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Background
: THX is a motion picture quality certification system (despite being branded as a "sound system" until 1997) founded by Tomlinson Holman and George Lucas in 1982 (in turn was then-owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. until 2002, when it was spun-off in its present day company-THX Ltd.), named after the first film Lucas directed, THX 1138. The first THX film was 1983's hit movie Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. THX officially stands for "Tomlinson Holman's EXperiment". THX has provided certified VHS, DVD, LaserDisc, and Blu-ray films from major studios such as Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), United Artists (UA), Columbia Pictures, among other studios, also when this was seen in theaters. They have certified video games as well.


1st Trailer
(May 25, 1983)
THX - CLG Wiki

Nicknames: "Wings", "It Begins..."

Trailer: We see a pitch-black screen. Then we see white text on the screen that reads "For the past 35 years, motion picture loudspeaker systems have not changed...". When it has been on the screen for a while, it fades out and new white text appears reading "Lucasfilm, Ltd. and this theatre are pleased to introduce a new motion picture sound system.". That text fades out and we wait for a while and the letters "THX", which have a line under them and have the "T" slightly taller whose stem extends over the other two letters, appear in a glassy sky blue color. The color fades in majestically with "LUCASFILM LTD." above it and "SOUND SYSTEM" below it, both in small text. It stays on screen for about 10 seconds, then slowly fades out with the text above and below the logo.

Trivia: The nicknames for some of the early THX trailers given by Lucasfilm, Ltd. derive from the earliest Oscar winning pictures, like Wings, Cavalcade, and Cimmaron.

FX/SFX: The text and THX logo fading-in and out.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized crescendo sound effect known as "Deep Note". It starts off with a group of descending synth voices that are reminiscent of the sound of an airplane flying. Two of the descending voices become louder than the others as an ascending voice can faintly be heard in the mixture. This part of the Deep Note then repeats, and the lower of the louder voices eventually gets even deeper and slows down in tone. At the exact same time, another descending voice fades in as more ascending voices get higher and louder in tone until all of the voices stop and stay in one pitch. It was coded by James Andy Morrer and became one of the world's most recognized (and scariest) sound trademarks.

Availability: Extinct. Was never on THX-certified home video releases. It debuted in the theatrical premiere of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Can be seen on select Demo DVDs and at THX's official website.

Scare Factor: Medium to high because of the dark atmosphere and the Deep Note. This has been known to cause something known as "THXphobia", which is the fear of the THX logo and the Deep Note.



2nd Trailer
(Summer 1983-2005, 2010-)
THX BroadwayTHX Broadway" trailer- "LUCASFILM LTD" variantTHX Broadway Classic (Restored)THX Broadway LaserdiscTHX Broadway DVD/VHS


Nickname
: "Broadway", "The Blue Rectangle", "The Audience is Now Deaf"

Trailer
: On a black blackground, we see a blue outline of a rectangle. The gray text "The Audience is Listening" fades inside the outline, then fades out. A few seconds later, the THX logo in silver appears, The blue rectangle outline fades out, and

"LUCASFILM LTD.
SOUND SYSTEM"

appears and the THX logo shines.

Variants: Throughout the years, this trailer had many different variants:
  • 1995 A: The audio was remixed digitally with then-new technology.
  • 1995 B: Probably the most recognizable THX trailer variant. It was exclusively to home video releases and revised a bit more. The gray text reading "The Audience is Listening" is replaced with "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" in Arial font in white and arranged in the center of the outline. That text appears longer than the regular version, and "DIGITALLY" appears above the THX logo and "MASTERED" appears below that logo. Those texts fade in with the THX logo instead of appearing after the blue outline disappears.
  • 1995 C: Both the audio and the trailer is shorter than the standard 1983-1997 theatrical version. The audio (in this, and both 1995 A & B variants) is also in higher (or sometimes lower) pitches.
  • On Laserdisc releases from THX, the blue rectangle appears as usual, but with a difference: the message reads "Mastered and Duplicated for Audio and Video Performance", then the text fades out, the THX logo appears, but the Laserdisc logo appears under THX. The logo shines, and the blue rectangle fades out.
  • From 1997-2003, an alternate version appeared where the original text above (and above only) the THX logo was "LUCASFILM LTD." This was officially replaced with the "DIGITALY MASTERED" (as described above) text when Lucasfilm Ltd. spun off THX into its present-day company.
  • 1997 A: Same as the 1995 B variant, but uses the lower pitch Deep Note from the "Tex" trailer. This was only on DVD releases.
  • On Dell PC DVD Releases it is the same as the cinema trailer but "The Audience is Listening" tagline is replaced with "Your Dell PC is THX Certified". "Dell" is in its usual font. "SOUND SYSTEM" is replaced with "BEST PICTURE. BEST SOUND." The URL www.thx.com is seen with the trademark.
  • 1997 B: As with THX being no longer known as a "sound system", the trailer is removed out of theaters, and exclusively seen on VHS and Laserdisc (and also later on DVD) releases
  • 2010: The trailer is remastered, or recreated, in high definition. The blue rectangle is wider and glows, "The Audience Is Listening" text is in a white Imprint shadow font and the THX logo glows and shines slowly. Below is a THX Ltd. copyright notice.
  • The 2010 variant debuted on home entertainment releases starting with Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Blu-ray. "The Audience is Listening" text is replaced with "Digitally mastered for superior sound and picture quality," in the same Arial font (a la 1995 B).
  • On the Apollo 13 DTS Laserdisc, the Deep Note on the THX Laserdisc logo is replaced with the THX DVD Deep Note.
  • On some prints of the Stargate Widescreen AC-3 Laserdisc, the Deep Note on the THX Laserdisc logo is a short version of the 1983 Deep Note, though other prints use the high-pitched Deep Note.

