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Lucas at it again... THX-1138 Special Edition Trailer Online!

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest George Lucas enhancement... Seems Georgie has decided that... well, his first film - THX-1138 - needed the whiz-bang of his modern day digital fingertips... and now what many highbrowed critics considered his best work, well now-- it too has undergone the "Special Edition" treatment.

It seems - that George had always imagined Alex Proyas-styled robot factories - straight out of this summer's I,ROBOT. And FORBIDDEN PLANET styled shaft extensions. That being said, the transfer on this edition of THX-1138 looks like it is going to be gorgeous... and I'm hoping that whatever Georgie has toyed with hasn't mucked it all up too much. Here's the scoop...

From the official site:  


Coming to dvd and limited theaters in September.  


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  • May 21, 2004, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Who cares about this?

    by TotoroSan

    It's all about Napolean Dynamite anyway. Napolean Dynamite - The New Cliche

  • May 21, 2004, 5:52 p.m. CST

    by Wingnut1A

    I always liked the semi-low budgetness of the original, but I'll give it a looksee. Any excuse to see the whole "un-edited for TV" version will be welcomed, especially on the big screen.

  • May 21, 2004, 6:09 p.m. CST

    by Wingnut1A

    Im not sure how this movie will play with todays audiences. Seems like today you need a lot of over the top action, where this movie is mostly introspective... until the big car chase at the end. =) And that last shot with the great sound effect of opening the hatch is truly fantastic. Thats why some stories should be made into films. That image couldnt be explained as well in print. You have to see it.

  • May 21, 2004, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Watch for the spectral image of Hayden Christensen standing besi

    by Joe Cool #2

    ...sweet buttered Christ, what's next? "American Graffiti: Special Edition", featuring General Grievous as Officer Holstein and such memorable lines as, "Get your midichlorians off me." Yer killin' me, George. Leave it alone. PLEASE.

  • is Lucas blind? can't he see that the quality of that image is completely wrong? If you're going to insist on adding shots at least make them look like they're part of the same film! it looked as cartoony as that factory in AOTC. THX is a great little film - by adding these bigger shots Lucas is destroying the sense of claustrophobia. I don't get the impression that Lucas understands his own films.... So frustrating...

  • May 21, 2004, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    (hunkers down in trench in anticipation of a geek artillery barrage against Uncle George the likes of which have never been seen before) Seriously though, the CGI retooling seems much less intrusive here than in A New Hope. I found myself mostly astonished at the quality of the print which looks freakin' fantastic. Besides, I have the original on tape so I can always burn a DVD if Uncle George decides to not include both versions on the new disc. I'm buying this DVD as soon as it hits the shelves.

  • May 21, 2004, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Did someone say Bob Saget!?!

    by Mondo182

    Speaking of which, I heard Lucas digitally inserted Bob Saget's head onto Luke Skywalker's body for the new DVD release of the original Star Wars trilogy. Apparently that's who ol' Georgie originally wanted for the role but Saget turned it down because he was too busy aspiring for a future long-term career in the TV industry. Now that former-"Full House" star will basically work for a bag of Doritos these days, Lucas was able to snatch him up to complete his original "vision". ...Anyway now that I've got that BS out of the way, is this THX-blah-blah-blah film any good or just some more Lucas-drivel?

  • May 21, 2004, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Nails - Humor illiterate

    by MPJedi2

    The Robot Cop smacking the wall is _supposed_ to be funny, moron. You apparently have fanboy-montonal-syndrome. Even the darkest stories must have moments of humor, to break up the darkness. Otherwise, the humanity of the story is lost, and this film comes uncomfortably close to that anyway...

  • May 21, 2004, 7:09 p.m. CST

    All thing considered...

    by Lobanhaki

    I've actually seen THX 1138, and I thought it a little pretentious and confusing. Who knows, lets see what he can come up with.

  • May 21, 2004, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Oooh, oooh, George, please tell me you digitally replaced Robert

    by SalvatoreGravano

    That would make perfect sense! After all, Duvall is ugly, and Christensen is "like ohmygosh like so dreamy oooh!", as his brainlesspimplybracewearing13yearold 'fannettes' tend to say. Or at least so I suspect. And since that seems enough of a reason to replace ACTOR SEBASTIAN SHAW with BAG OF LIQUID SHIT CHRISTENSEN in RotJ, why not follow the same path here? Go, George! By the way, I want the Special Edition of Howard the Duck next, and in this case I'm really not being sarcastic.

