Top

Q&A Media Interview with “Tron” director Steven Lisberger and producer of “Tron: Legacy” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

April 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Images courtesy of ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.



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 and made over $397 million worldwide.

And now both films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5th. This includes an Ultimate Tron Experience, 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 celebration of the release of both “Tron” films on Blu-ray and DVD, J!-ENT will be featuring Q&A interviews with the cast and crew of “Tron: Legacy”. We began with Olivia Wilde, the actress who plays the character Quorra, followed by Garrett Hedlund who plays the protagonist, Sam Flynn, Jeff Bridges, who plays Kevin Flynn/Clu, Bruce Boxleitner who plays Alan Bradley/Tron and “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski.

For our sixth and final interview, we present an interview with Steven Lisberger, producer of “Tron: Legacy” and the writer/director of the original “Tron” film.

Here is a transcript of a recent media Q&A interview with Steven Lisberger:


How long did it take to get the green light for TRON: Legacy?

STEVEN LISBERGER: We started discussions at Disney about 11 years ago, but there have been rumors of a sequel for much longer than that. Over the years, I’ve seen numerous Disney executives go from black hair to grey – and the sequel itself has changed and gone through many different phases. When the idea finally emerged as TRON: Legacy, I think there was a sense that the right group of people had now all arrived at the project. We were also really happy with the story. Everything clicked together perfectly.

 

How important is the story to a highly visual project like TRON: Legacy?

STEVEN LISBERGER: I care about the story and the characters as much as I care about the visuals. The story aspect of Flynn still being alive, and the father-son story is really compelling in TRON: Legacy. It resonates with the fan base, but it works on different levels because it doesn’t matter if someone hasn’t seen the first film. The story works for newcomers to the TRON world, too.

As the writer and director of the original movie, how did it feel to see a new TRON world come to life?

STEVEN LISBERGER: One of the most amazing things about this project is the way that the colors are different, the costumes are different and the music is different – but you still know it’s the world of TRON. The director, Joseph Kosinski, had a good handle on using the underlying aesthetic of TRON to make this new world. It feels like it’s grown up, but you still recognize the young person it was before.

How has the audience changed since the original movie?

STEVEN LISBERGER: The audience now expects to be overwhelmed in a number of categories. They want visuals, they want music, they want an emotional story and they want it all to be cutting edge. If you want to pursue cinema on this level, you have to put a check in every one of those boxes. However, I like to think that we’ve done that with TRON: Legacy.

What do you think of the music of TRON: Legacy?

STEVEN LISBERGER: I think the music is great. Daft Punk brings soul and spirit to the movie. The music they’ve created is beautiful. You know what? I think Joe’s relationship with Daft Punk is a little bit similar to the relationship I had with [French comic book artist] Moebius on the first movie. Moebius opened the bandwidth of the original movie for me and he made a much larger contribution than people realized. I think that’s the same for Daft Punk and TRON: Legacy.

 

What’s the greatest lesson you learned during the making of TRON: Legacy?

The greatest thing I learned though this experience was the notion that the original movie inspired people like [TRON: Legacy director] Joseph Kosinski, [producer] Sean Bailey and musicians like Daft Punk. It’s a great feeling to have your work embraced. It also feels great that all these years later, the inspiration has come full circle.

How much control did you have over the direction of TRON: Legacy?

STEVEN LISBERGER: I don’t use the term ‘control’. My position was to try and inspire the new TRON team. I was on board so that there was some trajectory from the past into the future. I’m glad it worked out that the next generation embraced what I did 28 years ago and I think it’s much better that they’re making it their own. I tried to make suggestions, but I didn’t give orders – and that’s a role that I really enjoyed. To be honest, I think we were all happy in the roles that we took for the new film. In some ways, I was happier in this role than in the directorial role.

When you created the original TRON movie, did you have any idea that it was going to become such an iconic film?

STEVEN LISBERGER: Yes and no. The film we ended up with clearly exceeded our expectations, but the reaction to the original movie seemed somewhat disappointing when it was first released. Over the years, I’ve looked at it objectively and I realized it was inevitable that the audience would react this way.

Why is that?

STEVEN LISBERGER: Being a ‘60s idealist, I thought there would be more embracing of the new and avant-garde with TRON. However, people didn’t expect the avant-garde to come from Disney. It’s interesting because one of the old-timers at Disney explained that working on the experimental original film felt a lot closer to what it used to feel like when Walt was in the building. It was highly experimental. That’s what Walt was all about.

TRON: LEGACY is Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Movie Download April 5th!

Q&A Media Interview with “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

April 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Images courtesy of ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.



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 on April 5th. This includes an Ultimate Tron Experience, 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 celebration of the release of both “Tron” films on Blu-ray and DVD, J!-ENT will be featuring Q&A interviews with the cast and crew of “Tron: Legacy”. We began with Olivia Wilde, the actress who plays the character Quorra, followed by Garrett Hedlund who plays the protagonist, Sam Flynn, Jeff Bridges, who plays Kevin Flynn/Clu and Bruce Boxleitner who plays Alan Bradley/Tron.

In this fifth interview, we feature director Joseph Kosinki, chosen by creator and original “Tron” director Steven Lisberger to make his directorial debut in “Tron: Legacy”.

Here is a transcript of a recent media Q&A interview with Joseph Kosinki:

How did you get involved with TRON: Legacy?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: I had a general meeting with [producer] Sean Bailey a few years ago when he asked me the question, “In the world after The Matrix, how do we go back to the world of TRON?” My initial idea was to embrace everything that Steven Lisberger had done with the first film. I wanted to embrace that aesthetic rather than try to create a new virtual world that felt like our own. When the first image comes on screen, I wanted people to say, “That’s TRON.”

How has the world of TRON changed since we last saw it?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: The world has evolved and it looks more realistic, but I wanted people to realize straight away that we were back in that world. The idea for the setting of our film to be this server sitting undisturbed for 20 years was one of the initial directions I was interested in – and it all stemmed from there.

