Tron 2-Movie Collection: Tron: Legacy 3D and Tron: The Original Classic (5-Disc Combo) (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

March 27, 2011 by  

Tron fans…this 5-disc version is for you!  Featuring both films on Blu-ray, plus you get a 3D Blu-ray version of “Tron Legacy” plus a DVD and digital copy… this is the ultimate Tron experience that fans will definitely want to own!  Highly recommended!

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TITLE: Tron 2-Movie Collection: Tron Legacy 3D and Tron The Original Classic

FILM RELEASE DATE: Tron: 1982/Tron Legacy: 2010

DURATION: Tron: 96 Minutes/Tron Legacy: 125 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: Tron: 1080p High Definition (2:20:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (48 kHz/24-bit), French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish.  Tron Legacy: 1080p High Definition (2:35: 1 and 1:78:1), English 7.1 DTS-HD MA (48 kHz/24-bit), English 2.0 Dolby Digita, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (For Sequences of Sci Fi Action Violence and Brief Mild Language)

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2011

Tron: The Original Classic

Directed by Steven Lisberger

Screenplay by Steven Lisberger

Story by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird

Produced by Donald Kushner

Executive Producer: Ron Miller

Associate Producer: Harrison Ellenshaw

Music by Wendy Carlos

Cinematography by Bruce Logan

Edited by Jeff Gourson

Casting by Pam Polifroni

Production Design by Dean Edward Mitzner

Art Direction by John B. Mansbridge, Al Roelofs

Set Decoration by Roger M. Shook

Costume Design by Eloise Jensson, Rosanna Norton

Tron Legacy

Directed by Joseph Kosinski

Screenplay by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

Story by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal

Characters by Steve Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird

Produced by Sean Bailey, Steven Lisberger, Jeffrey Silver

Executive Producer: Donald Kushner

Co-Producer: Steven Gaub, Justin Greene, Justin Springer

Associate Producer: Bruce Franklin

Production Executive – Brigham Taylor

Music by Daft Punk

Cinematography by Claudio Miranda

Edited by James Haygood

Casting by Heike Brandstatter, Sarah Finn and Coreen Mayrs

Production Design by Darren Gilford

Art Direction by Sean Haworth, Kevin Ishioka, Robert W. Joseph, Ben Procter, David Scott, William Ladd Skinner, Grant Van Der Slagt

Set Decoration by Lin MacDonald

Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson

Tron: The Original Classic

Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn/Clu

Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley/Tron

David Warner as Ed Dillinger/Sark/Master Control Program

Cindy Morgan as Lora/Yori

Barnard Hughes as Dr. Walter Gibbs/Dumont

Dan Shor as Ram/Popcorn Co-Worker

Peter Jurasik as Crom

Tony Stephano as Peter/Sark’s Lieutenant

Tron Legacy:

Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn/Clu

Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn

Olivia Wilde as Quorra

Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley/Tron

James Frain as Jarvis

Beau Garrett as Gem

Michael Sheen as Castor/Zuse

Anis Cheurfa as Rinzler

Conrad Coates as Bartik

Owen Best as 7-year-old Sam Flynn

Mi-Jung Lee as Debra Chung

Tron: The Original Classic

Experience the original landmark motion picture that inspired a new generation of digital filmmakers and became a favorite of fans and critics across the world. Relive the electrifying thrills of TRON with an all-new, state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high-definition sound.

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!

Tron Legacy

Sure to light-up fans this Spring, TRON: Legacy provides consumers with the ultimate Hi-Def Blu-ray experience with breathtaking 1080p visuals and superior 7.1 surround sounds that bring to life the visually stunning world of TRON. Taking you further behind the grid, are also in-depth bonus features on the making of the film (i.e., creating the futuristic vehicles and world of TRON, storyline mythologies, actors/characters and more) and the all-new Disney Second Screen interactive experience.

Disney Second Screen transforms the movie watching experience by allowing viewers to explore the story behind the film perfectly synched on a second device, like an iPad™ or laptop, without interrupting their enjoyment of the movie. By simply accessing the Disney Second Screen companion application on their Internet-connected device, consumers are able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with elements including 360-degree vehicle turnarounds, interactive progression reels, and more. Disney Second Screen directions and access codes can be found inside the Blu-ray Disc packaging. Audio synching is powered by TVPLUS.

Back in 1982, the sci-fi Disney film “Tron” captured the attention of  sci-fi fans, especially for those who saw the beginnings of animation on coordination with CG for live-action film. “Tron” was a groundbreaking film for Disney.

