force Ghost

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    It's a George Lucas film, of course it's good! ;)
  7. Darth-Seldon Force Ghost

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    "Sadly, I still haven't seen THX 1138. I guess I'll have to pick up this DVD."

    -Hansen

    Well Hansen you said you have never seen the film.
    so saying it is great does not mean very much.

    Has anyone who has seen the film, like the film?

    -Seldon
  8. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    There is plenty of discussion on whether THX-1138 is "good", and even discussion on THX special Editions.

    Just use the handy forum index to find the discussion!

  9. AdamBertocci Manager

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    For discussion on if the flick is good you might like going here. BEHOLD

    I think this thread itself might serve as a place to discuss actual concrete info on DVD special editions that are kicking around these Web sites as R2D35 posted.



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  10. LeChuck Jedi Knight

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    THX 1138 is a good film. It has a Kubrick feel to it.
    As far as I know there is not a DVD in the US, or a recent production of DVDs. You maybe able to find a copy on VHS at Movie trading Company for cheap.
    Other wise I have a copy if anybody wants it.

  11. malducin Jedi Master

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    I've seen the film and I like it. I try to catch it whenever I can.

    I've heard this was John Berton's last project at ILM.
  12. Palpateen Jedi Master

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    It has a Kubrick feel to it.

    that's true, it's kind of icey and cerebral,
    but it's still brilliant for a 25 year old filmmaker.
    Can't wait to see the one with the new efx, too. :)
  13. JohnWesleyDowney Force Ghost

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    Look for digitally-enhanced skylines and other additions and alterations.

    I just about fell out of my chair laughing at this!
    Has the person who said this EVER SEEN this movie???

    A digitally-enhanced SKYLINE?

    The entire film takes place in an UNDERGROUND CITY!!!!

    There's only one shot above ground in the entire film, the last one, and it's a shot of the SUN.





  14. Wampas_Have_Dandruff Force Ghost

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    I've never seen the film and have kind of a dumb question....is it pronounced one-one-three-eight or eleven-thirty-eight? I've always wondered.........
  15. PuccaKenobi Jedi Master

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    I have it on video.. I like it, but its not a movie I regularly watch. It is slow and boring in some spots. I think I even fell asleep once! But its worth seeing.. I like the way it was shot and the effects, I dont see why Lucas feels the need to change everything. Its fine the way it is.
  16. appleseed Force Ghost

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    I doubt any of the changes will be major. Probably no more than what was done on the Indy DVDs.
  17. Blur Force Ghost

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    THX-1138 is a great film, and not just because it's George Lucas' first movie. It is a very Orwellian/1984-like setting, and even though it's obviously low-budget, Lucas makes the most of what he has - I found it very realistic, even though it was a sci-fi movie.

    I hope there are no enhancements to the film for the DVD release - it's fine the way it is. I just hope it's in the widescreen/letterbox format, since I have only seen the VHS fullscreen format.

  18. KaaShamau Jedi Master

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    The digitally-enhanced skylines bit makes me think that this is just somebody having a laugh. There isn't much in THX to give an SE treatment to, if I remember right?

    Still, THX on DVD is a good thing. :D

    "Could you be more... specific?"
  19. JohnWesleyDowney Force Ghost

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    I've never seen the film and have kind of a dumb question....is it pronounced one-one-three-eight or eleven-thirty-eight? I've always wondered.........


    I've heard it pronounced both ways, so you can't go wrong.

    Here's my favorite line:

    Are you now or have you ever been?
  20. hansen Force Ghost

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    TFn says rumours indicates the following will be on the DVD:

    Audio commentary by George Lucas
    Documentary - 'A Legacy Of Filmmakers - The Early Years Of Zoetrope'
    Featurette - 'The Making Of THX 1138'
    Lucas Short Film


    Seems Lucas has been doing quite a few commentaries lately, with this and the Star Wars DVD.
  21. Thundercracker Jedi Master

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    Lucas Short Film

    Hmm, I wonder if this could be GL's original student film he made when he was at USC?
  22. Ozzel TF.N Foreign Book Covers Staff

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    I'm pretty sure I heard that it is.
  23. KaaShamau Jedi Master

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    If you're really interested, you can already buy the short THX 1138 4EB as part of a DVD: Chaos.

    Or you can view a clip online from the USC Moving Image Archive: here (QuickTime).

    As a sidenote, does anybody have complete student films from GL? The archive only has Look At Life in full, the others are just clips. Any help is appreciated, thanks. :)
  24. malducin Jedi Master

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    Probably the only way to see those are at USC.
  25. KaaShamau Jedi Master

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