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#764403
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THX 1138 "preservations" + the 'THX 1138 Italian Cut' project (Released)
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So I was checking out THX 1138 on iTunes and found two versions of the film, which may be old news but I thought the details were interesting:

THX 1138 Director's Cut (HD)- released 2004 - runtime 1hr 28min

THX 1138 (SD) - released 1971 - runtime 1hr 24min

Link to images:

http://i62.tinypic.com/2wc4irl.png

http://i58.tinypic.com/13yjsis.png

I don't mind spending the $3 to rent the latter version to confirm whether or not it is the original version.

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#725684
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THX 1138 "preservations" + the 'THX 1138 Italian Cut' project (Released)
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This may be old news, and I can't recall seeing a link to it, but I just saw this website:

http://lucasfilm.com/thx-1138

Some interesting things are noted and presented, e.g. a behind the scenes picture I hadn't seen before:

Also, they feature a few quotes and informative pieces regarding the Director's Cut:

In an extensive restoration, THX 1138 was put through ILM's "digital intermediate" process. The film's original negative was scanned, digital color correction was applied, and a new digital master was created.

Nothing new here but I am hoping that the digital master will see another release by Disney. THX was part of the acquisition right?

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#669081
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THX 1138 "preservations" + the 'THX 1138 Italian Cut' project (Released)
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Spaced Ranger said:

http://www.lddb.com/search.php?search=thx+1138&sort=title

The LaserDisc Database lists 2 JP laserdiscs for THX 1138. The 08JL-61162 (1986) is P&S (fullframed pan & scan) and the NJWL-11162 (1995) is WS (letterboxed widescreen).

The quality issue, as well as the censorship issue, were raised on the 1st post of this thread. (I don't think anyone established anything conclusive thereafter.)

Thanks for the info—appreciate it.

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#655975
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THX 1138 "preservations" + the 'THX 1138 Italian Cut' project (Released)
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THX11384EB said:

I contacted them about it, so I am still waiting to hear back; they say to expect a response within two days. If I don't hear back from them, I'll take the plunge and buy it lol.

Just got an email from them:

Thank you for contacting WB Shop.
It appears that this is the Director's Cut.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Regards,

Eric
www.WBshop.com
1-866-373-4389
Monday-Friday 8:00 am 8:00 pm EST
Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm EST

Oh well, at least I was able to confirm it.

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#655828
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Spaced Ranger said:

It's probably a mistaken look-up from a previous release -- just like that old Italian(?) 96m mis-read/type of the actual 86m. Has anyone seen this WB download to verify?

I contacted them about it, so I am still waiting to hear back; they say to expect a response within two days. If I don't hear back from them, I'll take the plunge and buy it lol.

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#655739
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THX 1138 "preservations" + the 'THX 1138 Italian Cut' project (Released)
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So I was just checking out the Warner Shop, where you can purchase the Bluray and DVD version of the Director's Cut. What was interesting is that they list in the details tab that it has a running time of 88 minutes. However, when you check out the Digital Download version(Windows Media - Buy), it lists the running time as 86 minutes:

http://www.wbshop.com/product/thx+1138+the+george+lucas+directors+cut+1000022991.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=Search

I contacted them to confirm that this is a typo, and that the digital version is the same Director's Cut. But how funny would that be if that wasn't the case, and it was indeed the original theatrical cut!

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#654824
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THX 1138 "preservations" + the 'THX 1138 Italian Cut' project (Released)
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I am not watching that auction. I actually had that copy about ten years ago, but sold it a few years back. At the time I did not have a LD player, however, a friend of mine did and I watched it on his. I remember it playing back reasonably well, and thinking I how much I enjoyed it over my worn out VHS; of course if there were any hiccups I either didn't notice them or simply attributed them to his player.

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#654820
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SilverWook said:

BTW, there is a Japanese LD on Ebay with a make offer option at the moment.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/THX-1138-Rare-Laserdisc-Japan-Import-w-OBI-Beautiful-/171101719279?pt=US_Laserdisc&hash=item27d6750aef

Hah! I won that auction! If someone needs to use it for transferring purposes, let me know—I'd like to help this project in any way I can.

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#653623
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SilverWook said:

Ever feel like screaming your head off for no reason? ;)

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/325198-could-the-original-unaltered-star-wars-be-on-its-way-to-blu-ray/page-9

Post #163 >_<

Agreed. That guy said it[Lucas' changes] "kept the integrity of the film."

I am not sure what integrity he is referring to; all the changes made me cringe and scratch my head. I can understand if someone were to say that the changes reflected Lucas' original vision for the film, e.g. that certain sequences were put back in logical order before the studio put their hands on it. But I cannot understand how injecting CGI into the film, or opening up the claustrophobic setting with windows and cathedral-like spaces, helped preserve the quality of it.

I really felt the changes were afterthoughts and/or desperate measures, i.e. they took the opportunity of digitizing it to splash CGI here and there in hopes of "revitalizing" an old Sci-Fi flick the new generation might enjoy. For example, the car chase was unnecessary and was only done to make it more exciting. The rat to scorpion-thingy made me laugh. But the biggest desecration in my opinion was how the underground world no longer felt small and confined; instead, it felt large and expansive. I guess in this sense "integrity" means impaired judgement.