FX/SFX
: See variants above.

Music/Sounds
:
  • The theatrical version uses the louder and shorter version of the Deep Note.
  • The DVD/VHS/Laserdisc version has a shorter and quicker version of the Deep Note that starts at the rapid pitch change of the voices. The VHS and Laserdisc versions have a higher-pitched Deep Note, while the DVD version has a lower-pitched version that is often re-used in some of the future logos listed below.
  • The HD version, or "Broadway Classic (Restored)," has the remastered Deep Note used in the "Science of Sensation" logo.

Availability: One of the most common THX trailers ever. It appears on many THX-certified DVDs and VHSs, including Disney releases prior to 2001. Also available online. The 1997 variant can be found on Disney VHS tapes from 1997-2003, starting with Fun & Fancy Free, and possibly ending with the 2003 Platinum Edition of The Lion King (Bambi was the first THX-certified Disney film on VHS, but it used the 1995 variant instead. Not a single Disney release from 2002 used the 1997 variant, with the exception of the 2002 VHS re-release of Dinosaur.). It can also be found with a lower pitch on Buena Vista DVDs from 1999-2001. It made a surprise appearance when Starz aired Toy Story 2 on April 16, 2011. Until the 2nd airing on 10/13/2008, the 1995 version appeared on Disney Channel's earlier print of Monsters, Inc., which plastered the Tex Moo Can trailer used on the original tape. It can be found on every VHS release that had the THX logo on the VHS (or its cover) from 1995-2005. However, the 2002 VHS release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh didn't have the THX logo on its cover or the VHS, yet it appeared after the 2002 Handprint Feature Presentation and Aspect Ratio screen, making it the only VHS tape to be THX-certified yet not have the THX logo on the VHS nor its cover. On home entertainment releases, the "Broadway Classic (Restored)" trailer debuted on Blu-ray with Star Wars: The Original Trilogy and on DVD with the 2012 re-release of Titanic. "Broadway Classic (Restored)" was moved to the beginning of THX-Certified releases starting with Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray.

Scare Factor
: Same as the last logo. The VHS and laserdisc variants elevate it higher (High to nightmare), because of their higher pitch, faster pace, sudden appearance, or being seen after a black-BG logo. Nevertheless, this trailer is very popular and is a favorite of many.



3rd Trailer
(1988-2002)
THX Cimarronthx cimarronTHX Cimarron Laserdisc

Nickname
: "Cimarron"

Trailer
: A small gray box appears in the center of the screen. Then, we see the hand of a conductor, who holds a baton. The hand flicks the baton, blasting out a blue "hyperspace". It turns red, and when it fully turns red, we see a 3D THX logo zoom towards us against a black screen with red dots. Then, we see some text saying "The Audience is Listening" in the same font and color used in "Broadway". A few seconds, a subtitle reading "Lucasfilm, Ltd. Sound System" fades in too.

Variants
:
  • This trailer was remixed in Dolby Digital in 1995. This variant had slight changes. At the start, text fades in reading "Dolby Digital sound in a THX Theatre," and at the end the Dolby logo was added at the left-bottom of the screen.
  • On Laserdisc releases starting with Twister, the words "Mastered and duplicated for optimal video and audio performance" fades with the 1,000 red dots. Then, it fades to the 3D THX logo. Once it's finished zooming, the THX Laserdisc logo from "Broadway" fades and zooms as well as the silver outlined rectangle. The THX Laserdisc logo and the silver outlined rectangle shine. This was used until 2002.