What happened after your first meeting with Sean Bailey?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: I come from a background in commercials and the technique I use to pitch ideas within that field is to propose a two or three minute short film that allows me to show people the look and feel of a project. That’s what I did with TRON: Legacy. I created a short that highlighted the tone and vibe of the world, as well as a hint of the narrative. I built the short in a way that it could be used as a trailer. This was before we even had a script, but Disney agreed to give us a little bit of funding to create that short piece and we showed it at Comic-Con a few years ago. Once we showed the short there, the response from the fans gave us that extra push that we needed to get the movie into production.

What were your inspirations behind TRON: Legacy?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: My inspirations are a combination of all my favorite films growing up, including the original TRON. When I first sat down with Steven Lisberger, he took me through some of the early sketches and concepts by [concept artist] Syd Mead. We looked at all of the concepts that they weren’t able to use in 1982, when the first film was released, so it was fun to find all this fresh material to draw inspiration from.

What else inspired you?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: Just like every other kid of my generation, I was a huge Star Wars fan. I was also a big fan of Stanley Kubrick, so that influenced me greatly. I think the overall style of TRON: Legacy is a combination of a lot of different influences of mine. Personally, I studied engineering, architecture, industrial design and music, so all of these things have certainly what influenced me in my life. I was even going to be a jazz saxophonist at one point, so there’s a little of that in me as well.

How did your background in architecture help with the movie-making process of TRON: Legacy?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: Beyond wanting to build beautiful sets, I think the way that I was taught to think in architecture school was a really interesting preparation for filming. You learn how to be self-critical, you learn how to critique your work and you learn how to take critique on your work. Having the awareness of what’s going on out there in the world of design and architecture – and being able to pull an amazing art department together – was a lot of fun. My background in architecture certainly helped that process.

How would you describe the story of TRON: Legacy?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: The relationship between Sam Flynn and his father, Kevin Flynn, is what drives the entire film. That’s the core of the film and, believe it or not, that’s what we spent most of our time working on. We spent much more time on the story and the characters rather than on the visuals and the design of the film. To me, that is the most important aspect of the movie that everything else supports.

Can you talk about the casting of Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: The casting of Sam Flynn was an incredibly tough challenge. It was hard to find an actor that embodies all of those amazing qualities that Kevin Flynn’s character has and that Jeff Bridges brings as an actor. Jeff’s got that combination of brilliance and humor and looks – and a very laid-back style. Those are all really unique characteristics.

How many actors auditioned for the role of Sam Flynn?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: We looked at hundreds of candidates for the role of Sam Flynn. It was a long process with lots of screen tests. We rang Bruce Boxleitner [who plays Alan Bradley in both TRON movies] and had him test with a lot of guys, but we finally settled with Garrett Hedlund and we’re extremely happy with the choice. He had the impossible task of carrying a movie like this on his shoulders and he’s only 25 years old. He had to play scenes with Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen and all of these incredible actors, but he did an incredible job. I am really excited about his career. In fact, I think it’s just about to take off in a big way.

Was your work on the movie everything you expected it to be?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: That’s a tough question. I worked on this project for a number of years and during that time I had a son, which made the father-son theme of the movie resonate in a very different way. I had a blast working on TRON: Legacy. I think one of the best things I’ve done in the movie is assemble such a great team. Everybody that worked on the film was incredibly passionate about the project and very excited to take part, even though it was a tremendous amount of work. We got an incredible amount of support from the studio and Disney – and it was a real pleasure to work with all of these incredible people. As much as I was looking forward to finishing the movie, I knew that when it was all over, it was going to be tough to return to life after TRON.

Can you talk about the theme of technology in TRON: Legacy?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: I think that technology is definitely an overarching theme of the film. Technology is so pervasive in our world today, but what’s good about it? What’s bad about it? What’s important? I think it’s important to pay attention to the human connections that you have and not get lost in the digital world. I wanted that idea to be part of our movie.

 

How did technology assist in the making of the movie?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: A film like this is all about collaboration and human connection – and technology helped us all the way through the process of making the film. You couldn’t make a movie like this by yourself. There were literally thousands of people working on the movie all over the world, including artists in places like India, Mexico City and Vancouver. I worked with a lot of the people through a purely digital connection over a conference call or cell phone connection or a video phone connection. Even though it’s a very high-tech film, my day to day work was all about communication with the people around me. I had to make sure everyone was working together and I had to keep the boat pointed in the right direction.

What new technologies or techniques were created to make the film?

JOSEPH KOSINSKI: We created cutting-edge suits, digital characters and we had the use of advanced 3D cameras for the making of the movie. We took three leading-edge technologies and combined them in one film in order to serve this story. When everything works together, you can make stunning images. It was a very challenging shoot, but I think it was worth it. I think we made the right choices to push the boundaries. I’m proud of everything we’ve done.

TRON: LEGACY is Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Movie Download April 5th!

Q&A Media Interview with Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley/Tron) for “Tron: Legacy” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

April 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Images courtesy of ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.



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 and made over $397 million worldwide.

And now both films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5th. This includes an Ultimate Tron Experience, 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 celebration of the release of both “Tron” films on Blu-ray and DVD, J!-ENT will be featuring Q&A interviews with the cast and crew of “Tron: Legacy”. We began with Olivia Wilde, the actress who plays the character Quorra, followed by Garrett Hedlund who plays the protagonist, Sam Flynn and Jeff Bridges, who plays Kevin Flynn/Clu.

In this fourth interview, we feature Bruce Boxleitner who plays the character of Alan Bradley, the computer programmer who created “Tron” in the original film and plays Sam’s caretaker in “Tron: Legacy”.

