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Rumor: Tron Blu-ray in November, Lion King in Fall 2011

Posted March 19, 2010 06:33 AM by Juan Calonge

Walt Disney StudiosThe Digital Bits is reporting that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment plans to release the 1982 science-fiction film Tron in November, a month ahead of the theatrical release of its sequel Tron Legacy. It also revealed that the studio will release The Lion King on BD in October 2011.


Source: The Digital Bits | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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Napoleon
  Mar 19, 2010
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Okay, going to pick up Tron on the day it hits the shelves. The same for The Lion King. But, what diamond edition is Disney going to put out in spring 2011?
luigionlsd
  Mar 19, 2010
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@Napoleon: They still haven't given a firm date for Fantasia/Fantasia 2000, have they? All we know is that Beauty and the Beast is October 2010.
BD4ME
  Mar 19, 2010
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Huh, that's strange. I thought The Lion King would've been spring 2011, followed by Bambi in october 2011. Perhaps they'll push back Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 to spring 2011. The logic in Disney's release schedule is beyond me.

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poland626
  Mar 19, 2010
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I was going to wait to watch the DVD until the blu ray of Tron and I'm glad I'm waiting.

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McCrutchy
  Mar 19, 2010
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I believe TLK will be a Diamond Edition.

mastertang
  Mar 19, 2010
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Really looking forward to a fully restored Tron. I've only ever seen it on standard def television. I hope Disney does it justice.

miller_time22
  Mar 19, 2010
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Can't wait for Tron. This release will be the first time I've seen it since it was at Ebertfest.

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bageleaterkkjji
  Mar 19, 2010
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sweet we get to watch the lion king all winter before the world ends

ifireun
  Mar 19, 2010
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My MCP has ordered the immediate acquisition of Tron BD.

SellmeyourDVD
  Mar 19, 2010
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Bageleater:

The world is "ending" in the winter of 2012, not 2011; so you have a whole year ( plus a month or two) to watch The Lion King

Arkadin
  Mar 19, 2010
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tron will probably happen, but I won't ever believe any news regarding Disney animated titles ever again, and nobody else should either.
we've all been burned far too much already.
any rumors about Disney releases cannot be considered credible because Disney itself is no longer credible.

disney-boy
  Mar 19, 2010
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Cannot wait for the Lion King

tru blu
  Mar 19, 2010
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Lion King will be Day 1. Whenever released!!
Russell22
  Mar 19, 2010
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Not really any great surprise Tron is coming out on bu ray just before the release of the new film. You can normally guess these things pretty well these days.

halimali
  Mar 19, 2010
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great new. Will buy both

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wossman
  Mar 19, 2010
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A little observation about Tron Legacy:

Does anyone else find the score of The Dark Knight to be slightly hypnotic. I find that the score in the latest Tron Legacy trailer bears slight resemblance to TDK's instrumental theme and almost has the same effect.

I dunno. I guess I'm just a sucker for a good score. Anyone else noticed the same?
ajmrowland
  Mar 19, 2010
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@luigionlsd: It's pretty much confirmed that the Fantasias are still coming out in December. Dumbo is likely next spring, or Alice in Wonderland.
Napoleon
  Mar 19, 2010
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@ wossman:
You're right, it has the same hypnotic effect. But, I do think they used more of a "computer" effect, if that makes any sense. It sounds more like Daft Punk, if you know what I mean.

pixarforlife
  Mar 19, 2010
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I would like to hear announcements for "Finding Nemo" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" on Blu-RAy.

Guydowood
  Mar 19, 2010
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Tron recently made it's HD debut on Directv's HDnet movie channel. and I have to say the film looked good. The "in game" sequences really shined well in HD. The other scenes where a mixed bag, but ofcourse that is a broadcasted HD source and not a BD source. But if the HDnet movie looked good, I can imagine the BD should look even better.

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that1guystudios
  Mar 19, 2010
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Just to clarify....

Beauty and the Beast is coming in October. A recent flyer from Disney announced it.

Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are coming, just not this March. I expect them to be released in December in time for gift giving for the holidays.

Dumbo was postponed with no new release date announced. It could come this year or next.
(Dumbo was previously postponed on DVD two separate times as well...so I guess
Disney likes to delay that one.)

The animated Alice in Wonderland is not coming to Blu-ray, Tim Burton's Alice is coming in June.

