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The story finds Flynn’s son Sam (played by Garrett Hedlund) searching for his father, an eccentric corporate giant who disappeared into his own massive computer-programming grid years ago. The younger Flynn is led to the gaming grid for some dramatic battles using razor-sharp disks and upgraded light cycles.
The folksy Mr. Bridges returns in two forms, a current, older Flynn and a much younger doppelganger named Clu with some excellent digital double effects helping to carry his performances.
Overall, if you can deal with dialogue that makes “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” sound like “Hamlet,” the visuals of “Tron: Legacy” never stop impressing, even after repeat viewings in its high-definition glory.
Best Extra: Let’s just pass on the slim selection of extras found on the Blu-ray and focus on a digital convergence bonus that would make Kevin Flynn grin ear to ear.
Using Disney’s new application, Second Screen, owners of Apple’s iPad can find a generous supply of content to peruse on their tablet computer while watching the main event.
Simply download the app, enter a code found in the Blu-ray’s package and unlock multimedia goodies including over 1,000 storyboards, pieces of artwork and photographs, behind-the-scenes video, and filmmaker text comments.
It’s a bit overwhelming to try and plow through the archives while watching the movie, but a pause button on the app stops the film while a viewer clicks on a seemingly endless timeline of information icons on the iPad’s screen.
The art and photos can be enlarged by placing two fingers on the iPad and pulling the digits away from each other to really zoom in on the beauty of masterpieces such as Recognizer vehicles and concept illustrations of Tron City.
Also, users will find 360-degree views of digital set pieces, information nugget icons embedded on images, animated comparisons between wire-frame special effects and final renders of scenes (controlled by the viewer) and a slider show (move the finger along a bar and watch the magic) presenting the motion-capture transformation of an actor into Clu.
Disney’s Second Screen is a dazzling addition to appreciating the cinematic arts and really highlights the possibilities of the latest computer wizardry interacting with the Blu-ray format.
Read all about it: Marvel Publishing (now owned by Disney, by the way) released a two-issue miniseries last year called Tron: Betrayal (now available in trade paperback, $9.99) that covers the events between the movies.
Also, Slave Labor Graphics published a six-issue miniseries back in 2006, Tron: The Ghost in the Machine (available in trade paperback, $19.95), starring the son of the original Tron programming wiz Alan Bradley.
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About the Author
A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology.
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