  • May 21, 2004, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Familiarity breeds false sense of ownership

    by teedadawg

    I have never seen THX-1138 completely and therefore, the new footage previewed in the trailer doesn't look that odd to me. Maybe Lucas has it right in thinking that new generations deserve the best versions of his stories that he can give them AT THAT TIME. If you shoot with a digital camera, it's the same principle as shooting RAW: one day, bigger and better software might allow you to realize a bigger and better photograph. Besides, it's his film, not ours.

  • May 21, 2004, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I for one think the robot cop bumbing into the wall...

    by Mr Brownstone

    is darkly humorous. In the film itself it comes across as creepy and satirical. McGinty -- anyone as ceaselessy obnoxius as you has no business making statements like "it bothers me when the left and right show up and turn this into an ideological screaming match". You're like an ostrich with it's head in the ground telling us about the beautiful view.

  • May 21, 2004, 8:04 p.m. CST

    havent seen this for time......

    by proper

    Greedo shoots first=Donald pleasence strikes back.I liked this film when i was younger so i'll catch it on DVD.i hope we have the option of the original version and that the new stuff isn't too blatant(with a documentary and maybe that old gang starr video that was made in that style as extras) but still wait and see i suppose.........

  • May 21, 2004, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Oh dear

    by Kizeesh

    Go watch Brazil. all of you

  • May 21, 2004, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Napoleon Dynamite shoots first in this one.

    by IAmJacksUserID

    Or Napoleon Dynamite replaces the Max Rebo band.

  • May 21, 2004, 8:51 p.m. CST

    thx quinlan

    by hank quinlan

    holy shit! There's a big flame war on. I will stay out. Haven't seen the trailer. I'm at work. But I do love the original THX. Possibly one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies ever. No one ever mentions it. Truely, a visionary work. Perhaps even greater then Star Wars. But 180 degrees away. The great Walter Murches work on it is fantastic. Hard to believe the same guy wrote Attack of the Clones. I hope he didn't fuck with it too much. Is the original on DVD? We really do need to stop all this fucking changing of the originals. Adding old footage is one thing. But fucking CGI new stuff is ridiculous. Lame.

  • May 21, 2004, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Don't you all ind of wish that George Lucas had died around 1990

    by JackBurton

    That way we'd still have Star Wars the way they were, in their classic form, we'd have THX-1138 in it's classic form, all three Indy movies, American Grafitti, and we'd still both admire and be thankful to George Lucas for what he gave to us all, rather than hating him for all that he's taken away since. Sure, that means we'd miss out on the prequels (or at least these prequels anyhow) but as far as trades go, I could live with that one.

  • May 21, 2004, 10:04 p.m. CST

    All this "once an artist releases it to the public he ceases own

    by Tall_Boy

    what about revised editions of books? The Lord of the Rings trilogy written by JR Tolkien (not the movies, the books) had several revisions and last time I checked you could ONLY get the final revisted edition that Tolkien made a pass on. (don't believe me? read the foreword of Fellowship). Not just LOTR either. Check out the FOREVER WAR by Joe Haldeman. There was at least 3 different versions of that book out there (with SIGNIFCANT changes. An entire section of the book is missing) and right now? You can only buy the AUTHORS definitive version. And you can't get the first editions of these books anywhere unless you have money and access to historical archives --- JUST like with the original editions of Lucas' movies. So yah, all this "OHHH HE CAN'T ALTER IT" is complete horseshit. It happens ALL THE FUCKING TIME. Go read a book, you peons, and you'll understand.

  • May 21, 2004, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah but

    by ulysse-tt

    Revising a book is one thing. A book exists out of time, when you read it, and you have to be a scholar to find what part of the text were revised, whereas a movie is a product of its time, its look, its technology. That's part of the fun of watching old movies. Even if they succeed in blending the CGI well in the old footage, it will be at best a bastard version that will bore the new audience and anger most of the old fans. I'm happy it's going to be available on widescreen DVD, though (although the crooked pan & scan version added to the sense of claustrophobia).

