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Rob V 11-18-10 07:11 AM

Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
I've never seen Tron. Not sure why, but it I haven't. So now with the new movie coming out next month, I'd like to catch up. One problem: you can't find the DVD to rent ANYWHERE and the cheapest I've found to buy it is $35!

I was shocked that Netflix doesn't carry it let alone stream it. Any suggestions as to where I could rent / buy it for a reasonable price? I've looked on many DVD sites as well as Ebay already.

Thanks.

EdTheRipper 11-18-10 07:17 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
The dvd has been out of print for quite a while now, I believe. With that fact and the sequel coming out, I'm sure it's driving the price up considerably. I'm honestly surprised that Disney hasn't got a re-release out by now. It could only help drum up business for the sequel.

DarkRavenII 11-18-10 07:20 AM

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They said they had plans for the original Tron at the Comic-con panel. Saying it would be released in some format. So it may be coming to Blu-ray for all we know.

stingermck 11-18-10 07:25 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
Ive seen this in various places:


Is Disney Scared To Release ‘TRON’ on Blu-ray?

TRON: Legacy is now just under two months away. With October 28 being “TRON Night” across the country, as multiple IMAX screens screen 20 minutes of the new film, it seems like a good time to ask, “Where’s the inevitable Blu-ray release of the original TRON?” There was once talk of not only a Blu-ray release but maybe even a small theatrical re-release timed with TRON: Legacy’s December 17 opening. Time is now running short, though, and it seems like even with all the money being spent on creating and marketing this new version of TRON, the original is kind of getting the shaft. And guess what? It might be our fault.

Blue Sky Disney posted a thought provoking editorial on this very subject. In their piece, they report that earlier this year the original 1982 film directed by Steven Lisberger played at a Disney theme park. Apparently, at this screening the audience was laughing hysterically at the dated special effects and costumes, some of which are currently more associated with well-known spoofs (like South Park or Tron guy) rather than their original incarnations.

This, reportedly, scared the crap out of many of the executives in attendance and they decided to push back the Blu-ray release of the original film until TRON: Legacy had finished its run at the box office and, itself, was ready for the home market.

As crazy as this may sound, it makes a lot of sense. Even though TRON was incredibly groundbreaking almost 30 years ago, today, the effects look horribly dated and watching them in high definition on Blu-ray probably just makes them look even worse. Imagine a 40 year old man, who loves the original movie, popping in a crisp new Blu-ray for his 10 year old son, so used to Avatar, Toy Story and The Phantom Menace. There’s a chance that, within seconds, the kid could totally dismiss the franchise and then just blab to all of his friends about dumb it looks. And with all the events, toys, comics, theme parks, reshoots, banners, posters, trailers and more than Disney has footed the bill for in regards to TRON: Legacy, any little chink in the armor could result in a very expensive house of cards coming tumbling down.


Rob V 11-18-10 07:38 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
^^ After digging on the interweb I found similar stories to this one. I supppose it makes sense to limit viewings in lieu of the sequel... but it could backfire too. I don't think I'd see the sequel (or prequel) without knowing anything about the original first.

adrenaline78 11-18-10 07:38 AM

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Good to know my copy is going up in value.. I bought it at a second hand store for 7 bucks this past summer.

Quack 11-18-10 11:07 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
You can find one on my DVD rack. ;)

toddly6666 11-18-10 11:23 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
jeez, thank god I didn't sell it for 3 bucks at my local used dvd store - I had no idea it was valuable and out of print!

It would be a shame if they didn't release the original Tron on blu-ray even if Tron Legacy doesn't do well financially.

milo bloom 11-18-10 11:27 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
The Phantom Menace is on Bluray?

I've had the 2 discer for years, I don't think I've actually sat down and watched it though, I may not have seen it since I was a kid.

toddly6666 11-18-10 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by milo bloom (Post 10497669)
The Phantom Menace is on Bluray?

Who's the idiot that wrote that article? Besides the fact that Phantom Menace is not on blu, Tron's special effects and total look is 100 times better than the dated awful Phantom Menace. What a shmuck!

kenbuzz 11-18-10 12:39 PM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
Too bad someone doesn't rip their DVD and set it up for streaming via a home server.

I've got the 20th Anniversary DVD ($148.99 at Buy.com today - woot!) but don't have the bandwidth.

Of course, you can just buy a copy from eBay. The prices have spiked this week into the $40-50 range, but as recently as last week you could get it for $10. Two week ago, $5. Just have patience, they'll come back down - but it might not be until after Tron 2 comes and goes.

Rob V 11-18-10 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by kenbuzz (Post 10497792)
Too bad someone doesn't rip their DVD and set it up for streaming via a home server.

I thought of that but just couldn't believe it wasn't readily available on Amazon for a decent price.

LJG765 11-18-10 01:14 PM

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For the OP, try your local library. Mine has copies available for borrowing.

