TV trailer: ‘Tron: Uprising’ brings you back to The Grid

Posted in News,Television,Video by Scott Meisner on April 20th, 2012

Can’t wait any longer for the Tron sequel to get off the ground? This should hold you over. This June Disney is going to introduce the sci-fi animated series Tron: Uprising to its Disney XD programming slate. The events in the show take place in between the original 1982 movie and the recent Tron: Legacy. The protagonist Beck is voiced by Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) and Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage),  Mandy Moore,  Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), and Tron‘s very own Bruce Boxleitner round out the stellar cast of voices. Tron: Legacy producer Sean Bailey is behind the series, along with Once Upon A Time and Lost‘s Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. If you’re a fan of the Tron universe, this 10-part animated series is a must-see.

Daft Punk’s ‘Tron’ song sees a rad guitar cover

Posted in Movies,Music,Video by Scott Meisner on May 28th, 2011

Check out YouTuber SwanTheWhitePig’s electric guitar cover of Daft Punk’s super cool Tron: Legacy track “Derezzed.” It’s guaranteed to be the raddest video you watch this weekend.

[Via TheDailyWhat]

‘Tron: Legacy’ director Joseph Kosinski talks Blu-ray tweaks and sequel squeaks

Posted in Movies,News by Scott Meisner on April 9th, 2011

In an interview with MTV News, Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski talked about the movie’s Blu-ray release, calling it the “definitive version” of the visually-splendid spectacle. Though he worked on the film for four years, Kosinski still held onto gripes concerning the soundtrack after sitting through the theatrical cut on premiere night.

“Around the release, it was really hard to watch it,” he admitted. “I couldn’t even sit through the premiere. I just saw all the things I wanted to fix. Luckily for the Blu-ray, I was able to go back to Skywalker in January and fix all those things in the mix that were bothering me. We have a whole re-mastered soundtrack for the Blu-ray.” He continued, “[The] visual effects I’m really happy with… But on the sound mix, I really felt like we needed another week and I finally got that time after release. It’s now the definitive version.”

When asked about sequel rumors he spilled that he’s on board and early conceptual stuff is being worked on as we speak. He goes so far as comparing the next Tron to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Check it:

“We’re working on the story right now. Now that we’ve got the backstory out of the way and we know this world and we know these characters, there’s a lot of freedom that comes with the next film. When you look at Empire Strikes Back or The Dark Knight, sequels that were able to take the stories and characters to whole new places because you’d done all the hard work ahead of time, that’s a really exciting thing. For now, I’ll just say it’s very exciting.” He continued, “For us, the storytelling will be easier because we won’t be saddled with 28 years of backstory. From a technical standpoint, in order for it to be a Tron movie, we’re going to have to push the envelope.”

This all sounds exciting to me. Pick up the definitive version of Tron: Legacy and head over to MTV News to read the complete interview; in it Kosinski also discusses the sheer amount of work that went into creating the demanding film and he also touches upon the decision to incorporate a young Jeff Bridges, calling digitized Clu “the most ambitious thing in our film.”

[Via MTV News]

‘Tron: Legacy Reconfigured’ is Daft Punk’s soundtrack, remixed

Posted in Music,News by Scott Meisner on April 6th, 2011

This week Disney released a Tron: Legacy remix album containing remixes of the original movie tracks composed by Daft Punk. Though the electronic duo did not have a hand in putting together this re-release of sorts, many well-known artists contributed to it. The Glitch Mob’s fantastic remix of “Derezzed” is just one of the 15 tracks found on Reconfigured. Paul Oakenfold, The Crystal Method, Moby, Com Truise, and Pretty Lights also took turns at rehashing the original soundtrack. Full tracklist is after the break. Physical/digital copies available at those links. This remix album cannot come close to Daft Punk’s original creation, but for hardcore Tron and electronic dance club music fans this is something not to be glossed over.

In related Tron news, Tron: Legacy is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and a bajillion other formats. Get home release details here.

