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"THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut" to Street 09/14/04


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#1 of 505 OFFLINE   Galen_V

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Posted March 07 2004 - 02:41 AM

I'm surprised no one picked up on this yet, but this comes from the Warner Brothers HV special advertising section in this week's NY Times Magazine:

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"THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut" Two-Disc Special Edition
Available April 4
The DVD debut of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas's first feature, this futuristic tale is the story of one man (Robert Duvall), who struggles to escape from a computer-controlled subterranean society of worker drones that forbids sex and enforces human assimilation. Extras include added footage unseen in the original releases, commentary by Lucas and Walter Murch, the Lucas student film that inspired the movie, two new documentaries, a vintage featurette, a theatrical trailer and more. $26.99

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Posted March 07 2004 - 03:02 AM

Wow! Chalk up another title for the 2-disc SE series. That came from out of nowhere considering it's less than a month away. The extras sound great. Posted Image

#3 of 505 OFFLINE   Todd Hostettler

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Posted March 07 2004 - 03:17 AM

Director's cut?


Remember, Duvall shot first!

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#4 of 505 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted March 07 2004 - 03:41 AM

...yeah..that's..original....anyway, it includes the student film? Right on! I'll be snapping this up immediately upon release.
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Posted March 07 2004 - 03:55 AM

Great news, finally. I'm all for director cuts and whatnot, but GL does have an ugly record with such things lately. Hopefully we will still get basically the same film, perhaps with branching or something.

It's an outstanding film and I would hate to think that he had any real reason to "fix" it.

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Posted March 07 2004 - 04:10 AM

Hmm, he's including his student film? Maybe he'll consider the '77 release of Star Wars to be a student film Posted Image

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Posted March 07 2004 - 04:17 AM

Posted Image Kind of nice to get a surprise like this! And so (relatively) close to the street!
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Posted March 07 2004 - 04:58 AM

I've never seen THX-1138 and was looking forward to getting the DVD. I just hope Lucas doesn't alter the movie too much from its original state. And definitely don't "upgrade" it with CGI!!!
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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:13 AM

I'll definitely be picking this up. Hopefully Lucas didn't change too much.
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#10 of 505 OFFLINE   Robert Anthony

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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:21 AM

The only reason this is being called a "Director's Cut" is because Warners took the film away from him after he finished it and cut it to their specifications, without his input. It's one of the reasons Coppola and Lucas ended up getting estranged through some of the 70's and 80's: Coppola produced it, and Lucas thought Coppola should have been able to prevent the studio taking away his movie and making cuts without his input. The famous quote of his was "It's like the doctors taking away your children and then cutting off a couple fingers here and there to make it look better." or something along those lines.

This is a "Director's Cut" in that he's probably simply putting back the footage that was initially chopped by the execs at WB. The version we've all been watching was a studio edit without notes or input from either Coppola or Lucas. Although rumor is there WAS a video release, on VHS, that had Lucas original version intact.

But that's not as fun or interesting or worrisome to speculate about as assuming he's going to Special Edition it with Jar jar and walkie talkies and people shooting first ha ha ha Where do I stick a dollar $ign in ha ha ha childhood rape. Posted Image

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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:28 AM

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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:36 AM

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#13 of 505 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:38 AM

The topic of what "Director's Cut" actually means regarding this release was covered in THIS THREAD from not too long ago.
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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:42 AM

Oddly, MAY 4th is a Tuesday-which to my hazy brain, was roughly around the time I though it was going to come out...but im all for an early release if true. re: 4/6!
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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:49 AM

Looking forward to this. Hopefully the version is a good one in that material is added and not so much removed or aftered. I can't recall seeing the entire film though anyways. Cool movie.
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Posted March 07 2004 - 05:57 AM

this is probably the cut that was rereleased after American Grafitti (and or star wars) hit big (not sure which one created the impetus for it). basically Lucas was able to go back and restore the six minutes of studio excised footage, and I believe this is the cut released on home video previously.
 

#17 of 505 OFFLINE   Robert Anthony

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Posted March 07 2004 - 06:12 AM

There it is. Thanks, Adam, I KNEW the original cut ended up making it to video somewhere, but I didn't know the specifics.

and thanks, Kevin, for the link to the other thread. I knew as I was typing my response that I'd typed something similar here before Posted Image

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Posted March 07 2004 - 06:41 AM

That date has to be a mistake. I'm just glad it's coming, no matter when it really is.

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Posted March 07 2004 - 06:51 AM

The date is a mistake. Someone printed the wrong date or they were sent the wrong date without anyone checking the details.

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Posted March 07 2004 - 07:02 AM

by the way - I don't think this is the cut released on home video previously because it's been re-rated from PG to R.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932






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