Last Thursday night (10/28), I was among the
fans geeks at the Tron Night preview that Disney hosted at different theaters around the country. The night began with a ID check while standing in line. At this point I was told that turning off my phone would not be enough, so with my Tron Night wristband securely on my wrist I went back out to the car and hid my phone. This worked out perfectly since my guest for the night, my brother (and fellow geek), showed up as I was heading back from my car.
When we re-entered the IMAX section of the multi-plex, we where handed 3-D glasses and a Tron: Legacy poster. I joked with my brother about how many of the posters would end up on eBay tomorrow.
As the 20-some-odd minute preview started, a terminal prompt appeared on screen. Out typed a note from the director of the film thanking us for coming and introducing the clips that where about to be shown. The IMAX logo zoomed on to the screen and we entered the world of Tron.
I laughed when Flynn’s old desk displayed a Solaris Unix prompt. I’m pretty sure when I saw the original, I didn’t know what Unix was.
As Sam entered the grid, I watched in awe at the special effects and 3-D. I was sucked into the grid by the way the effects seemed to enhance the story. This was a man searching for the father he thought was lost. I am always a bit leery of special effects heavy movies because many of them forget to include a story. From what I saw at Tron Night, Tron: Legacy doesn’t look to be in that category.
Needless to say, my brother and I now have tickets for the midnight show on opening night. So thanks to the folks at Disney and I promise my poster won’t get put on eBay (though it might end up in my one of my nephew’s rooms).
Disney has posted a couple of clips of what I saw that night at the Tron: Legacy website. I’ve also include the latest trailer just for fun.