A Blu-ray edition was released on September 7, 2010.[21]. Cabaret and Fourstar vehicles at the observation--. The city's authorities discover THX's and LUH's crimes of sexual intercourse and drug evasion (because of a bureaucratic error, THX is briefly "mind-locked" while at a critical juncture of android construction, which almost leads to disaster). ...and walk through the blue zone on the left. Lucas also founded THX Ltd., developer of the "THX" audio/visual reproduction standards. THX 1138 is a 1971 American social science fiction film directed by George Lucas in his feature film directorial debut. Returning to the city, SEN strikes up a conversation with children before police androids apprehend him. Powered by: Anyclip.

The bulk of the editing was finished by mid-1970. Many of the shaven-headed extras seen in the film were recruited from the nearby addiction recovery program Synanon. This page was last edited on 1 October 2020, at 20:19. [14] Critically, reaction was mixed: a contemporary survey of reviews found 7 favourable, 3 mixed, and 5 negative. [1] According to Caleb Deschanel, cars drove at speeds of 140 mph while filming the chase.[1].

[3], THX 1138 was the first film made in a planned seven-picture slate commissioned by Warner Brothers from the 1969 incarnation of American Zoetrope. ... you are not to park in the inner dispersal area. It is then revealed that the entirety of the city whence THX came is all underground, as he stands before a large setting sun in a red sky, while birds intermittently fly overhead. Hans Memling's Christ Giving His Blessing (1478) is used as the visual representation of the state-sanctioned deity OMM 0910. "[26] The film has a score of 75/100 at Metacritic indicating "generally favorable reviews". ...in excess of 1.5 on the Murrer-Wiggins scale. A novelization based on the film was written by Ben Bova and published in 1971. --sure to report all decibel surges in excess of one point... As a result, Lucas decided the T70 police cars in THX 1138 – set in the 25 th Century – should be thus equipped, and SL73/117 and its understudy were modified with relevant appendages. Jet acceleration will not be safe to persons in dispersal area. The city is then revealed to be entirely underground, and THX has escaped onto the surface, where he then witnesses the Sun setting. At THX's trial, THX is sentenced to prison, alongside SEN. LUH becomes disillusioned and makes a conscious decision to break the law and stop taking her drugs. As the drug's effects wear off, THX finds himself experiencing authentic emotions and sexual desire for the first time. [5][6] Lucas wrote the initial script draft based on his earlier short film but Coppola and Lucas agreed it was unsatisfactory. [citation needed] According to the film's commentary, everyone at the location was stunned and immediately ran in to ensure Hambleton was alright. [9] The schedule was between 35[1] and 40[10] days, completing in November 1969. "[20] Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote, "It is not, however, as either chase drama, or social drama, that THX 1138 is most interesting. A novelization by Ben Bova was published in 1971. An additional character, Control, is the accountant-like ultimate administrator of the city. [18], Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated the film three stars out of four and wrote, "THX 1138 suffers somewhat from its simple storyline, but as a work of visual imagination it's special, and as haunting as parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running and The Andromeda Strain. He knows that he will not be able to function without his drugs while at his demanding job, but he does not want to lose what he has created with LUH. In an interview for the DVD compilation Reel Talent, which included Lucas's original 4EB short, Lucas stated that he chose the letters and numbers for their aesthetic qualities, especially their symmetry. He enjoys a brief reunion with LUH—one disrupted by the enforcer robots. The work is hazardous as it requires handling explosive and radioactive material. The shell dwellers, seen briefly in the beginning of the film (played by dwarfs in monkey costumes), are augmented at the end of the film by several computer-generated dog-people, which look very different from the live actors in costume. Without drugs in his system, THX falters during a critical and hazardous phase of his job, and a control center engages a "mind lock" on THX which raises the level of danger. LUH has a male roommate, THX 1138. any moment from any film. THX 1138 - posted in TNFs Archive: Prior to "Star Wars", George Lucas directed a the futuristic drama named THX 1138. She subsequently secretly substitutes inactive pills for THX's medications. Critical noise levels in this area.

One of the key scenes in the film is a high-speed chase featuring a late sixties prototype sports car and a number of motorcycles. Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents and be happy."

[36] According to the book Cinema by the Bay, published by LucasBooks, Lucas named the film after his telephone number while in college: 849-1138—the letters THX correspond to the numbers 8, 4, and 9 on the keypad. Lucas also references "THX 1138" in many of his subsequent films, including American Graffiti (1973) in which the character John Milner drives a car with a license plate reading "THX 138", which Barbrady's plate is directly referencing. LUH has a male roommate, THX 1138.

In 1977, after the success of Star Wars, THX 1138 was re-released with the footage that had been deleted by Warner Bros. edited back in, but it still did not gain popularity. The work is hazardous as it requires handling explosive and radioactive material.

"[25], The film has continued to earn critical acclaim and is currently rated "fresh" on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 63 reviews, with a score of 86% and an average rating of 6.85/10.

Rather it's as a stunning montage of light, color and sound effects that create their own emotional impact ... Lucas's achievement in his first feature is all the more extraordinary when you realize that he is 25 years old, and that he shot most of the film in San Francisco, on a budget that probably would not cover the cost of half of one of the space ships in Stanley Kubrick's '2001. THX and LUH are arrested and THX undergoes drug therapy. Lucas shot new footage for the film, computer-generated imagery was used to modify scenes by expanding crowds, settings and backgrounds and adding digital characters, and audio/video restoration techniques were applied to the film. Directed by George Lucas. [2] The end scene, of THX standing before the sunset, was shot at Port Hueneme, California, by a second unit of (additional uncredited photographer) Caleb Deschanel and Matthew Robbins, who played THX in this long shot. ...in your zoned section for longer than three minutes. [8], Filming began on September 22, 1969. Instead of climbing outside to witness a sunset, THX 1138 climbs up and spends the night in the superstructure, and exits in the morning to find other humans living outside. OMM ends every confession with a parting salutation: "You are a true believer, blessings of the State, blessings of the masses. Pursued by two police androids on motorcycles, THX flees to the limits of the city and escapes into a ventilation shaft.

THX and SRT steal two cars, but SRT crashes his into a concrete pillar. THX 1138 was developed from Lucas' student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which he made in 1967 while attending the University of Southern California's film school. Controllers in the city learn of the escape and allot a strict budget (14,000 credits) for their recapture. He works in a factory producing androids that function as police officers. Champlin, Charles (March 11, 1971).

Lawrence Sturhahn, "Genesis of THX-1138: Notes on a Production".