Monday, May 2, 2011

Tron: Legacy 3D Blu-ray Review

Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Film Ratings: PG
Region: ABC
The Video
Tron: Legacy’ debuts on Blu-ray 3D with a 1080p MVC video presentation, as well as a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation for the 2D version of the film.

The 2D and 3D version feature the same impressive level of detail, in one of the best looking films to hit Blu-ray in 2011. The film is extremely heavy on special effects, but it all looks fantastic. The 2D and 3D presentations both feature shifting aspect ratios, which is particularly welcome on the 3D release.

The detail is fantastic, clarity is excellent and if you pop in the DVD included you will find the upgrade to be even more worth it. Colors are rich and vibrant throughout; black levels are always deep and inky as well.

The 3D presentation features a very neat level of depth, but isn’t particularly heavy on pop for those expecting it. Many scenes appear as if you were looking through an open window and could jump in at any time, it is a cool effect that certainly adds to the experience as a whole. 10/10

The Audio
Tron: Legacy’ includes an English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track as the lossless option on both the Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray disc. Also included is an English 2.0 Dolby Digital track, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Video Service track, as well as French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks. Optional subtitles include English SDH, French and Spanish.

The 7.1 mix found on both versions of ‘Tron: Legacy’ steals the show though, which many may consider to be the best audio mix on Blu-ray this year, at least so far. The soundtrack is loud and aggressive, just like the film should be.

While it is loud and aggressive, clarity is always excellent as well. Dialogue is easy to understand, the film’s audio effects are very immersive. The film’s score of course is excellent, making for one of the best soundtracks in recent memory. 10/10

The Extras

Disc 1 (Tron: Legacy) (Blu-ray 3D) (46.5 GB):

Cars 2 Trailer (3D HD)
The film’s theatrical trailer is included in 3D HD.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer (3D HD)
The film’s theatrical trailer is included in 3D HD.

Disc 2 (Tron: Legacy) (Blu-ray) (40.1 GB):

The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed (HD)
Watch a neat featurette that connects the two films even more. This is a very fun feature that fans of the film will especially enjoy.

Play Movie with Second Screen (HD)
View the film with exclusive features via your iPad or laptop.

What Is Disney Second Screen? (0:41) (HD)
Learn about everything necessary for the Disney Second Screen feature.

First Look at Tron: Uprising (1:16) (HD)
The Disney XD Animated Series.

Launching the Legacy (10:21) (HD)
The production crew talks about how Tron: Legacy came to happen. This is a very entertaining and informative feature that I think is a must see.

Visualizing Tron (11:47) (HD)
The production crew talks about the look of Tron: Legacy and the benefits received from advancements in special effects technology.

Installing the Cast (12:05) (HD)
This feature provides a nice level of behind-the-scenes footage. We see Jeff Bridges return for the sequel, and are introduced to the new cast members.

Disc Roars (3:00) (HD)
Director Joseph Kosinski talks about including Comic-Con audience members into the film.

Music Video (2:58) (HD)
Daft Punk – “Derezzed”

Discover Blu-ray 3D With Timon & Pumbaa (4:24) (HD)
A 2D trailer is included, for those who want to learn more about Blu-ray 3D.

Digital Copy Tutorial (1:04) (HD)
Learn how to take your favorite movies on the go.

Disc 3 (Tron: Legacy) (DVD):

DVD copy of the film

Disc 4 (Tron: Legacy) (DVD):

Digital Copy version of the film
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

The extras included are fantastic. I especially loved the behind-the-scenes footage included for the sequel. It is just very neat to see how the scenes were filmed and how they look after special effects are added. The DVD and Digital Copy additions are also welcome. 9/10

The 3D Movie
Tron: Legacy’ is an excellent follow-up to the original. I didn’t expect to enjoy the film as much as I did, especially since I was turned off from the first theatrical trailer releases. I kept my expectations low, and perhaps that is why I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The story takes place many years after the original, with a brand new cast as well, with Jeff Bridges reprising his role from the original. The film is also heavy on special effects, but it looks fantastic and only helps bring you into the experience even more.

The 3D scenes in the film certainly add a cool factor to an already great experience, and for that alone I do find the 3D version to be a heavy preference between both versions of the film. There are 2D scenes throughout the 3D presentation, but nothing to complain about.The story provides a far better follow-up than I could have expected. I found the characters to be a lot more memorable than the first, and I do think many may find the sequel to be the better film, but that is debatable.

Overall I was very impressed by the film, which looks even better in 3D. Regardless of viewing format however, you will find great entertainment from the film, particularly if you are a fan of the original. You don’t have to be familiar with the original to enjoy it, but the connections and back-story certainly add to the experience. 9/10

The Blu-news Summary
Tron: Legacy’ is very enjoyable films with excellent 3D & 2D Blu-ray presentations. The video presentation is excellent, and the audio mix on has become my new choice for demo material. The extras included are informative and entertaining. Overall this Blu-ray release is 'A Must Own’ to any fan of the film and ‘Highly Recommended’ to those new to the film.

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