As Disney was able to use experimental ways of achieving animation back in 1940, the company would do the same in 1982 with “Tron” and many thanks goes to the creative and foresight of writer/director Steven Lisberger, who had the concept in his mind of what he wanted to accomplish.  And although the technological terms may have had people scratching their heads back in the early ’80s and the film was seen as “ahead of its time”, while the majority of the public may have not understood the film, many younger people were fascinated by it.

“Tron” would become a box office success as it grossed $33 million in the U.S. and since 1982, the film would be seen as an amazing time in Disney live action and animation as the film would inspire many people to become animators and the film itself would become a significant cult film, including the “Academy Award for Technical Achievement” in 1996.

As the film would spawn a successful franchise of video games, comic books, an animated series and toys, “Tron” was a film that would remain a fan favorite for nearly 30-years.

And then came the sequel, “Tron Legacy” in 2010.  Produced by original writer/director Steven Lisberger, the film would feature the debut of  director Joseph Kosinki and feature a screenplay by “LOST” writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.  The film would also feature the return of the original movie’s actors Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner.

This long awaited sequel had a hefty budget at $170 million but made over $397 million worldwide.

And now both films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD and also an Ultimate Tron Experience with a 5-disc collection which comes with “Tron: The Original Classic” on Blu-ray and “Tron: Legacy” in 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy.

In the original “Tron”, the film was groundbreaking in the fact that in 1982 the technology wasn’t available via CG to create the look and feel of “Tron”.  In fact, before PhotoShop or video editing software, “Tron” was created using black and white photos and then creating various layers of the photos and hand painting them the uniforms frame-by-frame.  Using animation techniques but for a live-action film which was experimental at the time.

“Tron” is about a young software engineer named Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges).  He has hacked the software company ENCOM’s servers and is using his software Clu (played by Jeff Bridges) to find data.  Unfortunately, the security is too tight that Clu is captured and killed by the Master Control Program (MCP).

The MCP contacts the senior executive Ed Dillinger (played by David Warner) to put a stop to Flynn and Dillinger figures that for now, to stop anyone from hacking into MCP, to suspend level 7 access to the programmers.

Meanwhile, ENCOM employee Alan Bradley (played by Bruce Boxleitner) is currently working on a new security program that works outside of MCP and the virtual world but as he is trying to access the server, his access has been temporarily suspended.

Upset at what Dillinger has done, Alan tells his girlfriend Lora Baines (played by Cindy Morgan) of what happened and Lora has a feeling that she knows who is responsible for hacking into the computer.  Both Lora and Alan pay a visit to Kevin Flynn, who runs an arcade and loves playing video games.

When the two approach Kevin of what has happened at ENCOM, Kevin explains that he was trying to hack the system to get back the data that Dillinger stole from him.  Kevin created five arcade video games while he was working at ENCOM and Dillinger took the files and became the guru of ENCOM because of the success of those video games.  In fact, Dillinger received a high promotion, is being paid fairly well and ENCOM continues to receive profit from the video games while Kevin has received nothing for his creations.

With Al wanting access to the computers, Kevin tells him that he can give him level six access if they sneak him in.  And sure enough, both Alan and Lora sneak Kevin into ENCOM.  While Kevin is hacking the computer, he is caught by the MCP and is shot by a laser which is being developed for “quantum teleportation” and he is digitized into the ENCOM mainframe.

Kevin learns that other likeness of users are inside the mainframe and that MCP along with its commander Sark (played by David Warner) have installed fear into the virtual world.  Programs that refused to follow MCP are forced to take part in gladiator games while those who listen, become part of the Master Control Program which continues to grow and grow.  And many of these programs do not survive against Sark and his army in the digital world.

While inside the mainframe, the digitized Kevin meets Tron (played by Bruce Boxleightner) and Yori (played by Cindy Morgan) who are working to stop the MCP.  Because Kevin Flynn is not a likeness, he finds out that he is capable of manipulating the physical laws of the digital world.  Now three work together in trying to stop the Master Control Program and for Flynn, hoping he can retrieve the data that he needs to prove that he is the original creator of those arcade video games.

For “Tron Legacy”, the film shows us of what has become of Kevin Flynn after his experience in the virtual world.  After taking control of ENCOM, Kevin Flynn has created the popular Tron video game and has a young son named Sam.  But in 1989, something happens to Kevin Flynn.  He has disappeared.

