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Bootleg Tron 2 Trailer Is Out In the Wild 216

An anonymous reader writes "Gizmodo and Filmstalker are showing the Tron 2 (aka Tr2n) teaser from Comic-Con 08. From the Giz article: 'It's a tiny bootleg video, but I don't care. You can see that the 3D looks amazing, the new lightcycles are stunning (and move like real bikes), the world and the whole mood is Batman-like dark. And Jeff Bridges ... well, he is Jeff Bridges. What can I say, he looks like a badass version of The Dude. "It's just a game!" he shouts. No, it's not. It's Tr2n. At last. Note: excuse the excitement, but I saw the original in the movie theater, and 200 times after that. With War Games, it's what got me into technology when I was a kid, and ultimately here in Giz. The only thing that has me worried is that the characters in the computer world are fully 3D.'"
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Bootleg Tron 2 Trailer Is Out In the Wild

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  • by Naughty Bob ( 1004174 ) * on Saturday July 26, 2008 @01:31PM (#24349269)
    This film looks killer, though the quality of the clip is very bootleg. There's so much potential (a 68.71% chance?) for subtle nerdy references in this...

    Did anyone else notice that the yellow dude looked just like Rimmer? I hope he plays a thinly veiled UAC, that would be perfect.

    End of line.
    • by Sponge Bath ( 413667 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @01:43PM (#24349371)

      I hope he plays a thinly veiled UAC...

      Allow or Deny?

      Or in Dr Who speak: "Obey or Exterminate?"

    • I think its David Warner. []

    • by Shabbs ( 11692 )

      Very bootleg indeed. The article summary suggests "You can see that the 3D looks amazing". HA! Looks about the same as the original Tron from the quality of the capture. I'm sure it will be slick, but this bootleg doesn't give you any hint as to what's coming as far as quality. I'm excited, I loved Tron, pumped many thousands of quarters into the video game and of course, own the 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD... may have to watch it again this weekend...

      Looking forward to seeing this become a reality

      • Oh, I bet my rear end that we'll see a new computer game, too, don't worry.

        I just pray (I might even turn religious over that again) that they don't just dump it on some studio to make a quick buck but that we actually get a great game out of it.

    • This film looks killer, though the quality of the clip is very bootleg.

      You don't watch many bootlegs, do you? Try the NYC Bitch Committee's release of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on February 26, 2008, or the audience video of Acoustic Syndicate on December 22, 2007. There are quite a few high quality bootleg audience videos out there.

      Frankly, I'm disappointed that geeks couldn't do any better. Hell, Eric Clapton's fans have top-quality audience videos of half the shows he's played in the last decade

      • You don't watch many bootlegs, do you?

        More than you it would seem. I agree that good quality bootlegs exist, but to infer that these are representative of the majority betrays a considerable jejunity. To then equate the difficulty of snatching pre-release footage of a blockbuster film, to managing to record a Clapton gig, heftily reinforces that impression of naivety.

        Then I saw your sig, and realised that these issues are the least of your problems.

  • Tr2n? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @01:32PM (#24349279) Homepage Journal

    How do you even pronounce something like that? "Two" doesn't sound like the letter "O" nor does it look like one. Isn't "2" supposed to replace the letter "Z" or something?

    Can someone with a major in L337-sp34k explain it?

  • So both the submitter *and* the /. editor failed to read the submission?

  • Saw the original in theaters, can point out the hidden Mickey Mouse. Inspired me to become an avid gamer. /end of line

  • 1. Make Tron in 1980's and lose money
    2. Make sequel to the failure movie
    3. ???
    4. PROFIT!!!

    Wouldn't investors want more details about step 3?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Tumbleweed ( 3706 ) *

      1. Make Tron in 1980's and lose money
      2. Make sequel to the failure movie
      3. ???
      4. PROFIT!!!

      Wouldn't investors want more details about step 3?