FX/SFX
: CGI that was done at Industrial Light and Magic.

Music/Sounds:
  • An orchestra warms up, then a big descending synth note followed by an orchestra crescendo. When the THX logo appears the descending synth is played again, followed by a rising string note for the THX logo.
  • For the Dolby Digital remix, a nice orchestral piece done by James Horner. We hear an orchestra warming up at the start, then some music, and then a beautiful composition of ascending notes when the THX logo appears (representing the Deep Note). A whoosh is heard as the THX logo zooms in. This music was also used in the Cimarron trailer shown at the end of the THX WOW! (1990) laserdisc.
  • The Laserdisc variant uses thunder sounds and a shorter version of the Dolby remix music and sounds.

Availability: This became the first alternate THX trailer to be used in 1988, beginning with the original theatrical release of Willow in THX theaters. This probably no longer plays in THX theaters. The original version is long out of print as it was recalled due to complaints of the soundtrack speaker drivers from theater owners, and may only survive in the hands of a few home projectionists. The second version is only available on THX-demo discs. The Laserdisc variant can be seen on Laserdiscs from 1996-2001 such as Saving Private Ryan, Volcano, Independence Day, and others (namely Fox flicks). It was also seen on Laserdiscs from Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, and other major film companies (Disney, as well as Nickelodeon, used the Broadway trailer instead).

Scare Factor: Low. The Deep Note sounds much calmer in the Dolby version, but the dark atmosphere and giant THX logo flying towards the screen, along with the thunder sound in the Laserdisc variant, could up the scare factor a little.



4th Trailer
(1993-1997)

Nickname: "Grand"

Trailer: On a black background, we see some white text that reads "This auditorium is equipped with a THX sound system." A few seconds later, the background turns into a red-black cloudy background. We see some white text that reads "The Audience Is Listening." After that, the red-black background turns slowly turns blue, somewhat similar to the previous background. Seconds after, a light with lens flares moves upward and a 90° turned THX logo rotates to its front in a blue-black gradient background, with "LUCASFILM LTD" over and "SOUND SYSTEM" below.

Variants:
  • The DVD of Speed replaces "The Audience Is Listening" text with "Best Picture. Best Sound. You're watching a THX Certified Feature." and "SOUND SYSTEM" with "BEST PICTURE. BEST SOUND".
  • The Dell PC DVD version replaces "The Audience Is Listening" with "Your Dell PC is THX Certified." and "SOUND SYSTEM" with "BEST PICTURE. BEST SOUND." "Dell" is in its usual font and the www.thx.com url appears at the end
  • On The THX Ultimate Demo Disc (the THX Ultra 2 and THX story featurettes), a full screen (4:3) version of this trailer can be spotted.

FX/SFX: The background changing, the texts fading, and "THX" is completely in silver 3D. The visuals were created by Industrial Light and Magic (like the previous logo) according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc.

Cheesy Factor: The red background looks very dated and cheap, which is in sharp contrast with the beautiful CGI rotating of the THX logo.

Music/Sounds: Some chimes. When the background opens, wind whistles, then various ascending notes and sounds, until a Star Wars laser-gun sound and a whooshing sound occur as the THX logo appears and ends with a choir-like version of the Deep Note. The sound for this trailer was apparently created at Skywalker Sound and, according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc, designed by David Slusser and Marco d'Ambrosio.

Availability: Seen in all THX theaters during 1993 until 1997, as well as online and on the 2002 DVD release of Speed.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The ascending sounds are ear-piercing, but the Deep Note sounds much more calmer on this trailer.



5th Trailer
(April 14, 1994, 1996-1997)

Nickname: "The Simpsons", "Burns' Heir"

Trailer: We see a film marquee with the text "SISKEL & EBERT: THE MOVIE" on it, with ""TWO THUMBS UP" - SISKEL & EBERT" below it. We then cut to many Simpsons characters appearing in theater seats. The light dims, and then brightens a bit. Then we cut to the movie screen, then a white screen with "THX" on it (not the same as the other trailers) appears, with "SOUND SYSTEM" and "THE AUDIENCE IS LISTENING" under it. The sound shakes the theater/cinema, propelling people backwards, breaking many peoples' glasses, teeth and an exit sign, and even causing a man's head to explode. After chaos ensues, we cut back to the screen as the audience whoops and applauses the screen. We then cut to Grandpa, who yells "Turn it up! TURN IT UP!".

Variant: A variant was shown where we see the Broadway rectangle, then it fades to the film sign and the trailer animates as normal.

FX/SFX: Traditional animation from Film Roman.

