As approach the release of TRON Legacy, I have heard many complaints about the lack of availability of the original TRON on DVD. An interesting phenomenon has occurred that I have never seen before. A few years ago, Disney released the TRON 20th Anniversary Edition on a 2-disc set and this appears to be the last copy circulating around. I did some research to discover why. Disney, fearing the aged graphics will turn off younger viewers, has pulled all known copies of TRON from the shelves and online stores. You may even noticed that there have been no releases of images, books, or toys referring to the original TRON. Disney is trying to keep the public from seeing the outdated CGI and out-of-style design from this early 80’s cult classic. Currently copies of TRON on DVD are going for $100-150 on Ebay, it’s that rare! It’s like Disney is the MCP trying to wipe out the TRON program from existence! Whoa, so meta.
For the record, the studio denies intentionally depriving TRON fans the original cut but it’s evident that’s what is going on. Rarely does a studio miss the opportunity to cash in on a past product unless it fears it will negatively affect its upcoming one. Disney says they have the Blue Ray master and is just waiting for the most ‘strategic’ time…yea, right. iTunes and Netflix mysteriously stopped carrying it and most Blockbusters don’t have it anymore either. Here in LA only 2 of the 30 stores hav it in stock. Coincidence? If I were a Bit, I would say ‘no, no, no’.
So for those of you that don’t own a copy but desperately want to know what you missed, check out this brief synopsis from video above from Indie Mogul’s Grace Randolph.
On Thursday I will also being posting my review of the original TRON in preparation of TRON Legacy.