Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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).Read more ›
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This movie is so outdated in so many ways but strangely endearing. Before entering the virtual world, there is one scene at the arcade that is so utterly ludicrous that it looks... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Steve G
Graphic are awesome in spite of it age. I hardly fell asleepPublished 2 months ago by Gregory Morgan
The DVD came quickly, in good shape and in good working order. No issues, watched it a few times already, as it's one of my all time favorite movies.
Love this steelbook. For starters, it has a nice matte feel to it. The "TRON" logo on the front along with the border is nicely embossed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by angelis782003
One of my favorites movies with such a great story, Don't expect visuals to be top notch like its amazing sequel :)Published 10 months ago by Coco Beanz
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