Director Joseph Kosinski Explains Why TRON: LEGACY Should Be Seen In IMAX 3D

     December 16, 2010

Greetings, programs! If it wasn’t clear, Tron: Legacy is a visual behemoth. The film oozes with luminescent colors and stunning visuals. Having seen the film earlier this week, that isn’t just my impression from trailers and screen caps. This is one of those films you would be foolish to pass up seeing in a theater.  IMAX 3D only enhances that experience to another degree. Director Joseph Kosinski recorded a video in an effort to explain what makes IMAX 3D the preferred format for viewing Tron: Legacy this weekend.  The major thing to know is that 43 minutes of the film will expand to full IMAX dimensions!  So hit the jump for the full video, plot synopsis, and my brief impressions of the film.


For those not up to speed, here is the official synopsis for the film:

“TRON is a 3D high—tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech—savvy 27—year—old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life—and—death journey across a visually—stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.”

One note of particular interest that I hadn’t known prior to the video is that the IMAX 3D theaters display the film with a different projector for each eye. While I’m not sure if that is just pumping the format or that really is something that separates IMAX 3D from the others, it would help brighten the image. One of the most common complaints from the 3D naysayers is that the films become dark when you add on the 3D glasses; food for thought there.

The other highlight is that 43 minutes of the film will expand to full IMAX dimensions, which is sure to generate a continuous gasp from the audience. The film itself is full of eye candy, and while the plot becomes a bit cumbersome and unwieldy towards the end, the film is still a lot of fun. Legacy doesn’t have a lot of emotional pull, but that is made up with stunning visuals, excellent music by Daft Punk, and a ton of humor. Without that humor, the film would feel really flat. Luckily, Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde get the opportunity to drop one-liners that lights up the audience and by the end, I wanted to immediately return. Oh, and the grid games are a bitter sweet blast; there just isn’t enough!

Look for coverage of Tron: Legacy all this week and Matt’s review later tonight. You can hit the grid with Tron: Legacy this Friday in 3D and 2D nationwide.


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  • Kurt

    There are multiple setup’s for IMAX film based theatres. There is the SR system which runs two projectors side by side projecting the right and left eye. Then there is the GT system which is the orginal IMAX system. This runs a rolling loop system, the right and left eye run at the same time through the same projector. There are two 15,000 Watt lamps that project the image on screen. Your average multiplex digital house runs a single lamp or in the dual stack system at 4k.

    Also TRON does not expand to the full IMAX dimensions, it still leaves about 5 feet at the top of the screen and about 2 feet or more at the bottom. Other then Dark Knight this is the best use of the IMAX film frame and must be viewed in IMAX film based theatre. Not in a LIEMax

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