Music/Sounds: The atmosphere, dialogue, and the Deep Note.

Availability: This was a trailer adapted from a scene from The Simpsons episode "Burns' Heir". Likely found in theaters and demo discs of the time.

Scare Factor: Medium, because of the Deep Note, but it's a hilarious trailer and a favorite of Simpsons Fans.



6th Trailer
(1996-)
THX Tex

Nickname
: "Tex"

Trailer: The THX trailer starts as usual, before breaking down as if due to an electrical failure. A light is switched on as a robot named Tex rolls in from off-camera. Tex opens a panel on the "X", grabs a rocket pack, and flies off screen, pulling out a hammer just before he goes off screen, muttering "Oh, George." Tex hammers at something on the right side of the screen, drills at something on the left side and then flies over to the T and moves a large switch. The switch causes the logo to re-activate and complete its usual sequence with the "LUCASFILM LTD." and "SOUND SYSTEM" text. Tex realizes the door in "X" is still open and kicks the logo, which shuts the door, causing a black screen to fall reading "The Audience Is Listening".

Trivia: When Tex mutters, "Oh, George..." it is a reference to George Lucas.

Variants:
  • On DVD or Laserdisc releases, the messages from the Broadway Trailer, which are "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance", or "Mastered and Duplicated for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" appears WITHOUT the blue rectangle outline. Then, the animation plays as usual. Between 1996 and 1997, the "sound system" title appears under THX (as well as Lucasfilm Ltd. on the top). Once after 1997, the "sound system" name was no longer seen.
  • There is an extended version in which after Tex drills something, he starts to saw and then yells "Ow". The rest of the trailer plays like normal. This only appears on Fox Demo Disc #1 and disc 2 of the North American DVD release of Finding Nemo.
  • On the THX Vimeo page and DVD releases such as Toy Story 2 Special Edition, the black screen that reads "The Audience is Listening." is replaced with the THX website URL. The "LUCASFILM LTD." and "SOUND SYSTEM" text are absent.

FX/SFX: Nice CGI for 1996, which was done at Pixar Animation Studios.

Music/Sounds: The Deep Note in a lower pitch, Tex's dialogue, and sounds corresponding to the animation. The sound design is by Gary Rydstrom, according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc. See "Trailer" for the rest.

Availability: Might have been common in THX theaters during its heyday, but it can be available on some Pixar movies on DVD such as Cars, and some THX demo DVDs. Seen online as well.

Scare Factor: Low to high yet again, though some might consider the subject matter funny and tamer than the previous logos.



7th Trailer
(1997-)
THX - Tex Moo Can (1997)THX - Tex Moo Can closing text (1997)Tex 2

Nicknames
: "Tex 2", "Moo Can", "Cow", "Tex Strikes Again"

Trailer: We see Tex the robot from the previous trailer, as he appears out of nowhere right in front of us. He has a can in his hand which has a picture of a cow on a field and says "moo"(which is in a bubble cloud, as if the cow were saying it), and the only way we see it is that Tex zooms it up towards us closer. He takes it back, and turns it upside down, and dips it, realizing the can is empty. After flipping it right side up again, Tex gives us a "one minute" signal, and flies away. In the meantime, while we see nothing but the background, we hear him gathering something as he then returns with the "moo can". This time, however, he also has a plug in his opposite hand, and plugs it into the can. After that, we hear the sound of cows mooing, and, beside that, the THX logo appears sliding up from the middle of the screen to nearly the top. Tex points to the text, but suddenly the THX logo begins to rumble and shake. Tex sees this, and he nervously flies off with the can and the plug. The THX logo jolts to the left side for a moment before going back to it's normal position. And, like the last trailer, the black screen with the text "The Audience is Listening" falls to the screen.

Variants:
  • On some occasions, the THX logo is already seen at the very beginning of the trailer before the animation begins, which means that in this variant, Tex is basically doing all of his animation right in front of the company's text. And, on a few alternate occasions between 1997 and 2005, the Lucasfilm Ltd. name was seen on top of THX; then the screen falls as usual, but replaces "The Audience Is Listening" with "The Best Sound, The Best Picture. You're Watching a THX Certified Feature." (as seen in the "Cavalcade" trailer)
  • In 2009, when Monster joined THX, the trailer became slightly updated. When Tex gets the cord, the camera zooms in to reveal a Monster cable. When he plugs it in, the graphics on the moo can change it into a Monster Moo Can. "Monster" in 3-D font fades and slides up to the top at the same time as the THX logo. When the THX logo rumbles, the Monster logo rumbles and the black screen shows the THX Monster logo in white and the THX Monster trademark in white.

