It’s an Ex-TRON-vaganza!
Back in the day (1982), everyone raved about the outstanding computer-generated graphics of TRON. Computers were cool; graphics were cool; and—most importantly—video games were cool. I had to see this movie. All right, maybe I didn’t have to see it…I fell asleep before it was half over.
Despite that disappointing experience (sorry, TRON fans, I know you love it, but it just didn’t work for me), when TRON: Legacy (2010) was announced, my interest was aroused. Why would they remake this fuzzy old relic? Would it be better than the original? Now that I’ve had the TRON: Legacy experience, I can sum up my reaction with one word: Yippee! CGA sure has come a long way in the past thirty years. As has storytelling.
If TRON was futuristic, then TRON: Legacy might best be described as post-futuristic. Its out-of-game scenes seem influenced by the Batman franchise with its dark dystopian atmosphere, while in-game combines elements of the original with later influences, such as The Matrix.
Disney is offering both TRON and TRON: Legacy in a variety of products, with a big send-off on April 5, 2011. The biggies are the 4-disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack and the 5-disc TRON: Legacy & TRON: The Original Classic 2-Movie Collection (visit Disney on-line for a printable $5 savings coupon, valid through April 10, 2011). For the TRON fanatic, there’s the TRON: Legacy / TRON: The Original Classic (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy in Identity Disc Collectible Packaging).
Rated PG, TRON: Legacy is really another kidvid, but CGA fans will enjoy its post-futuristic technology. Those bored with CGA will enjoy Jeff Bridges-gone-sinister (his fans fill enjoy both his sinister and non-sinister roles).