Hi Bryan Here….
The original Tron film is hands down a classic. It is all sorts of badass. Disney really knew what they were doing with the whole digital age and video games. The characters in their suits are iconic now. Tron is a film I can watch over and over again and never get tired of it. It is great to have it on bluray finally.
Now bundled with this set is the long awaited sequel, Tron: Legacy. This was a decent film, but it had many many flaws. Jeff Bridges was great in it, but thats about all I can say, well besides the amazing special effects and some of the Daft Punk score. But, a lot of the film just wasn’t that good. It was very cheesy in a lot of places, and the whole evil vs. good Flynn, got tiresome and boring. I will say that Bridges definitely pulls out the Lebowski in this film all the way through which made me giggle like a little school girl. After watching the sequel several times, I must admit it does grow on you, but it really does not have that extra push to make it great.
Evil Flynn otherwise known as Clu, is played by Bridges, but all digitally, and it looks very fake and is laughable man, HAAAA! It takes away from the film. Plus the entire bar/club sequence is horrendous. It does nothing for the plot or the film but annoy me. It does set up fora third film which is already in the works. But this set is definitely worth getting. There are a few options to choose from. You can get either each film separately or buy the double feature which contains five discs or the ultimate gift set edition with collectible packaging which also contains five discs. Both films are filled to the brim with extras. Worth getting. Demo worthy film for audio and video. But like I said, the original Tron film looks and sounds fucking AMAZING and is just so much fun to watch. Watching it on this bluray, was like watching it for the first tim all over again.
The video on the bluray/ 3D bluray/ and classic Tron discs are top notch. These are all demo quality to show your friends and family what bluray is really capable of. Tron: Legacy was designed for IMAX and it definitely shows here. The presentation and aspect ratios are beautiful. Sequences alternate between a 2.35:1 and 1.78:1 aspect ratio with the 1080p transfer that will make any fan of these films go nuts. Truly stunning.
The audio is just like the video. Magnificent. The original Tron: Classic audio has a 5.1 DTS-HD master that will make you cream in your pants. It never sounded so good. It really fits with the era of the film which was in the 80’s and it fits beautifully with the image of the film. The light cycle sequence is amazing. The bass goes and all the sound rumbles you. It is glorious. Now for the sequel Tron:Legacy, this film boasts an impressive 7.1 DTS-HD master audio that will push your sound system to the MAX. It is badass. Everything is crystal clear. Everyone of your speakers will get the full on treatment. You will actually feel like you are in the film if you close your eyes.
Tron: The Original Classic
- Audio Commentary This is an excellent commentary featuring director Steven Lisberger, producer Donald Kushner, producer and visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw, and visual effects supervisor Richard Taylor. Together, they discuss the challenges of making the film, how they came up with the idea of for the film, and the process of working with the actors. This is a must listen track for fans.
- The Tron Phenomenon (HD, 10 minutes) This is a short documentary featuring thoughts on the impact ‘Tron’ has had on filmmaking over the years.
- The Making of ‘Tron’ (SD, 88 Minutes) This is a feature length documentary that covers all areas from production to the final cut of the film. It also discusses ways in which ‘Tron’ has influenced filmmaking and the place it holds in Disney history. This is a fun documentary that fans will enjoy greatly.
- Development (SD, 8 minutes) This is a look at the very beginning phase of the production of ‘Tron.’ It features some early concept art, test footage, and a television short entitled “Computers are People Too.”
- Digital Imagery This features the process of the backlit animation process for the film and the use of digital Imagery. It also has a fun little Triple I demo animation sequence from the 80s!
- Music (SD, 8 minutes) This features both the lightcycle sequence and end credits with their original music composition by Wendy Carlos.
- Publicity (SD, 13 minutes) This collection includes a sample reel of the film, a work in progress trailer, the four trailers for the movie, and a collection of posters and other marketing material.
- Deleted Scenes This is a collection of 3 deleted scenes with an introduction by director Steven Lisberger. The scenes are titled, “Tron and Yori’s Love Scene,” “Tron and Yori’s Love Scene 2,” and “Alternate Opening Prologue.”
- Design This is again introduced by director Steven Lisberger. This features a look at the design of the programs living on the Grid as well as the lightcycle vehicle.
- Storyboards (SD, 9 minutes) This is a look at the storyboard process for the introduction to the film as well as some of the lightcycle sequences.
- First Look at Tron: Uprising (HD, 2 minutes) This is a very brief first look at the upcoming Disney XD animated series. We basically get a look at some lightcycle riding and that’s about it.
- Visualizing Tron (HD, 12 minutes) This is a nice feature that explores various elements of the production of the film. This explores ties to the original movie, the creation of the young Jeff Bridges character, a look at designing the lightcycle, clothing of the grid, and the use of lights and colors. This packs a great deal of information into a short time frame. A must watch for fans of the film.
- Installing the Cast (HD, 12 minutes) This is basically a meet and greet with the cast. They discuss the process of filming and seem to heavily compliment each other’s performances.
Tron: The Original Classic
- Photo Tronology (HD, 10 minutes) Director Steven Lisberger and his son Carl visit the Disney archives. Together, they take a look at some of the props and concept art Disney saved from the making of the original film.
- The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed (HD) This is a fun feature that explores the reaction of the world when Flynn went missing. It features appearances from a few key cast members. I really enjoyed this, it was very interesting to see the public reaction and the formation of the underground movement to keep Kevin Flynn’s memory alive. This is one that fans will really enjoy.
- Launching the Legacy (HD, 10 minutes) This is a short feature that shows how this film got off the ground. It shows how the idea for the film was formed and how the production was green lit. It also features the original Comic-Con trailer from 2008.
- Disc Roars (HD, 3 minutes) This feature shows director Joseph Kosinski recording crowd noise at Comic-Con to actually use as background noise for the film!
- Music Video (HD, 3 minutes) This is the video for the song titles “Derezzed.” It is performed by Daft Punk.
- Disney Second Screen Although this feature is not yet live so I was unable to test it out, it looks very promising. Using your computer or iPad, you can sync up with the film and view more extended content at key points in the movie. I will report back with an update upon the launch of this service.
I highly highly recommend this set. You will watch this for years to come and demo this for your friends and family. Long live Tron.