FX/SFX: More great animation from Pixar.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous trailer, except the Deep Note is replaced by cows mooing it (if you really listen carefully, a high pitched voice is heard towards the end of the mooing, which sounds like someone yelling "STOP!" before the sound of rumbling and cracking). The sound design is by Gary Rydstrom and Marco d'Ambrosio (who did the cow chord) according to The THX Ultimate Demo Disc. A variant of the Monster THX version uses some electrical sounds from Terminator 2, which Gary Rydstrom also did the sound design of.

Availability: Maybe still seen in theaters. Can be seen on Pixar films (such as Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition, and Finding Nemo disc 1 US), Fox films (such as Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 2, Speed 2, and The Day The Earth Stood Still), THX Demo discs, and even the VHS and DVDof Monsters, Inc. (plastered by the VHS version of Broadway on the first televised print of Monsters, Inc. on Disney Channel). A variant is also on the Lair video game for PS3. Seen online as well.

Scare Factor: Low to medium (at least perhaps for those with THX-phobia), the Deep Note is much tamer than the other variants and it's meant to be funny.



8th Trailer
(2000)


THX Broadway 2000

Nickname: "Broadway 2000"

Trailer: We see a pitch black screen (ala the 1983 "Broadway" trailer), then we see the text "Let's see it in......" appearing in separate words zooming in the center of the screen. Then we see the THX logo with the Lucasfilm Ltd. notice at the top of THX. The logo shines and we fade-out.

FX/SFX: The words zooming-in at the screen.

Music/Sounds: A shorter version of the Deep Note that begins right before the rapid pitch change. However, new voices are added to the Deep Note and drown out most of the original voices except for the lower ones.

Availability: Seen in THX theaters of the time. Also can be seen on The Indiana Jones Trilogy (2003 release) and The THX Ultimate Demo Disc.

Scare Factor: Medium to high because of the dark atmosphere and the Deep Note.



9th Trailer
(2002-)
THX - Cavlacade (2005, 1.85:1)THX - Cavlacade closing text (2005, 1.85:1)THX - Terminator 2 (2000)
THX - Terminator 2 closing text 1 (2000)THX - CLG Wiki

Nickname
: "Cavalcade"

Trailer
: In a darkly-lit environment, we zoom in toward a glassy blue sphere, which has clouds rolling and lightning flickering. As the environment illuminates, we see that the sphere is barely hovering over a textured blue floor. Suddenly, the sphere shatters, and the sky is revealed to contain several rolling gray clouds. The glass then liquifies and gathers in the center. Some lightning strikes it and forms a silver THX logo. Then, the environment fades to black as a shimmering blue rectangle is drawn clockwise around it. The logo fades out as the URL www.thx.com fades in.

Variants:
  • There is an early variant where the THX web address is absent.
  • On some releases, after the THX logo fades out, the text "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" (from the Broadway trailer) appears in the blue line. At one point from 2001 (when Lucasfilm still owned it), "Lucasfilm Ltd." was seen (exactly the way it was in the 1995 Broadway variant) above the THX logo.
  • On the DVD release of Terminator 2, the metallic rectangle with the T2 logo carved out, appears, as it zooms to us. Then, the rectangle gets blown by T-800 with the shotgun, as seen on the reflection. Pieces turn into liquid metal and forms the THX logo. After that, the THX logo fades out, and then it contains a message reading "The Best Sound, The Best Picture. You're Watching a THX Certified Feature" appears one by one as each text fades out before the other. Also, the Deep Note in this variant (the Terminator 2 variant) is the same as Broadway 2000 version. This is also on the Blu-ray release with some differences : the THX logo looks slightly different, the "DIGITALLY" and "MASTERED" (a la Broadway '95) are replaced with "CERTIFIED," and the www.thx.com URL with a copyright notice appears. The Sound design and mix is by Gary Rydstrom at Skywalker Sound according to the credits of the T2 Ultimate Edition DVD.
  • On the DVDs of The Final Countdown, Fox Demo Disc #1, and The THX Ultimate Demo Disc, the logo fades out before we get to the "Digitally Mastered for Optimal Audio and Video Performance" text.

FX/SFX: Just top-notch CGI.

Music/Sounds: Thunderclaps/electric shocking sounds, followed by glass shattering, then the Deep Note. A laser-like sound is heard as the rectangle is formed. In the T2 variant, music from Terminator 2 is heard followed by glass shattering, some other ambient sound effects, and the Deep Note used in Broadway 2000.

Availability: Seen on several THX DVDs such as Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (debut), Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume One, The Incredibles, Bayside Shakedown 2, Fox Demo Disc #1, and X-Men 1.5; in THX theaters, and on the video game MLB 09: The Show. It's also the intro to the menu of The THX Ultimate Demo Disc.