Bruce Boxleitner may be known to sci-fans for his role on both “Tron” films but for many others, they know him from the ’90s sci-fi series “Babylon 5″ and ’80s series “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”.  Boxleitner continues to be active on television, making appearances on the TV series “Chuck”, “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service”, “Cold Case” and “Heroes”.

Here is a transcript of a recent media Q&A interview with Bruce Boxleitner:

How would you describe the story of TRON: Legacy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: TRON: Legacy is the sequel to TRON. The story of the sequel is set in real time, 28 years after the first movie. We revisit some of the characters from the original movie, including Kevin Flynn and Alan Bradley, and we revisit the world of Encom. We also meet Kevin Flynn’s son, Sam. Ultimately, the story takes us back down into the world of TRON where much of the action was set in the 1982 movie. However, it’s a different world now. It’s a darker, more violent and dangerous world down there.

What can you tell us about your character in the movie?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: I return to play Alan Bradley in the sequel. Alan is the storyteller who bridges the past to the present. There’s a lot of history that needs to be told about the world of TRON and not everyone watching the movie knows that story, so Alan does that at the beginning of the sequel. He passes the torch onto Sam Flynn, who is the new hero of the movie. I guess Alan is the Alfred to Sam’s Batman.

What makes you choose that analogy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Well, Batman always needs Alfred to remind him of who he is and where he came from. Alfred is also Batman’s conscience. Alan is similar because he’s the surrogate father to Sam Flynn. Alan’s best friend and creative partner – Kevin Flynn – has been missing for 15 years, so Alan has looked after Sam and has always kept an eye on him. Both of these guys, Sam and Alan, are wounded people because of the disappearance of Kevin. They’ve had no closure on Kevin’s story. They don’t know where he is; they don’t what happened to him. Is he alive? Is he dead? They have no idea. Both of their lives were altered seriously because of his disappearance.

How has Alan Bradley changed since the first movie?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Over the years, Alan has been a very successful man. He is currently the CEO of Encom, but he’s not respected within the company. His colleagues tolerate him in the boardroom, but he has no say because Encom has turned into something that neither Flynn nor Bradley envisioned. It’s a shocking change to where Alan was 28 years ago. He’s now a broken man; he’s a lost soul. He wanders the corridors of Encom wearing nice suits, he drives a great car and he makes a great paycheck. However, he has absolutely nothing to do with the company. That frustrates him. He’s nothing like the nerdy tech you saw in the original film.

What’s your favorite scene in TRON: Legacy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Shooting the seminal scene between Alan and Sam at the beginning of the movie really stands out for me. We filmed that scene in Vancouver and we spent all night outside a really cool freighter container house, which is where Sam lives. I think every young guy is going to want to have a home like that. It was amazing. I love this scene in particular because this is where the human side of the story really comes to light. It’s the human story that makes the movie stand out. TRON: Legacy is not just about special effects and computer wizardry; it’s got a heart.

Was it easy to play the father figure to Garrett Hedlund’s Sam Flynn?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: It was very easy because Garrett is a wonderful actor. I have three sons myself, so it was very natural to act out those scenes and relive being a father. In fact, I have a Sam Boxleitner. He’s a couple years older than Garrett, but that’s why it felt especially real. It felt like I was talking to my own kid and Garrett looked at me like I was his daffy uncle. That’s the way it struck me anyway.

What was your biggest challenge in working on TRON: Legacy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Portraying Alan Bradley again after 28 years was one of the challenges. What is this man now? What’s happened to him in this interim? I was fascinated by where these wonderful writers had taken these characters. However, I guess my biggest challenge involved the motion capture work on TRON: Legacy.

Hoes does it feel to see people excited about the TRON universe again?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: It feels great, although I’m amazed because when we shot the original movie, we had no idea that it was going to become a cult classic. We knew we were working on something cutting edge, but the film didn’t have a ton of success when it was first released. However, as the years passed, I kept seeing it pop up on Top 10 lists of fan favorites and cult favorites. I would say that 85 per cent of the autographs I have signed over the years have involved a piece of TRON memorabilia. Even when I worked on the TV show, Babylon 5, I was still signing TRON merchandise – especially overseas. There were always huge lines of people waiting with TRON memorabilia when I visited countries like Australia and the UK, and I was always surprised because I never believed that it would come to that.

What attracted you to the sequel?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: The idea of working with Jeff Bridges again was a big plus point for me, but I was also intrigued to find out what had happened to these characters. It’s been 28 years since the first film was released and I wanted to know where they went during that time. When I first read the script, I was thrilled by it because I had no idea that Alan Bradley would become such a lost soul. It was such a great idea that it was a no brainer to sign up for the sequel. I was thrilled to be asked to return.

What do you think of TRON: Legacy cast members Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, who play Sam Flynn and Quorra in the movie?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: I’m very proud to say that I started on the movie earlier than everybody else. I was hired to screen test all of the young talent fighting for the roles that were eventually won by Olivia and Garrett. I screen tested all of the Sam Flynns and all of the Quorras – and it was a lot of fun because I got to work with a lot of young, new, talented people. It feels really good that these two made the cut because they were my personal picks. I was really impressed with their work. They are both going to go far in their careers.

In what way did the filmmaking process differ between the original TRON and TRON: Legacy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: The two movies are both cutting edge and they’re both years ahead of their time, but they were shot completely differently. On the original movie, we were running around in tights with a Frisbee taped to our backs. We were wearing hockey helmets with motocross shoulder pads and armguards, along with high boots. If you had to go to the bathroom, someone had to unzip you and you’d have to take everything off just to go for a pee. We were promised the movie was going to look good, but we had no idea what was going on when we shot it. We were blown away by the results, though. It looked amazing.

How does today’s filmmaking compare?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Today, filmmaking is still a long process – but everything is much more sophisticated and technologically advanced. There are no tights and no Frisbees. The costumes are incredible and the motion capture used in TRON: Legacy blows me away. The bulk of my time on the set of the movie was spent in the real world, so I didn’t experience the technical side of filming as much as Garrett Hedlund and Jeff Bridges. However, I was extremely impressed with everything I saw.

