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3.0 out of 5 stars Director's cut has major problems, September 11, 2004
This review is from: THX 1138 (Two-Disc Director's Cut Special Edition) (DVD)
THX 1138 has been one of my favorite movies for years. I have been awaiting a DVD copy anxiously, because the VCR version was poorly done. I just saw the Director's Cut in the theatre last night. What a disappointment. The added special effects and reedited scenes weakened the movie in every case. The computer graphics were fakey, making an obvious contrast to the gritty, ultra-realistic feel of the rest of the movie. The added distance shots destroyed the compressed, claustrophobic feel that gives the movie its character. The "edited" animals were straight out of Ewok-land. The ending scene where THX is attacked by the shell dwellers was turned from something really eerie into an outtake from Planet of the Apes. This created a major consistency problem because the shell dwellers in this scene were entirely different from the shell dweller in the prison scene. In short: Lucas has made a total mess of his best work. He took a seminal SciFi film that was way ahead of its time and stuck in a bunch of stupid, unrealistic, irrelevant special effects. What a shame.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2008 5:51:10 PM PST
Mandi says:
I totally agree with you. I just watched this - the first time I ever have seen the film, and spotted the crappy CGI right away. I found that really disappointing.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2009 6:08:35 PM PDT
Shimon Mor says:
Count me in. Lucas seems to possess an infatuation with CGI and feels his earlier works are better if he adds them after the fact. He is so wrong. I'll wait for the original "THX 1138" to be released on DVD. For good or bad, leave older movies alone!

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 5:46:12 AM PDT
Jules says:
I watched this last night and I couldn't agree more. Not only are the effects poorly done, but the shots are totally inconsistent with the tone of the rest of the film. I can handle Lucas being content to make bad, new films, but when he goes back and purposefully ruins his old, good ones, it's clear that he's more meddlesome hack than visionary director. I expressed these sentiments in far less diplomatic terms when watching the movie...

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 8:49:27 PM PST
Mr.Alarm says:
Yes! It's all true. But is there NO ORIGINAL VERSION available on DVD anywhere?

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 9:52:37 AM PDT
I agree. As associate producer and assistant director of the original I was disappointed to see my hard work and that of all the technicians and actors replaced with pixel tweaking. There may have been some rough spots in the original, but, one of the main ideas of the film was the roughness and shabbiness of the future world.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 4:36:09 AM PST
EVERYBODY should get their VHS versions transferred to DVD-R and let Lucas know a) they've done it and b) they've boycotted this abortion. If the ridiculous CGI-obessed cretin loses money because he can't be bothered to give admirers of this early movie the proper version they're screaming for, he deserves it. He needs a bloody good kicking in the bank balance.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 4:55:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012 4:57:40 PM PST
Charles Hand says:
I agree, he butchered his masterpiece. Plus, it changed the whole movie. This was supposed to be a story about our own not-so-distant future. The movie was and continued to be prescient about the course of humanity - commercialization, dehumanization, desensitization. Change the lizard to some weird alien creature, and the shell dwellers into weird alien monkeys, and now it's a story about some other people somewhere else. The shell dwellers: they were supposed to be what remains of us as free people. How touching when the female runs out to tend to the one who may have been injured by THX. Change them to monkeys, all that's gone. I'd like to just edit out the masturbation machine. I used to love to share THX with my family. The masturbation machine kills that. The scene worked just fine without it. The point of the scene was that TV had evolved into empty stimulation (prescient? even the talk shows!), yet THX couldn't feel any stimulation from any of it. Adding the masturbation machine, Lucas turned THX1138 itself into empty stimulation.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 9:52:37 PM PDT
C. Howe says:
hahaha...totally agree. first time watching this film after hearing good things and could notice the classic "lucas magic" in prime form every time some extraneous and cheesy cgi car chase/underperson fight happened, as a virgin THX1138 viewer I felt like I was violated by his consumerist/revisionist witchcraft...also Christopher Nash is a riot

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 11:10:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2014 2:28:05 PM PDT
hilts says:
He lucased it. "Lucased" or "to lucas a film" is a term already in use and should be used again and again until it has the status to be listed in Webster's dictionary. Let that be one of George's legacies.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 9:56:00 AM PDT
rfinn says:
One of my very favorite dystopian films of all time, and Lucas at his best. I really wish he'd stop it with this "special edition" nonsense and just let a classic be a classic. I wasn't aware of the special touches he did until after I purchased the DVD and was aghast at how badly he butchered this movie. If you're looking for a DVD-quality version of this film without all the nonsense, you'll have to find yourself a laserdisc copy. And... well... a laserdisc player. Which aren't cheap. The same goes for the original Trilogy. Can also get it here on Amazon: Widescreen Collector's Edition Star Wars Trilogy : The Definitive Collection (Laser Disc Set)
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