“Tron: The Next Day” forms a bridge between the two films

Posted in Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on March 14th, 2011

Miss Tron? Me too. The DVD & Blu-ray sets are coming soon and this week one of the three short films included in the upcoming home releases has found its way onto the Internet. The ten-and-a-half minute clip conveniently forms a bridge between the original 1982 film and the recent box office hit Tron: Legacy. This is something Disney should have released before the 3D flick came out because it provides Tron fans with key character background information that would’ve proved helpful before diving into the modern-day Grid. “Tron: The Next Day” tells the history of Encom after Kevin Flynn mysteriously disappears and the guerilla campaign “Flynn Lives” that follows shortly thereafter. It stars the film’s protagonist Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) and reunites the Grid’s creators Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and RAM (Dan Shor) in human form. For DVD bonus content the short boasts high production value (and not to mention a fantastic soundtrack provided by the ingenious duo Daft Punk). Whet your appetite now by watching “The Next Day” right now, and continue to anticipate the April 5 home release.

[Via DigitalTrends]

‘Tron: Legacy’ comes to Blu-ray April 5

Posted in Movies,News by Scott Meisner on February 12th, 2011

The visually splendid, perfectly scored flick Tron: Legacy is yours to own on Blu-ray Tuesday, April 5, as is “TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition.” Disney’s been holding out on releasing the original Tron so that they could give it proper state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high-definition sound it rightfully deserves. In addition to Blu-ray, Legacy will be released across various platforms including Blu-ray 3D, DVD, Digital Copy, Movie Download, and On-Demand. The BD release will boast 1080p visuals and 7.1 surround sound and pack in-depth bonus features on the making of the film. Disney is going to ship three Legacy bundles ranging from $40 to $80 in price. The motherload is a “5-disc 2-movie Blu-ray combo pack” that includes flick on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, Digital Copy, and the original, remastered Tron. Bonus features include the “Derezzed” Daft Punk music video and featurettes called “The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed,” “Launching the Legacy,” and “Disc Roars.” In addition, all Blu-ray packs will include Disney Second Screen support. The Second Screen companion application can be accessed on any Internet-connected device (iPad, laptop, etc.) and it allows you to explore the story behind the film while you’re watching it. For example, you can engage with elements including 360-degree vehicle turnarounds and interactive progression reels. Look after the break to see the full breakdown of every release bundle.

Oh, and there’s one more thing. Along with Legacy and the original Tron, Disney is also releasing TRON: Legacy RECONFIGURED, an album featuring 14 remixes of the original motion picture soundtrack scored by Daft Punk. Let’s just say April 5 is going to be a wonderful day.

[Via Engadget] (Click here for more…)

Light Disc Lamp

Posted in Design,Images by Scott Meisner on January 16th, 2011

“Ring” is a futuristic lamp created by Italian designer Loris Bottello and obviously inspired by the world of Tron.  It’s lit by bioluminescent polymers and its intensity can be adjusted by rotating the disc.  By design, the energy is transferred by brush contacts on the outer copper ring.  Aesthetics and functionality aid each other in this bold concept that I want by my bedside stat.

[Via Gizmodo; Designboom]

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The sound of TRON: Legacy

Posted in Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on December 20th, 2010

By now everyone knows that Daft Punk created a stellar soundtrack for TRON: Legacy.  However, the digital world of The Grid couldn’t come alive without the intricate environmental and vehicular sounds produced by the film’s sound editors.  In this Sound for Film Profile, you will get a glimpse into how the editors mixed and matched artificial and natural sounds to supplement the fantastical landscapes.  Sound re-recording mixer Gary Rizzo, supervising sound editor Gwen Yates Whittle, and sound designer Steve Boeddeker are featured in this nine minute profile you don’t want to miss.  +1 for sweet behind-the-scenes action.

