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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 5:39 pm    Post subject: Tron (1982) Reply with quote




Cutting edge special effects in 1982!

Quaint and retro today.

Actually the FX weren't all that impressive even in 1982, but it was a big step in the right direction, and truly impressive CGI was a couple of years away.

Nowadays people complain about CGI and yearn for the old days with models and miniatures. Go figure.

The story in Tron was interesting but not very involving. It's hard to get caught up in the fate of virtual people who are actually just the applications on a computer. And the villain was an operating system that endeavored to streamline the computer's functions by eliminating obsolete programs.

Don't we pay money to have that done now? (Oh my god, we're killing tiny virtual people!) Shocked

As for the recent sequel, I can't speak for anybody else, but it presented a story that was . . . worse.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I well remember going to see Tron in its initial release,Bud.

I was fascinated by the dawn of a new era in visual FX & reading all about this new CGIthingy. Tron & The Last Starfighter were the first intros employing CGI.

T was dazzling to look at, the story was mediocre & only was there to support the FX. Any good or great sf film or tv show has the FX support the well written script.

Tron sequel was also astonishing eye candy. Unfortunately the script was equal to the first T film.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As is often the case with sci-fi films, Tron's strengths were it's components rather than it's whole. The motorcycle race scene tends to be what viewers retain most about about this one and that scene was a pretty epic piece of sci-fi film history, I think. There wasn't a whole lot beyond that to remember. Some films are like that, though.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some strange reason, I found the movie dark and depressing. It's probably because of the atmosphere in the virtual universe.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rocky Jones wrote:
The motorcycle race scene tends to be what viewers retain most about about this one and that scene was a pretty epic piece of sci-fi film history, I think.

I must admit, the light cycles still have a strong appeal, partly because of the great design of the light cyles by Sid Mead (I think).


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the Light Cycles were Syd Mead's. I met him briefly once at a showing of his work here in SF. I was in line with my bud Andy Probert, who's a big fan of his.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here's an interesting idea.

What if all of Tron's seriously dated CGI effects were recreated and inserted in place of the old ones?'

We've had several spirited debates on All Sci-Fi about the replacement of vintage special effects with CGI versions (like in TOS), but this is a new idea. The older CGI FX in the original Tron being replaced by modern CGI which would be much more impressive.

A large part of what flaws the older FX are the visible matte lines which fry and frizzle around the superimposed elements. And even though many of the FX (like the Light Cycles) are impressive, some of the graphics are pretty simple.






I wonder how hard (and how expensive) it would be? Would the creators have to start from scratch, or could they just enhance the existing FX? Perhaps it would it be a combination of the two.

Just a thought.

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