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Tron [VHS] (1982)

Jeff Bridges , Bruce Boxleitner , Steven Lisberger  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes
  • Directors: Steven Lisberger
  • Writers: Steven Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird
  • Producers: Donald Kushner, Harrison Ellenshaw, Ron Miller
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: May 16, 1995
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302642175
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The surprising truth about Disney's 1982 computer-game fantasy is that it's still visually impressive (though technologically quaint by later high-definition standards) and a lot of fun. It's about a computer wizard named Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate (David Warner) and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) to outmaneuver the Master Control program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game. Disney's wizards used a variety of cinematic techniques and early-'80s state-of-the-art computer-generated graphics to accomplish their dynamic visual goals, and the result was a milestone in cyberentertainment, catering to technogeeks while providing a dazzling adventure for hackers and nonhackers alike. Appearing just in time to celebrate the nascent cyberpunk movement in science fiction, Tron received a decidedly mixed reaction when originally released, but has since become a high-tech favorite and a landmark in special effects, with a loyal following of fans. --Jeff Shannon

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117 of 118 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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48 of 51 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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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Classic great SciFi movie.
Published 1 day ago by Blinken6
5.0 out of 5 stars It was good to revisit this one since I haven't seen it ...
Watched this movie when it came out back in 1982. It's still the same movie but a lot more nostalgic since I played a lot of the video games of the day. Read more
Published 3 days ago by samofborg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic movie
Published 4 days ago by whowantstoknow
5.0 out of 5 stars Tron for all ages.
I remember this and jsut can't wait to watch it with the new Tron. I wish I had the games we had way back when. Someone reissue light cycle and the Disk.
Published 6 days ago by Mike Mcconkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Setting the table for CGI
For a description of the plot, etc., read other reviews. Just some quick thoughts on this Disney movie... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Joker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Tron
Well, we can tell that this was an old movie, but a stellar one or it's time. It played well and we really enjoyed it.
Published 14 days ago by Myriah Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I loved this when I saw it in the theaters originally.. still one of my faves. The transfer is clean and crisp.. the sound is great and you got to love the costumes.
Published 1 month ago by Cmdinla
5.0 out of 5 stars Have both of the movies
Had outstanding sharpness. I love the Tron movies, but I have to wait until the wife is gone before I play them.
Published 1 month ago by Telescope Man
4.0 out of 5 stars How the Times have changed
I remember liking this movie when it first came out, then after watching TRON: LEGACY, I realized how many holes the original had in character development. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John C. Bobela
4.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking and Respected
Tron (1982) is a groundbreaking movie in the area of digital technology that paved the way for a subsequent renaissance of the CGI we so often see today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd7
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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.
Jan 10, 2011 by Raleigh |  See all 3 posts
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