THX 1138: The Hybrid Cut

 
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Tagline:
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Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1971
Original Running Time:
88 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
86 minutes
Time Cut:
9 minutes
Time Added:
7 minutes
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
This "Hybrid Cut" combines as much HD material from the CGI "Enhanced" 2004 Blu-Ray Director's Cut, with as little SD material from the 1978 Laserdisc cut as possible, while still trying to recreate the original version very closely.
Intention:
Using the Laserdisc 1978 Cut as a blueprint, I've conformed the Blu-Ray to it, shot-by-shot, down to the exact frame. Where material was missing, I've restored it from the Laserdisc, or the original trailer. When the CGI additions were bad, I've replaced them, where they were reasoanably subtle I've left them in (Hence the "Hybrid" title). Throughout, I've sought to remove or change shots that significantly differ from the Laserdisc, while trying to keep as much HD as I possibly could.

The film has also been re-graded shot-by-shot to rebalance the greys and whites, re-saturate flesh tones and general colours and remove unnatural tinting. Although in a few cases the Laserdisc shots have been tinted to match the Blu-Ray (Such as with the gold robot-factory shots). The soundtrack is the original mono mix and is unchanged.
Other Sources:
Video Sources:
"1978 Restored Cut" Laserdisc (approx. 7mins)
"Director's Cut" Blu-ray (approx. 79mins)
Original Theatrical Trailer DVD (Less than a minute)