Scare Factor: High, due to the sphere shattering all of a sudden, in addition to the presence of the Deep Note.



10th Trailer
(2003-Late 2000s)

Nickname: "Shrek"

Trailer: The THX logo starts up like any other, but just as the Deep Note is about to get loud, the logo suddenly crashes down revealing Shrek and Donkey creating the Deep Note with many instruments. The 2 look at the screen, before looking at each other and smiling awkwardly as they raise the logo (apparently made out of cardboard) up. The Deep Note starts again (albeit less louder than before) and the logo shimmers in green from left to right. While the Deep Note is playing, Donkey comes out and plays a kazoo over it. Shrek yells "Donkey!" at him, and the two walk off-screen. The screen fades to black as the words "illuminate your senses" fades in on the top, a smaller THX logo in the middle, and copyright info on the bottom.

FX/SFX: The trailer itself, and the animation involving Shrek and Donkey.

Music/Sounds: The Deep Note, the instruments, and the dialogue.

Availability: Extinct. It was not seen on the original theatrical release of Shrek (as Disney/Pixar blocked THX from showing it for some weird, unknown reason), but it eventually debuted in 2006. It was seen on an original international DVD release of Shrek and is also available on the THX website.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, as this is a hilarious trailer. It might also be a favorite amongst Shrek's parodic "Brogre" fandom.



11th Trailer
(2003)

Nickname: "Bounty"

Trailer: On a black background we see out-of-focus movie clips on a THX logo. Some of these clips include Star Wars: Episode I, Alien and Jurassic Park. The logo then starts to shine as the blue outline from the Broadway trailer appears around the screen and the words "CERTIFIED CINEMA" appear under the THX logo. Everything except the blue outline fades out and is replaced by the THX website URL on the top, copyright notices on the bottom and the phase "20 Years of Making Great Movies Come Alive."

FX/SFX: The clips playing on the THX logo, the shining at the end.

Music/Sounds: In this order, sound clips from the following movies are heard:
  • Apocalypse Now Redux Version
  • Jurassic Park
  • Die Hard
  • Jurassic Park (again)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Star Wars: Episode I
  • Fight Club
  • Alien
  • Star Wars: Episode I (again)
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Back To The Future trilogy
  • Lord of The Rings trilogy
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • Speed
After this the THX Deep Note starts playing as the final sound clips play from:
  • Alien (again)
  • Ghost
  • The Mask

Availability
: Was only seen in THX theaters during 2003. THX doesn't own the rights to the sound clips in the trailer, so it remains ultra rare.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. It can cause THX-phobia.



12th Trailer
(2005-)
THX - The Science of Sensastion (2005)

Nickname
: "The Science of Sensation"

Trailer: We first see a pitch black screen, but then we see the words "THE SCIENCE OF SENSATION" (in capital letters) coming at us each two words at a time (like the "Broadway 2000" trailer) and as a faint shine appears on the 'O', the words suddenly fade out by spreading apart. Then, the THX logo appears, with a faint shine where the 'O' used to be. With its usual gray color, the logo shines with a "shinemark" coming down on the "T".

FX/SFX: "THE SCIENCE OF SENSATION" text spreading out, the shinemark, and the THX logo shining.

Music/Sounds: A remastered Deep Note, some shining sounds, and whooshes. In this remastered Deep Note, some voices are reminiscent of the newer ones from the Broadway 2000 version, and some of the voices reach their final pitches before the others do.

Music/Sound Variant: A higher pitched version exists.

Availability: Can be seen on the DVDs of Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (debut), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Lorelei: The Witch of The Pacific Ocean. It's also seen in some THX theaters.

Scare Factor: High because of the long, dark atmosphere and the Deep Note.



13th Trailer
(2006?-)

Nickname: "Ziegfeld"

Trailer: On a black background, we see the metallic outlines of the THX logo fade in. Then the shiny silver color fades inside the THX logo. The THX logo glows and makes a big shine with some sparkles. Then below the THX logo is the disclaimer: "THX and the THX logo are trademarks of THX Ltd., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All Rights Reserved."

Variant: At the beginning of an LG video on THX-certified TVs, the metallic outlines fade in quicker, the shiny silver color fades in slower, and the shine of the THX logo isn't as bright.

FX/SFX: The glowing, sparkling, and shining of the THX logo.

Cheesy Factor: There is not that much animation.

Music/Sounds: The low-pitched Deep Note from Tex and Broadway (DVD variant) trailers.

