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TRON LEGACY: Cool Details From L.A.'s Post-Trailer Q&A! First Film Coming On Blu-Ray? Info Re: Disney's Promo Plans! More!!

Published at: March 1, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

Merrick here...
...with more TRON information than you can flap your disc at.
Original Film On Blu-Ray One of our readers, Guido Anselm, sent the following in after beholding the new TRON LEGACY trailer at one of last weekend's premiere events. Sounds like early indications of the original film being released on Blu-Ray circa LEGACY's debut are...not surprisingly...correct. Guido was able to glean a few more details about its issuance by virtue of his placement in one particular theater - where original TRON overlord Steven Lisberger (also a writer/producer on the new film) was in attendance.
It turns out my buddy and I were sitting right in front of Lisberger and we overheard him talking about how he just finished over-seeing complete color-correction and major enhancements to the original TRON for BLU RAY! It sounded like he basically kept the movie the same (no CGI inserted) but corrected the colors throughout the entire film and enhanced everything. He said it was a dream to go back to something he made thirty years ago and correct it to look exactly how he would want it for the Blu Ray release (which he made no mention of when that would happen). Anyway, Lisberger never mentioned any of that in the Q and A and I thought you guys would want to know about it.


Promotion in Disney Parks A highly trusted source conveyed the following about TL's forthcoming presence in Disney parks. This is, by no means, the only way TRON LEGACY will be evident at Disney Parks - this is just one piece of a larger push.
RON Legacy checking in with you from Central Florida. Last week I was having lunch with one of my [[[POSITION OMITTED BY MERRICK]]] in Orlando who filled me in on something cool that is going to be unveiled next week at the Walt Disney World Parks. Something internally they are calling the 'TRON-O-RAIL'. Apparently the Motion Picture design team out in California have created a vinyl wrap that will encompass one of the Monorails that circle above the park. From what he's seen, it will make the Monorail look like a light-cycle from the upcoming TRON movie is riding the rails above you. I guess the cab is the cycle and the rest of the cabins are the light trail? Sounds pretty neat. Not sure if there are any lights, sounds or effects that accompany it - but I for one can't wait to see it. Very cool that the parks are allowing this to be done to their transportation system! Hopefully it will run long enough to time out with the film's release. A step beyond the old People Mover that featured TRON in it years ago thats for sure. Too bad they didn't update the ALICE in WONDERLAND ride to make it tie into the new Tim Burton movie. Only a matter of time I bet. Ron L.
The...TRON-O-RAIL?? Need some pictures of that. How bad-ass would it be if the outline of the TRON-O-RAIL glowed? If anyone out there ends-up in Disney Parks over the next couple of weeks, snap a few shots of this & send 'em in.

Upcoming ENCOM Press Conference I hear ENCOM may be holding a press conference of some sort at a forthcoming convention - no word on whether CEO Alan Bradley might publicly address the marked upswing in Flynn Lives tagging and propaganda appearing both on the Internet, and across various visible locations across the country.

Details On TRON LEGACY's IMAX Release /film has some details about how TL is gonna look in IMAX.
Kosinski revealed to me that five action sequences from Tron Legacy will be shown in 1.7:1 aspect ratio, exclusively in IMAX Theatres. [EDIT] With The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan shot a few sequences and establishing shots with IMAX cameras, allowing the screen image to switch aspect ratios and fill the entire huge IMAX screen. If you pay to see Tron Legacy in IMAX, you will see something similar. [EDIT] I was also told that Disney would be releasing a special IMAX trailer online to show moviegoers the difference.
You can find more information HERE.