What do you think of the light suits used in TRON: Legacy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: I think they are fantastic. They have lights incorporated into the actual suit, so they’re very different to the tights we wore back in 1982. The new suits are spectacular. There was this wonderful moment on the set of TRON: Legacy where the director would yell, “Light them up.” This happened just before he called “Action” and it was amazing because all of a sudden, all of these people on the sound stage would literally light up. It was amazing to watch.

How do you think the younger generation will react to TRON: Legacy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: How will the younger generation react to the movie? Well, we’ve had a lot of positive feedback so far. Personally, I hope that a whole new generation falls in love with the movie and this cutting-edge world we created – and I hope it spurs them on to watch the original TRON movie, too. We have the original film being released on Blu-Ray, so it’s going to be out there for them. However, they don’t need to know anything about the original film to enjoy TRON: Legacy. It’s my character’s job in the movie to reveal the past mythology and to familiarize the audience with the story, so it’s all explained clearly at the start of the sequel. You know what? If kids today don’t like this movie, then I quit! Personally, I think this new generation is going to love it. They are going to be blown away. I can’t wait for them to see it.

Can you take us through the motion capture process?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: It was very technical. I had hundreds of dots placed over my face and I wore a helmet with cameras pointing at my head. The extras had no idea what was going on, but the dots were used as reference points for the amazing artists on the movie. They created a younger version of my face from 30 years ago. In fact, the same crew who worked on The Strange Case Of Benjamin Button worked on TRON: Legacy and you get to see Jeff Bridges in his 30s again, too. The work they did was amazing.

What else did you have to do for the motion capture process?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: After filming finished in Vancouver, I had to go and have my face scanned in Los Angeles. The rig was immense. It was like walking into a UFO. I pulled every kind of facial expression you can possibly think of for the special camera set-up. The cameras captured every angle and every aspect of my face. They captured every aspect of my muscle movement. It was astonishing.

Was it very different to the special effects work on the first movie?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: You know what? I look at how far effects have come since we shot the first TRON, but it’s not like we were in the Stone Age back then. We were state of the art at that time. We’re still state of the art with TRON: Legacy. It’s just moved forward a great deal.

What advances in technology did you notice on the set of TRON: Legacy?

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Well, the suits are much cooler in the new TRON movie. For the first film, I wore tights with magic marker drawings on them, as well as a hockey helmet and motor cross armor. I was also throwing an actual Frisbee. I didn’t have that cool-looking rainbow disk that they throw around in TRON: Legacy. However, I’m sure that the thoughts going through the minds of the cast on both TRON movies was exactly the same, especially when shooting the scenes set on the grid. Everyone has the feeling that they are making something different and something cutting edge. Everyone feels that they are working on something state of the art. That feeling remains unchanged.

TRON: LEGACY is Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Movie Download April 5th!

TRON Signing Event (West Hollywood, CA – April 4th) & Discount Offer!

April 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

WHAT: TRON fans can return to the Grid with the opportunity to meet Joe Kosinski, director of the revolutionary visual
effects adventure TRON: Legacy and Steven Lisberger, director of TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition,  the landmark motion picture that inspired a new generation of digital filmmakers and became a favorite of fans and critics across the world.

Both Joe and Steven will be signing Blu-ray and DVD versions of TRON: Legacy and TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition. Each release comes packed with exclusive content and hours of bonus features.

WHEN:           Tuesday, April 5, 2011
7:30-8:30 PM – Signing begins

WHERE:        Best Buy West Hollywood
1015 N LA Brea Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Phone: 323-883-0219

Second, we’ve got a limited discount offer from Disney Movie Rewards- $5 Off the 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack OR the 5-disc TRON: Legacy & TRON: The Original Classic 2-Movie Collection!

http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/promotions/special-offers/tron-coupon

Q&A Media Interview with Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn for “Tron: Legacy” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

April 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Images courtesy of ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.



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 on April 5th. This includes an Ultimate Tron Experience, 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 celebration of the release of both “Tron” films on Blu-ray and DVD, J!-ENT will be featuring Q&A interviews with the cast and crew of “Tron: Legacy”. We began with Olivia Wilde, the actress who plays the character Quorra, followed by  Garrett Hedlund who plays the protagonist, Sam Flynn.

In this third interview, we feature Jeff Bridges who played the main character Kevin Flynn for the first “Tron” film and makes his return as Kevin and also as Clu in “Tron: Legacy”.

Jeff Bridges is a legendary actor in Hollywood, born from a legendary Hollywood family.  The son of Lloyd Bridges (which Jeff starred in his father’s show “The Lloyd Bridges Show”) and also in “Sea Hunt”, it wasn’t until 1971 where Bridges would be known for his role in “The Last Picture Show”.

Bridges would go on to star in many films from “The Last American Hero”, “King Kong”, “Against All Odds”, “The Big Lebowski”, “The Contender”, “Iron Man”, “True Grit” to name a few.

But his role as Kevin Flynn will be remembered by many fans as it is an iconic character for many sci-fi fans.

Here is a transcript of a recent media Q&A interview with Jeff Bridges:

What was your initial reaction when you heard that Disney was interested in making a sequel to TRON?

Jeff Bridges: There have been rumors of a TRON sequel circulating for many years. The first rumor probably started about 20 years ago, so I gave up on the idea because it never looked like it was going to happen. I guess Disney had the sequel on its back burners and they weren’t satisfied with any of the scripts that turned up over the years, so they waited and waited. I’m very happy they did because they held out to find the right guy to be at the helm: director Joseph Kosinski. I think they really found a terrific leader in Joe, and they also found a terrific script.

What makes Joseph Kosinski a great director?