TRON: LEGACY in theatres now! (with impressions)

Posted in Movies by Scott Meisner on December 16th, 2010

From Comic Con 2009 to the epic trailers to TRON NIGHT and everything in between, I think it’s safe to say that I haven’t anticipated a movie quite like this before.  Beyond the father-son story Tron: Legacy promises to tell, I am most excited for the visuals (standard and 3D) and the electric Daft Punk soundtrack.  The movie opens tonight (12/16) at midnight in select theatres, and it release wide tomorrow.  Go ahead and browse through all the Tron content, and I’ll be back later tonight (er, early tomorrow morning) with some impressions.

Impressions: It’s the eve of December 17 and I’m back with impressions.  If I had to use one word to describe TRON: Legacy: EPIC.  But now I’ll use some more words.  I had a fantastic time at the midnight opening of Tron. I saw it in IMAX 3D, and quite frankly that’s the way in which this movie is meant to be seen.  Before the movie starts, a message from director Joseph Kosinski informs viewers that the movie incorporates 2D and 3D movies and they vary depending on scene; the switch between both dimensions was done carefully and effectively.  This is precisely where I want to start: the visuals.  Tron looks phenomenal.  From start to finish you really get a sense of how much blood and sweat was put into the creation of The Grid.  Though there are some scenes located on Earth, the majority of the movie takes place in the digitized world that is The Grid.  Kosinski’s team has come a long way since their original Comic Con teaser.  Everything in The Grid certainly has an air of artificiality, but it is the way in which the team made everything come to life so vividly that most impressed me.  We the audience get to take it all in through the eyes of protagonist Sam Flynn, who is also experiencing his father’s creation for the first time.  It’s a foreign land that you quickly become accustomed to because it’s that damn cool. The disc wars, the lightcycle races, the hand-to-hand combat–it all comes to life spectacularly.

My impressions on the visuals cannot conclude without talking about Clu, aka “young Jeff Bridges.”  Kosinski’s masterful editors managed to create Kevin Flynn as he appeared in Tron almost thirty years ago using advanced CGI and performance capture technology.  I have to admit, there are some moments when Clu comes off as totally unnatural but I’m happy to report that for the most part he looks frighteningly real.  You watch Clu walk around, communicate with his minions, and show facial expressions and you want to think this is a 100% natural actor playing the part.  So long uncanny valley.

The next segment of praise must go to Daft Punk’s electrifying soundtrack.  Not only do you hear the tailor-made-for-this-movie music in virtually every scene, you also feel it.  And that is what makes the Tron-Daft Punk collaboration so special and exciting.  The French duo created a powerful soundtrack that matches up with the movie’s scenes (my favorite is “Derezzed” in the bar action sequence), and it helps to fully immerse you into the Tron universe.  The thumping bass from the playful, fast-paced video gamey tunes goes hand in hand with the nuanced ambient noises that come from various aircraft, vehicles, and environments.  If you haven’t picked up the soundtrack yet (Amazon/iTunes), it’s the perfect stocking stuffer.

I must address the recent spat concerning the bad reviews and ratings from critics.  From what I’ve heard most of the critics are beating down the movie because its lack of respectable storytelling.  Some say the story is a flat-out disaster and that the acting isn’t believable.  I will be honest with you; Tron does not tell the greatest story ever told and some of the dialogue is definitely cheesy.  However, I would not so go far as to not recommend it due to these factors.  Everyone knows what to expect from Tron: spectacular visuals and a kick-ass soundtrack.  And the movie delivers 110% on both those fronts. When it comes to the story, I had no trouble swallowing the simplistic father-son tale that has critics in a tizzy.  I do think that the writers failed to provide enough emotional oompf to fully provoke audience reaction to some of the major on-screen events.  For example, when Sam finds his father (who he had not seen for many years) that “gripping” scene did not make me want to shed a tear; there just wasn’t a proper build up to the reunion.  So in sum if you’re a movie critic looking to pick apart a movie for its misdirections, I guess you won’t be falling in love with Tron, but at least you should allow yourself to enjoy the visuals and soundtrack.  On the other hand if you’re looking to have a fun time at the movies, Tron will make you squeal in excitement.  I gotta say, when the epic finale came around I was glued to the screen in anticipation.  Critics can bash all they want, but there’s no denying the pure epicness of that finale. And you know what?  I actually felt a good bit of emotional connection to the characters at the end, so there!

