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Tron (Original Classic) [1982] [DVD]

Jeff Bridges , Bruce Boxleitner , Steven Lisberger    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Barnard Hughes, Cindy Morgan
  • Directors: Steven Lisberger
  • Producers: Lisberger - Kushner
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PYDA4A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Disney's classic first venture into the field of computer-generated animation. Whizz-kid computer programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) tries to hack into the ENCOM computer system, but his efforts are continually frustrated by the Master Control Program. One night he is actually transported into the system, where he again comes up against the oppressive totalitarian forces of the Master Control Program, and realises that his best chance of survival in this virtual world is to set out in search of the security program TRON.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, Tron - fits like a comfy old jumper 17 Oct 2002
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
Watching "Tron" again filled me with a warm nostalgia for the three-and-a-half minute squawk of my brother's ZX Spectrum loading up on a Saturday afternoon. The impressive thing is discovering how good it still looks.
Of course it's dated somewhat. But the film has such a unique style that many of the computer animation effects still work. The lightcycle race, for instance, is still exciting. Part of this is due to the effective art design, which plays to the strengths of CGI animation of the time. Machines built from geometric shapes have glowing outlines, and look cold and electronic - just as they should.
The live-action element of the cyberworld sequences were shot in black and white and coloured later. This, together with the wonderful costumes gives the film a unique feel - half futuristic, half silent-movie - that prevents the film from dating as badly as other 1980s films. "Tron" does not look anywhere near as bad as most brat-pack films do now - and they were set in the "real world"!
This DVD package is great. The extras are extensive, the animated menus are a delight, and (most important of all) the film itself looks stunning. Best of all is the line, "Without Tron there would be no Toy Story" - said by the director of "Toy Story" himself!
"Tron" is fun and imaginative. Sure there's the odd clunky line thrown in to remind you how "new" computer language was in 1982 ("They couldn't build a circuit that could hold you"). But "Tron" works best as an update of the old black and white serials like Buck Rogers - it's just good, groundbreaking fun.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
My son (8) quite enjoyed watching this movie, but probably I wanted to see it more having enjoyed it at the movies back in 1982. On DVD the actual film doesn't seem any better than I remember it in terms of picture quality, although apparently Wendy (Walter) Carlos's film score has been recovered as the original analogue master tapes had badly degraded. This Special Edition two disk set seems the same as the '20th anniversary edition' which also has the second DVD of deleted scenes, storyboards, the 88 minute documentary `The making of TRON', etc.. all of which is far more interesting to adults who saw the film as kids back in 1982, rather than todays kids. The extra's are all you could want really and worth a view (you even get Tron's cut 'love scene'). Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner (TRON) are very good considering they were the first to act against a blue screen for mostly the whole movie. David Warner is excellent as MCP and Sark, reprising his equally superb role as The Evil Genius in The Time Bandits (1981). Peter O'Toole had turned down his role (as he didn't fancy acting against a blue screen). TRON is actually a Hewlett Packard BASIC simple debugging command of the period, and stands aptly for "Trace On". So as we all know, "That's TRON. He fights for the users". Let's hope he's still out there. Interestingly, first use of the term `Users' has been credited to this influential movie.

Back in 2000, a sequel called TRON 2.0 was in the works, but only the visually outstanding computer game version was released in 2003 (and as in the original film the 'Light Cycles' were a highlight). Despite it's innovation, on release TRON did relatively badly in the cinema (where it looked at its best), and ironically the well received TRON arcade game spin-offs made the most profit.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix was born here 23 Mar 2007
By Mr. I. A. Macpherson VINE VOICE
I first saw Tron when I was a young child, and loved the colours, style and of course the action with the light cycles etc. Now I am older and understand the conceptual representation of humans inside a machine, fighting against computer programs represented as other people, I can see that The Matrix owes an incredible debt of story to this film. Tron stood completely apart from the time in which it was made, and tried to communicate ideas about computing that few people really understood, whereas The Matrix embraced the time in which it was made and presented the ideas in a way that the mainstream could come to terms with, but both are really based on the same premise.

Tron deserves to be viewed and held up as a brave, visually stunning and, for the time, incredibly high concept idea that has stood the test of time. Yes the graphics and effects are dated, of course they are. Is Jaws a bad film because the shark looks like a rubber puppet? The sheer quality of film making does not tarnish with time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I've always enjoyed this film, mainly because of its unique visual style using backlit animation and some of the earliest uses of computer graphics in films. The plot is actually fairly well structured despite what some may say, unlike the sequal where everything just seemed to be one long chase. Whilst it may have its slight flaws its still a good film.

My main problem with this item is the DVD itself - the transfer is exactly the same as the 2002 20th anniversary version, right down to the menu's! There are no additional special features unlike the bluray version which got additional special features as well as brand new restored transfer and sound mix supervised by the director Steven Lisberger! Why couldn't they have used the same transfer for the DVD instead of simply re-releasing the previous DVD?? I recently went to see this in its original 70mm format at the BFI Southbank and despite the slight print fading it was still fantastic, if only they could have bothered to give the DVD the same care as the bluray, not all of us have bluray yet Disney!

Bottom line - if you already own the 20th Anniversary edition, don't bother buying this.

Film 5/5
DVD 3/5
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi collectors Must
I bought this inadvertently it was meant to be the remake version but I do not mind because this movie is a sic fi trailblazer
Published 22 days ago by Chris Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Tron the original
I watched the film when it was released at the cinema and the BluRay version gave it full justice; for the telecine transfers of the digital frames (from computer back to print)... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars still awesome
our 5 year old son loves Tron and this movie still looks incredible even though it was made 32 years ago! also has no swearing and a really good story and amazing special effects.
Published 2 months ago by mummylady
4.0 out of 5 stars It's brilliant when you give it a chance.
I decided to buy this on blu-ray first before I watched it. I have to say I really did enjoy it. My parents actually left 20 minutes into watching this because they didn't like it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Before its time
I first saw this film when it came out. At the time computers were totally different. This was way before its time and it is still in my opinion a classic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Bought the sequel film as I didn't get chance to see it at the cinema. While purchasing it decided it had been so long since I'd seen the original, i.e. Read more
Published 4 months ago by happyshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars tron
great, brill, just as good as I remember the first time I watched it, and I will watch it again
Published 5 months ago by A. Tyerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect
It's magic to rediscover Tron in this blue-ray, great image quality for an amazing film. Very happy with it. A classic!
Published 5 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Tron
I loved this movie when I was young, so I thought to myself why not get it, so I did, if you are a fan of this movie, you might be like me and have must it
Published 5 months ago by Psychotic Devil
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I never understood this film when it first came out but now I am hooked.
I also have Tron Legacy which is the sequel and it is great too!!
Published 5 months ago by T. Hunter
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