More Details From Post Trailer Q&A My man Nick Nugent - who authored THE KNIGHT RIDER COMPANION which I'll soon telling you about (a few details HERE) sent in a write-up of the Joseph Kosinski/Steven Lisberger Q&A which went down after the new trailer's L.A. screening. Some good details here - more than we've seen in many reports. Like: no "Bit" in TRON LEGACY!?!?! Kosinski also says that, contrary to a great deal of confused information on the Net, the first ACTUAL snippets from Daft Punk's TRON LEGACY score can be heard in the film's new trailer (anything else on the Net claiming to be Daft Punk's TRON LEGACY music is not correct). There's more here...check it out. Thanks to Nick for taking the time to write this up!
Unlike Harry's reports from other viewings, I got to see the Tron Legacy trailer at the Bridge in Los Angeles twice today and both the original director of Tron Steven Lisberger and the new director of Tron Legacy Joseph Kosinski were in attendence! I'm not going to describe the trailer because you already have that in triplicate. We demanded to see the trailer more than once and were granted our overwhelming request by the directors themselves who proclaimed they didn't drive through the pouring rain 30 minutes across town just to see the trailer once and were going to see it again. Joseph informed the audience that he actually shot on something called "film" and that it took 20 minutes to rewind the reel to show the trailer again. While we waited, they had a Q&A session Joseph who also pointed out that Steven was in attendence and they both fielded questions from the audience. I'm paraphrasing here because we were not allowed to have any recording equipment... Why did they (Disney and the Directors) chose to wait so long to make a Tron movie and why now? - Technology caught up with the story they wanted to tell and make it feel more real and relevant to today. Also because Disney decided to move ahead with the project. Is Tron 2.0 part of Tron's canon and will it be reference in Tron Legacy? No. Tron 2.0 is not part of the Tron "movie" canon. Why did they decide to do it in 3D? - Mostly the success of Avatar and that the direction of movies are going the way of 3D especially with Disney. They shot in 3D because they wanted to immerse the audience into the world of Tron. Would Bit show up in the movie? - No Bit doesn't appear persay but another character inspired from him with more dimensionality does make a debute. Would the MPC be in the movie? - No, the original "old construct" was destroyed in the first Tron. There will be a new more relevant threat to address this time. Would other characters from the first Tron make cameos? - Yes many, some glimpses of some of them are in the trailer if you look close enough. How did Joseph work with Steven to make Tron Legacy faithful to the original movie? - Both Joseph and Steven said they wanted to make sure they were careful to include nods to the original movie while taking Tron into another more contemporary direction. Will we see the return of the games from the first Tron? - Joseph stated we would see updated takes on the original gladitorial games as well as some new ones. Is Daft Punk in the movie? - No, but their music is. Is the track that was leaked on the internet the music Daft Punk did for the movie? No. There are many fake tracks out there online. No one has heard Daft Punk's score except for now which was used in the trailer you just saw. Were they concerned that today's audiences would even remember the original Tron? - The answer from Steven is that they would remember too much about the first Tron. Joseph when on to explain that people would see Tron Legacy just like the original Tron was supposed to be viewed but more in line with the level of effects they intended with the first movie - Tron Legacy will feel more realistic. Why did they use a minimalistic approach to the new suit designs? - Joseph stated that they didn't want to rely on the traditional cel/rotoscoping techniques and that it took too long to hand draw and process that style. They went with real illuminated suits instead that could be further enhanced with CG without relying on inverting the negatives and overlaying facial details. It was easier to do this effect with today's technology over CG bodies. Did Jeff Bridges have any involvement with the script? - Joseph and Steven both answered that Jeff was very much involved with the script writing process and was hands on in making sure the movie was in line with his character. Jeff found the idea of an older Flynn vs. a younger Flynn very appealing to explore and develop. Is Disney planning on making any new Tron Legacy based attractions at either Disney World or Disneyland Park? - Joseph answered, many things are in development for both Disney parks but he could not disclose details. Those are all the questions I can really think of off hand. There's some I missed and I'm fairly bad with names but most of them delt with guest stars from the original Tron. If your question was answered, they gave you a free Tron Legacy poster signed by both Steven and Joseph. Unfortuantely I wasn't one of the lucky people who managed to snag one. After the trailer ran a second time, we were escourted out to the lobby but some fans snagged some autographs from Steven and Joseph as well. Once in the lobby we were given FLYNN LIVES T-shirts and that concluded the prestigious Tron Legacy trailer viewing event. Good times!

That's it for now. Thanks to everyone who took time to send their write-ups and details. Clearly we're on the verge of kicking into overdrive on this one, so stay tuned.
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  • March 1, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Old Flynn vs Young Flynn?

    by davidwebb

    Flynn's the bad guy now?

  • March 1, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    What a hoot!