      Step 3 seems obvious: The geek kids who loved the original Tron have grown up to have high-paying computer industry jobs, and can easily afford repeated viewings of the sequel, plus Blu-Ray special editions, etc.

    • Tron while an oddity in the 1980's is iconic now. There have been a LOT of popular shows have referenced this material in one form or another such that it has become popular among the general public (even if they've never seen the movie). So, I don't think getting to step 4 is that far fetched.
    • Worked for Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, didn't it? Oh, wait.

  • by b1t r0t ( 216468 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @02:03PM (#24349509) []

    Because it was annoying enough for me to figure out which links to click, and I want to save someone else from the effort.

    So is this for real? Are they really making a sequel, or is this just some guy's fan-made video? It's pretty good, though. Even with the rough quality (or maybe because of it), it looks like they had guys really riding motorcycles like that, then added CGI over the live footage.

    • I don't get it. Didn't Tron 2 come out like 5 years ago? It was a video game, and a pretty decent one.

  • by iamwhoiamtoday ( 1177507 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @02:04PM (#24349511)
    While you are waiting for "Tron 2" go on ahead and play Armagetron. It's quite a lot of fun, and is one of the games of choice for my lan parties now. []
  • by pete-classic ( 75983 ) <> on Saturday July 26, 2008 @02:20PM (#24349619) Homepage Journal

    he looks like a badass version of The Dude

    That's just, like, your opinion, man.


  • I'm only 22, I was not alive when the original came out. The first time I heard of Tron was from the Simpson's Halloween special where they reference if anyone has seen the movie in which no one has seen it before. Sometime after that I saw in the TV Guide that Tron was going to be playing on the Disney channel. I watched it, it looked cool, it was pretty awesome, but I am also someone who loves sci-fi movies.

    This movie is to cater one demand in entertainment (SCIFI - XMEN,BATMAN,ETC, these movies are ma
  • yesyesyes (Score:4, Funny)

    by ocularDeathRay ( 760450 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @02:45PM (#24349805) Journal
    Greetings, programs!

    WAAAAHHHGHGHGH, I am soooooo excited about this. I even use extra oooooo's in sooooo to illustrate my happiness.

    seriously, tron was a huge part of my childhood. I used to have a VHS taped from a TV broadcast. I had the movie, and the commercials memorized. I would plant my ass in front of the TV, watch my Tron, and make my legos. I would be sitting there building a castle or something, and muttering the dialog along with the movie, then, the commercials would come on and I would continue: "Heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness, are all signs...".

    Do you think we can merge with this memory, bit?

    my older brother and sister had an intellivision,so I came up playing that. (I was born in 1981) my FAVORITE game was Tron, Deadly Discs. it remained my favorite game until the NES hit a few years later.

    I used to get my parents to take me to chuck-e-cheese's (a pizza video game place if you are from far off lands, I am not a totally insensitive clod), and I would take all the tokens and pump them into the tron machine. Mom would say "wouldn't you like to try some other games?"....

    "BUT MOOOOOM! I WANNA PLAY MY TRON! Can I watch my tron when I get home?"

    "Kelly, you have seen that program a million times, don't you think you should get outside and play?"


    "kelly you need your exercise"

    "BUT MO-OM! I am playing the game and I wanna go watch the movie and make my legos!"

    and so on

    Bring in the logic probe! I can't wait anymore
    • Please tell me you got to buy the action figures and light cycles.
    • by vistic ( 556838 )

      Haha, I had memorized all the commercials from my taped copy of The Goonies.

      Actually, it doesn't feel quite right when I watch the DVD and don't have the cool commercial breaks.

  • by Daniel Dvorkin ( 106857 ) * on Saturday July 26, 2008 @02:46PM (#24349813) Homepage Journal

    So much so, in fact, that it looks like a couple of guys riding bikes around a neon-lit soundstage. Woo-hoo.