Jeff Bridges: It’s always interesting to discover where a director comes from, whether he’s a writer, an actor or whatever. Joe was an architect and to have an architect at the helm of this movie was terrific. He was up to date with all of the modern techniques in special effects and he had a great visual style. He was also terrific with actors and he had great ideas. When this project was presented to me, I thought to myself, ‘This sounds like something I would love to do.’ The first movie tickled the kid in me – and the sequel did exactly the same. I get to play a guy who is sucked inside a computer and I get to play with all of the new toys that we have available to us with modern technology and filmmaking. To be involved with something so cutting edge was extremely exciting to me. I jumped at the chance to sign up.

What did you think of having Garrett Hedlund play Kevin Flynn’s son in the movie?

Jeff Bridges: Garrett is a great guy. I have three daughters and no sons, but when I look at Garrett, I can see that he could be my son. There’s something about him that reminds me of myself, which is why casting him as my son was perfect. He was a joy to work with and I think he did an amazing job in TRON: Legacy. He’s going to go far.

How much fun did you have shooting TRON: Legacy?

Jeff Bridges: The movie was a lot of fun to film because every day was different. Some days, we’d be working on a sound stage with an amazing set. Other days, I’d be walking around a huge, empty warehouse wearing a leotard with little balls all over it.

That sounds a little crazy…

Jeff Bridges: It was very crazy and very bizarre, but it was a fun challenge because that’s how the special effects were shot. My face was covered with 100 tiny dots and I wore a helmet with two antennas sticking out of it. I am used to acting in costume, but this was very different. I soon learned to get used to it, though.

How has technology changed since you made the original movie?

Jeff Bridges: The first TRON movie was made nearly 30 years ago. Back then, there was no internet and there were no cell phones. There were no personal computers either. It was a completely different world.

How did you shoot the special effects for the original movie?

Jeff Bridges: It was all very basic back then. There was a lot of adhesive tape and tennis balls used on the set of the first film. TRON: Legacy benefits from advancements in technology since then. It’s a completely different world now.

When did you first hear about the sequel?

Jeff Bridges: There’s been a rumor of a TRON sequel going around Hollywood ever since the first movie was released. I kept waiting and waiting to get a script, but I never heard anything until a couple of years ago. I think Disney was very wise to wait for the right script and the right story, but it’s here now.

What went through your mind when you heard a script was on its way?

Jeff Bridges: I was overjoyed. To be honest, I was very excited when I heard about the original movie – and I had the same excitement when I found out that the sequel was going to be made. I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen.

How was the original movie pitched to you?

Jeff Bridges: The original movie appealed to the kid in me. They said, “Do you want to play a guy who gets sucked inside a computer? We’ll be using lots of cutting edge technology to shoot the film and it’s going to be very different to anything else you’ve seen at the movies.” It was like being invited over to the house of the kid who’s got all the latest gadgets and games. I immediately said to them, “I’m in!”

How was the sequel pitched to you?

Jeff Bridges: The director told me it was going to be a father and son story, and he said we were going to be using cutting edge filming techniques again. It sounded great to me.

Did you hesitate before signing up for the sequel?

Jeff Bridges: Oh, sure. I hesitate before I sign up for anything, but I was extremely excited about the prospect of the sequel. I thought to myself, ‘I can’t wait to mess around with all that great, cutting edge technology. I can’t wait to see what the visual effects will be like now.’

What made you hesitate?

Jeff Bridges: I wanted to make sure the story of the sequel was strong. I knew there was going to be a lot of visual candy, but you need to care about the characters for a movie to work. As soon as I heard the story was going to be a father and son adventure, I knew it was going to work out.

Is it true that you kept your TRON helmet from the original movie?

Jeff Bridges: I kept the helmet and the leotard from the original film and I actually wore it for Halloween one year. I dressed up as my character, Kevin Flynn, and walked around! It got a lot of strange looks, but I didn’t care.

What science-fiction books and movies were you into when you were young?

Jeff Bridges: As a kid, I loved science fiction. When I was growing up, I read books by Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein – and I’ve always loved science fiction movies. I don’t think you can get a much better movie than 2001. However, I also like the movie Starman, which I appeared in. Science fiction is great.

Are you into video games?

Jeff Bridges: I was really into video games when we made the original TRON. The walls of the soundstage where we shot the original movie were lined with video games and they were all free. You didn’t have to put any money in them.

That sounds amazing…

Jeff Bridges: It was great! Everyone would be playing them all day long. The crew would come up to me and say, “Come on, Jeff… We need you on set.” And I’d reply, “I’m preparing, man. I’m getting into character.”

Do you play many video games now?

Jeff Bridges: I don’t play too many video games now. I feel like I’ve fallen away from technology. I have a love-hate relationship with the internet, although I have a website that I like to play around with.

We’ve heard a rumor that you’re interested in photography…

Jeff Bridges: I am! I usually take photos on the set of all my movies. In fact, you can see some of the shots on my website.

Did you take many pictures on the set of TRON: Legacy?

Jeff Bridges: I wanted to take lots of pictures, but the lighting was very dark on the set. I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually take, but there are a few out there.

What advice do you have for aspiring photographers?

Jeff Bridges: I don’t know if I have any advice! Just keep taking pictures of things you think are interesting. That’s how I started out.

And what advice would you give to aspiring actors?

Jeff Bridges: Train hard and practice your craft. Get involved in all aspects of drama, but keep on trying because it’s a tough industry to crack. Good luck!

How does it feel to see people excited about the world of TRON again?

Jeff Bridges: It feels great. It’s very exciting. I have taken a number of trips to Comic-Con with TRON: Legacy over the last few years and you can really feel the energy of the fans at events like that. They have been really excited about the project. In fact, the fans have been an integral part in getting the TRON world back together. A few years ago, we went to Comic-Con to test a couple of minutes of film with audiences. The director, the production designer and our special effects supervisor joined forces to give audiences a two-minute taste of what the movie might be like if this project could fly and to see if people really wanted to see it. The audience really enjoyed that Disney felt they wanted to  make this fantastic world come to life again. Comic-Con was very instrumental in getting this movie made.

