Tron / Tron: Legacy (1982/2010 Blu-ray Boxset)

I just gave in to temptation and purchased the new Tron boxset. I was really buying this for the chance to see the groundbreaking 1982 classic in stunningly restored high-definition but getting the new ‘Tron: Legacy’ film is a nice bonus. One of the reasons I love ‘Tron’ is that it features my own personal God, Bruce Boxleitner aka CAPTAIN JOHN SHERIDAN!!! from the great Scf-Fi series Babylon 5 (I honestly cried when John died, he meant that much to me). Here’s a clip from the powerful episode ‘Intersections In Real Time’ that explored the true horror of psychological torture:

I’m getting a bit off topic (But seriously I got goose bumps when I first heard Bruce’s voice in the ‘Tron: Legacy’ Trailer!). The transfer of ‘Tron’ is truly stunning, this film has never looked this good. The dazzling use of colours, light and inspired art-direction rank it alongside Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ (Also released in 1982). The Blu-Ray extras give great insights into what a staggering feat it was to bring this film to the screen.

The sequel has it’s moments, like Daft Punk’s awesome score, which was like having shiny black Electro Treacle poured into my ears when I heard it in the cinema. The digital re-creation of Jeff Bridges circa-1982 is not perfect but by god is it impressive. It just suffers in comparison to the original visually. In ‘Tron: Legacy’ the cast wear black rubber suits that actually have lights cunningly built-in to them. Unfortunately that is just what they look like, but in the original due to the painstaking optical composting affects the cast actually appear to be beings of light. The luminescence and hue of the circuitry on their bodies was used by the animators to heighten their emotional state. By the way, back in ’82 the Academy refused to nominate the special-effects team because they thought that the use of computers was cheating! Oh how times have changed.

Click here for a nice little page with behind the scenes screenshots.

The middle part of this clip gets across just how difficult the look of the original ‘Tron’ was to achieve:

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