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With: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan
Written by: Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Steven Lisberger, Bonnie MacBird
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 96
Date: 07/09/1982

Tron (1982)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Tron (1982, Disney, $29.99) was another of the sci-fi movies I latched onto during my early days (I had my 13th birthday party at the movies watching Tron). It begins with a great idea -- a video game programmer (Jeff Bridges) gets sucked inside one of his video game creations where he's considered a god and uses his power to defeat evil. The movie's innovative digital special effects were jaw-dropping at the time and still seem pretty cool. But somehow the plot congeals early into an old-time medieval epic and gets pretty dull. Bay Area rock group Journey provided the closing credits song.

Disney has released a spectacular five-disc set. It begins with a 3D Blu-Ray, which requires a special 3D Blu-Ray player as well as a 3D TV, cables and glasses. I don't have any of those things, so it's now reduced to a four-disc set. Tron: Legacy is on a regular Blu-Ray and a DVD, and the original Tron is included in its Blu-Ray debut (and it looks better than ever). It includes all the extras from the old DVD release, plus more. The fifth disc contains a digital copy of the sequel for your computer or phone. On the five discs, we also get a wide array of featurettes, commentary tracks, music videos and other stuff.

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