Lion King has always been scheduled for an October 2011 release. It was scheduled for Fall of 2011 nearly 3 years ago.

Bambi is supposed to be the Spring release in 2011.

Tron makes perfect sense for a Blu-ray release, it was one of Disney's first special edition DVD's,
the 1080p transfer is already complete and restored, and the film has a sequel to tie into this December. So a November release is VERY likely, though not yet official.

Minimejer05
  Mar 19, 2010
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Sounds like good news. Will get both.
ajmrowland
  Mar 19, 2010
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The fantasias will probably come december to tie in with the BD of the new "Sorcerer's Apprentice".

Anyway, Day 1 for both. While the Theatrical version should be without the edits, I hope they keeep the 2003 surround mix for that one!

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fettastic
  Mar 19, 2010
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Because I got my Encom security badge in the mail yesterday, it was pretty inevitable that I was going to watch Tron last night. Still an AWESOME movie. It's quite a puzzle why this didn't catch on like wildfire when it came out. It was basically that era's Avatar. It still looks so amazing and unique. The most incredible part is that we've all seen live action characters superimposed into a gamey CGI background in plenty of places, but I've never seen them fit so naturally as they do in Tron. It REALLY feels like they inhabit that space, even though that reality is so completely alien. Tron is a landmark achievment (that inspired John Lasseter to explore CGI animation) and deserves the respect of every film fan.

PeterTHX
  Mar 19, 2010
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I dunno fett: Tron is (to me) kind of corny and...dare I say it...slightly boring?

Saw it in '82, have the deluxe CAV LaserDisc box set and the 2-disc DVD, probably will pick up the BD but not enthused about it. "Lion King" is a definite pick up.

CHERRYGARCIA
  Mar 19, 2010
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down for both...hopefully The Incredibles is on deck!

SpaceDog
  Mar 19, 2010
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I still think Beauty and the Beast is likely to slip as a result of the 2011 theatrical rerelease.

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Wdm81
  Mar 19, 2010
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anyone else think Disney is really starting to drop the ball with their release schedule? I see no reason why Dumbo had to be postponed (they didn't even swap it with another title like say, Alice in Wonderland to tie in with the new movie... that at least would have made some sense)

and the Disney animated library is over 40 titles by now, they need to increase the rate of releases, because 2 a year is just way too long to have to wait for the lesser titles (we all know the big 10 or 15 will be the first ones to hit, but some of us are fans of the less received titles like Hunchback or Fox and the Hound... why do we have to wait until 2022 to get those??

I have no problem with disney sticking to their 2 platnum titles a year (those titles that are deemed cream of the crop in the disney library) but would it kill them the sprinkle in a release or two of the second and third teir titles between the platinum releases?

when it comes to their animated films, disney seems to have a rule that only certian titles are deemed worthy of a high def release
b2009
  Mar 19, 2010
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Lion King day one for me fo sho i can not wait for this.:)

Dr. Manhattan
  Mar 19, 2010
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Disney really screwed up with Fantasia. Now they have no Diamond Edition for this Spring.

@ajmrowland
Alice In Wonderland isn't coming to Blu Ray nor a having a Diamond Edition. Disney is re-releasing it at the end of this month on DVD and that's the next time we'll see a release for it anytime soon. And Dumbo won't be a Diamond Edition.
magicpod
  Mar 19, 2010
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I REALLY hope Tron has reference or near reference picture & sound; this film, next to the Alien Anthology are THE two most important Blu-ray releases for me. I hope there are plenty of extras too, just in time for Legacy ;D

..end of line.

Russell_L
  Mar 19, 2010
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Tron.......YES!
Dicmatic
  Mar 19, 2010
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Lion King will be beautiful on blu:)

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fettastic
  Mar 19, 2010
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@magicpod: I do too, but it seems I heard that they will only be transferring a film print so it will be fairly grainy, a la The Last Starfighter. I hope that's not the case and they can do a digital-to-digital transfer, but I'm not sure that technology to set it up for that existed at the time Tron was made.

kdo
  Mar 19, 2010
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If it's done properly, "Tron" should look great, regardless of the minor issues on the source print. I felt the 20th Anniversary DVD edition was one of the best packages on the format, and if they stay true to the source used for that transfer, I don't really think they can go wrong. Very excited about this one...As for "Tron Legacy," I'm a little skeptical as to what that's going to be like. Visuals on the trailer look impressive, and they've got Bridges and Boxleitner back...hopefully it will be a good movie that can own up to its predecessor, and not just some special-effects laden 3-D garbage, that you watch once and never bother with again...
stodgers
  Mar 19, 2010
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"I see no reason why Dumbo had to be postponed"

