- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 14, 2004
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Warner Home Video
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Anamophic Widescreen - 16.9
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
- THX - English
Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary - 1. George Lucas - Director, Walter Murch - Co-Writer/Sound Editor
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Film Comment - 09/30/2004
"A sci-fi classic..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/24/2004
"[A] good film..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/10/2004
"[A] science-fiction parable set in the 25th century and displaying remarkable visual mastery."
Uncut - 11/01/2004
"[I]t's visually breathtaking."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2004
"[T]he film exhibits a sci-fi sensibility rooted in Orwell, Kubrick and Kafka..."
Total Film - 01/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "Lucas' biggest set is a bare, bleached-out void, while his primary resource is sound, Walter Murch's dense multi-tracks engulfing us in an oppressive drone of voice and noise."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Like all other drones in the sprawling subterranean technocracy, he has a designation: THX 1138
. He's the product of a number-crunching, soul-numbing society. But there's a flaw: He's human and wants out.
George Lucas gave movie lovers notice of the greatness to come with this feature-film directorial debut, seen here in a Director's Cut. Using astonishing visuals and groundbreaking sound effects, Lucas showed the inventiveness he would later bring to American Graffiti and his Star Wars and Indiana Jones epics. Robert Duvall is the hero behind the number, a man who breaks free of the state-required stupor of drugs, learns the liberating power of love and seeks out a brave new world.
Future / Futuristic Worlds |
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Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: March 11, 1971
- The film was shot on location in Northern California.
- A special director's cut edition of THX 1138 was released in 2004 after screening at several of America's most prominent film festivals (including the Telluride and Los Angeles Film Festivals).
- Lucas made the quirky decision to have the film's opening credits scroll down instead of up.