As you know, I really liked the score for TRON Legacy by Daft Punk. I liked it so much that I went around the internet and downloaded all of the exclusive tracks that were provided by different websites. A few days ago I purchased TRON Legacy on Bluray and took some notes as to where all the cues fit into the film. Here is a list of all available tracks placed in chronological order.
TOTAL RUN TIME: 1:23:03
- The Grid
- The Son of Flynn
- Encom Part I (Special Edition CD)
- Encom Part II (Special Edition CD)
- Round One (Special Edition CD)
- The Game Has Changed
- Father and Son (iTunes Exclusive)
- Adagio for TRON
- Outlands, Part II (iTunes Exclusive)
- End of Line
- Reflections (Special Edition CD)
- Castor (Special Edition CD)
- Sea of Simulation (Amazon Exclusive)
- Solar Sailor
- Disc Wars
- Flynn Lives
- Sunrise Prelude (Nokia Exclusive)
- TRON Legacy [End Titles]
This is not a perfect list. There are some music cues in the film that aren’t available for purchase and some tracks such as “Castor” are split up between two scenes. I have scoured the internet looking for a list like this, but nobody has the answers. So until I see a more comprehensive list, this is the playlist that I am going with, even though I feel that the original album is the best way to listen to this score.
IF YOU FIND ANY MISTAKES ON THIS LIST, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW. END OF LINE. ::
In a year in which Robert Kirkman brought his Walking Dead series to television, i found myself becoming more and more excited about his comic book Astounding Wolf-Man, drawn by Jason Howard. I like Robert’s work on the Walking Dead comic, but of his 3 books this and Invincible is where it was at in 2010!
I have never participated in an Alternate Reality Game before Flynn Lives, but i was excited about TRON Legacy and figured it could be fun. These guys sent me posters, pins and all kinds of junk, just for playing some online games. It was a blast and got me fired up for TRON!
I really like Pixar movies. A lot. But a lot of them always seem to have some action packed third act that i just loses any emotional impact. Up and Wall*E are the main culprits of this, which is why i tend to gravitate towards Ratatouille as my favorite of their films. Toy Story 3 ends with a big action set piece as it’s climax, but that is sort of the formula for Toy Story films and this one is the most emotional. Just click the link above, and watch the “hand holding scene” with Michael Giacchino’s “Life and Death” from LOST.
It’s no secret that i love The Green Lantern and nothing got me as excited this year than catching my first glimpse at the live action film that comes out next year.
This works great as an album and even better as a film score. The french electronic duo Daft Punk throw their helmets in the ring and go toe to toe with some of the greatest composers of the past 10 years and deliver a one-two punch! Their score to TRON Legacy is incredible!
The End of my favorite show, LOST, happened this year and it went out with a bang! The entire sixth season played out like a reunion episode and i loved seeing all my favorite characters return for a celebration of friendship.
For hating these books with such a passion, i really found myself surprised with how much i loved this movie. I have only purchased 3 blurays this year and Kick-Ass was one of them. In case you were wondering, LOST season 6 and Fantasia were the other two.
Fact or Faked is essentially the Mythbusters of insane paranormal videos. They look at all that weird shit you see on youtube and debunk it. Sometimes they don’t debunk it and that is where things get interesting. I really enjoy this show and look forward to season two coming at the beginning of next year!
I knew that i was going to enjoy this film, but i was not prepared for how much i would love it. Tron Legacy is a sci fi film that does not cater to the dumb. It sticks pretty close to it’s roots and never lets go. I enjoyed this movie a lot an cannot wait to see it on bluray in 2011 along with its predecessor!
Disney has spent the last three years dumping tons of cash into a sequel to a film with an incredibly small fan base. They handed the picture over to people who made a film specifically for those few fans of the original film and hoped that it would please the masses. I don’t know if the majority of the people will enjoy Tron Legacy, but as a fan of the original, i loved it!
Ever since they talked about making a sequel to Tron, i always thought that it would be a good idea. I feel that, even though the computer generated effects were primitive, Tron was ahead of its time. I know that is a pretty easy statement to throw around these days, but i truly believe it. As a kid i watched Tron for Lightcycles, Recognizers and Disc Battles. It wasn’t until i was older did i understand the concepts behind the movie. I still watch the original Tron on a regular basis and learn something new each time. I understand that the movie is considered cheesy by today’s standards and fully understand why Disney did not release the Bluray of it prior to the release of Tron Legacy, but i have a feeling that when it comes out it may get an all new respect that wasn’t there when it came out in 1982. You have to realize, Tron flopped big time when it was originally released and it is amazing that they would attempt a big budget sequel 28 years later. I don’t know if it is the video game or 3D movie craze, but i am glad they made it, because i enjoyed this film from start to finish.