Hype is a funny thing; it can significantly sway your expectations and ultimate takeaways from a movie.  I’ve been looking forward to the release of Tron since I witnessed the early test footage at Comic Con.  And I am elated to share you with that the massive amount of anticipation has paid off, so to speak.  What kind of legacy does Tron leave behind?  A narrative one, perhaps not; but it unquestionably pushes forward quality in 3D (and standard 2D) filmmaking.

TRON: Legacy.  Highly recommended to all.  Go see it in IMAX 3D.  And now that I’ve seen it there’s two things for me to do next: listen to the soundtrack and see it again.

This post is packed with TRON goodies including a music video, headphones, and a hotel room [Update: NSFW Playboy photoshoot]

Posted in Images,Movies,Music,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on December 10th, 2010

(1) Medicom Toy is celebrating the collaboration between Tron: Legacy and legendary electric duo Daft Punk by producing the masked musicians in Kubrick and RAH (Real Action Hero) form.  They will release in late December as part of the Series 21 BE@RBRICK assortment ($4.99).  The 400% BE@RBRICK ($199.99) and KUBRICK ($19.99) two-packs will release in mid-January.  The RAH figures are expected to come out in April at $229.99 each.  All the Daft Punk-inspired toys will feature the same outfits and helmets the duo wears in the cameo they make in the film.

Look after the break for so much more Tron content. (Click here for more…)

Tron Armchair composed of ‘digital’ rock

Posted in Design,Images by Scott Meisner on December 5th, 2010

In collaboration with Disney and seating manufacturer Cappellini, New York-based designer Dror Benshetrit has focused all his Tron: Legacy excitment and created this awesome Tron-inspired armchair.

Dror’s mission on this project was to articulate the complex meaning of objects in the simplest of ways; their uses becoming a part of their narratives, expressed in transformations that are both metaphorical and literal. Raw data forms a jag and angular landscape for the chair, which is comprised of intersecting layers and textures of ‘digital’ rock. The armchairs will be constructed from composite materials that consist of impregnated fiberglass with polyester resin, processed with manual layering.

Each armchair produced will be individually hand-finished by the designer and they’ll be presented at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2011.  There’s no word on price or release date, but mass production is being promised.  Um, I want one of these now!  Look in the gallery below to browse through the multiple funky color options.

[Via DesignBoom; Core77]

Free Tron LiveCycle app looks like fun!

Posted in News,Technology by Scott Meisner on November 24th, 2010

Today Coca-Cola launched a Tron: Legacy app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners.  But nevermind the Coke Zero sponsership; this game appears to look awesome in theory.  It’s being touted as the “first location-based video game” and the objective is simple: Build a Light Wall as you move about the real world and earn points by forcing other players to crash into it.  The app uses the iPhone’s GPS to track your location and show you on a Grid-themed map where other players are located.  Coke promises to push out updates to the app surrounding the release of the film it’s based on, and you can expect new single and multi-player modes to come with them.  Also, an Android version is on the way.  But enough blabbing; get a better idea of how the game works in the video above and download the *free* app right here.

[Via Gizmodo; TechRadar]

Behind the scenes: ‘Tron: Legacy’

Posted in Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on November 22nd, 2010

Counting down the days until Tron: Legacy hits theatres on December 17?  That’s less than a month away people!  Well I’ve got a treat for you.  Embedded above is a video that will take you on the set of the upcoming sci-fi flick. In the 15 minute behind the scenes look you can expect to witness the following:

  • Behind the scenes footage from the End of Line club
  • Daft Punk in costume walking onto set
  • Michael Sheen getting ready to film his scenes in the End of Line club
  • Joseph Kosinski directing the actors
  • Jeff Bridges wearing the special helmet to record his scenes as Clu
  • Tons of footage of the practical sets and the actors getting ready to film
  • Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde performing a scene and getting ready for some stunts
  • Jeff Bridges house in the Tron universe and what it was like behind the scenes
  • Cast goofing around behind the scenes
  • Filming on location in Vancouver
  • Behind the scenes footage from Flynn’s Arcade

Guess I should have mentioned this earlier, but beware of spoilers.  So go ahead, mash play, and let the soothing sounds of Daft Punk provide a rocking backdrop to some fantastic BTS action.