What was the most challenging aspect of the film shoot?

Jeff Bridges: As an actor, I really enjoy costumes, sets and makeup. These elements inform your performance and you learn to count on them. However, a lot of TRON: Legacy was filmed without costumes, without makeup and without sets. When you don’t have these things around you, you’re thrown back to your childhood – to the time when you were a little kid playing in the garden. Back then, you didn’t have a castle and you didn’t have a sword. You had to use a stick as a sword and your castle was a box. It was all in your mind. That’s exactly what we had to do in this movie. We had to play ‘pretend’ because we didn’t have the costumes or the sets or the props. It was fascinating.

Do you ask a lot of questions when you work on a film set in an alternate universe with its own rules?

Jeff Bridges: Oh, sure. I ask a lot of questions with whatever film I’m working on – and the director is always the guy to go to.

What kind of questions did you ask about TRON: Legacy?

Jeff Bridges: Joe Kosinski was very inclusive because he allowed me into the writing process and the development of the story. I was interested in creating a modern myth, so I didn’t want the movie to just be about design and the battles. I wanted the movie to have something to say and I wanted the story to be enthralling and captivating.

What appealed to you the most in the movie’s script?

Jeff Bridges: One of the things that drew me to this movie was a chance to be part of creating a modern day myth. Myths are so important for us to help navigate the treacherous waters of being alive. Each age has its own challenges and I feel that technology is certainly one of ours.

Are you not happy with today’s technology?

Jeff Bridges: In some ways, technology is wonderful – but there is a darker side to it that we don’t examine as much as we should. We need to think about the ramifications of what we’re doing. We drink water from plastic bottles that we think are biodegradable, but then we discover that they last for hundreds of years. We bitch about oil spills, but every year we put 100 million tons of plastic into the ocean. That’s worse than the awful oil spill in 2010. I think it’s a matter of educating people and thinking about where we want to go with technology – and what we want to do with it. We could use it in beautiful ways, but I think it’s natural for us to want immediate gratification.

Are there any positive aspects to advances in technology?

Jeff Bridges: What are the good things about technology? Like most things in life, technology is a double-edged sword. When we made the first TRON movie, there was no internet. Now, it’s a huge part of our everyday lives. The internet gives us the chance to link up and be connected – and that’s a great thing.

Can you survive without the internet?

Jeff Bridges: Listen, I don’t Tweet. I don’t Facebook. I don’t do any of that stuff. It’s all too much. I have a website and I draw, but that’s about it. I went to the internet because I thought it would be a way to release an album that I created years ago. I can put it out there in the world and then I get messages from people in places like Russia saying, “I dig your thing, man.” That’s exciting. That’s a positive thing that technology can do. That’s a positive link. I’m very happy about that. Very happy indeed.

TRON: LEGACY is Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Movie Download April 5th!

Q&A Media Interview with Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn for “Tron: Legacy” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

April 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Images courtesy of ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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 and made over $397 million worldwide.

And now both films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5th. This includes an Ultimate Tron Experience, 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 celebration of the release of both “Tron” films on Blu-ray and DVD, J!-ENT will be featuring Q&A interviews with the cast and crew of “Tron: Legacy”. We began with Olivia Wilde, the actress who plays the character Quorra.  For this second Q&A we feature actor, Garrett Hedlund who plays the protagonist, Sam Flynn.

Garrett Hedlund began his career in the 2004 film “Troy” and also starred in “Four Brothers”, “Eragon”, “Georgia Rule” and most recently in “Country Strong”.

Here is a transcript of a recent media Q&A interview with Garrett Hedlund:


Hi Garrett! How does it feel to be the star of TRON: Legacy?

Garret Hedlund: It feels amazing, but it’s also really nerve-wracking. I’ve never done a movie where I’ve been in every single scene!

Did you have fun filming the movie?

Garret Hedlund: The film shoot was awesome. There were lots of stunts, shoulder rolls and crazy moves. It was quite a show for everyone watching the action from the side of the set.

Was it hard work?

Garret Hedlund: It was extremely intense, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I had battle scenes, disc game sequences and loads of scenes that involved a lot of imagination, agility and focus – but I’m really proud of the finished film. It’s been an awesome project to work on.

What was the scariest stunt you had to perform for the movie?

Garret Hedlund: I had to do a lot of wirework for the film. You get hoisted up into the air. It’s not the most comfortable experience in the world!

How long did you spend in the harness?

Garret Hedlund: I spent an eternity in the harness! It was intense.

What did you get up to between takes?

Garret Hedlund:Well, there were a lot of play fights on the set of TRON: Legacy! Whenever we were given our weapons from the movie and some spare time between set-ups, you’d find me battling it out with [co-star] Olivia Wilde.

 

What was it like to work with Olivia Wilde?

Garret Hedlund: Olivia is fantastic. We met about seven years before we started work on TRON: Legacy, so it was amazing that we got to experience this crazy film together. It was great working with her. I have a lot of respect for anybody who can do a high roundhouse kick in 4-inch heels!

What was it like to work with Jeff Bridges?

Garret Hedlund: I’ve always been a huge fan of Jeff Bridges, so I was really excited to (play) the role of Sam Flynn in TRON: Legacy. Jeff has such a wonderful charisma and he’s an amazing actor – and I knew I’d get along with him from the start. He’s been great to me.

Can you tell us about the light suit you get to wear in the movie?

Garret Hedlund: The light suits were amazing! I’m used to working in jeans and a T-shirt, so it was strange to put on a skin-tight suit that lights up by itself. You feel very special wearing something like that.

 

How hard is it to act in a light suit?

Garret Hedlund: It’s pretty difficult because it’s really tight and you can’t run around easily. The helmet also gets in the way sometimes. You have to learn to walk again wearing all this crazy get-up.

