Tron and Tron: Legacy makes for a great film night with both films in Blu-ray that starts and continues the adventure of Flynn in the computer world created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird.
Film making 23/25
Bonus Features 20/25
Tron: Legacy continues the story of Flynn and the computer world of the first film Tron with Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner returning and Garret Hedlund as Flynn’s son Sam. The Tron: Legacy Blu-ray collection includes the 2D and 3D version of the Tron: Legacy movie, the Blu-ray Tron and a DVD and Digital copy of Tron: Legacy.
Tron creates the computer generated world of programs that take on the likeness of their programmers while the Master Control Program runs their world. ENCOM is the real world company that owns the computer that is the Master Control Program and wants to run the world from within the computer generated world.
Some programs have a belief in their users and the real world while the Master Control Program and Sark are trying to rule their world and get rid of the belief in users. In the real world Kevin Flynn is a former employee of ENCOM that is the company that created and uses the computer that is the Master Control Program.
Flynn was fired when Dillinger, the current CEO of ENCOM and Sark’s user, stole his set of gaming programs and unveiled them as his own years ago. A couple of friends of Flynn’s tell him that CEO Dillinger has increased security and with their help Flynn tries to hack into the computer and prove the games where his.
The MCP which is an artificial intelligence attacks back using the laser Flynn’s friend is working on to bring Flynn into the computer world. Flynn at first does not understand what has happened but the reality of his situation becomes clear as he works to fight back against the system in the computer world and find out how to get back out.
Alan is Flynn’s friend and created Tron as a security program who helps to get Flynn back to the real world and freeing the programs from the dominating rule of the MCP. In Tron: Legacy we find that years have passed since Flynn was head of ENCOM and suddenly disappeared, leaving behind his son to fend for himself.
Sam is the major stockholder of ENCOM but is not interested in the company except when he plays an annual practical joke on the board of directors. Sam is urged by older Alan to investigate the arcade his father used to run and finds a secret lab complete with laser that transports Sam to the computer world.
Sam finds out his father was going to the computer world but had a program named Clu betray him, killed Tron and was rebuilding the computer world as he saw fit. Sam works with Flynn and others to free their world from the current tyranny of Clu who is the likeness of a younger Kevin Flynn.
Tron: Legacy does an excellent job of following the first films story and continuing the adventure but some of the story seemed a bit too familiar and slightly predictable. The sequel does an excellent job of not only continuing the story and adding to it with an interesting and engaging tale but continues the special effects of the first film.
The creators of the Tron: Legacy computer world changed just enough of the special effects and the world of Tron to make it a continuation of the first but a more modern one. They did not change things so drastically that you thought it was a different world, just a more modern one that continued the feel of the first film.
The story as well did an excellent job of taking the original films tale and adding on to it even though we can pretty much guess how things are going to unfold. The trip is not about the final destination but about what we see, hear and experience on the way and Tron: Legacy is a great ride.
Tron: Legacy does an excellent job of continuing the adventure and with the right mix of old characters and story with new and adventurous ways that Sam deals with this new world. The film does work but is not as good or as entertaining as many had hoped but it does hit all the right marks for a great film, just not a perfect one.
Video is definitely where this film excels but not for the Blu-ray quality, the special effects and CGI make this movie and then some. The opening scene where Sam is saying good night to his young father Flynn is awesome and even tricked my wife into thinking it was real.
Flynn is CGI in the scene and looks as real as I have ever seen in a CGI animation which continues throughout the film with CLU as a CGI version of the now aged Kevin Flynn. The special effects of the world and especially the light cycles does not quite match that of the CGI used for Clu and young Flynn but it is close.
The video looks great and really does spruce up the look of the computer world and the contrasts between dark and light is very striking. It is very difficult to express the feeling of the world of Tron but suffice it to say that Tron does look great but just not as perfect as other Blu-ray films I have seen.
I did not have the opportunity to view Tron: Legacy in 3D but the 2D version is definitely worth the purchase and I will have at least one film ready for enjoying in 3D. The original Tron also looks very good in Blu-ray but again with a film that was created when high definition was not even a dream things do look dated.
The original film would be the reason for the slight downgrade in score for the video quality but it does not take away at all in the enjoyment of the movies. Audio for both the original Tron and the sequel are fantastic with both using DTS-HD Master Audio track with the original in 5.1 and the sequel in 7.1 surround sound.
The Tron original audio is fantastic, the quality you would expect to find in a film transferred to Blu-ray and one that does not disappoint. Tron: Legacy has the kind of audio you hope for as it is as good as any I have ever heard and if you have a full surround 7.1 system you will really appreciate the experience.
Extras for both Legacy and the original Tron include making of features, audio commentary and plenty of fun stuff that adds to the film and entertainment value. One extra of note is the added download of Disney Second Screen that allows you to sync your movie viewing with extras so you can view the extras on your computer without interrupting the film.
The bonus content is great and well worth viewing for a look at both the old film and the new one that gives great insight into their making and other aspects. Tron: Legacy is a great movie but falling just short of a top score, the complete package is a real bargain and well worth a purchase.
Tron and Tron: Legacy are a great set of movies and well worth the purchase for the Blu-ray package even if you don’t have a 3D setup.