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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


BLU-RAY/ DVD review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  125 minutes, multiple featurettes, TRON: Uprising animated trailer, music video, The Next Day epilogue

VIDEO:  2.35:1/ 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 DVS, English 2.0, English 7.1 DTS_HD MA (Blu-ray)

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish


STUDIO:  Walt Disney Pictures/ LivePlanet

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  12-17-2010



STARRING Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn), Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn/ Clu), Olivia Wilde (Quorra), Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley/ Tron), Beau Garrett (Gem), Michael Sheen (Castor/ Zuse)

music by DAFT Punk

WRITTEN by Edward Kitiss and Adam Horowitz (story/ screenplay), and Brian Klugman (story) and Lee Sternthal (story)

based on the characters created by  Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird

DIRECTED by Joseph Kosinski

SYNOPSIS:  Kevin Flynn tells his son about the great things he is doing in the Grid before he disappears one night to never return.  It is 20 years later, and his son, Sam Flynn, is grown up with no interest in running ENCOM (the company that his father built).  Sam plays the yearly prank on the company when his father's business partner Alan tells him about being paged by Kevin from the Flynns arcade (and the phone line has been disconnected for 20 years).  Sam goes to Flynns to investigate and he gets transported into the cyberspace world of the Grid run by his father's digital self, Clu.   Sam finds out Clu has taken over the Grid and is planning to invade the real world from the digital world.  He reunites with his father with the help of a warrior named Quorra (she dreams of seeing the real world).   Can they work together to stop Clu?


ANALYSIS:   TRON LEGACY is a fitting sequel that respects the original film while improving on it in parts.  It is a visual spectacle with a cool electronic score by DAFT Punk.   The story is about fathers and sons.    It is also about finding direction and facing the legacies you create.     It also paints Kevin Flynn as a changed man who is more powerful than he was in the first TRON.  Jeff Bridges has his work cut out in a dual role as Flynn and his digital creation Clu.    Bridges brings more acting ability to the film and wisdom to the character of an older Kevin Flynn.   Olivia Wilde nails it as the child-like warrior who will protect while wanting to see the outside world.  She is hungry to see Sam and Kevin's world while Clu wants to control it.


 The action is incredible and I wonder how they will do a sequel to this one because they want to do a trilogy.   Joseph Kosinski blows me away with an impressive feature film debut as a director. 


TRON LEGACY is light years ahead in digital effects technology even though the first TRON was the birth of digital effects aka CGI.   On a visual level, it is as impressive as AVATAR and yet it has a better script.    TRON LEGACY uses 3D for the virtual world and improves on the look of the first film (which used crude CGI compared to today's films).  I can't wait to see this movie again.    I do want to see the original TRON again which is sadly out of print (but I hear that it will see re-release when TRON LEGACY hits DVD and Blu-ray) because I want to compare the two films.  TRON LEGACY does bring exposure of TRON to a new audience.  


TRON LEGACY is light years ahead on the story too.  After seeing the original TRON before watching the sequel again, I see TRON does kinda drag in the first half before being redeemed in the second half.   Still the sequel does have parallels with the first film in various ways and twist the ways things played out in the first film to make it fresh for the sequel.  I like how the Grid isn't seen until Sam Flynn enters it where you get spoiled by the Grid in the first one before Kevin Flynn is dragged in.   Also the sequel wisely focuses the narrative on inside the Grid where the original showed a little outside ten Grid while Kevin was in the Grid.   Sam gets caught by the cops in the real world in the same way he is caught on the Grid.  


Kevin Flynn reacts where Sam wants to make things happen.   Kevin's reacting to things is his downfall when Clu decides to take over the Grid while Kevin has to save his son in the sequel when Sam decides to act impulsively.    Clu is like the bad kid that Kevin didn't pay attention to enough while Sam is the good son that he was never around for (due to being trapped in the Grid).   Also I'm curious if Kevin Flynn will die if he brings Clu back into him or could it create something new on the Grid.   TRON LEGACY id make several times the amount TRON made and yet it didn't perform to Disney's expectations.   I hope DVD and Blu-ray sales are strong enough to prompt them to make  a sequel (the film has made about $400 million worldwide so far and the budget was $170 million not including the promotional budget).   I know a third film would probably be a little less in the area of budget, but TRON LEGACY and the epilogue FLYNN LIVES: THE NEXT DAY provides enough material and directions to explore.




First Look trailer at the TRON: UPRISING animated series airing this summer on DisneyXD

VISUALISING TRON-  a look at the fantastic production and costume design

INSTALLING THE CAST-   the cast talks about their roles and working with each other



all of the DVD extras plus

THE NEXT DAY: FLYNN LIVES- a ten minute epilogue/ companion piece to the film and then you get to unlock other videos related to it including a retro video game commercial for SPACE PARANOIDS

LAUNCHING THE LEGACY-  how the film came about including the teaser trailer they filmed for San Diego Comic Con which lead to Disney green lighting the sequel

DISC ROARS-  The Director records crowd noise and chants for the Disk Wars arena scenes in the film (at Comic Con)

DAFT PUNK music video for DEREZZED


DISENY SECOND SCREEN option is an application you can download and allow you to view additional content while watching the movie.   I may download this and check it out.


FINAL ANALYSIS:   After watching TRON LEGACY back-to-back with TRON, the sequel is much better than the original TRON (even though a viewing of TRON does enrich parts of the film for the viewer).   THE NEXT DAY epilogue is a must-watch after the movie.   Too bad they didn't record an audio commentary for the movie and I'm all for a third TRON.


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