The surprising truth about Disney's 1982 computer-game fantasy is that it's still visually impressive (though technologically quaint by later high-definition standards) and a lot of fun. It's about a computer wizard named Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate (David Warner) and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) to outmaneuver the Master Control program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game. Disney's wizards used a variety of cinematic techniques and early-'80s state-of-the-art computer-generated graphics to accomplish their dynamic visual goals, and the result was a milestone in cyberentertainment, catering to technogeeks while providing a dazzling adventure for hackers and nonhackers alike. Appearing just in time to celebrate the nascent cyberpunk movement in science fiction, Tron received a decidedly mixed reaction when originally released, but has since become a high-tech favorite and a landmark in special effects, with a loyal following of fans. DVD is a perfect format for the movie's neon-glow color scheme, and the musical score by synthesizer pioneer Wendy Carlos is faithfully preserved on the digitally remastered soundtrack. --Jeff Shannon

Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
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In the future video games battles will be a matter of life and death.
The Electronic Gladiator
Trapped in a fight to the finish inside the video world he created. [UK theatrical]
A world inside the computer where man has never been before. Never before now.
On the other side of the screen, it all looked so easy...
Trapped inside an electronic arena, where love, and escape, do not compute!

[Keyboard clacks as Flynn attempts to gain access to the system. Hovever he is stopped by the Master Control Program]

Master Control Program:
You shouldn't have come back, Flynn.

Hey, hey, hey, it's the big Master Control Program everybody's been talking about.

Master Control Program:
[calmly] Sit right there; make yourself comfortable. Remember the time you used to spend playing chess together? [Flynn types in an access request] That isn't going to do you any good, Flynn. I'm afraid you... [sounding distressed] Stop! Please! You realize I can't allow this!

Now, how are you gonna run the universe if you can't even answer a few unsolvable problems? Huh? Come on, big fella, let's see what you got.

Master Control Program:
I'd like to go against you and see what you're made of.

You know, you don't look a thing like your pictures.

[The MCP turns on digitization laser behind Flynn, getting ready to digitize him.]

Master Control Program:
[threateningly] I'm warning you. You're entering a big error, Flynn. I'm going to have to put you on the Game Grid.

Games? You want games? I'll give you games– [a klaxon blares, and the laser fires at Flynn, slowly decomposing him and digitizing him into the computer, and he appears in a holding area. He looks around, bewildered.] ...Oh man, this isn't happening, it only thinks it's happening.

Vacate entry port, program! [after Flynn stands there looking confused] I said, move! [jabs Flynn with an energy staff]

Hey! Look, if this is about those parking tickets, I can explain everything, okay? [gets jabbed again]

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