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‘Tron: Legacy’ won’t be understood without seeing ‘Tron,’ which is hard to get

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: I generally don’t do the whole ‘look what this critic wrote’, as it’s awfully close to just stealing someone else’s work for the sake of content. However, now that “Tron: Legacy” reviews are slowly coming in (pretty positive so far, but I suspect that will even out when the traditional critics see it), there is something that is worth noting. In one of two reviews now up at Rotten Tomatoes, Jenna Busch of JoeBlo.com makes the following comment:

“I just think that all of the things they put in are not going to be understood by people who haven’t seen the first film. And there it is. I’ve spoken to a bunch of people who were at the screening who hadn’t. They were bored. Not because it wasn’t shiny. Not because they don’t like sci-fi. Because they got tired of trying to figure out what the hell was happening. There is a reveal at the end of the film that not one of these people understood. I almost missed it myself, since it was bogged down in other ideas and events.”

Okay, so apparently you need to have seen and remembered the original to understand and enjoy this sequel. That’s fine and dandy in a normal situation. If this were “The Matrix Reloaded” or “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” moviegoers could easily check out the prior films in the respective franchises and get caught up with time to spare. After all, anyone who walks into “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I” and/or “Saw VI” without a working knowledge of the prior films has only themselves to blame. But here’s the catch: good luck trying to find the original “Tron” in the next three weeks. It’s no longer available to rent on Netflix. It’s under ‘very long wait’ at the Blockbuster Online site, and the in-store copy at my local Blockbuster mysteriously vanished at least a month ago. Want to buy the film on DVD? Well, break out your checkbook because the out-of-print 25th Anniversary edition is going for $160 new and $75 used. On the plus side, for those itching to save a couple bucks, they do have used VHS copies going for a mere $40.

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