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Co-writer/director/editor George Lucas and co-writer Walter Murch
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Reviewed by Elijah Sullivan on April 20th, 2005
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I was a rampant Lucas-basher until I saw THX 1138, which I absolutely loved. Then I listened to the commentary, with Lucas and pal Murch -- who is a genius, read his book -- and was flabbergasted. Lucas is incredibly lucid, articulate, and eager to impart information; he never slows down, and has a wealth of backstory and detailed intentions for each element of the story and the production itself. He is an extremely competant storyteller and editor, which he proves beyond a doubt on this track, and a courageous and passionate one, to boot. The best commentary I heard all year. He even explains the presence of the Buck Rogers advertisement at the head of the film, while also giving credit where due to the cameramen, who used all-natural lighting (!). Terrific stuff, you won't be disappointed.
Reviewed by pat00139 on December 16th, 2007
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Same for me: I loved this track. The track is as fascinating as the movie. These two guys (recorded separately, by the way) expand the universe the movie is in and they bring greater detail to what you're seeing. There's some overlap between this and the making-of doc on the second disk, but it's worth listening to. Mr. Lucas talks about the symbolism and messages of the movie. He wrote this as a reaction to his thoughts on society of the time. He says that belief is more important than reality. The only reason they're staying in the prison/asylum thing is that they think there are walls closing them in. He also talks about the society: bureaucracy is trying to cope with society, but doesn't quite get it right. That stupid little red cube is also explained, which makes me very happy. For some reason, I never got it before. Just about everything else is touched on. Mr. Lucas says that he wanted it the movie to be a lot like an experimental movie, and that the visuals are extremely important. Mr. Murch talks about sound design and the philosophy behind it. The movie is very heady, and the commentary follows suit. A great effort once again by Mr. Lucas.
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