The original cut has been mutilated much like Star Wars-except most people don’t know the degree of THX’s mutilation.
Would it have been that hard to have included the original on the Director’s cut DVD? No.
Interesting article. Thanks for the link. I had no idea that such changes had been made to the dvd version. I have to say though, looking at the stills, the changes do seem to be for the better. You’re right though, they could have put both versions on the dvd. I think it would have been better than Lucas’s student film even though it was kind of cool to see as well. Maybe they’ll throw both versions on the blu-ray.
So what’s the problem again?
Looks to me as if it’s only been improved.
I’ve only seen the Director’s Cut, but after reading that article if I had originally had the choice, I’d have stuck with the DC anyway.
yea i’m with turn.
watch the short. will save you a couple of hours. Way better than the feature version.
I agree with Francisco Torres. Lucas’s USC short is much better than the released feature-length version.If the original cut is longer than the released version, I can’t see how that would improve it. The sheer l-e-n-g-t-h of THX 1138 was the problem.
I wish I had known that the short was available on the Internet. I went and bought a DVD that had THX LABYRINTH and several other short films (most of them terrible) by (mainly) other USC alums (including Robert Zemeckis).
BTW, imo, the best student films by successful auteurs were made by Scorsese (NYU) and Malick (AFI).
How about Erarserhead? AFI/Lynch
“BTW, imo, the best student films by successful auteurs were made by Scorsese (NYU) and Malick (AFI).”
What are these films called?
Mike et al.: Scorsese’s student films are IT’S NOT JUST YOU, MURRAY, THE BIG SHAVE, and WHAT’S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING IN A PLACE LIKE THIS? They’re on a VHS/DVD called SCORSESE x 4, which also includes his professional short documentary ITALIANAMERICAN.
Malick’s AFI thesis film is a Western called LANTON MILLS, and it stars Warren Oates. As far as I know, I don’t think it’s available on VHS or DVD. If anyone on this thread knows about it, please let us all know. I saw it at the Whitney Museum in NYC 30 years ago. It has a twist ending that I can’t give away.
Just saw this film for the first time and was pretty repulsed by Lucas’ supposed “remastering.” Why can’t you let a film live in its own time?
I’d really like to see the original cut.
I didn’t know a new version existed until my friend got it from Netflix. I was shocked by what I was seeing. I’m surprised at the comments about the directors cut, although going by the comments you guys haven’t watched it yet.
I would suggest watching it before coming to a conclusion. The cartoon CGI is not worth the minor improvements achieved from some of the “fixes”. The mutant monkeys had us cracking up and some of those car scenes look like an Xbox cut-scene, much like the fixes made to the original Star Wars trilogy.
There’s a laserdisc transfer floating around the net. Not the best, but it beats plunking down a bunch for the long OOP LD.
The feature is better than the short.