I know what DVD I am getting out of storage tonight.
Tron - quite possibly the best example of a movie that could benefit from a legitimate sequel - is finally getting one. And who knew? A few dedicated - and better informed - film buffs maybe. But for the rest of us sci-fi supporters, certainly on this side of the Pond, it remained a secret. It is being directed by Joseph …
I never thought of myself as a dedicated or better informed film buff (no idea what's even showing at the cinema this week), but I've seen this plastered over several non-movie websites/blogs for months now including the sneakily-filmed trailer.
Mine's the one with the neon blue tubing down the sleeves and keys to a light cycle in the pocket.
I hope the updated costumes allow Tron Guy a bit more leeway for COVERING UP HIS BOLLOCKS. Nobody needs to see that. Ever.
I am really looking forward to this: a Tron sequel is about the only film it's impossible to fuck up with loads of CGI. Oh, and a quick tip for Robert Moore: if you have the special edition DVD there, don't try it with the commentary track turned on unless you're suffering an pesky inability to sleep.
I remember this film when it first came out. And the MCP. And I remember getting very well paid at a company which shall remain unnamed where another chap and I were contractors and had to turn up one weekend (we were developers) ready to fix any bugs the QA peeps found. There was a commercial release on Monday. Quality, eh?
Anyway, we'd both just seen TRON and so went out and bought quite a few frisbees and, back in the warehouse bit of the company we honed our frisbee skills. Luckily no limbs or heads were severed during our play.
I thought TRON was a shite film when it came out, but unusual. I fear that TR2N will be more of the former and less of the latter. But I'll probably still go and see it.
I've got the Tron 20th anniversary collectors 2-disk edition, and it's one of the few DVDs where I've listened to the commentary right the way through. *I* found it interesting. The only bit I had a problem with was the sequence where the MCP dies. Just as the MCP is revealed as a spinning pensioner with an adding machine, the commentators fall silent, then resume. I was actually quite interested in hearing what they had to say about that shot, but they couldn't even raise themselves to a brush-off. Odd.
This time around, they'll be able to make the film the way the original team would have liked to - 100% CGI. In the original the only non-human actors were the Bit, and the MCP. The majority of the scenes consisted of normal stage footage that had been blown up onto big transparencies and coloured by hand. The irregular pulsing of the glowing strips was not intentional - it was a manufacturing/processing variation in the transparency films that became noticeable when batches of films were mixed up and used out of order. They added extra sound effects to make it look intentional.
When I saw that slow-motion jump onto the light cycle that appeared out of nowhere. I love the way the lightcycles are sleeker but not *too* sleek, and they turn graceful corners now. It does take some of the edge off race because the super-sharp 90-degree turns they did in the original are now gone, but they're so elegant that I can easily forgive that. And I was still watching that ride on the edge of my seat.
I simply cannot wait - this is one of my favourite childhood films (along with *Batteries Not Included [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092494/] - I think my parents knew I would be a geek long before I did).
Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse with a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still - that looks like it will be more pants than MC Hammer. Unless, Jeff Bridges gets to type "7h3 d00d 4b1d35", in which case all will be forgiven ;)
I swear, if they even think about touching Explorers or Return of the Navigator, I quit...
At laaaaaast... Thinking back, Tron was the only Disney film that (for me) stood the test of time - I loved it as a yoof when we all had those aspirations and I loved it even more when it was shown on TV. Can't help but wonder if using crew from Lost is going to help but I can't wait for this sequel.
Oh - and "tron" was the name of a program, Jaowon... I always saw it as a form of immortality (my own may still exist somewhere in the code) ...they get upgraded sometimes.
I only complain about the title. And while I agree that Flight of the Navigator need not to be touched, I do remember that Explorers was never really finished!
Then again, most remakes have been epic fails... though not all of them. Ocean's Eleven (the new one) 0wns the original with its ending.
...it has to be BBC Basic? I even distinctly remember the BBC graphics being an almost dead match for the film.
Anyway, they'll likely ruin another classic film by making a shoddy sequel to it and turning it into a half-cut series. I wouldn't be surprised to see "Tron: The Series" come out onto our screens after this film is released.
It's just a blatent money-making exercise. I am hoping they will change my mind once I see the film but I very much doubt it.
Sometimes things capture a moment, at the risk of sounding arty and pretentious, the zeitgeist. Tron did that, it means a lot to sad geeks like me, who played on 8bits and arcade machines and ultimately got me into IT and fair killed my chances of any meaningful career path. The graphics look a little dated now, but that's it's charm, the next one will be CGI'd to the limit but have no real soul. A sad day....
So, Disneywood has finally reached the bottom of the crap barrel. They've re-made everything with CGI, badly, including this obscure but noteworthy title. Why do good films get re-made, and bad ones get sequels?
T2ON represents the point where the CGI monster starts to chow down on its own tail.
Can we now look forward to a golden age of fresh ideas? I for one would welcome our new creatively original entertainment industry.
Is it pronounced "Truh-too-un"?
While we're at it, I don't think I like "Tron Too-Point-Oh" either, as it reminds me of crappy and slow web sites with shiny colors and rounded corners.
And, why call it it "Tron" at all? The character Tron had actually a supporting role in the film, and it seems that it's not even going to be present in the sequel. Perhaps it should be called "Flynn" or even "Clu", which was the name of Jeff Bridges' alter ego in the computer world (though, admittedly, that sounds rather silly).
I'll go see it, along with the upcoming "Logan's Run" and "Wargames" remakes, though I know they're going to be crap.
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