The beginning of mainstream computer animation.

Tron

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Directed by Steven Lisberger
Story by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird

Starring
Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn/Clu
Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley/Tron
David Warner as Ed Dillinger/Sark/Voice of Master Control Program
Cindy Morgan as Lora/Yori
Barnard Hughes as Dr. Walter Gibbs/Dumont

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Original Theatrical Release

July 9, 1982

DVD Release

March 2, 2004

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DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • All-new extensive “The Making of Tron” documentary (88 mins.)
  • Deleted scenes
  • Production photo gallery including archival photos not presented in the laser disc edition
  • Commentary by writer/director Steven Lisberger, producer Donald Kushner and visual effects supervisors Harrison Ellenshaw and Richard Taylor
  • Storyboard-to-film Comparisons
  • Extensive still frame galleries
  • Pre-production animation tests
  • Deleted original soundtrack music
  • Inspirational designs by futuristic artists Syd Mead, Peter Lloyd and Jean “Moebius” Giraud
  • Computer animation design and memo reels
  • Original publicity materials
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Number of discs: 2

Summary

A hacker is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Review

So, the story is pretty by-the-book, but the effects? 23 years has done nothing to dull the achievement.

High Point

  • Light cycles.

Low Point

  • Grid Bugs?

The Scores

Originality: Can’t really say it’s been done before… 5

Effects: Brilliant work for 1982, and still looks pretty sharp! 6

Story: It’s fun. It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s fun. 4

Acting: Nothing stunningly brilliant, but decent. 4

Emotional Response: You know what’s going to happen. 3

Extras: Fantastic extras that really make you appreciate the work that went into the film. 5

Overall: A great piece of animation history. 5

Total: 32 out of 42

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