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Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (1982)

Jeff Bridges , Bruce Boxleitner , Robert Meyer Burnett , Steven Lisberger  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (521 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes
  • Directors: Robert Meyer Burnett, Steven Lisberger
  • Writers: Steven Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird
  • Producers: Donald Kushner, Harrison Ellenshaw, Jeff Kurtti, John Bernstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (521 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCMR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

A new 90-minute documentary on the origins and making of Tron anchors this two-disc, 20th-anniversary set, and does a good job of showing the remarkable odds the filmmakers faced. The 15 minutes of computer graphics in the film were developed when this science was in the infant stages; programming often came down to punching numbers into a spreadsheet. Many fans will be surprised to learn how much of the film relies on backlight compositions and "old-fashioned" hand-drawn animation, not a computer. Hundreds of production stills and two deleted scenes will keep aficionados entranced, while the new motion menus are entertaining in their own right. --Doug Thomas

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A masterpiece of breakthrough CGI ingenuity, Disney celebrates the 20th anniversary of TRON, a dazzling film at the flashpoint of a continuing revolution in its genre. This special collector's edition showcases an epic adventure inside a brave new world where the action is measureed in microseconds. When Flynn (Jeff Bridges) hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer to prove his work was stolen by another executive, he finds himself on a much bigger adventure. Beamed inside by a power-hungry master control program, he joins computer gladiators on a deadly game grid, complete with high-velocity "light cycles" and Tron (Bruce Boxleitner), a specialized security program. Together, they fight the ultimate battle with the MCP to decide the fate of both the electronic world and the real world!

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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Greetings Program!" July 22, 2003
By Cubist
Format:DVD
When Tron came out in 1982, it was intended to be a visually stunning parable against the powers of computers and technology. More than twenty years later, the movie plays more like a nostalgic ode to the early 1980s, than a simple good vs. evil morality tale. Tron evokes the heady days when video games like Pac Man, Defender and Centipede ruled the arcades and when everyone owned a Commodore 64 or an Atari 2600 -- the eight track of personal computing.
Writer/director Steven Lisberger creates a flashy, neon-drenched world, a cybernetic version of Social Darwinism where lowly computer programs must participate in gladiatorial battles against the Master Control's ruthless minions. Even though the computer effects look primitive now, back then they were considered ahead of their time. Fortunately, Lisberger has not remastered the special effects with contemporary computer graphics (take note George Lucas). There is a certain clunky charm to the effects that makes Tron all that more endearing to its fans.
Tron is one of those rare examples where style over substance works. The computer world that Lisberger and his team worked so hard to create is rich in detail. It also plays on our romantic notions of what really goes on inside our computers -- not a collection of microchips and circuit boards but a vast world where programs fight each other for survival. It's no wonder that visionary science fiction writer, William Gibson once commented in an interview that the cyberworld in Tron is how he envisioned the cyberspace in his novels.
The audio commentary with director Steven Lisberger, producers Donald Kushner and Harrison Ellenshaw, and special effects wizard, Richard Taylor. There is a relaxed feel to the track as these guys reminisce about working on the movie.
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134 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to those other reviews, this is a classic! September 13, 2005
Format:DVD
I've read so many reviews TRASHING the special effects of Tron and its plot. First of all, it's easy with our modern ILM and digital masterpieces like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, Jurassic Park, etc. to criticize a movie made in 1982 but the bottom line is that the effects, for its time, were amazing!! I remember as a kid watching this movie with my mouth hanging open. I watched it, as a matter of fact, this week, on DVD and it still impresses me.

The key to being thoughtful and critical of movies is to be able to watch them in the context of their time. I could easily watch Star Trek episodes and say, "ha!! Look at that! Since our FX are so much better now days, that series isn't even relevent!!" That's, in a nutshell, what I read one reviewer saying, that the FX of Tron are corney by modern standards to it's irrelevent. Not at all.....

