The Cool, the Classic and the Collectible: The Original “Tron” is back, and more

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Tron: The Original Classic (Disney) is coming back to home video after years of being on moratorium. The Blu-ray is available exclusively in the deluxe “Tron: Legacy 5-Disc 2-Movie Blu-ray Combo Pack,” but the DVD is also available separately as a two-disc special edition. The animated menu alone is more sophisticated than the then-pioneering digital effects of the 1982 original, but that’s nothing against the film, which was groundbreaking in its day in terms of effects and stiff and silly as a dramatic adventure.

In light of the “Legacy” sequel, Tron is a quaint product of its time, a visualization of computing culture before home computers, point-and-click operating systems, and cyberspace. The digital world is envisioned as a video game and the Master Control Program super-villain is HAL by way of Roman Emperor Nero, an all-powerful computer program with a God complex and a love of terminal video games. Take away the zippy motorcycles and the ethereal sailship and it’s a downright gloomy purgatory where ghostly B&W figures in incandescent suits wander a dungeon-like maze that periodically surges and cackles with electrical pulses—surely not what Disney thought they were getting into with the original video game adventure. Jeff Bridges makes for a shaggy fun video-game geek turned cyber-warrior and Bruce Boxleitner is stalwart as the good guy program Tron and nerdish as his human user/creator. Cindy Morgan and Barnard Hughes co-star as fellow video rebels and David Warner does villain duty again as the corporate shark and his cyber alter ego.

Continue reading at MSN Videodrone  for more on Tron plus Roger Corman, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck and Burt Lancaster

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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