THX 1138 | The George Lucas Director's Cut | Amazon.com Exclusive

 Product Details

Product Type
DVD

Origin
America

UPC/EAN/Barcode
085391116226

Distributor
Warner Bros Home Entertainment

Contents
» 2 Discs
» Digipack
» Slipcase
» Magnetic Ear-tag

Limitation
Unknown amount

Out of Print
Yes

Still in Collection
Yes

Purchased At
www.ebay.com


 Disc 1

Contents
» THX 1138 (director's cut) (movie)
» Audio commentary by director George Lucas and sound designer Walter Murch
» Theater of Noise (sound effect only track)
» Master Sessions
» DVD Credits (easter egg)

Type
DVD, R1, NTSC

Picture
2.35:1 Anamorphic

Audio
English DD 5.1
» French DD 5.1
» Spanish DD 5.1

Subtitles
English, French, Spanish


 Disc 2

Contents
» A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope (63m 30s)
» Artifact from the Future : The Making of THX 1138 (31m 04s)
» Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (short film) (15m 04s)
» Bald (08m 01s)
» Original 1971 Theatrical Trailer
» 5 Re-release trailers
» Easter egg

Type
DVD, R1, NTSC


 Movie Details

Short info
Original Title: Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)
Directed by: George Lucas

Short info
Original Title: THX 1138 (1971)
Directed by: George Lucas

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 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

This edition definetly wins over the R2 sets package wise, for including a digipack rather than a regular keepcase. The cover-art and overall look of this release feels very clean and well made. A small concern might be that the front cover doesn't really look like an actual photo but rather like something of a painting. If this was meant to be I can't say but it does seem slightly low-tech as this image just looks a bit blurry to me.

Accompaning this release is a small plastic bag with a piece of metall in it. But this is not just any piece of steel. It's a natural size eartag like the one seen on the front cover, and also in the film itself. I'm quite surprised as to the quality of this little freebie, as it's not as cheap looking as I was led to believe by previews shots and amature photos.

The eartag is made up of two pieces. The first piece (with the "THX 1138" print on it) is about 1 millimeter thick, 34 millimeters long, and 8-9 millimeters wide. It comes with a small bend at the end, and attatched (unremovable) to the bend is a magnetic disc. The second piece of the eartag is a simple round metallic disc. Together, these pieces allows the gizmo to serve like an actual eartag as you can attatch to your ear by simply dividing the pieces and putting them on opposite sides of your earlobe. It's very very simple, but at the same time so very very clever.

As a final note on the tag; You'll that the edges of the tag aren't exactly straight but with more of a jagged look to them. This is not a question of wear and tear but quite frankly just a matter of design. The tin used here is not a cheap foil-like material. The tag won't bend just because you drop it. It's not an unbendable piece of metall but it would probably take quite a strong man to bend it just by the power of hands.


Disc contents / Extras

As most of you know this edition doesn't include the original cut of the film, but as there's not a dvd out there that does I won't hold this fact against it. The extras are actually quite interesting and well made. There's a commentary track by Lucas himself as well as a number of documentaries and interesting featurettes. There's also a full 63 min documentary focusing on the American Zoetrope company, which turns out to be quite a cool thing.What can I say; All in all it's a nice blend of the new and the old. High quality newly produced documentaries, blended with classic fun-to-see archive goodies. A well deserved 7 (on the verge of becomming an 8). Period.


Sidenotes

The magnetic ear-tag was an exclusive bonus gift which came free with certain copies sold at Amazon.com. It seems they were just randomly assigned so no one really knew if they'd be getting one or not... even if you ordered early or not (but this was a strictly limited promotion and so you wont get an eartag from Amazon today even if you order a 1000 copies).

Furthermore; This release only includes the CGI-enhanced Director's Cut version of the movie (Think Star Wars). The original theatrical version of the film is not included on this release, or on any other dvd for that matter.


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