THX 1138 (1971) Poster


Alternate Versions

There are technically three versions of this movie: 1. The 1971 Warner Bros. Studio Theatrical Cut. Warner Bros in house cut 4 minutes from the film. This version has not been released on any home media. 2. The 1970/1977 Restored Version which is the version originally cut by the director prior to Warner Bros. cutting it for its 1971 theatrical release. This was finally released in 1977 following the success of "Star Wars" and later released on VHS and laserdisc releases. 3. The 2004 George Lucas Director's Cut with many scenes improved using CGI and some new shots added in following extensive work done by George Lucas and THX in 2003/2004. This was later released on all DVD and Blu-ray releases.
In 1977, after the success of Star Wars, THX 1138 was re-released with the footage that had been deleted by Warner Bros., for the 1971 Studio Theatrical release, edited back in, but still did not gain popularity. This version was subsequently released on laserdisc and VHS, but has not been released on DVD or Blu-ray (as of July 2015).
Alternate German and Italian Broadcast-version: The sequential arrangement and partially the length of many scenes throughout the movie is altered. The reasons therefor seem to be unknown.
The 2004 "George Lucas Director's Cut" contains several updated and CGI- expanded sequences:
  • The mosaic at the beginning of the film has been color treated and looks more like a bank of monitors.

  • The droid factory at the start of the film has been greatly expanded with CGI and we see much more detail of the creation of droids.

  • Many shots of the "city" have been greatly expanded with much more detail.

  • Several corridors in the film have been extended with more people.

  • The "Mind Lock" sequence has been updated and now has much more shots of the droids being created and new eye effects on Robert Duvall.

  • There is a never-before-seen shot of the police station.

  • The train scenes at the end have been expanded with more special effects.

  • The car chase scene is longer and more intense, with more CGI.

  • THX is attacked by new CGI shell dwellers at the end on his way out.

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