  • May 21, 2004, 10:29 p.m. CST

    on the other hand

    by ulysse-tt

    I'm really looking forward to see the CGI improvements to the THX 1138:4EB student short on the second disc.

  • May 21, 2004, 10:44 p.m. CST

    you think that's bad

    by Vern

    Wait til you see this screengrab somebody sent me from "the return of the jedi" - looks like they have made some MAJOR changes including the song at the end. check it out

  • May 21, 2004, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by reversemigraine

    It's kinda sad, really -- Lucas is as insecure about his own movies as Michael Jackson is about his own body. Then again, Jackson rapes children, while Lucas just rapes childhoods.

  • May 21, 2004, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I think Napolean Dynamite is a bad title

    by Jon E Cin

    Thx1138 was boring..dare i say

  • May 21, 2004, 11:55 p.m. CST

    you guys are dorks

    by hoorayforeric

    I guess it's cool to rip GL...but he's done more for film and filmmaking than any other. THX 1138 isn't my cup of early 70's artsy...but GL has an amazing creative side. Ever typed an email and gone back to change it? Ever made a photoshop picture and then discovered a higer tech way to really re-created it? That's what's he's doing and there's nothing wrong with it!! The original SW movies were great..and the SE SW movies are still great! Modified or not...the stories haven't changed. Any of you would give your left nut to have a life and career like GL has lived. If a movie "raped your childhood" then obviously you need to re-think your life. Give it a rest and let the guy do what he wants. If I were GL...I'd only wish that I was able to re-make "A New Hope" with the technology we have now. Sure the movie is still timeless...but imagine the final space battle now, compared to then!! Even the final space battle in ROTJ was far superior to the '77 version. I'm sure even in '83...GL wish he could've changed the final sequence of special effects for ANH. For the rest of you...quit whining about everything GL does with HIS movies!! Is he forcing you to watch them? Buy them? Pay him? NO! If you don't like it...don't watch it. Don't worry about it and go back to crying about how bad the Matrix got and how sad LOTR is over. Can't wait for Ep.III...loved Ep. II...but wished Ep.I was more in line with the rest...and not as corny. I don't know why you all have to get into a hissy because a director modifies his own films that he pays for himself!! Get a life!!

  • May 22, 2004, 12:40 a.m. CST

    This article makes me want to murder innocent people, people who

    by flossygomez

    I was wondering when Georgy Porgie Puddin n' Pie would get around to presenting us with this Soylent Green 2nd feature. Distopia is here and this version of it looks better all the time! I don't know about the piercing though, kinda tacky...I prefer a UPC code.

  • May 22, 2004, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Just a Thought

    by flossygomez

    Here comes stupid observation 34980..........10...9....8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...I dig the "Sleeper" robots and I think George shoulda put Woody Allen in a scene. Have him make a clumsy pass at Donald or some underage bald know, back when he was younger and it wasn't so gross. A little track with a New Orleans jazz band....and you dishin out dat 70's flava!

  • May 22, 2004, 1:10 a.m. CST

    I Second a Howard The Duck Special Edition

    by BG

    Why not put out the very worst from the Lucasfilm library. Who know's, Goerge might be able to improve it.

  • May 22, 2004, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Well, I'm going to be theonly clear headed person here I guess.

    by TheGinger Twit

    Seems to me you guys are going to be missing out. Enjoy your argument over how crap Episode 1 is and how Greedo piss has been digitally couloured blue and sped up... (That scene does look pretty shit though)

  • Now, if Lucas ever goes and releases HOWARD THE DUCK or RADIOLAND MURDERS SE's then, I take it all back. if that ever happens then, yeah, the guy is nuts and extremely anal retentive. But it won't. Personally I still stand by the idea that an artist can go back and change whatever they want to thier work. And the argument brought up most of the time is "What about all the people who worked so hard on it?!" Well, in this case I take the authoritarian view (in both senses of the word). Whoever is the complete 100% mastermind behind it (ie. Lucas) has the priority to go back in change it because, in the end, it was HIS idea and his vision. So unless someone can bring up an argument how someone isn't allowed to change what they work on, I think its totally valid to let someone change thier work until they have it the way they want. (I do agree Lucas should get some hoochie, though. He's a super billionaire, how is the guy NOT getting laid?!)

