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THX 1138 Blu-ray

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The George Lucas Director's Cut Warner Bros. | 1971 | 89 min | Rated R | Sep 07, 2010

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Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
German: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

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THX 1138

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THX 1138 Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A chilling exploration of the future is also a compelling examination of the present in George Lucas' THX 1138, starring Robert Duvall as a man whose mind and body are controlled by the government. THX makes an harrowing attempt to escape from a world where thoughts are controlled, freedom is an impossibility and love is the ultimate crime.

For more about THX 1138 and the THX 1138 Blu-ray release, see THX 1138 Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: George Lucas
Writers: George Lucas, Walter Murch
Starring: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe, Marshall Efron

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THX 1138 Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

THX 1138 underwent an extensive, Lucas-supervised restoration in 2004, and the results are most impressive. The film isn't laser-sharp, nor does it look as if it were produced yesterday, but it does look far better than its thirty-nine years suggest, and even holds its own against more recent, high profile catalog overhauls. David Myers and Albert Kihn's sterile photography is both startling and striking; its eerie white spaces and fittingly oppressive shadows a testament to their commitment to Lucas's intricate simplicity. Skintones are rightfully pale but incredibly lifelike, contrast is relatively strong and stable (for a film of its age), and the few brief bursts of primary brilliance that grace the screen -- be it the flushed cheek of an anxious lover, the unsettling yellow glow of an android factory, or the piercing red lights that dot LUH's surveillance booth -- pop with precision and power. Detail is remarkable as well. While a fair amount of filmic softness is apparent throughout, particularly those scenes that take place in the Limbo prison, it hardly matters. Closeups boast some surprising textures, the film's unobtrusive grain field is intact (for the most part), object definition is quite satisfying on the whole, and delineation isn't nearly as stingy as I anticipated.

Some intermittent smearing does seem to confirm the use of scene-specific noise reduction, but since the Blu-ray edition has been minted from Lucas's hands-on restoration, I would direct any complaints to Skywalker Ranch, care of George Lucas. For better or worse, it isn't cause for alarm, and rarely distracts. Likewise, while some faint banding and negligible artifacting creep into the latter half of the third act, the rest of the presentation is as pristine as one could hope for. Print blemishes are kept to a bare minimum, and macroblocking, aberrant noise, inexplicable crush, aliasing and other anomalies aren't a factor. Ultimately, the presentation may not amount to frame-to-frame perfection, but it handily trumps its DVD counterpart and should easily please anyone armed with tempered expectations.


THX 1138 Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The quality of Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track isn't as readily apparent, but it's just as satisfying. Dialogue is clean, intelligible and relatively clear, and the strange, dystopian psychobabble that floods every room and hall of Lucas's underground metropolis, intentionally garbled as it is, sounds fantastic. As it stands, Walter Murch's hypnotic, altogether unnerving sound design has never been more engaging, and overcomes its humble origins and era-specific limitations to steal the sonic show. The mix still has that patented '70s timbre we've all grown to know and love, but every beep, buzz, mumble and sheen has been preserved and enhanced. Yes, voices are thin at times, almost metallic at others. Yes, LFE output and rear speaker activity is reserved, and the whole of the experience is rather front-heavy. But for a 5.1 remix of a thirty-nine-year old film, particularly one that boasts able-bodied dynamics and decent directionality, concessions should be made. Suffice to say, THX 1138 has never sounded better. While its lossless track won't exactly draw a crowd, it complements Warner's video transfer nicely and rounds out the disc's commendable AV presentation.



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