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLO0D

    The Tron-o-rail will only be the beginning. I'm sure the imagineers at Disney are working overtime to incorporate Tron into the parks. If the goosebump-inducing teaser trailer is an indication, Disney has a HUGE hit on their hands. Having park attractions that incorporate the excitement and awe inspiring visuals of Tron Legacy will be quite the cash cow.

  • March 1, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to this

    by Red43jes

    Seriously, Disney. This Franchise has been waiting for YEARS. Lets hope it delivers the goods and we see lots of good stuff in the future.

  • March 1, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Tron 2.0 non-canon

    by ur-vile

    Can't say I'm surprised, although it's been so long now I don't remember much about that plot anyways.

  • March 1, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    superb

    by Ray Gamma

    lovely

  • March 1, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    TRON Legacy getting a major push

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    It's a fucking geek fantasy come true! FINALLY the world outside our little geek cult club are going to appreciate how skull-fucking phenominal that world is!

  • March 1, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Toy line?

    by Demarco

    With todays technology, I'm curious to see what kind of toys this movie will have. It would be cool if the figures and vehicles actually lit up.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    huh, i remember the Tron-O-Rail

    by newc0253

    it was at Disneyland in 82. Not anything directly from the movie IIRC, except for the computer landscapes - a bit like the light sail thing at the end. It didn't last very long but it was v cool. At least it was when i was 12.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Cliche Time!

    by cricklewood

    "Technology caught up with the story they wanted to tell and make it feel more real and relevant to today." Another one from the Hollywood book of meaningless cliches. Oh, and it's spelt, 'Per Se' not 'Persay'. Sheesh.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    No Bit = Nipples on Batsuit = Flames on Optimus

    by Royston Lodge

    A new character "inspired" by Bit? <p> Byte?

  • March 1, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    "persay"

    by Edgars_Wallace

    makes me cringe every time. stupid fucking americans.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    343 Guilty Spark

    by cricklewood

    It'll be a talking 343 Guilty Spark knock off, I'll wager.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Seriously, getting rid of Bit actually does piss me off.

    by Royston Lodge

    Bringing Bit back would be a great way to keep the Computer World grounded. With all the upgrades of the graphics and the expansion of the world, Bit would be such a great reminder that computers today still operate according to the same basic rules as computers back in 1980 - ones and zeroes.<p> It's just that there are more of them, and they move a lot faster.<p> I really lament that they won't bring Bit back.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    newc0253

    by kurtisaurus

  • March 1, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    newc0253

    by kurtisaurus

    I think you might be thinking of the Peoplemover with the scenes from Tron projected in a dome room you passed through. I remember that way back when, kinda cheesy but kinda awesome too.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    and yeah

    by kurtisaurus

    No Bit makes me a sad panda.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Bit

    by Borabora

    Once you see the trailer, you won't be sad about Bit anymore...I am surprised nobody has mentioned the music in the trailer yet. It was fantastic!

  • March 1, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Old Flynn vs Young Flynn?!!!

    by Mr_SugarPants

    oooOOOOOoOOOoOO!!! That sounds like it could be interesting. So long as they don't go the Double Impact route. No Van Dammage pls. <br> <br> On another note, who gives a crap about BIT?! Are you guys for real? Bit was only in the original for like one scene and all he does is freak out while Jeff Bridges crashes his hooptie Interceptor. Plus, BIT was used for that ridiculous countdown clock that resulted in... the worst preview ever thrown by a studio. BIT = Crash and Fail. I liked BIT, but I'm happy that he's retired in some old Amiga somewhere.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I'll totally go to TRON:LEGACY

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Sounds and looks like it will be a fun movie. I'm also excited for the blu-ray of the original. I remember seeing a news magazine story about Tron by Walter Cronkite back in the day. They put him into a suit and into a scene to show how the special effects worked; I was very young, I thought it was funny but very cool.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    i live in LA...

    by j_difool

    ... why the FUCK wasn't I invited? (bummed).

