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Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)

Jeff Bridges , Bruce Boxleitner , Robert Meyer Burnett , Steven Lisberger    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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The surprising truth about Disney's 1982 computer-game fantasy is that it's still visually impressive (though technologically quaint by later high-definition standards) and a lot of fun. It's about a computer wizard named Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate (David Warner) and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) to outmaneuver the Master Control program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game. Disney's wizards used a variety of cinematic techniques and early-'80s state-of-the-art computer-generated graphics to accomplish their dynamic visual goals, and the result was a milestone in cyberentertainment, catering to technogeeks while providing a dazzling adventure for hackers and nonhackers alike. Appearing just in time to celebrate the nascent cyberpunk movement in science fiction, Tron received a decidedly mixed reaction when originally released, but has since become a high-tech favorite and a landmark in special effects, with a loyal following of fans. DVD is a perfect format for the movie's neon-glow color scheme, and the musical score by synthesizer pioneer Wendy Carlos is faithfully preserved on the digitally remastered soundtrack. --Jeff Shannon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I remember watching Tron on TV during the mid 80s and while i enjoyed the movie I had virtually forgotten about it and how important a movie it really is for early CGI fans.

Tron looks simply stunning on DVD and I think of it as more a work of art than a movie. The hours of painstaking work involved in making this movie back in 1982 must have been unbelievable, but amazingly it got completed and has stood the test of time quite well. The bonus features are very well done and tell you virtually everything you will ever want to know about Tron and its creation. I also enjoyed watching the movie with the audio commentary, which I found both informative and amusing. The new
5.1 dolby soundtrack is simply stunning and has to be heard to be believed.

I was trying to think of a movie to compare Tron with, but to be honest Tron is a true original. The computer world which Flynn enters looks beautiful and was designed to resemble the line 'vector' graphics which were cutting edge videogame technology back in 1979-1982. Everything that takes place inside the computer has a neon look, backlit using blue, red, yellow, etc.
If you are a fan of videogames, computers or just 80's retro, buy this movie and take a trip into the world of Tron.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is Great! March 4 2004
By Shadow
Format:DVD
Despite many of the bad opinions that some people have of this movie, Tron is a classic that is underappreciated by most people. The amount of work that went into making this movie is incredible. And as for "sarah, moviefreak"'s list placing this movie as one of the worst game-to-movie made, this movie was made before the game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Understand Tron April 6 2004
By Sean
Format:DVD
Preamble: Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is an ace software programmer who writes his own video games using his company's mainframe computers. A fellow (and jealous) software programmer, Ed Dillinger, finds the games on the company's computers, realizes Flynn's brilliance and steals the code to present to the company, naming himself as the author. Forward several years, Flynn has been dismissed from the company which has now prospered due to the videogame sales falsely attributed to Dillinger, and runs an arcade, somewhat ironically, filled with his own video games. A few of his friends stayed on with the video game company (which has now moved on to more experimental and expansive applications from the proceeds of the video game sales), and are having difficulties with a promoted-to-head-honcho Dillinger who is now trying to upgrade a "Master Control Program" which effectively limits any abilities for the software programmers to control and access their work on their computer terminals (there are definitely some human versus machine, individual versus oppression, "I'm not a number, I'm a man!" type themes working throughout the whole script here, albeit in a rather simplistic and clumsy effort that loses all credence by the time you realize that the moral of the story basically is still a bunch of numbed-up kids feeding quarters into a series of machines for one guy, and whoever he sees fit, to get rich off of). In order to get back into their computers, they seek out the hacking talents of Flynn to break into the system and change their security clearance level. In exchange, Flynn realizes he has the opportunity to try and find the original versions of the files he created, and thus prove that he was the developer who programmed the video games, and not Dillinger. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, but only for hardcore fans Aug. 26 2003
By R D
Format:DVD
Tron was a groundbreaking, visually stunning movie when it came out, and the effects are still enjoyable (if anachronistic). However, those who aren't original fans or hardcore geeks will probably only enjoy the movie on an ironic level- the dialogue is laugably bad. As my wife said- "this movie is ripe for MST3k treatment".
But I'm a computer geek, and although the science is terrible, what I appreciate the most about Tron's story is how well it captures the essence of the "politics" of computers at the time it was written. The struggle of the users and programs against the "Master Control Program" in the movie mimics the real-life frustration many users had with centrally controlled, large UNIX and mainframe systems they had to work on in the mid-seventies, often paying for computer time by the minute. This frustration lead a small group of engineers to start building small "personal" computers as a hobby (and then as a business), finally freeing users from the tyranny of limited computer access.
The THX-certified 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition delivers a faithful rendition of the movie- lacking a high def TV, I can't comment too much on the transfer quality other than "it looked good" on my 29" tube. Sound is a different story- although dialogue levels are a bit low at times, the effects track is stupendous, with the best use of the rear channels I've heard from a movie of this vintage and lots of LFE. Your subwoofer will really enjoy this one.
The "extras" in this edition are quite excellent, giving mind-numbingly thorough coverage of the conception and development of the movie, although I was disappointed with the lack of detail in the coverage of the pure CGI sequences (like the lightcycles).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
CLASSIC.
Published 5 days ago by Kwackers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
A great classic. Find ths one to be much better than the new version. While the special effects are not as good, the action seems to fit better in regards to being in a classic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter W
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie, always have
this was a nostalgia purchase.
I'm not sure the video quality couldn't have been better, but otherwise the bluray delivers.
arrived in good time and excellent condition.
Published 5 months ago by sheamurai
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!
Classic Disney pushing borders and expanding genres. Love this movie! Great acting, directing and VFX at its infancy to boot!
Published 5 months ago by TheMattDaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great treat
Another successful trip down the memory lane.I highly recommend this movie to all those addicted to CG effects. Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Przezdziecki
1.0 out of 5 stars Italian version, not playable here
Watch out, it's an important precision that definitely is on the page, but I have absolutely no idea why this shows up on Amazon Canada. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laurent
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD picture quality is better...
...when Disney, or whoever, did the DVD-to-Blu Ray transfer, they neglected to make the Blu Ray version better. The colour is a little better, but very grainy (not very clean). Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephen R. Peckhover
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
not expensive for the price. collector choice. even its and old movie, old storie. its almost the same with the tron legacy 2010
Published 17 months ago by lisouou
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
so far ahead of its time, although it looks a bit dated today. it was ground breaking on some effects
Published 17 months ago by Dr. Gary H. Kramer
4.0 out of 5 stars Tron
Tron may seem quaint by today's standards but It as definitely ahead of its time and very original when it came out in 1982. Read more
Published on April 18 2011 by falcon
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