I think the plot, and keep in mind this IS a Disney movie, though simple, is a good one. It deals with a big brother government that wants to make everyone think the same, live under one rule, if you're not with us you're against us, etc. kind of government. To be in good standing with the Master Control, one must not believe in the "users," or, to the computer programs, 'God.' So, atheism is the key to getting good training, promotion and success. Those who oppose the MCP are treated like Roman Gladiators only to perish. Flynn takes on an incarnation of sorts becoming a "user" and a "program" almost resembling a kind of computer Christ. Very interesting notion. Neat parallel. The movie if full of Christian-type allegories and overall is very entertaining.

There is no sex, hurtful violence or garbage. Clean movie, I as an adult still love it, and it's in general a great flick. Give it a break folks!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition extras revealed October 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
For the record, ...this 20th Anniversary Tron 2-disc set DOES have plenty of extras, in fact, it sounds like a port of the Masterpiece Edition laser disc set with even more goodies. Here is what is known as of Oct 1, 2001:
* A new 75-minute documentary called, "The Making of Tron"
* Deleted scenes with all- new introductions by writer / director Steven Lisberger and visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw
* Production photo gallery with new photos from the Disney photo archives
* Audio commentary by 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
* Original Wendy Carlos soundtrack music deleted from the film
* Inspirational designs by design artists Syd Mead, Peter Lloyd and Jean "Moebius" Giraud
* Computer animation design and demo reels
* Original publicity materials
* Original theatrical trailer
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89 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars --Great Movie / (Somewhat) Disappointing DVD-- July 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
--I'm a big fan of this wonderful film, and recomend that people buy it. At the same time I'm disappointed (once again) by the Disney presentation.
--On May 14th I saw TRON in 70mm at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood (the 'real' way it was meant to be seen). When I played this DVD on my system two things struck me.
--#1 The sound is near perfect! It retains a very good dynamic range, making dialog easy to understand, and special effects sound great. I would also like to point out that the sound is not 5.1, as the package is labled. (It's either 5.0 or 4.1)
--#2 The picture is quite a bit different than I remembered it. In the theater the effects looked like computer generated images (CGI), but on DVD they look animated, as if drawn by hand. I also noticed in the theater that scenes shot "in the real world" had a tint to them. (For example, Flynn's arcade is tinted red, Dillinger's office is tinted greenish, and Encom's "laser room" has sort of a blue tint.) This is the way it was intended but seems to have been lost on the DVD. It's also worth noting that this disk is letterboxed, not anamorphic widescreen. Over all, the picture quality is about average for a movie of its age on DVD.
--The real disappointment is the lack of extras. This is absolutely inexcusable! Disney could have easily carried them over from their rediculously priced laser disk CAV special edition. I must say, after having seen the deleted "love scene", they should have left it in the film! I miss it every time I see TRON.
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Missinformation (Westley Review)
Not that it matters, but the game and the movie were developed simultaneously, and the game was released first, in May 1982. The movie was released in the U.S. on July 9, 1982. Also, the game outgrossed the movie, one quarter at a time. :)
Jan 13, 2011 by Chris Mansfield |  See all 4 posts
Anniversary release DVD versus original DVD release
I have purchased both disks. The original year 2000 DVD release is letterboxed in a 4:3 aspect frame. This means that the actual video image size isn't 720x480 proper (there are black bars on the right and left as well as top and bottom) so the resolution is degraded by a lot. This is the old... Read More
Jan 17, 2011 by B. Wright |  See all 4 posts
Do not pay these outrageous prices (12-16-10)
AGREED! Disney being the money hungry corporate monsters that they are I'm really surprised they didn't try pushing the original movie out as a promotion! stripped down DVD/BLURAY combo packs just to appease the fans and then release a mega-collectors edition "franchise" set with... Read More
Dec 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer |  See all 21 posts
Why do the Amazon people keep these people? $125?? Are you nuts??
There is nothing wrong about what they're doing. If you don't like the price, don't buy it.
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