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TRON In HD On TV Wednesday Night!! Is This The Newly Refreshed Version We've Been Hearing About??

Merrick again... Disney's TRON LEGACY Facebook page is running a countdown to the film's trailer debut in theaters - consisting of pics of Flynn's son approaching Flynn's arcade, now a lonely edifice in a desolate part of town. You can find the images...which will progress as the trailer nears...HERE.

Merrick here...
There's been a lot of talk about the original TRON being (finally) issued on Blu-Ray during the ramp-up to TRON LEGACY's December release. Yesterday, we learned that TRON overlord Steven Lisberger had been overheard discussing tweaks being made to the original TRON for said issuance (details HERE). Raschied sent me a note last night - he discovered that TRON will premiere in High Definition on HD Net tomorrow night. While we have no knowledge that this is the freshly caressed version Lisberger was talking about over the weekend, this could well be the case as HD Net (and HD Net movies in particular) have a habit of "revealing" HD iterations of films before they're actually available on disc.
Just FYI – TRON is listed on HDNET for this Wednesday evening. This has to be a new transfer, as there wasn’t an HD master of the movie before. Could this be the new, re-color-timed version that Lisberger was overheard talking about? Thanks, “Raschied”
Okay, here's where I get super-mega-unapologetically pathetic: Time Warner recently pulled HD Net and HD Net Moves from its service - leaving me with no access to either network. And...I very excitedly, desperately wanna see if this is the version Lisberger was see what it looks like if it is the newly color-timed version, etc. Would anyone be able to help me make this happen - in a way that isn't terribly troublesome of inconvenient to themselves? I'm not sure how this works in terms of DVRs and whatnot, but...the sniveling Geek in me had to ask. I'm sure Harry and the gang wouldn't mind taking a look as well. If this is doable, DROP ME A LINE. You can find HD Net's listing HERE. TRON's scheduled for Wednesday evening @ 9pm Eastern.
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  • March 2, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    So who else went to Tron day?

    by Galactic

    And just got a stupid shirt?

  • March 2, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Cant wait...

    by MrPoop

    When Tron 2 was rumored years ago and fell apart, I never thought it would happen. Was always a fan of the original even when it was in vogue to bash it.

  • March 2, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    So you're doing a TRON...

    by Unscripted

    In olde computer-speake, "TRON" was a short command for "TRACE ON" or to do a step-by-step debugging. (The opposite command was TROFF, which as a film title sounds like something done by either the Kroffts or Jim Henson.) So you want us to do a TRON on the HD status of the broadcast, is that it? A TRON on Tron?

  • March 2, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    It will be interesting to see this on blu-ray.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 2, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Already DVR'd

    by StephenHawkingDiarrhea

    I saw this when browsing HDNet the other night and instantly set it to record before I even read about Lisberger's updates. I was excited to show my kids this awesome movie. I hope it is the "new" version!

  • March 2, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    wow TRON on tv!!!! im so....wait...what?

    by theDannerDaliel

    for christ sake......

  • March 2, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    HD Tron

    by skydemon

    I'm there. DVR set. :)

  • March 2, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    cool news

    by ominus

    the trailer for the new movie will be releashed on friday?

  • March 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    tivo set

    by velum

  • March 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    tron? on tv? ummmmm

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.Whats next?

  • March 2, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by Hatemachine76

    and on Canadian HDNet we get...Maverick...Wow

  • March 2, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    So, fuck, I have TWC, i can't watch it? who can?

    by dr sauch

  • March 2, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by SauceDiesel

    HDNET in Canada is showing Maverick tomorrow night...fucking Maverick...

  • March 2, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Casey4147

    I'm getting psyched about this TRON LEGACY thing. Really looking forward to it. Thanks for the heads-up on HDNET's broadcast of TRON - I fired up the Dish Network Remote Access app on my iPhone and set it to record. Gotta love tech.

  • March 2, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    as opposed to shrek

    by liono21

    opening tribeca, this is some of the most welcome news i think ive ever heard. now what we need iis a an imax re-release of this new edition before legacy comes out. hey, toy story got one, we can only dream right?

  • March 2, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    TRON... Most Arduous Production Ever?

    by Autodidact

    If you watch all the special features on the TRON DVD, and you understand filmmaking, and most importantly animation, you'd have to place TRON as one of, if not the most arduous film production of all time. The amount of manual labour in processing each cel via photostats and multiple exposures and rotoscopes and mattes for TRON is insane! And unparallelled!

  • March 2, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Not To Mention The CG

    by Autodidact

    Which was done before the days of WYSIWYG 3D software. These guys were creating motion by manually plotting the position of objects and vertices and feeding them into the computer manually, for every object in every frame!

  • March 2, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Wednesday night just got TRONtastic!!!

    by ctbrandon

    I can't wait to watch this while i sit naked on my leather recliner, eating beef jerkey dipped in nutella, and rubbing Avon Skin-so-soft body lotion all over my nipples and ear canals. its gonna rule.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Time Warner Sucks!

    by surfabilly

    If you are in Austin, switch to Grande Communications. No, I don't work for them. They are cheaper and carry the networks that T-W doesn't.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Sorry. Gotta watch American Idol insteadl.

    by teethgnasher

    I do give props to Bruce Boxleitner.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I'll NEVER forgive you fuckers for dropping HDNet and HDNet Movies just because Mark Cuban wanted it to be part of basic digital cable. I hate you assholes. <p> Sigh.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I want to watch it on the TRON-O-RAIL!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • March 2, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    new versions

    by j_difool

    first of all, i think there WAS an existing HD master. because Disney released a 2-disc DVD. remember that? most of the cases, when a studio does a spiffed-up DVD edition, guess what? they've mastered it in HD and down-converted that master to SD for DVD replication. it's just a practical fact. so this might not be new anything. secondly, i'm actually very slightly worried when they start talking about "new versions" even when it is limited to color-correction. being a huge fan of Escape From NY, i was actually slightly let-down when I saw the new spiffed up DVD release and noticed that the sodium vapors in the streets of night-time NY had all been timed bright green. that might be slightly more realistic, but i'd always seen them as blue, and accepted them that way. besides, although street lights might be green in the color spectrum, how often do we really perceive them as green? i just thought that was a color choice that went a bit awry. hope it does not happen on TRON.

