Saturday, February 23, 2013

TRON (1982)

Director: Steven Lisberger

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes, Dan Shor, Peter Jurasik, Tony Stephano

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A world inside the computer where man has never been. Never before now.

Plot: Hacker/arcade owner Kevin Flynn is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate known as the Master Control and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the ultimate blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron to outmaneuver the Master Control program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again?  YES!

I've been waiting for over a year for the price of the TRON/TRON LEGACY Blu-ray set to come down to a reasonable price.  Now that I've got it I found myself grinning with disbelief that TRON looks fucking amazing in this format.  I couldn't stop gawking at how gorgeous it looked.  I'm kind of not surprised but I couldn't have been prepared for how well it's presented.  Great flick.  I saw it as a kid when it first came out and it's been one of those childhood flicks that stays with you.  I watched it a few years ago for the first time since the 80s and I was glad that it still held up.  The cast is great, particularly David Warner who's a friggin' rock star in my book.  The special effects still hold up without showing any age and neither does Wendy/Walter Carlos's score.  Great stuff all the way around no matter how you slice it.  What a classic.  I'd love to see this on the big screen again.  Oh how I long to play that upright arcade game again, too.  I miss the early 80s with those great arcades filled with quarter-eatin' memory-makin' machines.

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