  • May 22, 2004, 3:50 a.m. CST

    George Lucas your friendly neighborhood scientologist.

    by bioforge

    There was way too much blood and violence in his movies when he was only a level 4 Mindhead now he's gotta repent.George Lucases very own digital purgatory.

  • May 22, 2004, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Wow, another Lucas related talkback full of whining retards?

    by Lord_Soth

    I'm almost 100 percent sure you've never seen the original or didn't like it at all, but suddenly it became a masterpiece just to have an argument to bash the updated version. Oh dear, silly ten year old talkbackers...

  • May 22, 2004, 4:31 a.m. CST

    This just reinforces one thing...

    by Lazarus Long

    ...that George Lucas is far from the shitty director that multitudes of bitter fanboys would have us believe he is. He hasn't lost his artistic touch, either. While the recent prequels have been filled with wall-to-wall CGI details, the man does know how to frame a shot. It's much more obvious in a bleak art film like THX where there's more open spaces, but I think if you removed the effects from Lucas' last two films, you'd still see an amazing use of composition. Even American Graffiti, which was more of a character driven piece, was framed really well. Granted, he is still an inconsistent (to be kind) director of actors, but if you want to talk pure visuals, the man isn't a hack by any stetch of the imagination. You could pluck still frames from Episode I or II and see a lot of nice work. Those who would like to credit Lucas' cinematographer for these shots can now watch THX in all its glory to see that Lucas has ALWAYS known how to frame. I'd argue that from a purely compositional standpoint, Lucas is far superior to Peter Jackson, who relies on the swooping camera a bit too much. Of course, Spielberg is still the master when it comes to "The Shot", when compared with his contemporaries. If you want to combine The Shot with Mise-en-Scene, Scorsese would be the all-around champ when it comes to that era of directors, IMHO.

  • May 22, 2004, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Lucas SE

    by Devillionel

    Okay, so I loved the original SW. Loved the SE, 'cause it meant seeing 'em on the big screen again. I kinda liked THX. It was a bit boring, but hey. I'll get the DVD anyway. Just one question: Why the HELL doenst George L. come up with something original? Why keep tinkering and expanding on something you did 20 years ago? I mean, if you had ALL the money and time in the world ( which he has, 'cause I'm now buying the 2890th Wave of action figures), what movies would you make? Imagine the possibilities...creating high-budget movies, with NO studio looking over your shoulder....And all he can come up with is re-styling his old idea's. That's just lame.

  • May 22, 2004, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Looks cool

    by Jon E Cin

    I never seen the original though.

  • May 22, 2004, 6:09 a.m. CST

    --> "file:///Macintosh%20HD/Desktop%20Folder/Vern/jedis.jpg"

    by SalvatoreGravano

    That's some advanced linking!

  • May 22, 2004, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Watched this a month ago...

    by Azlam Orlandu

    ...and yes it is a very slow moving film, but it's a precurssor to so many films that followed. I saw so many things that other films have copied from THX 1138, plus it stars that signature Lucas audio FX that made A New Hope so memorable. I welcome this special edition for the simple fact that there really isn't anything Lucas can screw up in this film, without reworking the edit extremely. All the additions will be simply cosmetic and I for one would like to see what he does and how well he does it. Don't judge it before you see it wankers. And yes I'll say it too. If you hate Lucas so much, why do you spend so much time on the subject? Bottom line people.

  • May 22, 2004, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Either remake it completely or not at all

    by Eyegore

    This is an okay story, but it reeks of low budget and the early 1970' can't fix that without a total remake. Why bother?

  • May 22, 2004, 8:15 a.m. CST

    "I'm such a stickler for paperwork."

    by Darksider

    So when's the remake? ;)

  • May 22, 2004, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Way to go George!!

    by sonofsme

    I don't see what everyone is fussing about you know it would happen take a look at it this way You painted your house blue then five years go by and you decide you don't like the blue anymore so you paint it white or whatever it is your property you can do whatever you want to it. So shut the F#$K up and get over it!George Lucas sh!ts out more ambition than anyone who runs or post on this site.He owes you nothing you don't have to watch his movies buy the toys you are responsible for your own life there is no one to blame but yourself for your feeling and mental disorders.Remember people its only a movie now I'll go have a beer and cheat on my wife.