  • March 1, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Great Info. Damn i cant wait for this friggin movie

    by ominus

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

  • March 1, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Why not a QuBit?

    by ominus

    shouting: yes,no,maybe yes,maybe no

  • March 1, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    lol @ ominus

    by Royston Lodge

  • March 1, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    @kurtisaurus

    by newc0253

    the People-Mover? In the World of tommorrow thing? yeah, that sounds about right, thanks dude.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    [[[POSITION OMITTED BY MERRICK]]]

    by TheKGB

    = Bitches...

  • March 1, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    hot tip...

    by bolognaboy

    Word around the traps is that Disney may go the Clone Wars path to bring something else that's appropriate for a younger fanbase.

  • March 1, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    So they screwed us...

    by cosmosboy

    ...at the other non-LA screenings.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    TRON on blu-ray

    by cyberskunk

    There's been something on amazon.com about that for several months now. "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available."

  • March 1, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    TRON-o-rail

    by cyberskunk

    newc0253, do you think perhaps you are remembering the TRON portion of the People-Mover? <p> The People Mover went into a tunnel that used to be a high-speed tunnel with stuff such as race cars and high speed boats projected on the walls. After TRON, this was changed so you heard a voice warning you that you were entering the (whatever it was you were entering. Game grid of TRON?) and there were various things on the walls from the movie, such as the light cycle sequences and maybe recognizers and so-forth, followed by a closing remark from the voice.<p> I would sure like a TRON ride. Well, a "well-done" TRON ride with heavy theming in the queue. "Hey, we've been batch digitized in this room and now the queue walls look like abstract circuits and there's UV lighting" or somesuch.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Encom = Microsoft / Flynn = Steve Jobs

    by LaserPants

    You know, because Microsoft is the totally uncool planet-raping multinational corporation and Apple is the cool, hip multinational planet-raping corporation.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Encom feels more like Google.

    by Royston Lodge

    According to the Flynn Lives website, Encom has succeeded by inserting itself into every corner of the Internet. That sounds more like Google to me than Microsoft.<p> Encom doesn't make the OS. Encom makes the browser plug-ins that poison your mind, steal your identity, and enslave you to the MCP.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    So Flynn Is... Ask Jeeves?

    by LaserPants

    ??

  • March 1, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    But Flynn=Jobs seems about right to me.

    by Royston Lodge

    I bet we learn that Flynn has been living on the International Space Station all these years.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Flynn Is... Dogpile?

    by LaserPants

    ???

  • March 1, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    LaserPants: Well, CLU was basically a search engine.

    by Royston Lodge

    In the original movie, CLU was basically a search engine. Kinda like Google Desktop.<p> If CLU is the villain in this new movie, the comparison to Google might be apt! Heh heh heh ...

  • March 1, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    And TRON was basically Microsoft Defender...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...so a CLU vs. TRON showdown actually kinda makes sense.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I really hope there are Open Source programs in this movie.

    by Royston Lodge

    How would you visualize open source programs in the Encom computer world?<p> Maybe they keep changing their appearance as users keep skinning them?<p> Maybe they grow extra arms, legs, tits, and tails as users install different plug-ins?<p> Will this movie feature a flaming fox running around the game grid?<p> Heh heh heh ...<p> But seriously, I do wonder if they're going to make any winks and nods to real-world software brands. When the original TRON came out, the software industry hadn't been thoroughly branded yet.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    "Another character inspired from [the Bit] with more dimensional

    by Fred Asparagus

    Anyone remember some of the concept art on the Tron DVD? The Bit used to be a Disney-esque cartoon character. It would have been completely out of place, and probably would have ruined the movie. This idea may have been changed only because it was cheaper to handle the Bit as a computer-generated object. So now we have to wonder if, since this movie is 1) still coming from Disney, and 2) still expected to be big with moviegoers, we might end up with a movie-ruining cartoon character after all. Think: Lost In Space.

  • March 1, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Stunt casting for different programs...

    by Royston Lodge

    Word Processor - Gore Vidal<p> Spreadsheet - Jim Parsons<p> Web Browser - Harvey Levin<p> Wikipedia - John Ratzenberger<p> Photoshop - Stanley Tucci in "Devil Wears Prada mode".<p> iTunes - Jack Black<p> MAME - Victor Lucas<p> iMovie - Stephen Spielberg<p> BitTorrent - Steve Buscemi

  • March 1, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    winks and nods

    by cyberskunk

    This isn't what you were asking, but the TRON 2.0 computer game had some winks at popular programs late in the game. It's been awhile since I played, but I think there was for example an antivirus program with some variation on a real name.