Audio Source:
"1978 Restored Cut" Laserdisc (Mono)
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to originaltrilogy.com members 'SilverWook' for help with the trailer and 'CSD79' for preserving the Laserdisc-Cut and making it available to the public.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
1280x548 MP4 (2.8GB)
Editing Details:
- Conformed the Blu-Ray version perfectly length-wise to the shots from the Laserdisc (To the frame)
- Used the original Laserdisc mono soundtrack
- Added in missing material/shots from the Laserdisc (Upscaled as best I can)
- Added in 9 missing shots from the original trailer
- Removed the god-awful new CGI establishing shots
- (Here's the Hybrid bit) Retained the shots that have minor FX changes, or slightly altered the shots to look more like they originally did. What you'd define as "minor" is down to my personal taste
- Created "new" composite shots by blending sources when needed
- The Blu-Ray transfer has been entirely re-graded shot-by-shot using the laserdisc as a guide
- This edit is 720p (Not 1080p), which allows the Blu-Ray and Laserdisc to be blended quite well
Cuts and Additions:
00.00.00 - Added FE.org title
00.00.12 - Added TM2YC title
00.01.26 - Adjusted credits to fill frame
00.03.54 - Created new HD version of original colour "grid" shot
00.04.28 - Removed 2 CGI shots of the factory and restored 2 original shots
00.04.38 - Brightened shot of robot
00.05.06 - Cropped control room shot to better match original framing
00.05.14 - Restored closeup of SEN
00.05.19 - Removed 6 DC shots
00.05.51 - Removed CGI shot of the factory and restored original video shot
00.05.58 - Brought forward closeup of SEN
00.06.02 - Restored original video shot
00.06.02 - Restored original shot and regraded it to match rest of "gold" robot shots
00.06.40 - Restored second half of LUH closeup shot by blending, regrading and a minor FX tweak
00.06.42 - Removed 2 DC shots and restored 2 original shots
00.06.47 - Restored original shot and regraded it to match rest of "gold" robot shots
00.06.48 - Restored both original monitor feeds by layering on top of DC HD shot
00.06.51 - Restored 1 shot of videofeed
00.06.53 - Restored both original monitor feeds by layering on top of DC HD shot
00.07.22 - Removed DC monitor shot and brought forward original SEN shot
00.07.24 - Regraded shot to tone down inconsistent blue tone
00.07.51 - Removed extened CGI matte of garage and restored original garage closeup
00.07.56 - Regraded shot to tone down red hue
00.08.06 - Cropped attrium shot to better match original framing
00.11.16 - Removed 1 frame of lizard
00.11.46 - Removed DC insert shot of LUH and blended back in uncut shot of THX
00.11.55 - Moved shot of LUH forwards and brought forward shower shot to original position
00.12.46 - Adjusted colour grade on monitor shot
00.12.54 - Restored original video projection shot
00.13.00 - Restored original video projection shot
00.13.15 - Restored original video projection shot
00.13.21 - Restored 4 original video projection shots
00.13.32 - Restored 3 original video projection shots
00.13.53 - Restored original video projection shot
00.14.04 - Restored original video projection shot
00.14.27 - Restored original video projection shot
00.14.35 - Restored original video projection shot
00.14.51 - Restored original video projection shot
00.14.54 - Restored left half of shot that features a projection
00.14.59 - Restored original video projection shot
00.15.24 - Removed DC shot of LUH and blended back in uncut shot of THX
00.17.34 - Removed 2 DC insert shots
00.17.44 - Removed DC insert shot of SEN
00.18.20 - Restored fade to black on LUH
00.19.37 - Resaturated the 2 sex scene shots
00.20.13 - Restored 2 shots of THX entering chamber
00.20.25 - Restored shot of THX looking outwards using trailer footage
00.20.39 - Restored shot of THX looking outwards
00.20.49 - Restored 1 frame of theatre wide shot
00.21.23 - Removed 2 frames
00.21.43 - Moved 2 minute scene between LUH and THX forwards
00.21.49 - Restored shot of car rounding turn
00.23.09 - Restored corridor shot
00.23.15 - Moved 3 minute talk between THX and SEN backwards
00.23.20 - Restored original video projection shot
00.23.39 - Removed DC room shot and added one frame of THX
00.24.13 - Restored SEN shot to original length
00.24.17 - Removed DC shot of THX and restored original one
00.24.25 - Removed 6 DC shots and restored 4 original shots of SEN and THX
00.25.26 - Removed 7 DC shots and restored 3 original shots of SEN and THX
00.26.20 - Removed 3 DC shots and restored 2 original shots of SEN and THX
00.26.45 - Removed 2 DC shots of SEN and city
00.26.46 - Extended and blended in start of LUH shot to match original
00.26.50 - Put two halfs of LUH back together to restore it to original length
00.27.08 - Shortened end of LUH shot to match original
00.27.08 - Restored original video projection shot
00.27.16 - Restored original video projection shot
00.27.22 - Restored original video projection shot
00.27.32 - Restored original video projection shot
00.27.32 - Restored original longer video projection shot
00.28.58 - Restored 15 frames of black
00.28.59 - Restored shot of THX showering
00.29.06 - Removed 3 DC shots of the city
00.29.38 - Removed CGI wall monitor to keep continuity with next shot
00.29.49 - Removed CGI wall monitor from closeup
00.29.50 - Removed insert shot of monitor and restored THX shot to original length
00.30.11 - Restored original robot shot and regraded to gold
00.30.29 - Restored original robot shot and regraded to gold
00.30.36 - Restored original robot shot and regraded to gold
00.30.51 - Restored original robot shot and regraded to gold
00.31.03 - Restored original robot shot and regraded to gold
00.31.09 - Restored shot of THX working
00.31.25 - Adjusted colours of monitor graphics to be closer to the original
00.31.34 - Restored original robot shot and regraded to gold
00.31.38 - Restored original shot of THX working and regraded to gold
00.31.39 - Adjusted colours of monitor graphics to be closer to the original
00.32.16 - Restored original shot of THX using trailer footage and removed 3 DC shots
00.32.20 - Restored 2 original shots using trailer footage and removed 4 DC shots
00.32.27 - Removed DC shot
00.32.33 - Added pupils back to THX side shot
00.32.36 - Restored original shot of THX using trailer footage
00.32.48 - Restored original longer robot shot
00.32.56 - Restored 2 original shots and removed 2 DC shots
00.33.10 - Restored 2 original shots and removed 4 DC shots
00.33.41 - Adjusted colours of monitor graphics to be closer to the original
00.35.18 - Adjusted colours of monitor graphics to be closer to the original
00.37.23 - Restored original fade-to-black instead of fade-to-greyscale
00.39.20 - Adjusted colours of monitor graphics to be closer to the original
00.39.32 - Removed 2 frames of THX in the scanner
00.42.06 - Removed 2 frames of THX lying down
00.44.57 - Removed 8 frames of black
00.49.08 - Added 2 frames of the long shot
00.50.57 - Removed 1 frame of THX lying down
00.54.24 - Restored fade to white
00.56.13 - Flipped shot horizontally to match original
00.56.34 - Flipped shot horizontally to match original
00.58.17 - Restored original top-down shot
00.59.17 - Removed 16 frames of black and restored blended frame
01.00.35 - Removed DC shot of train station
01.03.13 - Removed DC shot of a CGI "thing" and replaced it with original longer shot of a rat
01.03.14 - Cropped train shot to match original framing and replaced background to match earlier shot
01.03.25 - Removed 1 frame of train driver
01.04.07 - Restored original overhead shot
01.08.51 - Adjusted colours of monitor graphics to be closer to the original
01.11.00 - Removed 14 second DC station shot
01.12.11 - Removed 9 second DC underground shot
01.12.23 - Replaced 2nd half of garage pan with original shot
01.14.10 - Replaced 2nd half of garage pan with original shot
01.14.20 - Restored original garage shot using Laserdisc and Trailer footage
01.15.44 - Removed 28 second DC driving sequence
01.17.32 - Removed DC shot of car
01.17.46 - Restored original long shot of car
01.19.20 - Removed DC shot of car and restored 2nd original shot
01.19.23 - Horizontally flipped bike shot to match original
01.19.25 - Adjusted colours of monitor graphics to be closer to the original
01.19.33 - Horizontally flipped bike shot to match original
01.20.45 - Replaced DC shot of workers with original
01.21.01 - Blended in original shot of scaffold to correct DC version
01.21.03 - Restored original shot of scaffold
01.21.04 - Restored original shot of scaffold using trailer footage
01.21.12 - Restored original shot of scaffold
01.21.17 - Restored original shot of scaffold using Laserdisc and Trailer footage
01.21.24 - Fixed single mis-cropped frame
01.21.26 - Removed 1 frame of THX running
01.21.34 - Blended original and DC shots of dwarf to remove CGI "goblins"
01.22.02 - Restored original long shot of cops
01.22.09 - Restored original long shot of cops
01.22.14 - Restored original shot using Laserdisc and Trailer footage and removed DC CGI "goblin" shot
01.22.19 - Restored original shot using Laserdisc and Trailer footage and removed DC CGI "goblin" shot
01.22.25 - Restored original shot and removed DC CGI "goblin" shot
01.22.32 - Restored original shot and removed DC CGI "goblin" shot
01.23.12 - Corrected DC colour change to tunnel exit
01.23.56 - Corrected DC colour change to tunnel exit
01.24.03 - Corrected DC colour change to tunnel exit
01.26.10 - Blended in original THX figure over sunset
01.26.14 - Added FanEdit credits titlecard
Cover art by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Alternate Laserdisc Style Cover art by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Alternate Italian Poster Style Cover art by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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The Hybrid Trailer (A "recreation" of the original trailer)

