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I’m not entirely sure the use of the word “Classic” on the cover is entirely justified here, since Tron‘s popularity must surely be classed more as a cult thing than something of the mainstream. Judged by “traditional” factors for critique, it doesn’t exactly shine; the tone extremely camp and a little too self-consciously wierd, the script is full of problems and the pace is all over the place, but it still conjours up a tangible nostalgia that is as much indicative of the magic of cinema as real quality is.
In conjunction with the Blu-ray release of Tron Legacy, the original “classic” is now also available to buy on blu-ray.
Although everyone should by now know the plot, there may be those of you out there who haven’t yet seen the original Tron, having only just discovered the sequel, so here goes anyway. Ex-encom employee Kevin Flynn »
- Simon Gallagher
The Movie Pool breaks down the release - finally - of the Disney classic Tron on Blu-ray!
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1 enhanced for widescreen TVs
Running Time: 96 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-ma, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired, Spanish, French
Special Features: The Tron Phenomenon Documentary, Photo Tronology (Blu-ray only), The making of Tron, Development, Digital Imagery, Music, Publicity, Deleted Scenes, Design, Storyboarding, Galleries.
A computer hacker is pulled into a digital world where he must fight a powerful program obsessed with power.
For most people, either you're a Tron fan or you aren't. Some people never "got" the original film, while others loved its mature take on the emerging computer culture. As a kid, I loved the look of the film, »
Someone had to go first.
As computers were getting faster and significantly more sophisticated, some producer was going to be the first to have computers handle the special effects in a movie. As it turns out, Walt Disney, which pioneered feature-length animation, took the plunge in 1982 with Tron. The film, starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, and David Warner, was visually stunning in its day as you felt immersed in the emerging video game world. The mediocre story took a backseat to the imaginative light cycle races and glowing disc battles. Audiences were intrigued, just enough to rake in $33 million at the box office for a $17 million production so it almost made money using the math of the time.
Flashfoward 28 years and as computers have taken control over special effects in all media, the time struck many as right to go back and revisit the world of Tron. Disney moved cautiously, »
- Robert Greenberger
Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG
Tron – 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.
Tron: Legacy – Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade — a signal that could only come from his father– he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior »
- Jason Moore
Photo: La Times
We Are Movie Geeks were on hand last night as American Cinematheque kicked of their Star Trek.To Boldly Go film series at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The evening began with my favorite of all the Trek films, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Seeing it on the big screen after 32 years was definitely a treat and most of the people in attendance agreed. It was not only fun and sentimental, but really paid homage to all the work that went into a production of that scale in a time before CGI and digital effects.
Surprisingly, the film held up very well for its 1979 release date. The music by Jerry Goldsmith was moving and evoked more than one round of applause during the opening and closing credits from the sentimental audience, who also applauded when names such as Roddenberry, Shatner, Nimoy and Doohan came up.
- Melissa Thompson
To celebrate the Star Trek film series, American Cinematheque has chosen six of the eight films in the franchise, plumbing deep for gems in the Trek universe that haven’t necessarily received the tribute they deserve. From series creator Gene Roddenberry, all of these films embody the ideals of sci-fi’s first franchise that have endured for more than 40 years. May they continue to live long and prosper for many more. The series will run Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 27. Thursday evening begins with my favorite of all the Trek films, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Who isn’t sobbing when Scotty and Kirk take the shuttle out to see the Enterprise for the first time?
The Star Trek tribute at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028), will include 35mm screenings of The Wrath Of Khan and The Search For Spock, plus The Voyage Home, The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country in 70mm. »
- Melissa Thompson
Attempting to keep up with all the film events in Los Angeles is an exercise in futility. There's simply too much going on all at once, all over town. But every once in a while a few pieces of news hit at once and that's why we created /Film La. Here's what we've got. The original 1982 Tron is screening March 5 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica with writer/director Steven Lisberger and more in attendance. As an added bonus, it'll be in 70mm. My favorite and probably the best theater chain in all of Los Angeles, Arclight Cinemas, just released their first iPhone application. Disney has finally set the official opening date for the Disneyland opening of the brand new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: June 3. Also opening that day is an all-new Little Mermaid ride. In case you missed it , Quentin Tarantino is taking over his New Beverly »
- Germain Lussier
7 items from 2011
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