  • May 22, 2004, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Darth Chainsaw- The new DVDs will not "rock the mike" unlesss-

    by RenoNevada2000

    Lucas throws out every change he put into the SEs and restores the films to their original glory. Sorry, but that's just the way I feel. The changes are at the least intrusive and at the most harmful to the characters and mood of the films. Greedo shooting first- We've all been over it. It weakens Han's character by not making him quite the cold-hearted bastard he was before Lucas began futzing and thus diminishing the surprise, and moral choice Han makes, of his return in the final few minutes of the film. Adding Lucas scream to his fall in Jedi is more of the same character damage. Before he stoicly would rather accept death than be used by Vader and the Dark Side. The addition of bay windows all over Cloud City totally destroys the claustrophobic tension in the scenes of Leia, Lando and Chewy chasing after Boba Fett. The two musical number changes in Jedi only emphasize what a bad idea those were to begin with. So to the other TBer who said that the changes don't change the story, well, maybe not the story's structure, but it certainly changes its texture. As to changing the space battles because now he can make them closer to his "vision", I say Crap to Lucas's vision. Each film advanced visual effects technology in new and exciting ways. For Lucas to change these things not only is disrepectful of their hard work, talent and energy, but disrepectful of the originals' place in film and cultural history. While I wouldn't go quite so far as to compare Lucas' version of revisionist history to some nutcase trying to claim that the Holocaust never happened, I would say his actions are just as rediculous as if Henry Ford later decided to recall the Model T and have all mention of it stricken from every book, magazine, newspaper, etc. The George Lucas as visionary/author theory does nothing more than reduce to the level of stenographer the production designers, effects technicians, model builders, film lab workers, costumers, sound recordists and editors and two other film directors who worked so hard to help realize these films. And that's just wrong.

  • May 22, 2004, 11:11 a.m. CST

    visionary first film?

    by Wee Willie


  • May 22, 2004, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Remember when Lucas was cool?

    by numberface

    Man, you changed!!!

  • May 22, 2004, 11:57 a.m. CST

    The best Scifi Movie ever

    by LUH

    Personally this is my most favorite serious sci-fi movie of all time, but as with almost everything to do with art, I can only say it is MY fav. There is no logical argument for proving why movie A is better than movie B. If there were an algorithm, a logical way to argue ones movies merits over another then art could be consumed and approved by computers. Here are my thoughts about tinkering with movies. Based on the reactions people have to tinkering you can see their stance on intellectual property rights. Let us imagine I make an original thought or piece of art and I release it to the public for consumption. It seems to me(based on reactions) that once it is released it is owned by the public and the creator must

  • May 22, 2004, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Joe Cool #2

    by Mosquito March

    What would be hilarious in an AMERICAN GRAFFITI: SPECIAL EDITION is if Harrison Ford and Paul LeMat joust each other at the end, like that stupid battle scene in the CLONE WARS shorts. (If you have laser cannons and blasters, why in the hell would you JOUST with your enemies???)

  • May 22, 2004, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Hey President Kerry? Why the long face?

    by MrCere

    Those are my first words to Kerry after the election. If he looses, then its, just "Kerry" instead of Preisdent Kerry.

  • May 22, 2004, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by mcflytrap

    1) the robot bumping into the wall was supposed to be serious, and i didn't find anything humorous with it 2) i never saw this film, but this special edition looks fricking sweet, and you can bet i'll be getting the dvd 3) i hate the star wars prequels and the frickin special editions...what happened to lucas? he used to make good movies out

  • May 22, 2004, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by Mosquito March

    I believe Lucas does have the right to change whatever he wants in his movies, but, I do wish that he would not, or at least would give us the option of seeing them the way we loved them. And, I do believe that there is a lack of respect for the audience, there. I'm reminded of U2's last "Best Of..." album, where they took several songs from the 1990s that were never broken, and fixed them anyway, apparently because the band just couldn't live with the idea of future generations of fans hearing those apparently inferior versions of songs that their fans in the 1990s clearly loved. The problem is, the new versions aren't the "Best Of..." - the *old* versions on the *original* albums were the "Best Of..." If they were not the "Best Of...", nobody would even consider revamping with them in the first place. In which case, why mess with something that everyone but YOU already thinks is perfect the way it is? Why pretend that the original version never happened? It's the same with STAR WARS. Apparently, aging and midlife crises cause a lot of creative people to second-guess the hell out of their earlier work. And, it's a shame, because, the fans just don't view things that way.