User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.5  (2)
Visual Editing 
 
9.5  (2)
Audio Editing 
 
9.0  (2)
Narrative 
 
9.5  (2)
Enjoyment 
 
8.5  (2)
Overall rating 
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0

This was a real treat. TM2YC has done an excellent job recreating the theatrical cut with the highest quality material. A few shots stand out in terms of color and clarity, but the faneditor has done an excellent job trying to make things gel as seamlessly as possible. Some of the transitions between sources is quite impressive. This is my go-to version of the film now. Thanks!

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Yes
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(Updated: January 22, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

I had never seen this film before. I meant to for a long time but just never got to it. When all you can watch is a version everybody seems to hate, it's harder to want to watch it. All that being said, I was missing out because this is a great film. Ratings for the edit:
A/V Quality - 8 - This is as much HD footage as I think one could hope for. Laserdisc shots in particular do stand out but it is such a worthwhile tradeoff. I think releasing a DVD version would be a good idea since at 720p the difference does stand out. BUT having never seen the film before, I actually thought that all of the shots with the quality drop were indicating security camera footage. This was totally in keeping with the world and actually worked as a narrative device. I didn't even realize it wasn't for a while.
Visual Editing - 10 - I didn't realize until watching the blu-ray after how masterful this was. So much totally off-putting CGI removed or made unnoticeable. The colors were spectacular in the edit, and sometimes great and sometimes really off on the blu-ray.
Audio Editing - 10 - Mono audio sounds really good for what it is and feels very time-appropriate.
Narrative - 10 - The movie was fantastic and the use of visuals for storytelling and disorientation was very captivating.
Enjoyment - 9 - Thoroughly enjoyed watching this.

After watching the edit, I watched the blu-ray for the first time and holy mother of science was there a lot of weird bullshit added. All the cars added, the bizarre monitor clearly added above the timecard thing, ALL of the text changes, everything in the monitors (the explosion viewed in the two monitors is so weird), the INSECT WINGS (WTF?!?), the giant, massive factory-type shot which looked 50 years newer than the rest of the movie, everything going on around the car taking the curve, just so many weird things. I intended to just watch a bit but I became so bizarrely fascinated with all of the very odd CGI additions that I watched it all. Which then made me go back and appreciate your editing work exponentially more. The shot at 24:13 where the man bends over seems slowed down for a second. I assume it was to match the LD but it stood out.The fact that it was completely unnoticeable outside of that and video quality drops is probably the biggest compliment.

Great job and thanks for making this. I'm extremely glad I watched this as my first exposure.

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