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For the 20th anniversary of the landmark film Tron, Disney has re-released the DVD and the difference from the original, movie-only disc is astounding. For starters, a new 2.20:1 anamorphic transfer has been struck and there aren't enough superlatives to describe how good it looks. Colors, which are an integral element to the whole visual style, are crisp, clear, and vibrant, while blacks are certainly solid. This film has never looked better and shows little signs of age. The sound, remastered in English 5.1, is...
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For the 20th anniversary of the landmark film Tron, Disney has re-released the DVD and the difference from the original, movie-only disc is astounding. For starters, a new 2.20:1 anamorphic transfer has been struck and there aren't enough superlatives to describe how good it looks. Colors, which are an integral element to the whole visual style, are crisp, clear, and vibrant, while blacks are certainly solid. This film has never looked better and shows little signs of age. The sound, remastered in English 5.1, is equally impressive, with a strong and clear track that utilizes the surround speakers at just the right time. Also available are closed captions in English and subtitles in Spanish and French. Unlike the first release of Tron, this disc is loaded with a multitude of extra features that go into depth on all aspects of the film. The main supplement on the first disc is a commentary track with director Steve Lisberger, producer Donald Kushner, and visual effects producers Harrison Ellenshaw and Richard Taylor. The track is highly technical, but with enough warmth to make it interesting. It is a second disc, though, that really goes into detail about the history and making of the film, with only a few even mentioned on the box. The highlight is an outstanding 87-minute documentary with cast and crew interviews where nearly everything is covered. Also included are numerous trailers, storyboards (including a multi-angle section for the light cycles), production photos, publicity materials, additional interviews, and so much more. Disney, in the tradition of some of their best special editions, has really come through on this title, even more so that most would have expected.
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Special Features