Alan Bradey (played by Bruce Boxleitner) becomes Sam’s surrogate father while trying to run the company.  But because ENCOM is in bad shape without Flynn, the company goes through major reconstruction to become profitable again.  Meanwhile, a young Sam wonders if his father is missing or if he’s dead.

Fast forward to 2010.

Sam (played by Garrett Hedlund) is now 27-years-old and is known for pulling off extreme stunts on ENCOM and one night, as ENCOM is about to go public internationally, Sam hacks into ENCOM computers and releases their soon-to-be released operating system to the Internet for free.

As Alan comes to visit Sam for what he did that day, Sam expects a lecture but instead is told by Alan that he received a page from his father’s arcade (which has been closed down for 20-years and the phone has not been used for that long as well).  Instead of visiting the arcade, he gives the keys for Sam to check it out. Could it be that Kevin Flynn is alive and he’s back?

As Sam goes to the old arcade, he turns on the power and in the far end of the room, discovers a Tron arcade machine.  As he begins to play it, the quarter falls out and Sam discovers that the arcade machine may be hiding something and sure enough, he is right.  Behind the arcade machine is a secret room.

As Sam turns on the computers inside the room, he is shot by the “quantum teleportation” laser machine which transported his father to the virtual world.

Sam can’t believe that he’s in another world and immediately he is captured and prepared for gladiator battle.  Wearing a similar outfit that his father once wore in the virtual world and is given a disc (weapon).  He is told that the goal is for him to “survive”.

Sam is thrusted into battle but immediately, everyone starts to realize that Sam is not a computer program as he is trying to escape the battle.  He is eventually captured and brought to a special room with a dark figure in a black mask and black and yellow robe.  He removes the mask and we see Kevin Flynn.  Sam is excited to see his father again but immediately, the man who looks like Kevin Flynn starts to talk badly of his son and suddenly reveals himself to not be his father.  Sam knows immediately, the person before him is Clu (note: From the first film, Clu is the virtual character that Kevin Flynn uses on the virtual world).

Sam is immediately put into a survival game in which he must ride a light cycle and survive against Clu’s soldiers.  But as things are looking dire for Sam, he rescued by a mysterious person in a vehicle.

The person is revealed to be Quorra (played by Olivia Wlde) who takes him to a secret location in the outlands, a location where Kevin Flynn has been staying.  Both father and son reunite.

Kevin explains to his son that to create a new version of the virtual world for “Tron”, he has been constantly going back and forth from reality to the virtual world.  Alongside Tron (which was created by Alan Bradley) and Clu (created by Kevin Flynn), together they would create the “perfect system”.

But then Kevin discovered a new series of sentient beings in the virtual world known as “Isomorphic Algorithms” (ISOs), self-produced programs that spontaneously evolve in the system and can carry the potential to unlock mysteries in science, religion and medicine.  This was the big announcement that Kevin was going to make back in 1989 but what happened on that day he went back to the virtual world, Clu considered ISOs as an imperfection to the system and thus he betrayed Flynn and Tron and purged the ISO’s by killing them all.

And because Kevin had to hide from Clu, the portal back to the real world has closed and now becoming a captive of the virtual world he has created. And for those 20 long years, Clu has been trying to find his location and try to gain access to the disc which contains Kevin’s memories and identity, in order to gain access to the real world.  This would be detrimental to reality and thus, Kevin wants to make sure that this never happens.

But with the portal open again, Sam hopes that he can bring his father back home.  But his father realizes that Clu is the one who paged Alan and that means Clu is trying to use his son as a way to bring himself to public, so Clu can steal his identity disc, which is the master key to the grid, something Kevin is not willing to do.

When Sam talks to Qorra about leaving the area, she tells him about a program named Zuse who can provide safe passage to the portal and immediately, Sam takes off to the grid to meet with Zuse (played by Michael Sheen).

Meanwhile, Kevin realizes his son is gone and Qorra tells him that he has left to meet with Zuse and immediately Kevin knows that it’s a trap.

When Qorra arrives, she arrives right in time to see Sam being betrayed by Zeus and rescues him before Clu’s soldiers get to him.  But while trying to rescue him, she is wounded by the soldiers and loses her left arm.  Meanwhile, as things look dire to both Sam and Qorra, Kevin arrives and he is saved by him.

But while saving both Sam and Qorra, the soldiers manage to take Kevin’s identity disc.

