Blu-ray Review: TRON: LEGACY

TRON: LEGACY and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC - 5 disc Blu-ray and DVD set | ©2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hudlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen Writers: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sterndahl, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird Director: Joseph Koskinski Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 (2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo), $49.99 (4-disc Blu-ray combo includes 3D Blu-ray version), $79.99 (5-disc combo includes both TRON: LEGACY in 3D and 2D Blu-ray and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC in Blu-ray) Credit has to be given to the TRON: LEGACY filmmakers for going […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC

TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray | ©2011 Disney

Rating: PG Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan Writers: Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird Director: Steven Lisberger Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 (2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo), $79.99 (5-disc combo includes both TRON: LEGACY in 3D and 2D Blu-ray and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC in Blu-ray) Perhaps the most anticipated film on Blu-ray this Spring  is not TRON: LEGACY, but rather TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC which is finally getting its long overdue Blu-ray treatment. You almost expected Disney to put out the Blu-ray edition of the original before TRON: LEGACY hit theaters this past December, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Where will TRON 3 go? Original TRON director Steven Lisberger reveals his thoughts on a third film – Part 2

Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund in TRON: LEGACY | ©2010 Disney Enterprises

When director Steven Lisberger created TRON in 1982, he had no idea he would be influencing a whole new generation (and foreshadowing the computer revolution that was on the horizon). Now 28 years after his seminal film, the sequel TRON: LEGACY finally arrived with Lisberger producing and Joe Kosinski taking the helm. The film finds Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) trapped in the computer grid of his own making and held hostage by a young, computer program version of himself dubbed Clu. It’s up to Flynn’s grown-up son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to enter the computer world to save him. TRON: LEGACY […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Original TRON director Steven Lisberger revisits his 1982 classic on Blu-ray – Part 1

TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray | ©2011 Disney

While much attention has been pointed toward the TRON: LEGACY reboot  that hit theaters in December and just hit Blu-ray this week, it’s time to remind people that the original TRON from 1982 was just as daring and ground-breaking. Co-written and directed by Steven Lisberger  (who also produced LEGACY), TRON was one of many landmark films to arrive in the summer of 1982 (THE THING, E.T., BLADE RUNNER, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN and so on) and it utilized state-of-the-art techniques to create a digital world where User Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is sucked into a computer to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TRON: LEGACY director Joe Kosinski talks about the new Blu-ray release

TRON: LEGACY and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC - 5 disc Blu-ray and DVD set | ©2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Joseph Kosinski at the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY | © 2010 Sue Schneider In what is one of the most ambitious Blu-ray releases for a new release, TRON: LEGACY hits stores today in multiple formats, but it’s the 5-disc set that will be the version of choice for fans. Not only does it come with TRON: LEGACY on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital download as well as the original TRON on Blu-ray, but a fifth disc includes the 3D version of the film for optimum home entertainment viewing. Throw in loads of special features, and it’s going to be […]Read On »

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Exclusive: The latest news on Disney’s THE BLACK HOLE remake

THE BLACK HOLE movie poster (1979) | ©1979 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

While speaking to director Joe Kosinski about the Blu-ray/DVD release of TRON: LEGACY (which arrives on April 5), ASSIGNMENT X spoke to the helmer about one of his next projects – the reboot of Disney’s 1979 cult classic THE BLACK HOLE. “THE BLACK HOLE is currently being written by a really talented writer named Travis Beacham who wrote the film PACIFIC RIM that Guillermo Del Toro is directing as we speak,” says Kosinski. “With BLACK HOLE, we’re going to be able to take people on a deep space mission to a black hole and it’s going to be fantastic.” Whereas […]Read On »

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Exclusive: The scoop on why OBLIVION was dropped by Disney according to director Joseph Kosinski

OBLIVION graphic novel | ©2010 Radical Books

While speaking with director Joseph Kosinski about the Blu-ray/DVD release (arriving April 5)  of TRON: LEGACY, ASSIGNMENT X asked the helmer about what happened with Disney on his OBLIVION project that Disney recently put into turnaround. This is what he had to say. “It’s a story I wrote five years ago and we developed as a script with Disney,” says Kosinski. “We always knew it was going to be pushing the Disney envelope. Even with TRON we pushed the Disney envelope and with OBLIVION we pushed ourselves right out of the envelope. It was clear it was a square peg […]Read On »

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Exclusive: TRON: LEGACY director reveals TRON 3 (TR3N) plans

TRON LEGACY - Blu-ray | ©2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

While chatting with TRON: LEGACY director Joseph Kosinski today regarding the TRON: LEGACY DVD and Blu-ray release arriving this Tuesday, April 5, the director spoke to ASSIGNMENT X about the status of the next sequel TRON 3 (aka TR3N). “We’re working on the story right now,” Kosinski tells AX. “Once we get a script we’re all really happy with, we’ll take it to the powers that be and see if we can go back to the grid.” As for the storyline, Kosinski says the film will continue the adventures of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) “I think we will pick with […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TRON: LEGACY director Joe Kosinski gets grid locked and also chats about OBLIVION and THE BLACK HOLE remake

TRON: LEGACY Olivia Wilde poster | ©2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

The wait is over, TRON: LEGACY is finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the 1982 cult classic has been re-envisioned for the gamer age by director Joe Kosinski. The film, which opens today (in 3-D and IMAX screens), continues the story of computer programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who is trapped in a computer world he created and it’s up to his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to save him. In this exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Kosinski spoke with us about bringing the classic film to life and the status on his next projects THE BLACK HOLE remake and OBLIVION. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRON: LEGACY

TRON LEGACY movie poster - final

TRON: LEGACY opens with a very cool, TRON-ized rendition of the traditional Walt Disney Pictures logo, with the fairytale castle rendered in black, white and silver. This suggests that we’re in for a film of mild subversion that makes what we’ll see just that more wonderful. Actually, what we’re in for is a surprisingly faithful follow-up to the original 1982 TRON. Will we see an alternate universe where anthropomorphic computer programs are rendered primarily in shades of black, white and gray? We will. Will the light cycles of the first film have been updated to be more exciting and dynamic? Yes, they will. Will TRON: LEGACY have the same issue as its predecessor when it comes to thin characterizations and talk about changing the world so grand, broad and vague that it could mean practically anything? Yes, it will.

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