Can you tell us about the special effects in the movie?

Garret Hedlund: You’ll see a lot of light cycles in the movie, which are the most high-tech, amazing, futuristic motorbikes you’ve ever seen in your life. You’re going to be blown away when you see them in action. They are amazing.

Were they easy to ride?

Garret Hedlund: I had to learn how to ride a motorcycle for the role, but I was fine once I knew the basics. To be honest, I had to learn a lot of things for TRON: Legacy. I had to learn how to ride a motorbike, I had to learn fight choreography and I had to learn hand-to-hand combat. I really enjoyed the physical training. I got really fit by the end of it all!

How tough was all the training for the role?

Garret Hedlund: It was extremely tough, but it was also exciting. I started off my day with 90 minutes of motorcycle training before heading over to work on the fight training. After that, I’d have a break before another 90 minutes of exercise with the guy who trained the actors from the movie, 300.

How long did the training last?

Garret Hedlund: I did about two months of training. After that, I was ready for anything!

How would you describe your character in the movie?

Garret Hedlund: Sam Flynn is a guy whose father mysteriously disappeared 20 years ago. Sam is the biggest shareholder in a huge company called Encom, but he’s turned his back on money. He lives an independent, secluded life – but he’s about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

What happens to him?

Garret Hedlund: A friend of the family called Alan Bradley motivates Sam to go and seek his father. That’s when Sam starts to figure things out and he puts pieces of a puzzle together… He ends up entering a whole new world filled with light bikes, discs and a crazy game grid.

Does Sam like action and adventure?

Garret Hedlund: Of course he does! Sam is into all kinds of extreme things just because he can. He’s very interested in base jumping and motorcycles. There’s even a great chase scene with his bike at the beginning of the movie.

What was your toughest challenge during the film shoot?

Garret Hedlund: Everybody likes to talk about how difficult it is to work with green screen because you have to act with your imagination. Personally, I think we were lucky on TRON: Legacy because there were also a lot of sets for us to work on.

Did you enjoy working on the green screen scenes?

Garret Hedlund: Whenever we worked on green screen scenes, we had great direction from our director, Joseph Kosinski. He knew exactly what he wanted, which really helped, and he was always thinking ten steps ahead of us. He made the film shoot such an easy and enjoyable experience. He’s the best!

TRON: LEGACY is Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Movie Download April 5th!

Q&A Media Interview with Olivia Wilde as Quorra for “Tron: Legacy” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Images courtesy of ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.


It all began with the original “Tron”, the artistic and groundbreaking sci-fi film created back in 1982 from Disney.  For many years, fans have clamored for a sequel and sure enough, “Tron Legacy” was released 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 on April 5th 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 celebration of the release of both “Tron” films on Blu-ray and DVD, J!-ENT will be featuring Q&A interviews with the cast and crew of “Tron: Legacy”.  We begin with Olivia Wilde, the actress who plays the character Quorra.

Olivia Wilde began her career in the 2003 TV series “Skin” but it’s the series “The O.C.” in which the actress became well-known.  She would later appear on the TV series “The Black Donnellys” and is currently on the FOX TV series “House M.D.”playing the character Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley.

Here is a transcript of a recent media Q&A interview with Olivia Wilde:

What training did you have to undertake for the role of Quorra in TRON: Legacy?

OLIVIA WILDE: Quorra is the most physical role I’ve ever tackled in my career. I spent months training and transforming my body for the role. I took up cross training to get to the peak of physical fitness and then I learned all types of mixed martial arts, including Capoeira. We had an amazing stunt team that was really helpful in making us look great for the movie. In the end, I looked like a real warrior.

 

Did you enjoy the physical aspect of the role?

OLIVIA WILDE: After all that training, it was great to feel strong and powerful. I’d never been so ripped, and I never will be again. I had huge muscles and I felt like I could really protect myself, which was cool. It wasn’t easy to build up that upper body strength, but I got there in the end. I had major guns!

How intensive was the training?

OLIVIA WILDE: The training took months, but it was all worth it. A lot of effort goes into creating a movie like this, so you have to give your all in everything you do. For example, the fight sequence in The End Of Line Club flies by in the movie, but it actually took us four months of training to be able to accomplish. It was four months well spent.

 

Did you enjoy the combat choreography?

OLIVIA WILDE: I grew up dancing. I was a ballerina for a long time, so I think that was really helpful when it came to learning the choreography on the set. To be honest, I had a blast with it all.

 

How would you describe Quorra’s costume in the movie?

OLIVIA WILDE: Quorra’s suit was totally revolutionary. We were wearing electro-luminescent lights woven through layers of neoprene and loads of other amazing materials. Costumes like this had never been made before, so it was a complete honor to be able to wear the suit. It was so beautiful that it felt like I was wearing a sculpture.

 

How long did it take to get into Quorra’s costume?

OLIVIA WILDE: In the very beginning, the prep time for wardrobe, hair and makeup was five or six hours every day. However, once we got the hang of it, we were jumping in and out of the suits in no time.

How did the extras react to the high-tech costumes?

OLIVIA WILDE: I think the light suits blew everybody away. In fact, we would all get really excited every time the suits were switched on. The whole room would light up with people in these amazing costumes. You’d look around and think, ‘Oh my gosh… This is really amazing! It’s going to look awesome in the finished film.’ There was a unique glow to the room that couldn’t be achieved by CGI, so I was really glad they did not add the lights in post production.

 

Did you enjoy wearing the black wig for the role?

OLIVIA WILDE: I loved the wig because it was an iconic look that I hope inspires people. I felt really lucky that [director] Joseph Kosinski was open to having a heroine in a movie not have flowing hair. When we first talked about the role, I said, “I think it would be really cool if Quorra had a Joan Of Arc vibe to her.” That’s something I researched a lot in the beginning and that’s how we came up with her androgynous look. It made Quorra more interesting.