Now, before armageddon can happen, Kevin and Sam must do all they can to retrieve the disc and as for Qorra, Flynn is able to save her but it is revealed that she is the last surviving ISO and so she must be protected.

Meanwhile, with the identity disc in hand, Clu begins to create a mass army with his goals to enter the real world with the army and “perfect” it.  Can Kevin, Sam and Quorra stop Clu and his army of destruction?


Tron: The Original Classic

“Tron: The Original Classic” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:20:1).  It’s important to note that the original “Tron” is a 1982 film and that to achieve its look, there was a lot of tweaking with the original film, utilizing black and white images and literally layers upon layers of tweaking and isolating and painting over them, it was groundbreaking at the time.  But it’s also a film that uses CG of that time period.  So, for those who watched “Tron Legacy” first, watching an older science fiction film may either put those in awe of what was accomplished at that time or turn people off to see how different the two films are in visual effects.

With that being said, one can not expect anything significant in visual effects compared to today’s films but as a fan of the original film, I can tell you that this is the best looking version of the film to date.  One of my biggest worries about watching “Tron” was that the film’s effects may show some imperfections in HD via Blu-ray.  But in this case, I felt the film, especially of its use of light was amazingly well-done for that time period and it looks great on Blu-ray!

There are some light imperfections and flickering but it’s important to note that even the creators talked about this challenge as they accidentally used the Kodak film in the wrong order and thus, for the film, they had to make up for it by adding visual effects and sound effects to compensate for some of the unusual light flickering for the film.  But needless to say, because of the age of the film and the fact that back in the early ’80s, film stock was not that great to begin with, there is slight flickering during the film but still there is also a god amount of detail in HD.  You can actually see the stitching of the outfits, even the detail of the skin of some of the characters.  There is a good amount of grain and also noise.

But considering how old this live-action film is, it still looks much better than any of its counterpart releases on video and for the most part, I was quite pleased with the picture quality of this film.  It was truly a groundbreaking, experimental film combining animation techniques to live-action, especially one of the first earlier films to incorporate CG.

Tron: Legacy

As for “Tron: Legacy”, now this film is where the picture quality is fantastic.  Presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1 and 1:78:1).  The film uses a dynamic aspect ratio in which to preserve the original IMAX theatrical viewing experience, the picture image alternates from both aspect ratios.  There is no choice to change this.  Still, this film looks absolutely fantastic.  The focus of the filmmakers to respect the original film was to make sure there was a good use of light throughout the film but also to showcase the darkness with its rich blacks, strong contrast and vibrant colors that pop from the inky blacks.

The detail is also fantastic in this film and it’s a visual feast on Blu-ray.  For a film that uses a lot of intense colors, there are no banding or artifacting issues whatsoever.  Make no doubt about it, this is a gorgeous transfer that videophiles and Tron fans will absolutely love on Blu-ray.  Fantastic PQ!

As for the 3D release of this film, it’s important to note that you must have a 3D Blu-ray player and a TV capable of 3D and of course, the 3D glasses that come with that TV.  And as many of you know, I am a bit critical towards 3D releases on Blu-ray thus far but when its done right, that is when I become more vocal.  In the case of “Tron Legacy”, this is an example of a film that was meant to be in 3D.  Objects actually pop off the screen and it’s not a film about all depth, the discs fly out towards you, shattered pieces fly out towards you.  Granted, the 3D elements are a bit more subtle but the fact that you get the 3D version of this film included on this Blu-ray release is fantastic!


Tron: The Original Classic

“Tron: The Original Classic” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (48 kHz/240bit), French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  I have to admit that when it came to the classic film, I was not expecting an immersive soundtrack.  After all, it’s an older film nearly 30-years-old.  If anything, I wanted to hear how lossless enhances the experience of the original “Tron” and sure enough, we get clarity in dialogue and action sequences that utilizes LFE and surround channels but for the most part, is a front channel-driven film that sounds great compared to its DVD counterpart.  If anything, I do enjoy the clarity of the lossless soundtrack for “Tron” but I knew in my hear that the film where I had high expectations audio-wise would be “Tron Legacy”.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.

Tron: Legacy

Wow!  That was the primary word that describes the lossless soundtrack for this film.   This film is what audiophile’s dream of when it comes to full utilization of your home theater setup.