  • March 1, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    It would be strange if...

    by cyberskunk

    This will never happen. Except maybe in a spoof. But, think about the reveal scene of Norman Bates' mother in Psycho. A figure turns around at her desk in the computer world and... it's someone dressed as the fan-made "Windows XP-tan" character.

  • March 1, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Tron Legacy Vs Tron 2.0

    by orcus

    Is that as far as movie titles or the characters are concerned? That and how could it be non Canon???

  • March 1, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Will the Microsoft Office cartoon paperclip appear?

    by Royston Lodge

    "Nobody EVER asked for my help! I just sat there, in the corner of their screen, useless, and I cried..."

  • March 1, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    paperclip

    by cyberskunk

    We can make-pretend that this a scene from the new TRON movie and imagine it's in the computer world. Warning, NSFW language: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifleu0VVAc0

  • March 1, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Original TRON on HDNET this week

    by Raschied

    Wednesday, March 3rd. Listed as an HD broadcast. Wonder if this will be the new HD transfer that Lisberger was talking about?

  • March 1, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I've Had a Blu-Ray Player for Months

    by kevinwillis.net

    And this will be the first Blu-Ray DVD I actually buy.

  • March 1, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    frank wants an ART OF TRON LEGACY book

    by frank cotton

    think i'll load up 2.0 tonite

  • March 1, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Joseph Kosinski...

    by Soundblaster

    ...is the first director I've ever heard of that has moved into the field from architecture. However, this film turns out, I'm sure it will, at the very least, offer us a unique vision.

  • March 1, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    cyberskunk: That is INCREDIBLE CGI.

    by Royston Lodge

    The way the guy interacts with the (clearly CGI) paperclip is amazing. Why can't James Cameron do CGI that good? I am simply amazed by the quality of that CGI.

  • March 1, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I still have this sinking feeling...

    by Nosferatu Jones

    ...that TRON LEGACY is going to be as big a turdburger as the orginal TRON. Oh, it'll LOOK great, much like the original, but I have a hard time believing that it's going to be a monster hit. And something tells me the story/writing is going to be piss-poor TRANSFORMERS-bad.

  • March 1, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    This movie cannot come soon enough

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    not to mention the bluray of the original. Glad the director is not pulling a Lucas and fucking with it by adding CGI.

  • March 1, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    TRON is on HDnet movies Wed 3/3/2010

    by BillboeFett

    in full HD. 9pm ET. Should get an idea what it will look like for the bluray.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I'm nervous now.

    by MurderMostFowl

    No bit but "something else" ... jeez... lemmie guess... "byte". He'll be a dog like character or something. If that happens I will reach into the computer world and derez the whole fucking lot of them. <BR><BR> Speaking of Derezing. They better keep the old Tron terminology. Part of the depth of Tron ( that Tron 2.0 actually preserved very well ) is the old Mainframe style terminology for everything. It was well thought out. I don't want them to start talking about the internet and the haxors and stuff.... it will ruin it. This movie is fantasy first.

  • March 1, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Instead of Bit, we'll get MEG

    by gotilk

    and I hope for a scene in which everyone says "shut up, MEG".

  • March 2, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Nosferatu Jones

    by Kaitain

    "I still have this sinking feeling that TRON LEGACY is going to be as big a turdburger as the orginal TRON." <p> You mean not at all?

  • March 2, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    gotik - LOL!

    by Royston Lodge

  • March 2, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Just so long as there's no cat named Scuzzy.

    by Royston Lodge

    And no diner owner named Dot Matrix.

  • March 2, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Pix from the trailer...

    by JIMBOCOP

    ...are appearing on the TRON LEGACY Facebook page. Just Sam arriving at Flynn's Place so far. That is all. http://www.facebook.com/Tron?v=photos&ref=ts

  • March 18, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Anyone seen this?

    by Mr_George_Kaplan

    tinyurl.com/yg7u52e<P>I can't find a TB - to be honest I'm not sure I like it

  • March 21, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that's been around

    by orcus