Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at TRON… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
1982 was a great year for cinema, loads of classics such as Blade Runner, Dark Crystal, Rocky III, Conan The Barbarian, Star Trek II, First Blood, E.T and, of course, TRON.
TRON is a extremely unique movie. Combining live-action with back lit animation and state of the art computer generated imagery. Produced at a time when Disney were desperate to boost their profits because the studio’s output of work was very poor so they jumped at the idea of TRON. The movie didn’t really do that well at the time, it made a small profit but it slipped away from theatres relatively quickly, probably down to E.T dominating the box office.
TRON developed a huge cult following once it hit video and inspired many artists over the years thanks to its visual design. People today often laugh at the computer effects but you have to remember this was made 30 years ago and they had no software to really develop the tools in order to produce the computer generated imagery, its was an extremely lengthy and difficult process at the time and they need to be applauded for their efforts.
Lets take a trip back to TRON…End of Line