Mabuse 11-18-10 01:49 PM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
The HDNet channel aired it a couple months ago. They might be showing it again. I don't buy that "affraid to let people see it" conspiracty. Tron isn't dated, it's just incredibly stylized. It's like nothing ever made before or since. It alienated audiences in 1982 and it has the same potential to alienate today. That isn't a bad thing. Any audience alienated by the complete departure of Tron, will probably be alienated by the sequal too. That's their problem. Astute viewers will enjoy it.

Mondo Kane 11-18-10 03:45 PM

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I never even got around to the DVD, but I've been having some fun by re-visiting the movie on different format(s) recently:
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/718...6321000086.jpg

smurr05 11-18-10 03:51 PM

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I still have my copy of the 2D 20th anniversary collector's edition and its a great DVD IMO! Think I paid about $15.00 new-

bboisvert 11-18-10 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by EdTheRipper (Post 10497259)
I'm honestly surprised that Disney hasn't got a re-release out by now. It could only help drum up business for the sequel.

Disney's not stupid. They've clearly considered this and their fear is that it'll do the exact opposite -- and keep today's teens at home.

You'll see this re-released (DVD/Blu) when Legacy hits home media. Until then, the OP needs to find a friend with a copy or resort to torrents.


Originally Posted by Mabuse (Post 10497944)
It alienated audiences in 1982 and it has the same potential to alienate today. That isn't a bad thing. Any audience alienated by the complete departure of Tron, will probably be alienated by the sequal too. That's their problem.

But, from Disney's perspective, a viewer "alienated" by the sequel has already purchased a ticket.

If they put the DVD into circulation, people Netflix it, get "alienated" and then never go see Legacy.


You say you aren't buying the conspiracy, but you're making a sound argument for it. :D

tylergfoster 11-18-10 06:03 PM

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Earlier this year my 2-disc was scratched so I went into a Fry's and replaced it for $14.99. Wish I'd have stocked up.

Dr Mabuse 11-19-10 01:32 AM

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Wow I have that 20th version too. Didn't realize it was valuable.

Alan Smithee 11-19-10 03:03 AM

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http://www.links.net/dox/flix/ced/pix/tron1.jpg

dvdjunkie32 11-19-10 08:04 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
Sold my 20th version a few months ago on Amazon for $28. Dammit, now I could have got a lot more for it. At least I made a digital copy so I still can watch it.

sandman007 11-19-10 08:56 AM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
I think I got mine from Best Buy when it was on sale for $7.50 years ago. I still have it sealed, just never got around to rewatching it again since it airs on TV every so often.

Mabuse 11-19-10 11:39 AM

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I'd sell mine today for big $$$ because I'm sure a bluray is in the pipes. But the way Disney is operating lately they probably won't port over all the supplements.

Double_Oh_7 11-19-10 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee (Post 10499000)

OMG! RCA videodiscs!! I had those, too, and they would ALWAYS skip. Worst format ever.

orangerunner 11-19-10 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Double_Oh_7 (Post 10499790)
OMG! RCA videodiscs!! I had those, too, and they would ALWAYS skip. Worst format ever.

I owned one of those for about six months. It actually had better picture quality when it wasn't relentlessly skipping every minute or so.

It came in a hard outer shell and the disc never saw the light of day and yet somehow there were still so many problems.

No regrets selling that machine.

calhoun07 11-19-10 08:52 PM

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Sure, it's dated compared to Avatar and other highly advanced CGI movies, but I think it holds up well. Of course, I am that 40 year old guy who loved the movie as a kid. But I don't know...we threw it in at work one time on the HDTV there (just an upconvert of the DVD, obviously) and it went over well. No laughing and pointing out the dated effects.

Like somebody said earlier, there's more modern movies with clunkier looking CGI effects than Tron.

starman9000 11-19-10 09:13 PM

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Thanks for this thread. I love the movie but just sold my copy and will happily re-buy sometime in the next year I'm sure.

joe_b 11-20-10 12:50 AM

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I purchased the 20th Anniversary DVD at Sam Goody's the week it was released (for about $30 :eek:). I watched it once, then it sat on my shelf for a couple years. When I finally decided to watch it again, the movie wouldn't even play. The disc was flawless, but it was like the content had been wiped out. I don't know if it was DVD rot, but it's the only time I've ever experienced this. I ended up throwing my copy in the garbage, but now I wish I had tried contacting the disc replacement program Disney had going. Or, I could have just tried boiling the damn thing. :lol:

Still, this is a movie I would definitely have upgraded to BD anyway. I would have parted with the DVD eventually, it just sucks I can't watch it again before the sequel comes out.

N8 Storm 11-20-10 08:54 AM

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I bought this for pretty cheap earlier this year at Best Buy. I'm surprised it has jumped up in value so quickly.

