So, TRON/TRON: Legacy hits store shelves today. I got a copy of the Tron: Legacy / Tron: The Original Classic (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) to watch and review.
Sadly, I don’t have a 3D TV yet (and don’t really know anyone that has one) but I’ve got that for future enjoyment.
So, lots to tell you here and we’re covering two movies in this review. Are ya ready?
Tron: The Original Classic
When a brilliant video game maker named Flynn (Jeff Bridges) hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer, he is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing. Complete with never-before-seen bonus materials, it’s an epic adventure that everyone will enjoy!
This is the long-awaited Blu-ray release of the original 1982 TRON.
Although the movie didn’t smash any box office records in its day, it’s built a huge cult following (from people like me) over the years and there have been demands/rumors by fans of a Blu-ray release for some time now.
With remastered sound and visual enhancements I think they took and already great movie and made it better.
The nice thing about it is that (from what I heard) TRON’s original director, Steven Lisberger spent about 6 weeks on the “re-mastering project” getting TRON ready for its eventual Blu-ray release. And what we got is incredible!
The TRON “purists” that grew up with it (like myself) will be happy to know that all the original CG for the light cycles, tanks and recognizers appears to be original and nothing was changed or altered there. What I did notice is that they have appeared to enhance a lot of the circuitry and lighting on the set backgrounds, floors and costumes. You’ll also notice that the touchscreen desk/computer inside Ed Dillinger’s office at ENCOM appears to have been re-done and the lighted panels appear to be much brighter now.
All in all, you’re looking at a “slightly re-mastered” version of the original with HD picture and sound. The tweaks done in the re-mastering process don’t detract from your enjoyment of the pic!
I won’t do this review any justice to try and write my own plot summary (if you don’t know the story) although the one from the official press release is pretty slim too.
- The TRON Phenomenon
- Audio Commentary
- The Making of TRON
- Digital Imagery
- Deleted Scenes
2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack
Everything on the DVD plus…
- Photo Tronology
Disney presents a high-tech motion picture unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Immerse yourself in the digital world of TRON, as celebrated actor Jeff Bridges stars in a revolutionary visual effects adventure beyond imagination. When Flynn, the world’s greatest video game creator, sends out a secret signal from an amazing digital realm, his son discovers the clue and embarks on a personal journey to save his long-lost father. With the help of the fearless female warrior Quorra, father and son venture through an incredible cyber universe and wage the ultimate battle of good versus evil.
This movie was made to be enjoyed in hi-def!
Sadly, as previously mentioned, I didn’t get to experience it at home in 3D (but I did at the theater) but it looks pretty amazing still on my 46″ LCD TV.
The one thing I will have to warn anyone with a surround-sound system is that we did a LOT of manual adjusting on the sound levels! If you live in a place where you have your own private theater room and nobody lives near you then don’t worry, this warning doesn’t apply to you. Everyone else, keep an eye (or an ear) out for this. You may find yourself (as I did) cranking the volume up during dialogue scenes and rapidly trying to turn it down during action scenes.
The bonus features are excellent. With behind the scenes making-of an interviews. Some insightful info in these too as it was revealed that TRON: Legacy’s director, Joe Kosinski, had a background in architecture before he got into directing. A background that lent itself heavily into his imagining of a new “grid” for the world of Tron.
Watch the Blu-ray bonus feature “The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed” and you’ll get an insight into the “Flynn Lives” movement. For those of you who are a part of Flynn Lives like myself (my forged ENCOM Group 6 access badge hangs proudly on my wall) you’ll get an insight into some additional info you weren’t previously aware of. Namely, we find out who the mysterious “ZackAttack” is (the man behind the movement) and also, the real-world identity of “ISOlatedThinker”. Trust me when I say there are some MAJOR reveals there!
At the end of “The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed” you’ll find an “Easter Egg” in the form of a screen from a Space Paranoids arcade machine. This is the screen you see on an arcade game when nobody’s playing that lists the high scores, and the initials of the players who got them. You’ll also see that you can enter your own initials (or pick someone else’s) at the top of the screen. Unlock this and you’ll get some more bonus videos (and an IM conversation between some familiar characters) that gives us even more insight on Flynn Lives and quite possibly more set-up for a sequel.
There’s also a quick sneak peek at the upcoming Disney XD animated “TRON: Uprising” series coming to Disney XD in 2012.
Unfortunately Disney Second Screen for TRON: Legacy was not yet live at the time I reviewed and just launched yesterday. So, I didn’t have time to check that out, but I’m definitely planning to! TRON: Legacy makes only the second movie to date to be featured in the Disney Second Screen app (for iPad, Mac or PC) and will give you even more additional bonus content. Click the photo above to be taken to the Disney Second Screen site. There’s a “demo” that you can check out that will give you an idea of what to expect (even if you haven’t bought your copy yet).
- Visualizing TRON
- Installing the Cast
- First Look at TRON: Uprising – the Disney XD animated series
Blu-ray Combo Packs
Everything on the DVD plus…
- The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed
- Disney Second Screen– TRON: Legacy
- Launching The Legacy
- Disc Roars
- Music Video “Derezzed” written, produced and performed by Daft Punk