[Via Collider]

Trailer #3: ‘Tron: Legacy’

Posted in Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on November 13th, 2010

This just isn’t healthy anymore.  One more full length Tron trailer and my brain might explode.  No joke.  Well, what are you waiting for?  Sit back, relax, and enjoy 2 minutes and 32 seconds of pure bliss.  This latest trailer features more never-before-seen footage, including a lengthier look at the villainous Clu, the CGI’d younger version of Jeff Bridges.

TRON NIGHT summary & impressions

Posted in Image cache,Impressions,Movies by Scott Meisner on October 29th, 2010

On October 28 Tron fans were treated to an early glimpse into the upcoming Disney movie Tron: Legacy.  Across the world select IMAX 3D theatres hosted TRON NIGHT, “a free exclusive 20+ minute sneak peek” of the movie.  I attended the special screening tonight, and here is a summary interjected with my impressions.

When I got to the theatre about an hour before the 7PM screening, there was already a small line forming.  While movie-goers waited on line we were handed Tron swag including promotional material about the size of a postcard; one is an image of Daft Punk in costume promoting the upcoming Tron soundtrack and the other is an image of a Tron program character and on the other side a promotion for an Asus laptop (they sponsored the event).  We were also required to check-in and wear a bracelet with the TRON NIGHT logo on it.  Don’t think I’ll be taking that off any time soon.  Before entering the IMAX 3D theatre, we were forced to leave our cell phones behind (for obvious reasons) and a security officer quickly scanned our bodies with a wand to make sure we weren’t harboring any electronic devices.  Crazy, right?  After receiving a pair of 3D glasses, we entered the theatre and took our (perfect!) seats.

A minute before showtime the event coordinator welcomed everyone to the screening and implored us to share our excitement for Tron: Legacy with friends and on the Internet (what do you think I’m doing right now?).  The lights went dim and we were presented with a brief message from the movie’s director Joseph Kosinski.  In a typed note, he told us that the scenes we were about to see take place in the first half of the movie and that it is OK to wear the 3D glasses during the 2D scenes.  Just in case you are not aware of this, the “real world” scenes were shot in 2D and the “Tron universe” scenes are in 3D.  After this brief introduction the sneak preview started right away (that’s right–no trailers).  The 23 minutes of (not entirely) never-before-seen footage was split into five scenes.  I will detail them as best I can below.

Scene 20: Sam’s Garage- This first scene was set in the “real world”, so it was shot in 2D but still looked brilliant with 3D glasses on (as the director promised it would).  The scene takes place in Sam Flynn’s (Garrett Hedlund) garage.  You’d recognize this scene from the trailer.  In it Sam and Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) engage in conversation and Alan tells Sam that he received a page from Flynn’s arcade.  Alan: “These are the keys to the arcade.  I haven’t gone over there yet.  I thought you should be the one.”  Sam: “Alan, you’re acting like I’m gonna find him sitting there working.  Just, ‘hey kiddo, lost track of time.’”  These lines are in the trailer, you’re starting to remember now.

