Lucas now "enhancing" THX-1138


#1

Here we go again…

http://www.thx1138movie.com


#2

hmmm…I never saw the original release.

Is it going to be direct to DVD? or threatre?

I guess he’s gonna re-edit and re-FX the whole thing too…

oh well. I’m less attached to this then the OT, so I guess I can deal with it.

-Kol.


#3

yes i never saw it either. looks pretty derivative logans run etc style thing. though i quite like the rehashed bach used for trailer soundtrack.


#4

THX 1138 - 1971
Logans Run - 1976

Kids these days… :hmm:


#5

isn’t that his senior thesis at USC? It was cool and all, but why bother “enhancing” it? Why not make something new, and cool?

THX wasn’t really worth redoing.


#6

yes, i said logans run style thing. not a derivative of logans run, though i can see how my wording might have confused. i just meant of the same genre, style etc, very 70’s future angst minimal.


#7

it looked to me, from what i read at the site, that it’s only been restored and remastered, and given a DOLBY soundtrack. and it will be at theaters, but the damn text blinks too fast to read the date.


#8

I’ve never even heard of it, but it looks interesting. I want to see it.


#9

Its funny that hes going back to give it better sound and picture quality (if thats the case) considering the fact that the audio and picture standard that Lucas developed, THX, is actually named after THIS movie.

If he’s “enhancing” it in this way, I think its rightly deserved.:thumbsup:


#10

I actually loved this film… then again I liked Alien3. Maybe depressing films with bald people is my idea of a good time. :bowdown:

My friends who usually poo-poo Lucas, like this film and don’t know why he abandoned his creative ‘darker side’. It would be interesting to see if he will eventually revisit these serious roots one day in much the same way Spielberg did with Shindler’s List.


#11

its a classic! - it is kind of Logan meets 1984 on acid - well worth watching! :slight_smile:


#12

I wonder if George Lucas started “enhancing” members of is own family yet. Does he look at his wife and think that she could use some new special FX?

Crazy George. THX was good as it was.


#13

Originally posted by lone
it looked to me, from what i read at the site, that it’s only been restored and remastered, and given a DOLBY soundtrack. and it will be at theaters, but the damn text blinks too fast to read the date.

There’s a lot more new than just remastering & restoration. Just watch the trailer, a lot of CGI set extensions and enhancements going on there.

Looks pretty cool, though.


#14

There’s no stopping him. Lucas is off his rocker. I just hope he can redeem himself with Episode III.


#15

Personally I think Lucas can do whatever he wants with his body of work.

I believe strongly in the creator right to do whatever he or she wants with their films, before and after they have been exhibited.

After all, they are THEIR individual visions, and we are just along for the ride.

-R


#16

Originally posted by RobertoOrtiz
[B]Personally I think Lucas can do whatever he wants with his body of work.

I believe strongly in the creator right to do whatever he or she wants with their films, before and after they have been exhibited.

After all, they are THEIR individual visions, and we are just along for the ride.

-R [/B]

True. But Lucas’ manipulation of film history, like making the original versions of Star Wars completely unavailable, not only erases the true milestones in motion picture cinema, but is also a slight to the work of countless artists (like ourselves), without whom none of it may have happened, and whose hard work may be lost forever in it’s original form.

But the irony is that everytime he tries to “update” his work, it is self defeating. The digital alterations to the first Star Wars dated quicker and more harshly than any matte paintings and miniatures from the 77’ version.

I say… do what you want, but don’t be a megalomaniac, do what ever you want to the film, but allow film historians and students to view the origianl to understand and appreciate why and how it was important at the time.

Sometimes something is bigger than yourself and you need to show a little humility in the face of history.


#17

Re: JishJosh.

I firmly agree with Roberto. However, you have made a valid & sensible point. In the interest of preservation - its wise to make the original editions avaliable.

I’m thankful that I still have a version which doesn’t have Sy Snootles ruining the Palace sequence! That was worse than Jar Jar Binks!


#18

I completely agree with Jishjosh.


#19

What a film! Some scenes were done at LAX, the LA subway, early in construction. The cameras were technovision eclair camaflexes, the same as “the good bad and the ugly.” The sound is great, because of Walter Murch. Ford GT40 race cars instead of space ships. Robert Duvall. There are so many great moments in this movie. The 16mm short he did in film school is just as good. :thumbsup:


#20

Here are some shots from the trailer.

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/2874/newshot1.JPG
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http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/4168/newshot9.JPG
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/724/newshot12.JPG
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