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TRON: LEGACY released on Blu-ray 3D and regular formats

April 5th, 2011 No comments

TRON:LEGACY has been release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD formats

 

 

Review By John Delia

Excellent computer generated graphics in 3D in the action adventure Tron: Legacy are now available now available for you home entertainment system.  I am pleasantly surprised by Blu-ray 3D which provides some great moments on the home screen.  Embarrassingly I didn’t really grasp the story as much as I would have liked to at the movie theater being distracted by all he eye popping special effects, but at home it’s a better experience.

This sequel to the original Tron (also now available in Blu-ray) has a lot going for it.  The hard pounding video game feeling, fast paced story and exciting action are a treat for those who crave a double dose of excitement.

In this story we find a rebellious Sam Flynn, the son of Kevin (from the original) who has inherited his father’s video gaming business still down about his dad’s disappearance.  Sam gets a strange signal that leads him to his father’s first arcade where he discovers the original game his father was working on.  When he tries to start the game up, he gets sucked into the cyber universe.

Amazing computer graphics

The cool visuals, constant chase scenes and interesting storyline are just part of the entertainment when you watch the film in the Blu-ray 3D format.  Crystal clear and in surround sound that comes with most systems, you feel like you are part of all the action.  It’s the best way the see this film.

Being able to replay the film gives a huge advantage since there is a lot to enjoy on the home entertainment medium.  But, even without the 3D, the Blu-ray disc also provides the experience in full measure.

 

There are many special bonus features that add hours more to the experience.  Here is a list of what awaits you on the formats.

Blu-ray Disc

• The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed [BD Exclusive - Interactive bonus piece] – What happens immediately following the end of the movie? What is Flynn Lives and who is responsible for their efforts?
• Tron: Disney Second Screen [BD Exclusive - Interactive bonus piece] – Using your iPad or computer, watch the movie with exclusive interactive elements available on your 2nd screen
• First Look at Tron: Uprising, the Disney XD animated series
• Music video – “Derezzed” written, produced, and performed by Daft Punk

• Launching the Legacy – Beyond the amazing visuals is a rich story filled with an entire world’s history and mythology. Discover how the writers and filmmakers created this complex fiction
• Disc Roars – Watch director Joseph Kosinski use the raucous crowd at Comic-Con to record actual ADR for the disc game stadium crowd

Plus the special bonuses on the DVD format

DVD

• First Look at Tron: Uprising, the Disney XD animated series
• Visualizing TRON – How did the filmmakers bring to life the gorgeous world inside the GRID?
• Installing the cast – Hear from all the stars of Tron: Legacy and their experience in making the movie

TRON: LEGACY review by John Delia

December 17th, 2010 No comments

“GAMER’S FANTASY”

large posterStarring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Sheen, and James Frain

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language

Running Time: 2 hr. 7 min

Genre: Action/Adventure, Sequel, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Release Date: December 17, 2010

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures

By John Delia

Gamers and action junkies will have a treat in store with the release of Tron: Legacy a computer game plot with spunk.  The fast paced adventure may be a sequel, but plays well to first timers.  If there is a downside to the film, it’s that adults 35+ will probably not like or even understand the storyline.  But, if your ilk is getting in front of a screen with your X-Box and driving home a winner, then Tron: Legacy should get your motor running.

Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn

Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn

The story centers on Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) a young man who inherited one of the largest game manufacturing companies in the world.  But, since the company brings so much pain due to the loss of his father he stays away except on one night a year when he wrecks havoc with the board of directors. On one such occasion, Sam is handed a message from one of the board members about his father contacting him.  He goes to the video game center that his father built and opens the dusty store.  On chance he finds the secret room where his father developed his video games.  Here he accidentally gets transported into a game that starts an unexpected adventure.

Sam faces off against a program in Tron: Legacy

Sam faces off against a program in Tron: Legacy

The fun of Tron: Legacy comes with getting inside the game as a participant.  Here the action focuses on win or be eliminated.  Being a human and not a program written into the system, Sam finds the going tough but manageable.  Equipped with a Frisbee killing device, Sam ‘plays’ the game from inside on his quest to find the maker, his dad.

It’s the kind of thing that most computer game players dream about and for them the film works well. Acting and direction isn’t surmountable here as most of the action is computer generated.  Nicely developed by the CGI masters, even star Jeff Bridges looks like his younger self when he acted in the first Tron.  I liked the looks of the speeding bikes and the flying fighters that played a big part in the film.  It is cool to just sit back and take the ride.

Olivia Wilde, Joseph Kosinski and Jeff Bridges on the set

Olivia Wilde, Joseph Kosinski and Jeff Bridges on the set

I will say this about Joseph Kosinski, for his first time directing he did an admirable job keeping the production focused on the gaming aspect while pumping up the action.  Having to direct characters that are competing against CGI created adversaries is no easy job, but Kosinski looked like he had fun putting it together. Of course being a professor of architecture and a computer graphics wizard may have helped a lot. He was awarded Best Visual Effects at the 2007 AICP show for ‘Gears of War’ a computer game popular with teen gamers.

Older adults will probably not like most of the action as it truly takes on teens, pre-teens and ‘older kids’ who know what playing a computer game does for their testosterone levels.  It’s more of being a winner and this film satisfies the endorphins in their brains.  Sure some of you who have played games in your youth like the original Tron game may get a kick out of the film, but if you bring your loved one she may get lost in the action.

The film is rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language so all you young lads should be ready to throttle you fantasies and join the crowds to see Tron: Legacy.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A good action adventure for Gamers and action junkies. (4 stars of 5)

TRON gets a Golden Globe Winner

February 4th, 2010 No comments

GOLDEN GLOBE® AND SAG AWARD® WINNER—AND NOW OSCAR® NOMINEE—JEFF BRIDGES’ NEXT BIG ROLE:  THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 3D ADVENTURE “TRON: LEGACY

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JEFF BRIDGES, winner of both a Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award®—and now an Oscar® nominee—for his performance in Crazy Heart,  stars in TRON: LEGACY, a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Together, they embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning and exceedingly dangerous cyber universe. The film hits U.S. theaters Dec. 17, 2010.

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