With December looking surprisingly sparse in terms of big blockbusters this year, there are a handful of movies that are poised to do extremely well over the holiday season. One of those movies is Disney’s Tron Legacy, however, as the release date nears, there is more and more doubt being cast on the film and its ability to attract a wide audience. Despite the visually impressive trailers, some people feel that the original Tron does not have a very large following, and that newcomers may be confused or simply uninterested in the “geeky” subject matter. Strangely, for those who may wish to catch up on the original movie before November 17th, it turns out that Tron has mysterious disappeared from store shelves and from Netflix. What gives?
Most of the time, when the sequel for an older movie hits theatres, this is a prime opportunity for studios to roll out a new special edition DVD. In this case, a quick search on Amazon turns up only used copies available from third party sellers, with unopened copies reportedly going on E-bay for over $100 now. It all seems a bit odd, considering that I was able to buy it on DVD about a year ago myself. Tron has not been released on Blu-ray yet either, so why on Earth would they hold back a movie like this? Could it be that they don’t want new viewers to be put off by the cheesy and dated computer graphics?
The L.A. Times did some digging and found that the remastered Blu-ray will hit stores sometime in 2011. According to Tron director Steven Lisberger, “They’re trying to figure out when the best time is to release it… I don’t think there’s anything intentional going on to deprive Tron fans of the new edition.” That still doesn’t explain why the previously released DVD is now impossible to find. Disney is sometimes known for putting various things on moratorium, but even so, this doesn’t seem right. What do you think, is Disney hiding Tron out of fear that it will hurt the box office numbers for Tron Legacy? And if so, are those fears justified?