This next part is included in Scene 20, but it sure felt like an entirely new setting as it took place elsewhere.  It cuts from Sam’s garage to the vacant and dusty Flynn’s Arcade.  Sam decided to take Alan’s advice and check out where the mysterious page could have come from.  Sam finds the circuit breaker and turns on the building’s power.  All of the arcade games light up and make so much noise.  On top of this Jouney’s “Separate Ways” plays loudly from the arcade’s sound system.  Sam looks at the dusty old Tron arcade machine and decides to play a round.  He inserts a quarter but it falls to the ground.  He is curious about a precise crack in the floor and manages to move the Tron machine to reveal a hidden passageway behind it.  Inside he finds a door with a key occupied in its hole and he enters a room.  It appears to be his father’s secret office where he stored a certain computer.  Sam looks around the room and we are shown images of a young Sam with his now-missing father and a blueprint labeled “Grid.”  Sam sits down at the touchscreen computer desk, wipes a thick layer of dust off it, and it turns on from standby mode.  He begins to type away but has no luck accessing the system since he doesn’t know the login information.  “Let’s try the back door,” he whispers to himself.  All of a sudden, a large laser projector-like machine turns on behind him.  It emits this whirring sound and suddenly a bright white light flashes and the scene ends. (Click here for more…)

Music video: Daft Punk – “Derezzed” (new TRON footage!)

Posted in Music,Video by Scott Meisner on October 27th, 2010

Ah ha ha, look what found its way onto the Internet.  It’s Daft Punk.  It’s new Tron: Legacy footage.  Turn up your speakers and mash play right this second.

Tron: Legacy hits theatres December 17.  The Daft Punk-infused soundtrack drops December 7.  Game on.

Disney marketing ‘Tron: Legacy’ with special countdown events and content

Posted in Movies,News by Scott Meisner on October 11th, 2010

Tron: Legacy doesn’t hit theatres until December 17, but that certainly doesn’t mean Disney can’t push all things Tron down our throats until that time.  Starting today Disney will initiate an official 10-week countdown to the film’s release by showcasing various Tron events.  On “Tron Tuesdays” we will be privy to exclusive new video and film content, including behind-the-scenes exclusives, trailers and artwork; they will release across various mediums including television and the Internet.  Also highlighted is “Tron Night: An IMAX 3D Experience”; on October 28 at select theaters a whole 20-plus-minute sneak peek of the movie will be screened for fans.  Tickets for the event will be free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Update: Order them today right here!  If you happen to be vacationing at Disney California Adventure Park a nighttime street party called “ElecTRONica” featuring visuals and music from the movie will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through April.  And lastly, new Tron merchandise will arrive in stores this month and don’t forget about the Tron: Evolution video game releasing December 7.

[Via Deadline; IGN]

Daft Punk infused Tron soundtrack drops November 22 [Update: delayed until December 7]

Posted in Movies,Music,News by Scott Meisner on October 2nd, 2010

The post title says it all, really.  On November 22, the Tron: Legacy motion picture soundtrack will release in physical and digital formats.  The physical in-store copy will come bundled with a Tron poster, so you’re going to want to opt for that one.  Nab the soundtrack in November and keep it POUNDING on repeat until the film’s debut on December 17.

Update: What the post title says.

[Via Gizmodo; TronSoundtrack]

Spinning lights atop a vinyl record player groove along with the Tron theme

Posted in Design,DIY,Music,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on September 23rd, 2010

In this time-lapse stop motion video, one Kim Pimmel managed to control a series of lights spinning on top of a vinyl record player to the fast-paced electro beat of the new Tron: Legacy theme.  Pimmel explains:

The video is stop motion, so every frame is an individually shot photograph. Each photograph is a long exposure photo, with exposures reaching up to 20 seconds in some cases.  To control the lights, I used an Arduino controlled via bluetooth to drive a stepper motor. The stepper motor controls the movements of the lights remotely from Processing [computer software].  The light sources include cold cathode case lights, EL wire, lasers and more.

Daft Punk would be proud.

[Via Gizmodo; Vimeo]

New Tron: Legacy footage

Posted in Image cache,Movies,Video by Scott Meisner on September 13th, 2010

In this Disney Channel sneak peek at Tron: Legacy you will find a just a hint of new footage lurking between scenes you’ve already seen in other teasers and trailers.  Jump after the break for a smokin’ hot surprise.

[Via io9; ComingSoon] (Click here for more…)