| Tuesday May 31st 2016

Tron Legacy: An Impressive Blu-ray Release

Jeff Bridges in Tron

Tron: Legacy (Rated PG, Walt Disney Studios, $79.99 for the five-disc combo that includes Tron: Classic, $39.99 for two-disc blu-ray /DVD combo, $29.99 blu-ray only) was a welcome arrival on movie screens during last year’s holiday movie season.

Yes, it was a bit emotionally cold, relying on a father-son relationship that should have been more emotionally resonant given the storyline. Considering computers don’t make for emotional tales, that’s to be expected. However, the original, which Disney now dubs Tron: Classic and could arguably be called the godfather off all the cyberpunk adventures that came to screens after, remained a guilty pleasure from my teen years. Tron: Legacy didn’t disappoint me. I took it for what it was, a foray into nostalgia that didn’t let me down. Although my inner cynic told me this was just another way for Disney to squeeze money from a dormant property that they had hopes of turning into a franchise. The move worked, albeit some three decades later.

Extras: The most intriguing aspect of Tron: Legacy is how the filmmakers and disc producers have gone out of their way to meld the movie with an online experience – Disney Second Screen – which the Mouse House debuted with their blu-ray release of Bambi. As you play the movie in sync with your home computer – there is also an iPad app available – a website opens more information to the viewer. They can explore freely or use the technology on the disc and PC to sync it. After three unsuccessful attempts, I finally got it to work. The richest extras are going are found on the website. There are some to be had on the blu-ray itself. It includes the standard making-of featurettes, a music video and a look at the lives of Flynn and his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) after the events in the sequel. Should you buy the version with Tron: Classic, take note that all of the extras from the 20th anniversary release are contained on the blu-ray version.

Overall Disney released an impressive five-disc collection. Even the packaging made me take note until I opened it. All the discs are stacked atop one another in a case that resembles the information discs that characters use in battle. It lights up, looks cool and it’s different – until you attempt to take a movie out and then it’s akin to removing someone from a wrecked car with the Jaws of Life. A small quibble but an annoyance nonetheless.

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