The opening of the film is brilliant! I really enjoyed that the movie begins with the forming of “The Grid” and then slowly transforms into a city skyline. The reason i dug this so much was because in the original Tron, the last shot of the movie was of the city skyline from the POV of the Encom building as it slowly transformed into “The Grid”. It was it was like telling the fans, that we are right where we left off. The first 15 minutes or so takes place in “The Real World”, it was here where there are a lot of nods to the original movie. From Ed Dillinger Jr. to Dumont’s Shipping and the “Now that is a big door” quote from the original, this movie really felt like it was made just for the fans. I was actually really nervous for my wife. She is not a fan of the original Tron at all, but as it turns out she was entertained thoroughly as well. The story was a bit complex, a bit preachy and a whole lot of fun. It was exactly what a Tron sequel should have been.
A lot of people may complain that it is not as action packed as they had hoped, but as i watched the movie i couldn’t helped but be sucked into the Sci Fi of the film. There is a lot of shitty science fiction films out there and seeing this movie in IMAX 3d with a crowd full of people and surrounded by friends and family, it made me feel like a big kid, watching other big kids playing with toys. This is my favorite kind of science fiction. I love space ships, technobabble, fantasy and other worlds. As i watched the film, i was engrossed by the technology. I loved seeing how everything worked. I liked watching the wheels spinning on the freight container loading machines. I loved watching the Recognizers collapse so that people could board the crafts. I loved watching everything move around. It was really a treat for me to be immersed in this world and IMAX 3d was the best way to appreciate this.
Not only the technology that was used in the world created, but i was pretty impressed with the technology used to create this world. The visual effects in Tron Legacy are in your face. It is the first thing you notice as soon as you see any commercial or trailer. This movie looks unlike anything else i have seen before, but what is great is that, with all the flash, the characters are not lost in the backgrounds. I liked all the characters in the film. Garret Hedlund’s “Sam Flynn”, Michael Sheen’s Ziggy Stardust inspired “Castor” and Bruce Boxleitner’s Alan Bradley are stand out in the film. I liked all of their performances, but the stand outs in the film were Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde.
Olivia Wilde’s “Quorra” was great! I have never seen anything she has been in, but i thought she did a great job at playing innocent. She was funny, strong, but voulnerable all at the same time. I have a feeling that there will be a lot of girls out there dressed as Quorra at Comic Conventions and Halloween for years to come.
And then there’s Jeff Bridges. Jeff Bridges returns the computer genius and mad scientist Kevin Flynn. He created this world that he wanted to be perfect, and in the process he created a monster that will stop at nothing to rectify any impurity IN that world. “Clu”. As you have seen from the trailer, Clu is a program created by Kevin Flynn in his own likeness. Clu will stop at nothing to make The Grid a perfect place to live. He will stop at nothing to to clean up The Grid. When Sam opens the portal to The Grid, Clu launches an all out attack that is on a collision course with the real world. It is up to Kevin, Sam and Quorra to stop him from entering into our world.
Clu looks amazing as a program. I really thought he looked cool. When you see it in IMAX and 3d at the same time, you notice all of the flaws in the animation, but i was able to forgive this because Clu is an artificial program, he isn’t supposed to be photo real, but the problem comes when they flashback to Kevin Flynn being young and he looks just like Clu. It is hard to forgive the CGI when young Kevin Flynn should be photo realistic. I am sure when i watch it on my television at home, i wont notice the animation as much as i did when Kevin Flynn’s CG head was 5 stories tall. It is a minor gripe, but it was a bit distracting. Whenever Clu or young Kevin Flynn was onscreen, you couldn’t help but want to scrutinize the CGI.
As much as i loved the movie there were two minor things that left me scratching my head. The first was Sam Flynn’s spare Lightcycle baton. They made it a point to show that he acquired it and in any video game scenario, you want to keep running tabs on your inventory for later use. Not once did Sam use his backup Lightcycle baton and it’s not something that would be brought up in any kind of sequel. Not only did he not use this baton, but he later used Kevin’s Mark 2 Lightcycle which was eventually traced back to Kevin Flynn’s secret hideout. I understand that Sam wasn’t able to use that style of Lightcycle off grid, as stated by Quorra, but why have him pick it up in the first place unless you are going to use it later?
