For a movie getting a lavish update, the original Tron’s been pretty quiet. There was talk of a Blu-Ray release earlier in the year, but it disappeared almost as soon as it was announced. Last week saw a pretty good guess as to why: it’s embarassing. The CGI is all neon grids and pre-Pixar geometry, the lost-in-a-computer storyline feels obsolete in an age of smartphones, and the live-action elements stick out like a forehead tattoo reading “1982.” An HD release would only emphasize the awful truth: this is how we thought computers worked back then.
Which is to say, it’s pretty fantastic—as long as you’re not the type to be embarrassed about the past.
Daft Punk have been resting comfortably in the pop music pantheon for almost a decade now, descending only for 2007’s victory-lap stadium tour, but they haven’t given too many hints as to what the next step might be. At least until now.
The robot duo’s score for Tron: Legacyjust got its own website bearing their first new work in five years…and it sounds pretty good. The four-on-the-floor kick drum’s missing, but you can find a few of the old tricks if you look for them. Some critics are even reading an Oscar push into it, but if nothing else it suggests they’re considering a Hollywood afterlife along the lines of Robbie Robertson, Mark Mothersbaugh or even Hans Zimmer if they’re lucky. Count us among the very excited.