  • an be happy...

  • May 22, 2004, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Excellent point, Mosquito March...

    by Joe Cool #2

    ...about the jousting scene. And just for laughs, let's throw in, "You fellas seen a piss-yellow T-16 around here?" Maybe Indy IV would be the best thing for George; at least then, he's FORCED to work with other people...

  • May 22, 2004, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Maybe not died, JackBurton....

    by tucson

    just become a recluse in Marin County or in a penthouse suite at the Bellagio, like Howard Hughes. Is it now official that Lucas had No Original Ideas left and is going to wallow in his old ones? Clouseau, you're on the money with your "keep it to yourself, George" ideas.

  • May 22, 2004, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Do you people realize that Lucas has altered every single movie

    by My Ass Smells

    THX-1138 with this new directors cut, American Graffiti was altered for the DVD release, the Star Wars trilogy, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. What the hell is left?

  • May 22, 2004, 4:46 p.m. CST

    THX 1138, because he can't get the SW ready

    by Lorien

    Anyone else think that this is political of Lucas to release NOW? And the trailer doesn't just say, coming to you soon. It says coming to your life soon. Lucas is unhappy with the world, and he's too much of a schmuck to speed up SW III to make his 50 ton point about corporatism.

  • May 22, 2004, 5:21 p.m. CST

    American Grafitti Special Edition: Already done.

    by Shaner Jedi

    That came out in '98 for the films 25th Anniversary. ILM created a new matte painting of the sky at dusk over Mel's Diner right at the opening.

  • May 22, 2004, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Robot walks into wall

    by PushTheButton

    Is the future's version of "Football In The Groin" fantastic!

  • May 22, 2004, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Changing the films is OK if....

    by Rupee88

    ...the original is still made available on DVD. What is unforgivable is how George won't release the original Star Wars on DVD..the one with all his stupid changes. He is trying to make that version disappear, but it is the best, most pure one.

  • May 22, 2004, 8:34 p.m. CST

    THX 911

    by SuperTooth

    The original bored me to tears, or to masturbation. Well...I cry when I masturbate.

  • May 22, 2004, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Robot bumps the wall

    by SuperTooth

    It was supposed to be sexual.

  • May 22, 2004, 10:19 p.m. CST

    We need to get this man a wife

    by doolingus

    I heard a rumour that George has made Special Editions of his own home movies. Apparently, he has replaced his ex-wife with a wookie.

  • May 22, 2004, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Short film -> feature length movie -> special edition

    by MillDaKill

    I wonder if lucas could think of anything new to do. I love his constant rehashing of everyproject he has done.

  • May 23, 2004, 1 a.m. CST

    I Want to go on Record

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Before I click the link, that I think this just has got to be a damn joke. .............................................................................................................................. I mean, where is the Special Edition Star Wars Muppet Show appearance.

  • May 23, 2004, 1:16 a.m. CST

    He'll Never Get Away With This....

    by CaptDanielRoe

    ...scathing commentary on America in 2005 in the fifth year of a Bush Presidency. ....................................................................................... Now that I've seen the link, I respect Lucas for making the changes that so unmistakeably put this one year into a future under Bush. But I am sure the attack dogs will be on him in a heartbeat. ........................................................................................ By the way, did anyone else but me catch the scathing and perhaps prophetic political content in Attack of the Clones? Devious leader launches war founded on BS? Battles over the desert in rotorless Blackhawks? Grand Army of the Republic(ans) with the part of their brain that controls independent thought bred out of them? Even most of the good guys duped initially into thinking the evil emperor is a harmless schmuck?