The second minor thing that bugged me was the reveal of Rinzler as Tron. Us Tron fans figured out about who Rinzler was a while ago, but for a badass villain that you have cloaked with a black faceplate the whole time, you would think that the reveal of this character would be to reveal his true identity, especially when he says his famous line from the first film, “I fight for the users!” It made zero sense to me. Based on flashbacks, we have already seen that the producers of the film had created a de-aged CGI version of Bruce Boxleitner. Why on Earth would you not pull back that mask as he said that line? It would have been perfect!!
Other than those few things, i loved the movie. I thought that Daft Punk’s score was amazing and am anxiously waiting for them to release an album of the complete score. There was a lot of music in there that wasn’t in the movie and i want it all! Tron Legacy may not be for everyone, in fact it may not be for the majority of people, but for a Tron fan like me, it is an incredibly sequel that I’m glad was made. Sure, the goal is for Disney to have all the money on the planet, but i am glad that they did not sacrifice the legacy of Tron just to make some quick cash. This was a movie made by Tron fans, for Tron fans.
End of Line.
★ ★ ★ ★¾
It seems like i have been waiting years for this score to come out! Other than the return of Jeff Bridges, Daft Punk doing the score to TRON Legecy was one of the first bits of news that i heard surrounding the film. One of the main questions i had was if they were going to utilize some of the themes from Wendy Carlos’ original score to TRON. Even though Daft Punk did not utilize or sample any of the original score, they did honor it by including some gothic elements.
Daft Punk’s score to TRON Legacy is unlike any other score i have heard. The best way i could describe it is a mix between, Vangelis’ score to Blade Runner, mixed with Watchmen and a dash of The Dark Knight. It is atmospheric, heavily electronic and surprisingly orchestral. The best part about the soundtrack album is that it looks like Daft Punk spent a lot of time into creating the track list to make a really great album. I am not sure if the tracks are listed in chronological order, but they flow great as an album.
Being a fan of film music, i am incredibly pleased with the quality of the score. I am not sure if fans of Daft Punk will enjoy it as much as their previous efforts, but there are a few tracks, like Derezzed, that sound like they were made with the Daft Punk fans in mind. I am not sure if a track like Derezzed will show up in the film, but it definitely stands out from the rest of the album.
As much as i loved the album, there is a stretch of 4 songs in the middle that are definitely highlights for me. If i were to explain to you what this score was all about, i would sum it up in the tracks “Adagio for TRON”, “Nocturne”, “End of Line” and “Derezzed”. These four tracks tell a specific story to me. I am not sure how these play out in the movie and i doubt that they show up in this order in the film, but i love how they flow together.
Adiago for TRON is almost completely orchestral. Of all of the cues from the soundtrack, this one represents the original Wendy Carlos score the most. There are hints of the original themes and it has a very gothic feel. The music is atmospheric and foreboding. In this scene i can imagine that there is some heavy exposition going on. It sounds like this is the point in the story where the “hero” becomes informed of everything he needs to go before he heads into his final quest.
Nocturne is once again very orchestral. When i listen to this i imagine Sam Flynn (the hero) thinking about the quest he is about to go on. This is what i consider his “last supper” music. This is the point of the story where he makes his decision to go ahead with the plan.
End of Line immediately follows the orchestra heavy Nocturne. It uses heavy electronics and has a great driving beat. If i were a “hero” and i was about to walk into an incredibly large battle, i would be walking in slow motion to this music. Whereas the original TRON was essentially a gladiator film, TRON Legacy appears to looks more like a western. So this would be the music that would play as Sam Flynn, as the lone gunmen, walks into the ghost town to meet his fate.
Derezzed is where all hell breaks loose. If this does appear in the film, it has to be an incredible action scene with chaos and explosions all around. This would be the gunfight at the O.K. Corral of TRON.
If you are a fan of film music i am sure you will enjoy this score very much. If you are a Daft Punk fan who are looking for the next great Daft Punk album, you may be setting yourself up for a letdown. This is exactly what a film score by Daft Punk should sound like and sounds perfect for the world of TRON Legacy
This is a really great album for me to drive to!
★ ★ ★ ★½
Last night Disney hosted a special 23 minute preview of Tron Legacy for the biggest fans of the original TRON. For the past year Tron fans have been online participating in an online game, and have been treated to free gifts and tickets to special events for their efforts. I have been following this game, along with a couple of friends, and had the opportunity to attend this event known simply as TRON Night. Here is what went down.
First off, Tron Legacy screenwriters Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz came out to greet us for the event. It was pretty great. They threw out a bunch of light up Tron hats to the crowd, but because it was IMAX, we were sitting in the back and those dudes did not have the arm strength to reach our row. We yelled at them to grow muscles, but they didn’t, so no hat for me. No biggie, they kind of looked obnoxious.