Presented in English 7.1 DTS-HD MA (48 kHz/24-bit) and English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital and French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, it’s that 7.1 lossless soundtrack that just amazes you!  The first thing that stands out is the lossless soundtrack by Daft Punk.  It’s electronic music that enhances the overall feel of “Tron Legacy” and it’s a film that manages to take every opportunity, may it be a vehicle, crowd ambiance, blast or any action-related sequence and utilize every channel possible.  There is a tremendous amount of LFE when it comes to the explosions or when a large vehicle is flying nearby, you can hear and feel that rumble!

I simply had a smile on my face when I was hearing the surround and rear surround channels at work.  This is the type of release where I simply love a 7.1 lossless soundtrack being fully utilized.  To many films where the surround and rear surround channels are just utilize sporadically but for “Tron: Legacy”, it’s constant throughout the film.   I have no doubt that audiophile’s will fall in love with this lossless soundtrack.  It’s fantastic!

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.


“Tron 2-Movie Collection: Tron: Legacy 3D and Tron: The Original Classic (5-Disc)” comes with the following special features:

Tron: The Original Classic:

  • The Tron Phenomenon – (9:45) New to Blu-ray, director/writer Steven Lisberger talks about the film, the light cycle, technology of then and now and how a lot of the film was hand-tinted, handcrafted and well ahead of its time.
  • Photo Tronology – (16:37) Director/writer Steven Lisberger takes his son Carl to visit the Disney archives to look at older photos taken during the making of “Tron”.
  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by director/writer Steven Lisberger, Producer Donald Kushner and Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor.
  • Development – Featuring the following mini-features: Early Development of Tron (2:37), Early Lisberger Studios Animation (:30), Computers are People Too (4:28), Early Video Tests (:31) and Gallery which includes designer, early concept art, publicity and production photos and storyboard art.
  • Digital Imaging – Featuring the following mini-features: Backlight animation (1:39), Digital imagination (3:44), Beyond Tron (4:00), Role of Triple I (:34), Triple 1 Demo (2:15).
  • The Making of Tron – (1:28:21) An hour and half documentary on the making of Tron with interviews with the director/writer Steven Lisberger, the cast and crew and their thoughts of making a film that has resonated so strongly after all these years with fans.
  • Music – Featuring the following mini-features: Lighting Scene with Alternate Music Tracks (2:46), End Credits with Original Carlos Music (5:15)
  • Publicity – Featuring NATO trailer (5:02), Works in Progress Trailer (1:26), Trailers 1-4 and gallery.
  • Deleted Scenes – (2:18) Featuring an introduction by writer/director Steven Lisberger and Harrison Ellenshaw and also Bruce Boxleitner about their disagreements on the scene that was cut.  Tron and Yori’s Love Scene (1:56), Tron and Yori’s Love Scene #2 (:44) and Alternate Opening Prologue (1:21).
  • Design – Featuring the following mini-features: Introduction by writer/director Steen Lisberger (1:10), Gallery plus Light Cycles with Syd Mead discussing the light cycle design (1:52), light cycles MAGI animation tests (:16), recognizer space paranoids video game – letterbox and full screen (:16).
  • Storyboards – Featuring the following mini-features: The storyboard process (3:52), Creation of Tron Main Title: Moebius storyboard (:16), storyboard to film comparison – Introductory storyboard by artist/animator Billy Kroyer (:51), light cycle chase storyboarding (1:56), light cycle chase final film (1:56).
  • Gallery – Gallery which includes designer, early concept art, publicity and production photos and storyboard art.

Tron: Legacy

  • Disney Second Screen – This allows people to sync their laptops or iPad with Disney’s latest Blu-ray releases.
  • The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed – A 10-minute or so featurette on who was responsible for the “Flynn Lives” campaign. But you can access more if you enter the right code.  HINT: Try some of the game leaders initials as the main code or simply type “ALL”.
  • First Look at Tron: Uprising – (1:15) A sort sneak-peak at the Disney XD animated series.
  • Launching the Legacy – (10:20)  The crew talks about how they wanted to bring back “Tron”, how San Diego Comic-Con was a test to see how fans would react and the planning of the film.
  • Visualizing Tron – (11:48) Production Designers talk about the visual effects of the film and Jeff Bridges talks about being able to act himself at any age with technology.
  • Installing the Cast – (12:04) Interviews with the cast and a look behind-the-scenes and discussing about working with each other and other cast members.
  • Disc Roars – (3:00) How the crew would use San Diego Comic-Con to record the audience for the gladiator scene for the film.
  • Music Video – (2:58) Featuring “Derezzed” written, produced and performed by Daft Punk.