Isny 11-21-10 12:14 AM

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In Canada this can be had through Future Shop for $5.99.

It's out of stock now, but they always get more stock in. (Anytime it shows as "will ship when available" they always end up finding more stock)

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...e9dfa67d5fen02

MTRodaba2468 11-21-10 12:04 PM

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I've got the 20th Anniversary Edition too. I think I paid about $14 for it. Had no idea that it became somewhat valuable.

Rob V 11-21-10 09:02 PM

Re: Tron: where in the world can I find it?
 
I got around to watching it this weekend. Let's just say I wasn't overly impressed -- dated graphics / special effects aside, the dialogue and improbably breaking and entering of a major corporation was campy at best. Also, having ANY employee walk directly into a VP's office to talk logistics is laughable. I know that's nitpicky but it's the kind of stuff that made me roll my eyes in addition to the dated graphics :)

i86time 11-21-10 10:05 PM

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You probably missed it, but Walter was one of ENCOM's original programmers (coding the prototype of the MCP) and was at one time Dillinger's superior at the company. As for breaking in, difficult - yes, but not impossible. Lora broke into her own lab using her own credentials, not that far fetched - and this was way before September 11th. As for the FX, sure they look old, they are over 28 years old. Ten years from now Avatar is gonna look like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. But the visuals are far from dated, a more correct word is 'groundbreaking.' I will admit the dialogue is hokey (and the guard jumping off the solar sailor without even engaging TRON?!?) but that's 'charm.'

story 11-22-10 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by joe_b (Post 10500796)
I watched it once, then it sat on my shelf for a couple years. When I finally decided to watch it again, the movie wouldn't even play. The disc was flawless, but it was like the content had been wiped out. I don't know if it was DVD rot, but it's the only time I've ever experienced this.

End of line.

Mabuse 11-23-10 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Rob V (Post 10504025)
Also, having ANY employee walk directly into a VP's office to talk logistics is laughable. I know that's nitpicky but it's the kind of stuff that made me roll my eyes in addition to the dated graphics :)

Yeah, I think you missed it. Walter started the company, but was now just one of its top engineers. I'm sure they talk often, although they clearly don't get along. I know a guy who founded a semi-conductor company, but his title is VP of Design; he hired a CEO, CFO, President, etc. Tech guys don't know business.

Now Dilinger's hiring is a lot more complicated than that, but you seem to not fully grasp the complexity of the relationship.

But this is the problem with the movie (as much as I love it). It has a whole world to establish: Characters, their relationships to one another, the rules of the user/computer universes, the dynamics of ENCOM, who started it, who grew it, and who took it over, etc. All the while more than half of the audience wants to just get to the computer world, see the special effects and action, and move on to the next thing. The first 20 minutes are filled with racingly fast (and glossed over) diaglogue that moves so fast to fill in so much detail, that even interested viewers are like "what happened to who?"

OceaniaAE1 11-23-10 01:21 PM

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The above comment is priceless. END OF LINE. I agree that just because its dated doesnt mean its bad. Like the above said...give avatar a few years, then well see whats what.

arminius 11-23-10 01:47 PM

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I still like Tron, Avatar is a far poorer movie.

bboisvert 11-23-10 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Rob V (Post 10504025)
Let's just say I wasn't overly impressed -- dated graphics / special effects aside, the dialogue and improbably breaking and entering of a major corporation was campy at best.

This was a goofy Disney movie released in 1982. If you were the target audience at that time (a "tween" boy into early video games and PCs), it would have been jaw-dropping. I know -- because I was the target audience back then.

The FX, while obviously dated, were revolutionary at the time and pushed the industry forward.


Yeah, it's dated now. Which is one of the main reasons why it is not in-print on DVD or Blu-ray. Disney doesn't want to scare off today's tweens... they want their money for the new sequel. THEN, once they're enthralled with Tron Legacy, they'll get them to spend $$$ to buy the original.

Personally, even putting my obvious nostalgia behind, I think the movie still holds up. It's fun and very watchable. And the FX fit the story -- they are *supposed* to represent the insides of an circa-1980 computer system. The dated look is appropriate. Just as the modern look to the new film is appropriate for that system 28 years later.

asianxcore 11-23-10 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Rob V (Post 10497254)
I've never seen Tron. Not sure why, but it I haven't. So now with the new movie coming out next month, I'd like to catch up. One problem: you can't find the DVD to rent ANYWHERE and the cheapest I've found to buy it is $35!

I was shocked that Netflix doesn't carry it let alone stream it. Any suggestions as to where I could rent / buy it for a reasonable price? I've looked on many DVD sites as well as Ebay already.

Thanks.

Going around the $55-60+ range now on Ebay.

Yikes

porieux 11-23-10 06:20 PM

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If Tron is "dated" then I wish more films were "dated" because it's still great.


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