"The Making of Tron" all-new, extensive documentary, including new interviews; Deleted scenes with all-new introductions by Bruce Boxleitner; Production photo gallery, including never-before-seen photos; Audio commentary with Steven Lisberger, Donald Kushner, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Richard Taylor; 3-D animated menus ; Storyboards showcasing early work on Light Cycles; Storyboard-to-film comparisons; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified includes THX optimizer; Widescreen [2.2.:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Spanish and French subtitles
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An inventive, groundbreaking work of science fiction that initially puzzled as many viewers as it delighted, Tron inspired the devotion of a large coterie of fans who will be delighted with this newly remastered DVD presentation. As the story begins, computer games designer Kevin Flynn Jeff Bridges has had his series of fabulously successful programs stolen by evil corporate genius Ed Dillinger David Warner, who uses his Master Control Program to dominate other programmers and users. While attempting to obtain evidence of Dillinger’s perfidy, Flynn winds up transformed into a computer program and meets unexpected dangers in cyberspace. Director Steven Lisberger Hot Pursuit, challenged to create a wholly artificial world, succeeds in making this electronic battleground an unearthly, foreboding place. Live-action and animation techniques are jointly employed to startling effect; clever use of "cool" colors gives cyberspace a harsh, unnatural look. The plot and characters with the exception of Bridges are clearly overshadowed by the dazzling visuals, but that’s precisely what has endeared the ahead-of-its-time Tron to an army of admirers. This 20th anniversary Collectors Edition DVD includes some five hours of bonus material, including feature-length commentary, a making-of documentary, interviews with cast and crew members, deleted scenes, storyboards, a photo gallery, and a separate audio track for the film's musical score.
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Years before The Matrix contemplated life inside an all-encompassing computer, Tron realized a similar concept in glorious fashion, with visuals that were equally cutting edge at the time. Although it did not strike a chord with all audiences, those who allowed themselves to be swept away into that alternate world of pixels and grids claimed fanatical devotion to the influential film. The central struggle between good and evil is pure hokum, but the plot is not Tron's major contribution to imaginative cinema. Its neon-colored world of geometric shapes and angles is the true star, as well as the only necessary justification for making the film. The stark, foreboding computer environment is a world more intensely foreign than a sunless planet at the distant edges of the universe. Enhancing the atmosphere is the merciless villain played by David Warner, who, along with his evil incarnate character from Time Bandits 1981, portrayed two of the more delicious sources of pure malice of the early '80s. Key to its enduring presence in both gaming and science fiction communities is its two innovative competition sequences: one involves a deadly race in which curved racing pods try to outdistance each other, while avoiding colliding with the lethal wall of exhaust left in the other's wake; the second features players hurling discs at each other, with dire consequences for being knocked off balance or failing to complete the catch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • UPC: 786936161878
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Thx
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, THX-Supervised Mastering
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Kevin Flynn/Clu
Bruce Boxleitner Alan Bradley/Tron
David Warner Ed Dillinger/Sark
Cindy Morgan Lora/Yori
Barnard Hughes Dr. Walter Gibbs/Dumont
Dan Shor Ram
Peter Jurasik Crom
Gerald Berns Guard #1
Jackson Bostwick Head Guard
Tony Brubaker Guard
Dave Cass Factory Guard
Loyd Catlett Conscript #1, Video Game Cowboy
Craig Chudy Warrior
Erik Cord Tank Gunner
Vince Deadrick Jr. Warrior
Michael Dudikoff Conscript
Jack Manning Voice Only
Bob Neill Guard #2
Charlie Picerni Tank Commander
Sam Schatz Expert Disc Warrior
Tony Stephano Peter/Sark's Lieutenant
Mark Stewart Guard #4
Ted White Guard #3
Technical Credits
Steven Lisberger Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Billy Burton Stunts
Wendy Carlos Score Composer
James Deeth Stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins Stunts
Harrison Ellenshaw Associate Producer, Special Effects
Gary Epper Stunts
Donna Garrett Stunts
Jeff Gourson Editor
Charles Haas Screenwriter
Bob Hathaway Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Holt Stunts
Hank Hooker Stunts
Gary Jensen Stunts
Elois Jenssen Costumes/Costume Designer
Journey Songwriter
Donald Kushner Producer
James Larue Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Lerner Stunts
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Bruce Logan Cinematographer
Bonnie MacBird Original Story
Louis Mann Production Designer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Syd Mead Production Designer
Rexford Metz Camera Operator
Ron Miller Executive Producer
Lee Minkler Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Edward Mitzner Production Designer
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Y. Roelofs Art Director
Ralph Sariego Production Manager
Walter Scott Stunts
Roger M. Shook Set Decoration/Design
Richard Taylor Special Effects
Glenn Wilder Stunts
James Winburn Stunts
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tron
1. Opening Titles [:43]
2. Playing Games [3:05]
3. Meanwhile, in the Real World... [4:20]
4. Mr. Dillinger [8:28]
5. Flynn's [6:07]
6. Group 6 Access [6:26]
7. The Game Grid [5:53]
8. Training Procedures [7:19]
9. Illegal Exit [4:36]
10. "We Made it This Far" [6:26]
11. User Power [4:25]
12. Rough Landing [1:03]
13. Tron [3:41]
14. Key to a New Order [5:36]
15. "Hooray For Our Side" [5:22]
16. Just An Ordinary Program [4:32]
17. The MCP [4:01]
18. Video Warriors [5:22]
19. The New Boss/End Credits [2:44]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Tron
   Sector Access
   Alternate Programs
      Return to Neverland
      Atlantis
   Bonus Audio
      View the Film With Audio Commentary by Director Steven Lisberger, Producer Donald Kushner, Associate Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw and Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor - On
      View the Film With Audio Commentary by Director Steven Lisberger, Producer Donald Kushner, Associate Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw and Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor - Off
   System Set Up
      Captions and Subtitles
         Captions: English For the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Run Program
Disc #2 -- Tron
   Development
   Digital Imagery
   Music
   Making of Tron
   Publicity
   Storyboarding
   Design
   Deleted Scenes
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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i loved this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Curtis the Fister - Cyberhound of a coon's age!

    Tron was truly one of the most rigid and timid movies of the early millenium. This movie is not for the faint of heart or cowards of society. I loved the very end when Tron got really super-sized and had that big mallet-looking mustache. For people who are looking for a good family movie I can't think of a better movie not starring midgets. If you are unemployed like myself or even planning on being unemployed you must get this movie and a bag of pork rinds. Make a night of it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Sci Fi for 1980s

    The concept was well beyond the boundries of anything else made in the 1980's. The soundtrack is excellent as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best 80's Movie

    This movie is the best one that came out of the late 80's! The graphics went beyond those in the time and the storyline is execelle

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