  • May 23, 2004, 1:24 a.m. CST

    The real reason for opposing stem cell research...

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Is that Bush wants the science all to himself to build an army of clones. In fact he did that prior to the invasion of Afghanistan, but he cloned himself and none of them would go over there to fight. Then for Iraq, he figured he'd try Cheney, but they all insisted they had better things to do. So all the clones are in a big corral in West Texas, left to starve, and the Cheneys are having to eat each other now that they've polished off the last of the Bushes. Next time Bush is going to have to clone John Kerry in order to get some guys willing to fight. Cheney warned Bush about how Kerry testified about American war crimes after Vietnam, but Bush said not to worry, because there won't be any freedom of speech in America by the time the Kerrys get back.

  • May 23, 2004, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Where is the Star Wars Holiday Special Special Special Special E

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Lucas could probably add more wookiee pr0n to it, and clean the artifacts.

  • There a thing called the prequel trilogy, maybe you heard of it.

  • May 23, 2004, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Boy Those George Lucas Apologists Sure are Sassy!

    by JetJaguar

    "He can do what he wants." "Deal with it." "Live with it." "YOU'VE never directed anything." Fuck you.

  • May 23, 2004, 7:44 p.m. CST

    All is right in the universe....

    by berzerker_

    I first learned of this movie 12 years ago when I worked in a video store, and it has been one of my favorite films since. It's nice to see Lucas taking the time to clean this film up and release it to the masses. I can only think of a few other films with such innovative sound design and editing. WAy to go George!!!

  • May 23, 2004, 9:22 p.m. CST

    On revision and the funny ha-ha robot:

    by FluffyUnbound

    It is certainly appropriate for an artist to go back and improve his own work, if he still owns it and if he thinks he has access to insights or techniques he did not formerly possess or [in CGI's case] which did not formerly exist. But we can also judge for ourselves whether or not it's a good idea, from our perspective as audience members. Maybe Lucas will be personally much more satisfied with a THX-1138 that includes lots of pretty CGI shots, and if that makes him happy, good for him. But I am absolutely sure I won't see his changes as improvements, and I happily and unashamedly close my mind to the possibility that I ever could. Updating the film in this way removes the film from its place in the context of its own era [like colorization], it wrecks the arid and stark modernist aesthetic [which helped tell the story and communicate the film's theme of dehumanization], and it also subtracts from one of the film's primary charms, namely, that it possesses an elegance that comes from being a glorified student film, relatively inexpensively made but squeezing every drop possible out of its resources. So there. I would no sooner see a CGI enhanced THX 1138 than I would see a hip-hop Rollerball - oops. And on the subject of the robot, you're both right. It's funny, and it's creepy. It isn't light-hearted slapstick, but it helps tell the story of a society that has turned itself over to its own machines, and those machines aren't working correctly. That's creepy, unless you think it's what we deserve, in which case it's funny, too. Whoever compared it to Westworld, the comparison is apt. And in Westworld, you know, there's a scene where you see the look on Yul Brynner's face while the tourists are whooping it up, and you can tell something bad is going to happen in Act 2, and it's supposed to be creepy - but I laugh out loud every time.

  • May 23, 2004, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    I wouldn't have a problem with Lucas releasing the original 3 hour cut, but this is just...argh. I love, love, love the original film. This will only further sour me on Lucas and all of his future works or remixes.

  • May 23, 2004, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Offically fuck everyone who worked on the earlier movies

    by Tall_Boy

    in the end, it comes down to one man's idea because without it there would be no Star Wars, THX, Howard the Duck, no nothing. And if he wants to change it, because its his baby in the end, fuck absoultely everybody else. Now salute the LFL flag and BUY motherfuckers!

  • May 24, 2004, 5:37 p.m. CST

    "There a thing called the prequel trilogy" So which word do you

    by minderbinder

    The prequels are based on SW. Thus they are not original. When is he going to do something new instead of continuing to rehash? What was the last original film he did? Radioland Murders?

  • May 24, 2004, 5:42 p.m. CST

    "There a thing called the prequel trilogy" So which word do you

    by minderbinder

    The prequels are based on SW. Thus they are not original. When is he going to do something new instead of continuing to rehash? What was the last original film he did? Radioland Murders?