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I No Longer Need A Strategy Thanks to Modern Technology*

April 14, 2010

Could it be your face I see on my computer screen?

Tr2n: Legacy finally has an official release date – Christmas 2010 – and I am a trying to tamp down my excitement. Look, I come from a time where one had to use a steam engine to play Combat. Tron blew into town at time when Disney was trying to get its groove back.  The Black Hole (1979) and the highly underrated ghost tale The Watcher in the Woods (1980) had not revamping the brand the way it had hoped. Remember, The Little Mermaid was still seven years away.

Tron was expected to usher in a new direction for the mouse, However, with its modest box office success, accusations of “cheating” (via the use of computer technology still in its infancy) and mixed to terrible reviews, Tron seemed poised to become the Thank God It’s Friday of the sci-fi film world.

Shooby doo bop shoo doo bop I wanna love you, I wanna love ya, baby...

Enter Tron’s release on laser disc. I believe this was a game changer in some respects for sci-fi action films, more so than Ridley Scott playing footies with various cuts of Blade Runner. Seeing it on Laser Disc, with the visuals set to Wendy Carlos’s dazzling synth work probably did more for the film than legions of Queer Studies papers deconstructing the homoerotic relationship of Clu and Tron, though the papers were highly entertaining and very much appreciated.

Every time I approach this subject my thoughts are different. Right now I’m having I really can’t wait for this! peaceful easy feeling. That said don’t be surprised if down the road there is another installment of This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things featuring Tr2n.

*Beautiful love for the Zapp classic Computer Love for inspiring me to rework this post, which previously appeared on Shapely Prose.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. evmaroon permalink
    April 14, 2010 2:23 am

    I fell in love with Tron the movie only after I fell in love with Tron the arcade game. Even now, I can hear the musical score…

  2. April 14, 2010 3:25 am

    LOL Me too! Sometimes when I’m doing computery things I hear it in my head.

  3. April 14, 2010 7:15 am

    I rarely look forward to sequels but I am definitely eager to see Tron 2010: A Dude Odyssey.

    In geek circles at the time, Tron was considered cheating because of how much wasn’t computer-generated — only about 20 minutes was. Much of the rest was rotoscoped or high-contrast overlay work.

    I hope in all the new hotness they retain some of the cheese — I still LOL at “computer lingo” like “END OF LINE” which had been phased out in favor of the less ominous “new line” and “return” since at least the early 70s.

  4. April 14, 2010 8:37 am

    I still say, “Greetings, Program!” to people.

    Oh, man… DERAZZZZZZED!

  5. April 14, 2010 9:09 am

    I still say, “Greetings, Program!” to people.

    That’s right up there with “Shall. We. Play. A. Game?”

  6. April 14, 2010 9:44 am

    Someone posted a video of clips of tron set to Ready For The World’s Digital Display. It was incredible! Then YouTube removed it.

  7. April 14, 2010 10:01 am

    F a You Tube.

    And War Games. Sigh… I used to want to be Matthew Broderick so I could have mussy hair, act all smug and make out with Ally Sheedy.

  8. April 14, 2010 10:17 am

    Matthew Broderick’s had quite a run playing variations on essentially the same character.

  9. April 14, 2010 10:29 am

    And War Games. Sigh… I used to want to be Matthew Broderick so I could have mussy hair, act all smug and make out with Ally Sheedy.

    I think he’s doing this right now.

  10. April 14, 2010 11:52 am

    My Broderick Sense is tingling!

  11. April 14, 2010 12:24 pm

    He should do a sequel to Wargames!

  12. April 14, 2010 2:53 pm

    Wargames: Pregnancy

  13. April 14, 2010 6:35 pm

    Wargames: Pregnancy.


  14. April 14, 2010 10:34 pm

    HAHA Spoon. I like that this has Jeff Bridges in it.

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