Director Joseph Kosinski Calls Tron: Legacy on Blu-Ray the "Definitive Version"
04.06.11 by BrentJS
Fortunately for perfectionists like Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, the robust home entertainment market for Hollywood hits often allows minor tweaks or corrections to be made to the finished movie after it has left theaters. Tron: Legacy was released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and iTunes yesterday and, according to Kosinski in a recent interview with HitFix in support of the release, he performed "110 fixes" to the final sound mix that, combined with the look of the movie on Blu-ray, make what he considers to be "the definitive version of the movie."
It's exciting to see it come out on Blu-ray. I wasn't really allowed to say this when we were doing publicity for the theatrical version of the movie, but I had seen the Blu-ray version. I had to prep the Blu-ray version when [the theatrical release was occurring] and the movie just looks, to me it looks better on a nice plasma than it does on any sort of projected screen just because of the contrast ratios and brightness levels you get off Blu-ray these days. So, it's exciting to finally come out on this format. And I was also able to go back to Skywalker [Sound] in January and just fix all those little things I never had time to do with the release of the movie. So, for me the Blu-ray version is kind of the definitive version of the movie.
For Kosinski, who had a healthy career as a commercial director before making the leap to features with Tron: Legacy, the moments he is particularly proud of when watching the finished movie come during scenes where the "sound and vision" are in "synchronicity."
I think there are moments in the film from a kind of — for me the film there was an opportunity for the sound and vision to blend together and create this kind of — I don't know how to explain it. There are moments in 2001 where the ship is docking with the space station put against Strauss' waltz that creates art, pure cinema. And I think because I was able to work with Daft [Punk] so early in the process that I was able to sync the picture and the sound in a — not at the level of 2001 — but some thing you couldn't normally do because you're scoring another picture afterwards. And that kind of synchronicity of soundtrack and visuals, I think there are a few moments in the movie where we came close to that.
Disney hired Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz to pen a script for Tron 3 (working title) a year ago, and Kosinski told HitFix that they "are working on the story now," but "it probably won't be the next thing" that he does, adding that he would "love to go back" to Tron, "if we can come up with the right story and a good reason to return." Assuming Tron 3 is not his next movie, the most likely project for Kosinski is a remake of Disney's The Black Hole, which he and Tron: Legacy producer Sean Bailey have been linked to since December 2009. Kosinski's sci-fi novel, Oblivion, was picked up by Disney in August 2010 as a possible feature, but the studio put the project in turnaround last month because, according to Kosinski, it was "outside the development of what can be a Disney film and they understood to make it a Disney film, it’s making it a movie it didn't want to be."