When I ﬁrst saw Tron Legacy in the movie theater, I was impressed by the visual aspects of the movie but was a bit lukewarm on the actual plot. Other aspects like the sounds and music also seemed to escape me – perhaps because I was so focused on the visuals the ﬁrst time around. Having watched the movie multiple times within the conﬁnes of my living room, I must say that this movie has quickly become one of my favorite movies of the year and highly recommend you add it to your own home movie collection when it comes out next week on DVD and Blu-ray from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.
The combo pack is the way I would go with this one as well. Included in this set, you not only get “Tron Legacy” on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy but also the original Tron movie on Blu-ray and a 3D version of “Tron Legacy.” I know many of us have yet to make that leap at home to purchase a 3D television and 3D Blu-ray player (required to watch this version of the movie), but if you are like me, you’re planning to purchase once prices comes down. This will be a great movie to have ready in your library when you do.
I am not a huge fan of the latest 3D craze, but some movies really do beneﬁt from 3D – Tron is deﬁnitely one of those movies. That said, the movie is still very cool to watch in traditional 2D format and the addition of the sounds and music really make this movie an amazing experience for your senses. If you like the effects of movies like “AVATAR,” then you are going to love “Tron: Legacy.”
As I mentioned above, if you get the Deluxe Combo pack you also get the original “Tron” movie on Blu-ray (the ﬁrst time it has been released in Blu-ray format). The only downside – if you watch the original Tron movie with Tron: Legacy back-to-back, you see that the special effects of the original movie have not aged well over time. The best comparison I can give is if you were to compare an old video game like Pac-Man with a modern-day one like Halo. Pac-Man will always be a classic, but visually it doesn’t hold up to today’s standards. It is fun to watch the two just see how technology and effects have progressed over the years.
The Combo-Pack is filled with cool special features for you to enjoy. There is the feature that includes what Disney calls “Second Screen.” You can watch the movie on your TV and a second portable device such as an iPAD. On the second device, you have access to interactive features during the movie like a 360 degree view of the cool vehicles featured in the movie. I personally have never been a big fan of these interactive features during the movie, but if you like them you will enjoy this.
Other features include behind-the-scenes segments tracing “Tron Legacy” from concept to feature with some background on the cast members. This was cool for me to watch because this movie had a very strong tie-in with conventions like San Diego Comic-Con while it was being made – events I actually attended so it was sort of cool to see. There is a segment that shows one of the Tron panels at last year’s Comic-Con where the audience (including me) helped create some of the background chants heard during the movie.
A music video for the Daft Punk “Derezzed” song and some trailers (including one for the upcoming new Tron animated series which will air on DisneyXD) are included. The new series, occurring between the ﬁrst and second Tron movies, is called “Tron: Uprising.”
Finally, a cool little segment called “The Day After” is a continuation of the Tron story which features Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, and another character from the original “Tron Movie.” It tells the story about the movement following Kevin Flynn’s disappearance. If you followed the extensive viral campaigns leading up to the movie’s release, you will recognize some of the footage like the mock press-conference during Wondercon last year. You certainly don’t need to watch this in order to enjoy the movie, but it’s a cool little bit of extra Tron lore to enjoy.
Like I said in the beginning, the ﬁrst time I watched “Tron: Legacy” in the theaters, I enjoyed it but thought it was an average movie. Since I’ve gotten the Blu-ray, I have watched the movie at least five times and enjoyed it more and more each time. If you felt the same way as I did after the ﬁrst viewing, I highly recommend you watch it again. If you loved it the ﬁrst time, you will deﬁnitely want to pick this one up when it comes out on April 5th, 2011.