 

In what way is Quorra similar to Joan Of Arc?

OLIVIA WILDE: Quorra is an unlikely warrior, just like Joan Of Arc. She is both a child and a warrior – and she’s also very strong. She’s extremely compassionate and she’s completely selfless, but she also seems to be in touch with some higher power.

 

What about the physical similarities between Quorra and Joan Of Arc?

OLIVIA WILDE: Quorra’s haircut is definitely inspired by Joan Of Arc. I also noted that Joan Of Arc wore a suit of white chain mail, so I said, “Quorra’s suit has got be white.” They didn’t think anybody would get that reference, but I knew it in my head, so it was really fun to have that as an inspiration.

 

What do you think of Quorra?

OLIVIA WILDE: I love Quorra. I think she is a wonderful character and she’s been a joy to play. It would have been easy to make her a sci-fi vixen, a temptress of the TRON world, but I’m very happy that we made her a real character. She’s someone people can empathize with. I like that.

What was the rehearsal process like for the movie?

OLIVIA WILDE: We spent a great deal of time talking about the script and working through scenes. The writers and producers welcomed everybody’s ideas, which was really nice. I really valued the extensive rehearsal process because I feel like I was there from the very conception. We tended to focus on the family story and the human story of the movie, and the rehearsals were really important because it’s where we all learned so much about our characters.

 

What do you think of the music of the movie?

OLIVIA WILDE: Daft Punk’s music was an integral part of the shooting process. They were on set for a couple of scenes, but we’d always be playing their music if they weren’t around. If I needed to find the tone of a scene, I would listen to a Daft Punk track and I’d understand where I was in the movie. I found that really helpful and really inspiring. We were lucky to have them on board.

 

Do you remember the first time you walked onto the set of TRON: Legacy?

OLIVIA WILDE: I’m so grateful that they took the trouble to build such huge, practical sets for TRON: Legacy because they informed me on how different this world was and how non-organic it was. The sets were beautiful. They allowed me to understand where my character was from, although there was certainly some green screen work involved during the filming process, too.

 

Did you enjoy the green screen work?

OLIVIA WILDE: I found it a lot like theater because you have to imagine different worlds in your head. In that sense, it was really fun. However, I enjoyed working on the practical sets much more. The director of TRON: Legacy, Joe Kosinski, was an architect before he became a filmmaker so he had some wonderful input into the sets. The ‘safe house’ set really blew me away. It was very Kubrickian and beautiful. There would be an audible gasp whenever people walked onto that sound stage. Hopefully, all that hard work translates to the screen.

TRON: LEGACY is Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Movie Download April 5th!

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 · Leave a Comment 

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!

Images courtesy of ©Disney. All Rights Reserved..

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?

VIDEO:

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!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“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.

EXTRAS:

“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.

TRON: Legacy & TRON: The Original Classic coming home 4/5!

February 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

THE ULTIMATE ACTION-PACKED, FUTURISTIC ADVENTURE COMES TO LIFE
ON STUNNING BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF AND BLU-RAY 3D™

Disney
TRON: LEGACY
Hits The Grid – Tuesday, April 5th

TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION TO ALSO DEBUT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY

BURBANK, CA, February 11, 2011 – The Walt Disney Studios is proud to announce the release of its high-tech, action-packed adventure TRON: Legacy, available April 5th on multiple home entertainment platforms, including Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Copy, Movie Download and On-Demand. Also making its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on April 5th is TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition.

Sure to light-up fans this Spring, TRON: Legacy providesconsumers 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.

The original motion picture score for TRON: Legacy, released by Walt Disney Records on December 7, 2010, was composed and produced by the iconic and critically acclaimed Grammy® Award–winning French duo Daft Punk. The album peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and was the highest charting score soundtrack in over a decade. Walt Disney Records will be releasing TRON: Legacy RECONFIGURED, an album featuring 14 remixes of the original motion picture score on April 5th.

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS UNVEILS STELLAR 2011 BLU-RAY 3D RELEASE SLATE

January 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Leader In 3D Filmed Entertainment To Offer At Least 15 Films On Growing Blu-ray 3D Format For The Home

– TRON: LEGACY and TANGLED Lead Day-and-Date 3D Releases and THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Make 3D Debut –


BURBANK, Calif. — January 3, 2011 — Continuing its leadership in the advancement of 3D entertainment and marking the most significant title commitment to the growing Blu-ray 3DTM market, The Walt Disney Studios today announced plans to release at least 15 of its films for in-home viewing on Blu- ray 3D in 2011.

Among the stellar list of films to debut on 3D include beloved and celebrated animated classics THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, recent theatrical releases including the visually stunning high tech adventure TRON: LEGACY and acclaimed box-office smash hit TANGLED, plus many others to be announced that will release day-and-date and packaged with the Blu-ray 2DTM version.

“As our contemporary library of 3D content continues to grow, and the original artists and filmmakers meticulously „dimensionalize‟ their work for release on the Blu-ray 3D format, we will be offering movie- lovers the most incredible in-home entertainment experience they will ever have,” noted Lori MacPherson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. “In addition to offering new releases day-and-date in 3D and further cementing our leadership in the marketplace, we‟re thrilled that consumers will have the exclusive Blu-ray 3D experience of two of the most celebrated Disney animated features, THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, in their homes.”

Also included among the titles slated for release in 2011 are BOLT, MEET THE ROBINSONS, TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, G-FORCE and CHICKEN LITTLE. These titles will join Walt Disney Studios‟ recent 2010 Blu-ray 3D releases ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL and STEP UP 3, bringing Disney‟s list of available Blu-ray 3D titles for the home to nearly 20 in all.In addition to the film being in 3D, each disc will include thematically linked 3D menus, 3D previews of coming-attractions trailers and an introduction to the eye-popping world of Disney Blu-ray 3D featuring beloved characters Timon and Pumbaa from THE LION KING.

Bottom