TRON: Legacy combo gives sharp transferWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“TRON: Legacy”, the sequel to Disney’s sci-fi extravaganza “TRON” (originating from the phrases “TRace ON”/“elecTRONic”) gets the royal treatment on home video thanks to amazing technologies and a sizable timespan between the two films. “TRON”, previously available on rare VHS copies, now gets the DVD and Blu-ray treatment in a surprisingly sharp transfer. The documentary-type extra feature “The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed” bridges the gap between 1982 and 2010 even more and has a special video game initials interface at the end to access even more expanded material along with more original footage. “Launching the Legacy”, “Installing the Cast”, and “Visualizing TRON” provide essential set up material in 10 minute-plus featurettes. In “TRON: Legacy”, Jeff Bridges returns as Kevin Flynn and Bruce Boxleitner is back as Alan Bradley while Lora/Yori, played by Cindy Morgan, is left out of this sequel. Garrett Hedlund does not make a big impression as Kevin’s son Sam, but does not ruin the movie either. Rising star Olivia Wilde provides immense appeal as Quorra while Michael Sheen has a memorable supporting role in a dance club sequence.
Filmmakers make strong emotional connections through memorable characters, outstanding sound, sharp visuals, and special “de-aging” technology seen in the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Daft Punk creates an amazing music soundtrack including the featured music video “Derezzed”. The new Disney Second Screen feature (also available with Bambi) syncs the home video presentation with extra interactive features PC/Mac (must have Flash) or iPad. Viewers can also get a peek at TRON: Uprising, the Disney XD animated series. Other extras include the original promotional trailer shown at the Comic-Con convention as well as audio recordings from the audience for the Disc Wars sequences. Each film is available separately in multiple disc sets or together in the Five-Disc Combo Pack with Blu-ray 3D version of TRON: Legacy. “TRON: Legacy” is highly recommended (***1/2) and rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language.