    Maybe I'm just a bitter old fart, but one of my problems with a lot of modern video games is that the physics are kind of in the uncanny valley for me -- they're undeniably much more realistic than they were when I was a teenage gaming geek a quarter of a century ago (and we used real quarters back then, whippersnapper!) but they're still not quite realistic enough, so I find them constantly distracting. The light cycles in the original Tron moved like they could, in fact, exist only in a video game universe; the scenes with them were maybe the only part of the movie where you could really believe you were seeing a world completely different from that outside the machine. If Tr2n has the almost-but-not-quite-real look of most modern video games, which is what the trailer seems to indicate, then it will be quite a disappointment ... maybe not to younger viewers, but to those of us who were teenagers when the original came out, and I think we're the target demographic here.

    Ah, what the hell. Of course I'll go see it. ;)

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      I believe the target demographic for this film would be those of us who saw the original as children, and now have geek offspring of our own to take to the theaters.

      Obligatory Simpson's quote, "Has anybody seen the movie Tron?".
  • by Dachannien ( 617929 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @03:31PM (#24350193)

    Two things:

    1. In the future, programs will fight each other using Aerobies rather than Frisbees.

    2. It's a helluva lot harder to get derezzed than it used to be.

  • by Digital Vomit ( 891734 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @03:45PM (#24350309) Homepage Journal

    the new lightcycles are stunning (and move like real bikes),

    They moved like real bikes in the original movie as well. It was only on the game grid that the lightcycles appeared to turn at right angles.

  • by Plazmid ( 1132467 ) on Saturday July 26, 2008 @06:25PM (#24351871)
    that the bad guys are some sort of file sharing program.
    1. You grab a bar that becomes the axle on the front wheel as you morph into the light cycle, you don't jump into the air for some unknown reason to land on top of a light cycle rider.
    2. Light cycles turn 90 degrees instantly. Seeing pathetic little air brakes (is that what they were?) and a sideways skidding bike make me wanna puke. He could have come withing an inch of the wall and taken off to the side without losing any speed.

    Maybe these changes will be explained as having to do with computer advances or

    • As much as I agree with your post in how they've trashed the original ideas on how kinetics work in the virtual world of Tron, as a major geek I have to point out:

      "Light cycles turn 90 degrees instantly. Seeing pathetic little air brakes (is that what they were?) and a sideways skidding bike make me wanna puke. He could have come withing an inch of the wall and taken off to the side without losing any speed."

      Have you not seen Tron recently or don't you remember that the 90 degrees instant turn only hap
  • What's with all this waiting - nobody is getting any younger you know!

  • Speed Racer showed us physics-defying CGI cars, and pretended that it was happening in the real world. The result was, hmmm, kinda sucky. TR2N, otoh, is going to give us physics-defying CGI light-cycles, but admit that it's all happening in an unreal world. I expect that this movie will be a visual orgasm.

    PS I watched that trailer five times before coming back here to post this.

  • The good news: George Lucas is not involved in this one, but rumor is that Pixar may be.

    At first, I was going to cry, "Bullshit", but then I thought about it a bit more. On the 25th anniversay DVD, John Lassiter tells us that TRON inspired him to get into CGI animation, and let's face it, any one of us could replicate TRON's special effects at home today. The day after Disney acquired Pixar, I could see Lassiter saying, "OK, I want to do my first live action movie, and I want it to be TRON". With all those pitch-black backgrounds and such, that trailer does't need the CPU cycles that even t

  • by Jay Maynard ( 54798 ) on Sunday July 27, 2008 @07:25AM (#24356715) Homepage

    To answer the inevitable questions: No, they haven't asked me to participate yet. Yes, if they ask, I'll do it.

    • by chiph ( 523845 )
      In these days of agressive IP protection, instead of an invitation you'll probably get a C&D letter.

      Chip H.
  • How is their funding?
    If it's weak, has anyone set up an account for donations?

    Chip H.

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