'TRON' before it had a legacy: PopWatch Rewind plugs into the original model

TRON is either the first brilliant cinematic exploration of the digital world … or the silliest. Read the full post.

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  • reb

    My local movie palace showed TRON a few years ago (in 60mm!) as part of their summer film series. I hadn’t seen it since it came out and was amazed at how much I adored it. I had fond memories, but it really sort of blew me away. I can’t wait to see the sequel!

  • Garts

    What surprises me is how many people haven’t seen Tron, or if they did, don’t remember it at all.


    Wow, you guys sure is snarky. Heheheh.

    I want the 60 seconds it took to read this back.

  • KB

    I personally think Disney dropped the ball on this one. They should have done a re-release of the movie on DVD or blueray with all the hype around it. It just looks Luke they didn’t care that much.

    • Channing

      The theory is that Disney, having spent $200 million on ‘TRON: Legacy,’ didn’t want people to be able to easily buy and watch the original to avoid any “We’re thinking of spending $10 a ticket on a sequel to THIS?”

      I’m not sure how true it is, but one report I read — AICN, perhaps, or maybe Slash Film — said Disney actually screened the original for an audience in the past few months and got a bunch of unintended laughter in return.

    • SimmFan

      I love Tron and wanted to watch it again so I tried to Netflix it, but it’s not available. Sucks.

  • David Malarkey

    How could you not end this article with:

    “End of Line…”

  • The Murray Files

    I haven’t seen the old tron in years. It is a classic, but the new one has Olivia Wilde in it, so that is definitely one point to the sequel.

  • Colin

    I’ve seen the movie ONCE, over 20 years ago. I’d recently been considering rewatching it to refresh myself on exactly what the hell it was about. After reading this article, I realize I probably have as much of a handle on it now as I would if I went to that trouble.

    One thing I didn’t remember was that the “Moses” giant orange dradel from South Park, was based on something from this movie. Only realized that from seeing the picture above.

  • daninstl

    I saw TRON and my reaction then was: mediocre, so-so, nothing to get excited about.

  • jonny

    Why do people have such a hard time figuring this movie out, especially in a technology driven age? All the “people’ were computer programs that weren’t being allowed to run properly, the MCP was a malevolent ruling entity, all the other items/set pieces/ devices were just stand-ins for computer activities and software. All in all, they used a the inner workings of a computer as an allegory for facsism. Or i could be just be speaking out of my “I/O port.” See, i used a computer term as a euphemism.

  • techieblogss

    I have never seen both the films but i was excited to watch Disney’s Tron Legacy. The trailers were worth watching but the reviews are negative for the film. Is it worth?

  • CC

    I saw the original right before I saw Legacy. Really enjoyed the new one, and I like how they put enough nuggets from the original. We were cracking up at the “Big Door” comment. They opened it up for another TRON, so Disney don’t rush for another sequel, take your time with it. We waited 30 years, and this one turned out great.

  • billk

    Saw it, loved it, don’t think critics are happy unless they are trashing something. Box office #1 against kid-friendly Yogi Bear so I’d put that as a win.

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