Up next they decided to do some trivia from the original TRON. If you yelled out the correct answer first, you would received a signed Tron Legacy poster signed by Eddy and Adam. I knew pretty much every answer to each question but was slow on the draw with the exception of one question which was, “What food item does Alan Bradley share to a coworker in his cubicle?”. By the time he said “share” i shouted out,”POPCORN!”. Someone who was sitting closer to the guys shouted popcorn after me, but they gave him the poster. Oh well, i didn’t want to fight it. I already felt like a nerd yelling out answers to TRON trivia, i didn’t need to cause a scene. So anyway, they showed us six scenes from the movie.
The first thing they showed us was a scene in which Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner) talks to Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) about getting a message on his pager from Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). The message came from a number that hasn’t been in service for twenty years at Flynn’s Arcade. Alan gives Sam keys and says that it is about time he goes to the arcade to possibly reunite with this father, who he hasn’t seen since he was a kid. Sam is hesitant.
The next scene follows Sam as he goes to Flynn’s Arcade. He opens the door and turns on the lights. The place lights up like a christmas tree as every single game in the place boots up. In addition to hearing every video game machine from the 80’s at the same time, you also get treated to some Journey, courtesy of the juke box. As you have seen in the Trailer, Sam goes to the TRON machine and finds a hidden door behind it. He enters as the jukebox continues to play in the background. The song that is playing is The Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams”. He turns on his father’s computer and starts to input some lines of code and activates the laser behind him. The laser starts up and……Cuts to black!! Okay, just so you know, all of this stuff that takes place in the real world is not in 3d. The producers have decided to do a Wizard of Oz, black and white to color effect, and have it so the 3d kicks in as soon as you enter into the fantasy world. In the original TRON, you are treated to a POV shot of what it looks like to enter this fantasy world and i am sure this movie will have an amazing transition from 2d to 3d and it was not shown last night. I have a feeling it will look amazing!!
The fourth scene that was shown, is footage that i have already seen twice. The footage showed Sam Flynn as soon as he enters the world of Tron. He is taken prisoner and is transported to the pit cell via a Recognizer. Once he is suited up he is then escorted into the game grid. This is the same footage they showed at Comic Con as well as Disney’s Califonia Adventure park. Even though i have seen it already, seeing it in IMAX 3d was INSANE! I have never seen 3d like this. It was at this point that i couldn’t wait to see this movie.
Following this scene we see a scene titled Disc Wars. And it is exactly what you think. Sam Flynn get thrust into a video game that he does not know how to play. He must figure out the game and survive within a matter of seconds. The game is fast paced, dizzying and exciting. This is where i was really afraid of watching Tron Legacy in IMAX 3d. I thought it was going to make me throw up, but the shots are so smooth and the editing is so well done, that even though the action is fast paced, it did not bother me in the slightest. The Disc War game is awesome. I wish it was longer, but i didn’t care, it looked so damn cool.
The next scene was called something like The Escape Route. Apparently after the Disc War game there is a lightcycle chase and Sam gets in trouble and makes his escape via a dune buggy being driven by Quorra. Quorra is played by Olivia Wilde. I am not sure who Olivia Wilde is, but i really liked her performance. She plays a program, that is presumably created by Kevin Flynn. Her character is childlike, spunky and quirky. She reminds me of Midna from The Legend of Zelda. She was really cool and i was surprised how much personality she had.
The final scene was the reunion between Sam and his father Kevin Flynn. Considering we only watched these 6 scenes, it was actually a pretty emotional reunion. In this scene we get to see that Kevin appears to be trapped in his safe house and Quorra is his apprentice. This scene was pretty powerful and i look forward to seeing how this father son relationship develops in the film. The last shot of this footage showed Kevin Flynn looking out to the Grid City. I am not sure i can tell what he is thinking, but he definitely has a sad look on his face and he looks like he has regret for the world he has created.
The footage was amazing, to say the least. Even though i am not sure if the score is complete or not, the music was incredibly orchestral, which for Daft Punk fans, may be a turn off for this change of direction. I loved the score and i cannot wait to pick it up. It was incredibly well done and was able to pull emotion from the few clips i saw. Believe me when i say that i am more fired up for this film.
After they showed all the clips they showed what can only be described as a new trailer. They showed a bunch of new footage from the film, including a super awesome air battle that looked straight out of Star Wars as well as, what i can only assume, is a newly designed Clu, which is the younger version of Jeff Bridges that you have seen in the most recent trailer. I swear that it looked better now than it did in THIS trailer.
Anyway, this has gone on long enough and i just wanted to say that i really can’t wait for this movie and i have to recommend seeing it in IMAX 3d. It was pretty impressive stuff!