Monday, May 2, 2011

Tron/Tron Legacy: 2-Movie Collection 3D Blu-ray Review

Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Film Ratings: PG
Region: ABC
The Video
Tron: The Original Classic' debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The unique look of the film looks interesting in high-definition, certainly dated, but expected considering the lack of technology we have now.

The video presentation for the original classic was actually better than I anticipated. The upgrade in clarity is obvious from the very beginning. Detail is also quite strong, and the presentation is very clean. The special effects are dated as mentioned, but it is the best they will look. I’m very pleased and was often impressed by the issue-free transfer.

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.

‘Tron’ looks fantastic, especially when you consider the film’s age. The sequel fares even better, but of course it would, being a new release film. Overall I found both films to look truly fantastic, certainly the best anyone could expect them to look. 10/10

The Audio
Tron: The Original Classic’ includes an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track as the lossless option. Also included are French, Spanish and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks. Optional subtitles include English SDH, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

The mix for the original film sounds great. Dialogue is of most importance, and for the most part it packs quite the punch with excellent clarity. The film’s special effects are nicely placed in the surround speakers, certainly helping create a very immersive experience.

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: The Original Classic) (Blu-ray) (37.6 GB):

The Tron Phenomenon (9:46) (HD)
The new cast/crew, as well as some original cast/crew talks about their memories of the original Tron film, as well as the effect it had on pop culture.

Photo Tronology (16:38) (HD)
Director Steven Lisberger and his son revisit the Disney archives.

Audio Commentary
With Director Steven Lisberger, Producer Donald Kushner, Associate Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw and Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor.

Original DVD Features (SD)
  • Development
  • Digital Imagery
  • The Making of Tron
  • Music
  • Publicity
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Galleries
Disc 4 (Tron: Legacy) (DVD):

DVD copy of the film

Disc 5 (Tron: Legacy) (DVD):

Digital Copy version of the film

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.

The extras included for the original ‘Tron’ are also great. We get some new bonus features, which was a welcome surprise. As expected, all DVD features are ported over in standard-definition. The new features are certainly worth watching for anyone who loves the original. 10/10

The Movies
I certainly welcome ‘Tron’ to Blu-ray with open arms, a film that likely would not hit the format for a few years had it not been for the newly produced sequel ‘Tron: Legacy.’ I have always had great respect for ‘Tron,’ the special effects may not be very impressive now, but they were certainly quite the accomplishment for its time.

The film is heavy on special effects, but it also provides an excellent and unique story that won the hearts of many viewers throughout the years. The characters are not particularly memorable, but Jeff Bridges does an excellent job as the film’s lead.

The film certainly feels dated, but it was futuristic for its time. I personally found the film to still be very entertaining, but I do think younger audiences now will not embrace the film like they will ‘Tron: Legacy’ simply on look alone, which is a shame.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’ and ‘Tron: Legacy’ are both very enjoyable films with excellent Blu-ray presentations. The video presentation is excellent, and the audio mix on ‘Tron: Legacy’ has become my new choice for audio demo material. The extras included are informative and entertaining. Overall this Blu-ray release is 'A Must Own’ to any fan of the films and ‘Highly Recommended’ to those new to them.

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