Monday, May 16, 2005

THX 1138

On Wednesday I went round Scott and Fran's for a take-away and a DVD. I didn't know what film they wanted to watch so I took 4 round, we finally decided on watching THX 1138. Now for those people who have never heard of THX 1138 before (which is probably most of you!) it's actually the first professional film George Lucas ever made after he left film college and helped founder American Zoetrope with fellow film director Francis Ford Coppola. The film is actually very VERY arty - probably too arty for most people - but it is also, in fact, one of the most hypnotic and creepy sci-fi films you could ever watch. It's essentially about a bleak futuristic society located beneath the Earths surface. Society has outlawed sex, with drugs to control the people. THX 1138 stops taking the drugs and gets LUH 3417 (his wife/girlfriend/assigned unit!!) pregnant. Both are arrested, separated and sent to jail where they plan their escape. I thoroughly recommend this film to anyone but always remind people that this may be too arty. I made a point of saying this to Scott, Fran and Pri before we put the film on. Fran decided to have a bath but us remaining 3 watched it and loved every minute of it. The version we watched was the Remastered DVD - and in true Lucas style has been cleaned up and tweaked to improve it. Thankfully the remaster is a lot more sutble than the Star Wars Special Editions where the changes only enhance the original vision. For a run-down of some of the updates click here. Here's a couple of stills from the film....

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