“Tron” 2- Movie Collection comes with a slip-over cover case with a special lenticular cover, plus it comes with a Blu-ray version of both films, 3D Blu-ray version of “Tron Legacy” , a DVD version of the film (presented in 2:35:1 and 1:78:1 enhanced for 16×9 televisions, audio in English 2.0 Dolby digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Subtitles in English SDH, French and Spanish.  The digital copy can be used in a laptop, iPhone, iPod and iPad and works with iTunes and Windows Media Player.  Included is a postcard of Tron.

Did you grow up when “Tron” was released?  Were you mesmerized by it?

I can tell you that I loved Tron and I can easily remember playing the various Tron games for the Atari 2600 but most of all remember how I wanted a Tron suit and get paint that glows, so I can paint all over a frisbee and play Tron with my friends.  As for the film, at the time, I’m going to be truthful with you, I had no idea of the concept as it was way beyond my head.  All that resonated with me was the fight scenes, the light cycles and the just the overall look of the film.

But as I got older and when I watched the 20th anniversary DVD release of “Tron”, I realized for the first time of how groundbreaking this film was.   It’s easy to think that things were created by computers back then but logically, you knew that since this film was made in 1982, technology was probably not available at that time to create this film entirely with CG and sure enough, we learned how much of it was hand-crafted and required many people to hand-craft this film using older animation techniques but also the beginning of utilizing computers for movie use.

It was an interesting juxtaposition of Disney’s Fantasia and Tron, two films created over 40-years from each other but knowing that they wanted to accomplish something special, unique, groundbreaking in the world of animation and in the case of Tron, visual effects for a sci-fi film.

So, when I watched “Tron” again, nearly a decade ago, I realized how forward thinking Steven Lisberger was when he created this film and it was definitely a film that was ahead of its time.  Granted, it did great in the box office but it took years to achieve cult status as those who appreciate the film’s storyline and also the creation of it, to see why it has become a cult favorite.  “Tron” was literally a work-of-art.

Now here we are in 2011, as the film approaches it’s 30th year and most recently having great success with its sequel “Tron Legacy”, a film that manages to continue the “Tron” legacy using high-end CG graphics and visual effects and what was accomplished on film was absolutely gorgeous.  Granted, the storyline for the sequel is easily accessible and although it may not be deep in storyline, it’s one of those films that yes, it’s a popcorn action/sci-fi flick but it manages to be a worthy continuation of the “Tron” series.  It was easily to get caught up in the new virtual world of the Grid by its gorgeous visual effects, its music by Daft Punk and literally audio carrying you away with its lossless immersive soundtrack.  I admit, watching this film on Blu-ray was a lot of fun and if you have the proper home theater set-up, you’ll understand what I mean by awesome PQ and AQ!

I do feel that this 5-disc collection is the ultimate “Tron” release.  I can’t fathom buying one without the other and if I had to review them separately, I’m sure my score would be much different and much lower than what I’m giving this collection.  But as a whole, this is a 5-star release.  Not only do you get both films on Blu-ray, you get the 3D version of the film, you get a DVD version of the film and you also get a digital copy as well.

I’m sure many will dismiss by score as they probably disliked both films but it’s important to note that I’m grading the overall release and not just the film.

As a child, “Tron” was a big part of my life and I enjoyed it, even though I couldn’t follow the story all that well.  And as an adult, I appreciate it even more as a Disney work-of-art for its time but also for its forward thinking by Steven Lisberger.  The sequel, story-wise wasn’t all that deep but nor was the original.

What I enjoyed about the film was the escape to a virtual world and even today, may it be through games like “Second Life” or “World of Warcraft”, there are people who manage to find the beauty of a virtual world and in this case, I felt the visual effects team were able to build off of the world that Lisberger created and create something so beautiful and gorgeous in the sequel and the storyline compliments that.

I definitely had a lot of fun watching both films and as mentioned, if I was to review each separately as a Blu-ray release, they would not receive a five-star rating.  But the fact that this 5-disc combo does include both films on Blu-ray, includes the 3D version of the “Tron: Legacy” on Blu-ray, plus a DVD and digital copy is awesome!

But it all comes down to your preference as each of these films will be released separately on Blu-ray or a four disc set for “Tron: Legacy” and even a more pricier collector’s edition which comes with an identity disc.

Overall, some may find these films entertaining and fun, others may find it as visual eye candy for its respective time periods.  But if you loved both films, I highly recommend getting this 5-disc combo.

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