DVD - 1981
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Travel into the inner workings of a computer in this sci-fi spectacular which combines live action with computer animation. A young man who is entranced with video games suddenly finds himself transported into a computer.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Studios, 1981
Edition: 20th anniversary collector's ed
ISBN: 9780788830655
Branch Call Number: J TRO
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 05, 2014

To fully appreciate this film, you have to put it in context. It's no exaggeration to say that TRON was *the* breakthrough in CGI filmmaking. Yes, the story is full of plotholes. Yes, the dialogue sounds cheesy. Yes, the effects are dated. But without TRON, there would have been no T2, no Toy Story (per John Lasseter), no Matrix, no Lord of the Rings, no Avatar, no Jar Jar Binks (okay, so that one is a downside :) ). This is the granddaddy of them all, establishing that CGI could be used to tell a compelling story and generate effects that were virtually impossible any other way. By that standard alone, this is an incredible film.

But corny as it is, TRON is a fun movie. When I originally saw it in the theater as a kid, it was amazing. Even now, when I can look at it objectively (and with three decades of computer experience), I enjoy it, and love watching it with my kids.

Jan 17, 2013

The story's not quite linear at the very beginning, but it's pretty easy to pick up on what's going on. I like Legacy better, but Tron is still a good movie.

Jul 23, 2012

why is it called tron. tron isnt even in it hes only in it in the beggining

Feb 06, 2012

An amazing technical achievement for 1982. Creative concept - a microscopic computer universe of 'inner space' ruled by an evil 'master control program'. Bad acting... still, it's a pretty cool classic.

Jan 02, 2012

No, i never watched this in the 80's but had I my comments would have been more spectacular. Very solid sci-fi for it's time.

howardpoole Dec 24, 2011

A fun concept. Makes me want to play some old video games like pacman or asteroids. Now I want to see the next movie to compare.

Aug 14, 2011

The movie was great. I like all special effect in it etc... And those motorcycles they were awesome, i wish they had these in real life.

Aug 13, 2011

The original TRON does have a more sensible plot than the new TRON: LEGACY, however the scenes in the movie are out of place and the characters are not properly introduced. As for the special effects and the music, cheap and empty.

lasertravis Aug 11, 2011

Ok. The CGI is beyond outdated. The acting is pretty bad. The story/concept is great. The overall influence the movie had on movies is undeniable. I loved this movie as a kid and upon rewatching I still liked it a lot. Seeing The Big Lebowski acting sort of like the Dude a decade or so before that movie was fun, too. Watch it for what it meant to movies or the pop culture. DON'T watch it expecting a great cinematic experience.

Jul 11, 2011

This was a good movie. although the computer graphics may seem really cheesy, you have to give credit for the time it was made. This was the first movie to ever do computer animation with live cast.

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