|Helps to have a hot chick in your marketing campaign|
I think I am going to start a series of movie reviews...it maybe a series of one. There will be spoilers, but if I have seen a movie...pretty muck everyone in the world has seen it. First up is Tron: Legacy. Disney pumped a lot of money into the marketing of this movie. They created a huge hype that started at Comic-Con 18 months before the release. In a marketing standpoint, Disney did a text book job. Of course, it helps that Disney has money to do this kind of thing.
As a movie, this is about as good as the first one. The film makers created a word for the audience to get lost in. The special effects, costumes, sets...all the visual stuff was stunning, just like the 1982 release of the original. Bottom line, this movie just looks cool.
|Screen cap from movie, or video game?|
|Psst, he has a Ducati|
|Cool refresh of original light cycle|
|They have books in the grid...and roasted pig|
|Talk about suspension of disbelief|
|Daft Punk totally jacked rifts from this single|
I did not see this in the theaters. I watched it on the next best thing, Blu-Ray. So, the sound should be pretty damn close to what I would have experience in the theater. I found myself constantly adjusting the volume just to not blow my speakers/ears out with music and action scenes versus the dialogue scenes. What tells a story? Right, the narrative. Which means dialogue is very important, especially when you create a world with your own rules. You as a filmmaker, you need to inform the audience through dialogue, narration, visual ques, etc., as to what is going on. Well, that is hard when the music and action scenes are loud as fuck and the dialogue is inaudible. Heck, I had to turn on the subtitles just so I can read the dialogue that the sound editors should have cranked up to better match the rest of the movie.
|Four disc set. The 3D means 3 discs that are useless|
Disc 1 - Blu-Ray 3D: Unless you have a 3D TV and a 3D Blu-Ray player, this disc is useless
Disc 2 - Blu-Ray: This is the only useful disc in the set. Standard movie and minimal special features. I was hoping to see more behind the scenes content on production design. Also, no director commentary.
Disc 3 - DVD: Manufactures have been including a DVD with their Blu-Ray releases. The main reason is to have the Blu-Ray at home and the DVD in the portable player on the go for kids. Good marketing, but pretty much a waste of plastic. I would rather have more special features.
Disc 4 - Digital Copy: Again, great marketing but a waste of plastic and money better spent on more behind the scenes content. Anyone can with a computer can rip a DVD or Blu-Ray to a digital copy. That same computer can 'acquire' a digital copy...even before the movie comes out.
If you can tolerate the "Academy Award Nominated Sound Editing", I recommend checking out Tron: Legacy. The visuals alone are worth watching.