Availability: TBA. Can be seen on THX Demo Disc II, MLB 07: The Show, and whenever you start up a THX-Certified TiVo.

Scare Factor: Low to medium.



14th Trailer
(2007-)

Nicknames: "Tex 3", "TEX Action", "The Car", "Tex Strikes Yet Again"

Trailer: On a gray background, we see a clapperboard on screen. The clapperboard claps, and then disappears off-screen. The camera then zooms out and turns, revealing the background to be a gray car. Tex flies on screen and stops in front of the car, giving a "stop" signal. Tex then tries to fly away, but ends up getting sucked into the car. He gets flung around the car's engine uncontrollably, and is eventually able to stop and regain his balance. He then looks up, and sees part of the engine spraying. After spraying for a few seconds, it explodes, and Tex gets covered in black ash. Another part of the engine then pushes Tex up, and he gets chased by another explosion. He manages to escape from the car just in time, but then he loses control, and hits the THX logo. He then stands back up, shakes his arms and foot, looks back at the THX logo, and does a "Ta-dah!" pose.

FX/SFX: Same as the 6th and 7th trailers.

Music/Sounds: A guy saying "And...action!" when the clapperboard is on screen, Tex's voice, some car sounds and other sound effects, and the low-pitched Deep Note from before.

Availability: Seen on THX-certified DVD players in some cars. Possibly seen in theaters too.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. Like the 6th trailer, it's intended to be funny but it can scare those with "THXphobia."



15th Trailer
(2007-)

Nickname: "Amazing Life"

Trailer: We start out with an octagon shape figure rising out of liquid (a la a ripple effect), and forms into another figure, which looks like petals from a flower because we're looking at it from the top. Inside the "flower" is a crown shape figure that has wings on top of it, slowly spinning around, producing the held organ note sound, as we zoom in on it. Then, the scene changes. We now see another set of wings that also spin around, but faster. A ring is spinning around with it and goes down towards the bottom of the screen, producing the buzzer. And the scene changes again. The same set of wings from the first scene is shown, once again spinning slowly, with shades seen on the left side of the screen. As the scene changes again, a tulip is seen zooming in towards us as it opens up it's front, producing the deep brass sound. Then we zoom in on a mushroom as it bumps up a bit and makes drum beats. Then a set of butterflies fly by (with some stopping in front center of the screen), producing some flapping sound, we see the flowerhead-like plant with dragonfly wings as petals, it pushes one-by-one clockwise, making dolphin chirping sounds, then we see something with 14 metallic spheres opening and closing as it makes a melody played on glockenspiel. Intact with the drumbeats of the jingle, we see a variety of mushrooms as they "beat" and bump up the the drumbeats, and then the scene changes to swirly-like circles which vibrate, as we zoom from one to another, making the bass horn stab. We zoom into another tulip, making another deep brass sound, and suddenly, we fly over all of the above mentioned items. As the camera tilts toward the front and zooms back, we see the plant-covered structure evolve to the THX logo. This version looks slightly (but also noticeably) different than the other trailers of the past. The text zooms back.

Trivia: This was designed by Eyestorm Productions.

FX/SFX: Everything in amazing CGI.

Music/Sounds: A variety of instruments playing in sync with each plant, performed by Lost in the Sky. This ends with a less noisy/less scary version of the Deep Note, accompanied by the swoosh. Unlike the previous THX trailers, the music comes to a quick end rather than fading out smoothly.

Availability: Seen in most THX theaters and new THX DVDs/Blu-rays such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Red Tails. Starting with Avatar it appears at the end of THX-certified releases. Available online as well.

Scare Factor: Low to high, once again, although some with THXphobia might even like this one for its wonderful animation and somewhat tame Deep Note.



16th Trailer
(March 14, 2008)
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Nickname
: "Horton"

Trailer: On a black background, we see this odd speck that talks in a familiar voice to Horton (from Horton Hears a Who). It gets closer.... and... closer... OH! It's just the mayor. They talk about if they can hear each other. Then, the mayor says "Kinda losing ya", causing Horton to drop the THX logo, and he shouts "HOW ABOUT THIS?!?! I'VE GOT HIM REAL CLOSE!!! CAN YOU READ ME?!?!" knocking the mayor off-screen, then followed by the infamous THX Deep Note, then the screen transitions to a message reading "THE AUDIENCE IS HEARING" (spoofing the "The Audience is Listening" motto, with "HEAR" in the same font as the movie). On the side of the screen we see the mayor peeking out of the side of the screen, with cloths blowing from the Deep Note.

FX/SFX: The characters moving, and the THX logo dropping.

Cheesy Factor: The characters' voices are ripped from the movie.

