THX 1138 directed by George Lucas looked surprisingly well in high-definition (HD) on Friday night. The 1971 science fiction film was the first feature-length film directed by George Lucas. Now considered by some to be a “cult classic,” it was remastered and released on DVD in 2004. HDNet presented the film in letterbox format to preserve the 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
THX 1138 is played by a young Robert Duval, who shaved his head and wore a white jumpsuit throughout the film. The story depicts an underground society were people’s emotions are controlled by drugs. A worker on a nuclear production line, THX 1138 breaks the laws of the society by becoming sexually involved with roommate LUH 3417 played by Maggie McOmie.
The film is a feature length remake of the original student film made by Lucas called Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB. The graphics (some of them recreated and added) and cinematography (by David Myers) really stand out in the high-def version of THX 1138. In some shots you can still see film grain and imperfections, which to me don’t hurt the film but rather just date it a bit. This is a 70’s film that still has a 70’s feel, and it should stay that way.
One would ask if a Blu-ray version of THX 1138 will be announced. And, if a Blu-ray version is released will it contain all the extras and features the Director’s Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition) contained? My guess is there will be an announcement for a holiday release of the film, but that’s purely speculation.