Maybe Disney does not see there being longevity in the blu-ray format given all of the tech advances of the last 24 months and is choosing to invest elsewhere.

fredbalsodn
  Mar 19, 2010
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Oh yeah buying both wooo

DigitalGeek123
  Mar 19, 2010
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When The Lion King comes out I'm buying more than one copy because that movie was so good it's worth a double dip.
Titanicfave
  Mar 19, 2010
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Cool!! Very awesome news to finally see that The Lion King has a blu-ray release date! ...But, October 2011 is a very long time from now and this is going to be a long wait because The Lion King is that awesome!!!!

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steve1971
  Mar 19, 2010
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I will for sure grab the Lion King when that hits the shelves. Awsome!!
tomrule123
  Mar 19, 2010
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The problem for "The Lion King" is... will the Theatrical Version be the corrected version? When the Platinum DVD was released, most of the scenes in the Theatrical version contained the re-animated scenes that were done for the Special Edition instead of the original sequences (a scene that was replaced with a song has been left intact, though). This upsets me, since each version should be left alone.

PeterTHX
  Mar 19, 2010
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fett: TRON was shot 65MM so it should be fairly clean and with low grain.

Digital transfers can only exist from films that were either scanned and postproduced digitally (digital IP, which has only existed in the few years), shot completely digital (like the last 2 Star Wars films) or CG animated like any Pixar films. Disney features animated using the CAPS system, such as LION KING would be direct digital.

EvolutionCherry
  Mar 19, 2010
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Tron's release date makes sense, given the sequel is scheduled to be released the following month.
RiffFan924
  Mar 19, 2010
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I've been so tempted to pick up the $10 2-disc DVD of "Tron" at Best Buy, but now that I know a Blu is coming, I shall just wait patiently. Maybe just rent the DVD to tide me.
RiffFan924
  Mar 19, 2010
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I've been so tempted to pick up the $10 2-disc DVD of "Tron" at Best Buy, but now that I know a Blu is coming, I shall just wait patiently. Maybe just rent the DVD to tide me.
ThatArtGuy
  Mar 19, 2010
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I have the 2-Disc, and it has a LOT of bonus features. I'm not sure all of them would be ported over. So, if you want more supplemental material I'd suggest picking it up since it officially went out of print this month.

vveksuvarna
  Mar 19, 2010
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doubt beauty and the beat will be released october 2011, from what i know, they are timing the 3d release to its 20th anniversary, which should be november 2011, unless they are still targeting a valentines release. in that case, the october bluray seems appropriate.

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LOTR07
  Mar 19, 2010
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Day 1 for Tron....

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Dubstar
  Mar 19, 2010
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I'll keep my 2-disc DVD copy of TRON until I see the specs for the bluray, Disney has the notorious practice for not porting all the extras over to hidef edition of the film.

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kevin87
  Mar 20, 2010
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this was from an older press release from around October from Disney

"Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on October 6, the Diamond Collection comprises an additional 13 of Disney’s most treasured titles, including: Beauty and the Beast; Fantasia and Fantasia 2000; The Lion King; Bambi; Cinderella; Lady and the Tramp; The Little Mermaid; Peter Pan; The Jungle Book; 101 Dalmatians; Sleeping Beauty; and Pinocchio."

and goes on to say

"Two titles will be selected each year, including Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia in 2010, as Blu-ray Diamond editions, each title will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time."

as for Tron, it doesn't surprise me since it's an older film and the new one is coming out.

Blu-Jawa
  Mar 20, 2010
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I will be getting it also when it's out in November (that month's my birthday)

... End of Line.

alphadec
  Mar 20, 2010
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I remember I did watch this when it did come out in 1982 don't think I will buy this since it is very special kind of movie. Not a movie u will watch again and again.

Wish they could give use "the black hole" instead of tron.

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fettastic
  Mar 20, 2010
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The Black Hole is being remade. I'm sure the Blu-ray of the original will come out a month before it hits theaters as well.

alphadec
  Mar 20, 2010
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The remake will be released in 2013!!!!!!!!!!!
G3PO
  Mar 22, 2010
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Tron will be a day 1 purchase for me. End of line.


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