Music/Sounds: The characters talking, a crash, and the Deep Note.

Availability: Extinct. It was only seen at THX theaters that showed Horton Hears A Who.

Scare Factor: Medium. The "CRASH!" sound and the Deep Note might startle a few, but it's intended to be funny.



17th Trailer
(2010-)
THX Broadway 3D

Nickname
: "Broadway 3D"

Trailer: On a deep cloudy background, we see a light tunnel of many colors as well as a shadow in the distance. The shadow then emerges to reveal a silver and shining THX logo as well as a crystal blue rectangle outline from the Broadway trailers, which zoom slowly at us. A small copyright notice is seen below the THX logo.

FX/SFX
: The colorful light tunnel, the emerging of the logo.

Cheesy Factor: The whole logo has way too much shining and color clashes, but it may look better in 3D then it does in 2D.

Music/Sounds: The remastered Deep Note.

Availability: Can be found on the THX Calibrator disc, 3D movies in cinemas and 3D Blu-ray releases, like the 3-disc special edition 3D Blu-ray of Avatar.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. This trailer may cause "THXphobia" which could worsen now that it's in 3D, but compared to the next trailer, this is still tamer.



18th Trailer
(April 4, 2015-)

THX "Eclipse" (2015)

Nickname: "Eclipse", "The Other Side", "Dark THX"

Trailer: We start off in a shooting starfield. Then, a large black eclipse fades in, glows and spins. Then, many shiny white/black sticks and veins appear all over the eclipse, representing the iris of the human eye, and we zoom further into it as the sticks and veins move around and form in different ways. Suddenly, a large "O" appears in the middle, a la the Orion Pictures logo, and we zoom through it, revealing the THX logo, which is black and has dark shines on it. The text "see you on the other side" wipes in underneath the THX logo.

Trivia: It is said that the text "see you on the other side" is a reference toGhostbusters.

Variants: There is also a longer 45-second version in which some of the sticks and veins move around slower, and it takes a little less time for us to zoom through the large "O".

FX/SFX: The zooming in of the eclipse, done by Two-Shots Production. Extraordinary CGI.

Music/Sounds: A redone version of the THX Deep Note, also done by James Andy Moorer. It has more polyphonic voices than before, and is even louder. The new Deep Note starts off with the voices ascending and descending over and over again until they rapidly change their pitches. During the rapid pitch change, the clashing pitches of the lower voices cause a "rumbling" sound as the Deep Note gets louder, and the final pitch gets louder and louder as more and more voices join them at the final chord. The highest voices on the final chord create a synth organ-like sound, while the lowest voices create a deep humming sound.

Music/Sounds Variants: In the longer version, after the voices switch back and forth between ascending and descending, the louder voices remain descending until the final chord.

Availability: Brand new. Debuted online in April 2015. Most likely seen with newer movies like Furious 7.

Scare Factor: High to nightmare, as the dark animation and the louder Deep Note will cause many to jump out of their seats. However, it's much lower for those used to it, as the Deep Note sounds even better and the animation is just wonderful.



19th Trailer
(2015-)

THX (2015- , nearly finished)

Nickname: "Sphere"

Trailer
: On a black background, we see either one of these:

Appearance Variants:
  • On normal displays, their slogan "The Audience is Listening" appears.
  • On 4K displays, the THX 4K Display logo fades in.

Then either object disappears by sliding to the right. The background becomes black-gray-green gradient. A black line with blue marks slides to the right of the screen and starts to gently shake. It becomes liquid and breaks up into small circles. We zoom through the liquid. Multiple grouped lines start swirling around in a circular motion, then forms into a 4-layered sphere, hence the nickname. A blue glow surrounds the sphere. It becomes liquid and opens up, revealing blue electric lines. It later explodes to fill the screen, making the background black again, then zooms out in the form of the THX logo. It later fills up with metallic material, making it look normal. Some of the blue lines remain, then later disappear completely. Finally, either one of these appear below.

Appearance Variants:
  • A copyright notice
  • The text "See you on the other side"

FX/SFX: The liquid and electric lines, all done by Human Workshop. Just marvelous CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: First, the beginning half of the original Deep Note plays, then gets interrupted by whooshes, liquid sound effects, and a low synth note, followed by a choir. During the glow, the Deep Note resumes, followed by another whoosh, and an explosion sound effect.

Music/Sounds Variant: During the behind-the-scenes time-lapse creation of this logo, there was no Deep Note.

Availability: While not an official THX trailer yet, this was seen on the Human Workshop website.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. The animation and sound effects are to startle more than a few, however this is a wonderful logo with wonderful animation and sounds.



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