Would it be possible to get a status update, maybe some notes on the progress, etc. Not complaining or anything, just curious where we are at with it.
Has this been seen before?
Yeah, I came across it back in 2004-5 on eBay; it had an asking price of $150, and it came in a different but similar folder. It never sold and I never saw it relisted. This particular presskit is pretty rare and I’ve only seen maybe 2 copies of it in the wild. The $99 price-tag isn’t terrible but I think it’s still too high: $50 is probably more realistic. Outside the typed information sheets, the 8x10s are readily available and there isn’t much here to justify such a high price. But maybe someone will see the value in it?
In the U.S. or overseas? We know a Video CD exists.
From what I understand “Beyond Vision/Cult Classics” released a VHS version of THX and then a DVD (possibly overseas), based on Worldcat database and a few other sources. Additionally, there is a 1998 Warner Home Video Spain, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, DVD.
Again, I’ve read various databases which list THX as having been released on DVD before the bastardized special edition. Some of these sources incorrectly list the special edition as the original, which is easy to take off the list. But it doesn’t explain these other anomalies. However, I would take these sources with a grain of salt because I’ve never seen any DVD for sale, no pictures, etc. The only thing I’ve ever come across was an Asian VCD.
The optimist in me recalls how sometimes TMC inexplicably airs a pan and scan version of Close Encounters once in a while, or the 1.85 version of Brigadoon, which Warner’s is too cheap to include on the Blu Ray it seems.
Maddening to think an untouched HD version of THX possibly sits on tape shelf somewhere.
Yeah, it’s crazy because I specifically remember checking out archival showtimes of channels back then and seeing THX listed. I figured they’d air it again so I could cap it; I literally wore out my VHS copy.
Here’s the frustrating thing, I know THX was released on DVD before the director’s cut as there are records showing various releases. But I’ve never been able to confirm these exist.
THX is going to be on Turner Classic Movies on Oct. 26th at 9:15pm PST. Probably the buggered version again, but maybe someone could DVR it just in case?
Good idea, but you are probably right about which version will be aired. I think there was only one time THX was aired in HD or on an HD channel, the original version, and that was back in ~2000-02. I think it was Showtime?
Does anyone have a higher bitrate version of this release?
I don’t mind the 720p resolution, but this encode really suffers from macro-blocking during dark scenes and scenes with a lot of motion.
Do you mean the Hybrid Edition? AFAIK, this 35mm Tech IB preservation hasn’t been released yet; with the exception of a grind-house version, and the aforementioned hybrid.
Any updates on this? Does it need additional funding of any sort?
No, they are slightly different: in the middle, the trial scenes are rearranged and there is an extended scene with SEN talking to the young boys… but that’s it.
Nothing like the “scandal” that George Lucas has alluded to in interviews.
Correct, and better worded than my post. Lucas made such a stink about it being drastically different.
But is there a version that basically does the exact same thing as that 1971 restoration but restores the 1978 version as opposed to the 1971 release?
From what I remember, and what was established here in a few posts, the 1971 release is the same as the 1978 re-release. Am I mistaken?
I’ll be looking for people that can help identify segments that need work so I can prioritise my time.
Some samples once the render is done.
Looking forward to it. Thank you again for all your efforts!
I have a copy of Westworld in 1080p. Not sure where I got it from; it may be the previously mentioned HDTV rip. It’s 13gb with DTS 5.1.
I also have the Beyond Westworld, seemingly the same quality as detailed by SKot.
Finally, my copy of Futureworld is 720p, not sure the source. Would be glad to help preserving these any way I can.
I usually report the listing, which is what I did with this one; you should as well.
Is anyone here bidding on this:
Somebody is, contact Poita if you would rather be involved.
No it’s cool, I just wanted to bring it to the community’s attention; I also didn’t want to bid on it, thus pushing the price up for someone here.
Is anyone here bidding on this:
I’ve been trying to find obscure and rare articles/reviews regarding THX 1138. I just came across this one from Castle of Frankenstein issue #17 :
Besides misspelling Lucas’ name, it’s a cool little piece celebrating the film.
Quick question. What thread should we post in for THX-1138, generally speaking? This one or the original, longer one? I realize that we got different preservations going on at the same time, and it makes sense to post in each one respectively, but I was thinking maybe they should be consolidated at this point? This one with: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THX-1138-preservations/id/11741
I feel like this thread was created for donations, and now that it’s been successful, we can go back to posting in the other one?
Whoa, I didn’t realize my off-topic remark would lead to such revelations! Sorry about that!
Completely off topic… Colson and FrankT, your avatars are too similar! lol
I just wanted to squeeze in a “thank you” for all the hard work you are doing for this project. I know it eats up a lot of your personal, free time and that isn’t something any of us are taking for granted. The community at large thanks you, and we appreciate the effort of keeping us up-to-date. I’ve already donated, but I am trying to save up a bit more funds to send your way as a way of showing my gratitude. Cheers!
Because there is still money needed for this preservation, is there a deadline in which we are working with(besides the onset of the vinegar syndrome to the film itself)? In other words, is there a date that you need the money by to get the 2nd half scanned?
Yes… and no. They need to be internal 4TB sata hard drives of reliable brands (we went with the Caviar Blue ones). To keep the costs down they would also need to be sent from Europe and not needing returned. All things considered, buying them directly from Amazon with the donated money ends up being the cheaper option.
Okay, just checking. I figured there might be some users in Europe who might have some to donate and/or have a connection to getting cheap HDDs.
Just curious—if you need HDDs in addition to money, can people donate HDDs as well?
nevermind this post.
Just donated to the cause. This is such an important project, as others have noted, that we really need all the help we can get; we need this film preserved, especially after what Lucas has done to it like he did Star Wars. Please donate anything, it will go a long way!
The community thanks you. OMM thanks you.