A chilling exploration of the future is also a compelling examination of the present in George Lucas’s THX 1138, starring Robert Duvall as a man whose mind and body are controlled by the government. THX makes a harrowing attempt to escape from a world where thoughts are controlled, freedom is an impossibility and love is the ultimate crime.
Back when Star Wars came out I had already seen the Lucas classic American Graffiti. I thought to myself why did it take Lucas so long to make a Sci-Fi film, when he is so obviously good at it. Then I heard he had done a movie before American Graffiti, the cryptically named THX 1138. I was very excited to see it as soon as heard about it. Of course in my kid brain I thought it would be a sort of proto-Star Wars. So when I saw it, I was very disappointed. It wouldn’t be until I hit my early teens and saw it again that I would appreciate it on its own merits.
THX 1138 is not a space opera, but it is classic Sci-Fi, that might be difficult for a kid to “get”, but not for an adult. Today when I watch it, I still do not heavily identify with the story, but I enjoy the performance and the direction is absolutely amazing. Couple that with incredible cinematography and you got a classic film. Which I might add looks pretty darn good in Blu-Ray – since it very visual. This Blu-Ray release is well worth it and has a good amount of extras:
* Commentary by George Lucas and Walter Murch
* Theatre of Noise Experience: isolated sound effects track
* Master Sessions: Docupod gallery showcasing Murch’s pioneering work
* Two documentaries: A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope and Artifact from the Future: The Making of THX-1138
* Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB: Lucas’ original student film
* Vintage production featurette: Bald
* Theatrical trailers
My week of SF movie is drawing to a close and I have been enjoying it thoroughly. One more to go and the next one a true SF classic…
THX 1138 on Blu-Ray [@] Amazon