  • March 2, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    HDNet carried by Verizon

    by film11

    If Verizon's FIOS is available in your area, they carry HDNet and HDNet Movies. I'll be recording this as well, even though I was never a big fan of the film. Found it kind of boring, actually, but willing to give it another chance.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    there goes HDnet's ratings through the roof

    by BillboeFett

    for one night only

  • March 2, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    No HD master for prior DVD release.

    by Raschied

    In the case of TRON, Disney did not create an HD master of the film. The DVD came out in late 2000, prior to it being standard practice to create a 1080p master. To my knowledge, the closest to an HD master that was ever created was an archival print in 70mm. It's possible that this is just a scan of the 35 or 70mm print, but the timing of the premiere makes me think otherwise. We'll see tomorrow night.

  • March 2, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    ATTN: Merrick

    by BillboeFett

    having someone mail you a DVR and then you and the orange blob tying to watch it, isn't going to work. Theres a security code embedded into the player that makes it only work from the home account. </BR> I think you'll plug it in and nothing will happen. Maybe even if it won't receive any channels, it *might* be able to play back previously recorded content, but I bet you'd still have to be on the same cable provider that the DVR was on. </BR> Good luck though.

  • March 2, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    the hd rip of this will be posted on demonoid

    by TheJudger

    the follwing day. It's not that hard to find these things because geeks know it's importance and just like the starwars hd brodcasts and no bluray- you will see geeks doing something liek this to get it into fan hands. utorrent is your friend!

  • March 2, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    :::must sto posting drunk:::::

    by TheJudger

    makes me look dumb

  • March 2, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I have DirecTV

    by ATARI

    I will be watching it tomorrow night.<br> <br> I'll post if it is the shiny new version.<br>

  • March 2, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by ManOfOrange


  • March 2, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Hauppauge HD PVR

    by ManOfOrange

    Capture at 1080i (20.5 mbps VBR) and then burn to BD-R. Bam....blu-ray copy of Tron in high def.

  • March 2, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    TRON Guy...

    by codymr

    Must be creaming his suit.

  • March 3, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Never fear, P2P DL is here!

    by DickBallsworth

    'Cause you KNOW that shit's gonna hit the torrent sites Thursday morning.

  • March 3, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Hey good job!

    by Series7

    I reported this back on that whole go to the Flynn Lives thing last week.

  • March 3, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    I set the DVR last week when I saw the spot on HD NEt! Can't wait, fuck off haters!

  • March 3, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    "blu-ray copy of Tron in high def"

    by Colt19801980

    with lots of compression artifacts.

  • March 3, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    watching now, thats some grainy shit son

    by BillboeFett

    oh snap.

  • March 3, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by Raschied

    This looks like a bad upscale of a 480p master; at least all the live action elements. The film stock that TRON used was pretty crappy, but this is just terrible.

  • March 3, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by ManOfOrange

    Depends on the compression of your provider. Luckly, not too bad on my end (yet).

  • March 3, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    I think it's Disney's old "Love Bug" film stock that messes up your experience. This is the best the film has ever looked...but TRON is just one of those films that has its flaws super-magnified in HD. The computer generated stuff looks nice and vibrant, but it looks like it's super-imposed around stuff that was filmed by the second unit from HOOPER.

  • March 3, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    what was the word billboefett used?

    by soup74

    grainy. <br><br>yet colorful. i think this might be the redone version, only because the colors are so damn bright.<br><br>either way, im enjoying it.

  • March 3, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    actually, the more i watch it..

    by soup74

    the less i think its the new version.. the blacks arent very black, and the lines arent very sharp.<br><br>eh, who cares, its tron in HD.

  • March 3, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Watched it, doesn't look too "new"

    by Dursman2000

    Good to see it in HD, and the quality was definitely better than any TRON I've watched on video -- but at the same time, it didn't seem particularly remastered or "new." The Directv feed of HDNet is as good as it gets -- and it definitely didn't look like a 480p standard def master (not on Directv) -- but I doubt it's been heavily remastered. The colors and such...all of it looked fine...but it also looked aged. I doubt this is the version they'll be using for Blu-Ray.

  • March 4, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    This is the new version...

    by ChrisPC24

    The momentary "sparks" that made the screen flicker were nonexistent on HDNet. Steven Lisberger always said that those were accidental, but the contrast jumps were so bad, he had to make an excuse for them. Now, with digital gamma correction, they've all been removed! I think the color has also been corrected, too.

  • March 4, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by spangu

    Still waiting for this to hit the torrent sites.......

  • March 4, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Legacy trailer

    by Blumpkins

    I saw the new trailer in IMAX 3D last night in front of Avatar. It looks amazing, and the best part was I didn't have to sit through Alice afterwards.

  • March 4, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    If you watched this and think this is the re-master

    by Disgustin_Justin

    you are wrong. It's pretty obvious. Whoever said upscaled 480 was correct.

  • March 4, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Comparing it to the DVD, it's not the new version...

    by ChrisPC24

    I checked it against the DVD, and I think it's the same master, just with DNR. One of the "sparks" were still on the HDNet version. I hope the Blu-ray remaster is better than this!

  • March 7, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I put it on Demonoid

    by tedujam