TRON
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.

Review by Jonah Folcon



(1982)


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CREDITS

Directed by Steven Lisberger
Screenplay by Steven Lisberger
Story by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie Macbird

Jeff Bridges .... Kevin Flynn/Clu
Bruce Boxleitner .... Alan Bradley/Tron
David Warner .... Ed Dillinger/Sark/Master Control Program (voice)
Cindy Morgan .... Lora/Yori
Barnard Hughes .... Dr. Walter Gibbs/Dumont
Dan Shor .... Ram/Co-worker who wants popcorn
Peter Jurasik .... Crom
Tony Stephano .... Peter/Sark's Lieutenant
Craig Chudy .... Warrior #1
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... Warrior #2
Sam Schatz .... Expert Disc Warrior
Jackson Bostwick .... Head Guard
David S. Cass Sr. .... Factory Guard
Gerald Berns .... Guard #1
Bob Neill .... Guard #2
Ted White .... Guard #3
Mark Stewart .... Guard #4
Michael Sax .... Guard #5
Tony Brubaker .... Guard #6
Charlie Picerni .... Tank Commander
Pierre Vuilleumier .... Tank Gunner #1
Erik Cord .... Tank Gunner #2
Loyd Catlett .... Conscript #1/Video Game Cowboy
Michael Dudikoff .... Conscript #2 (as Michael Dudikoff II)
Richard Bruce Friedman .... Video Game Player
Rick Feck .... Boy in Video Game Arcade
John Kenworthy .... Boy in Video Game Arcade

Produced by
Harrison Ellenshaw .... associate producer
Donald Kushner .... producer
Ron Miller .... executive producer

Original Music by Wendy Carlos
Cinematography by Bruce Logan
Film Editing by Jeff Gourson

Rated PG
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CD SOUNDTRACK
Tron
Wendy Carlos

Disney's pioneering 1982 effort in computer animation has garnered a small but devoted cult audience, despite--or perhaps because of--its now-dated, rudimentary vid-game aesthetic. But while designers Jean Giraud and Syd Mead gave its visual design a certain streamline moderne panache, its musical score attempts a similar back-to-the-future fusion with somewhat more mixed results. Given the composer's often chilling, landmark synthesized score work a decade earlier on Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, Wendy Carlos seemed like an apt choice for Tron. But without her previous collaborator's taste for Beethoven, Elgar, and Rossini, Carlos's instincts wend from atmospheric, 20th-century European modernism to cheesy '50s B-film melodramatics, with the sonic limitations of '80s synth technology sometimes a burden. Still, those fond of her solo work and collaboration with Kubrick on Orange (and The Shining) will find familiar charms in "Water, Music, and TRONaction," "TRONscherzo" and "Theme from TRON." But Journey's "Only Solutions" and now all-too-ironic "1990's Theme" further fix the score firmly in the '80s. This debut CD-release of the score also features three bonus tracks, the original "TRONaction" and two other unused cues, including a solo synth rendition of the film's anthem. --Jerry McCulley
1. Creation of TronMusic
2. Only Solutions - JourneyMusic
3. We've Got CompanyMusic
4. WormholeMusic
5. Ring Game and EscapeMusic
6. Water, Music, And Tronaction
7. Tron Scherzo
8. Miracle and Magician
9. Magic Landings
10. Theme from Tron
11. 1990's Theme - Journey
12. Love Theme
13. Tower Music - Let Us Pray
14. Light Sailer
15. Sea of Simulation
16. New Tron and the MCP
17. Anthem
18. Ending Titles
19. Tronaction [Original Version]
20. Break In
21. Anthem for Keyboard Solo
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AVAILABILITY ON VIDEO AND DVD

Tron - 20th Anniversary Edition (1982)
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
VIDEO

Additional features on DVD
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
DVD

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