Apr 4 2011 — In FilmEdge's review of the TRON:LEGACY 5-disc 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, we previewed the TRON:LEGACY bonus features and hinted at some clues to discovering more. Now, on the eve of TRON:LEGACY and TRON's Blu-ray debut, we bring you the complete list of hidden Easter Eggs and preview what you'll see when you find them. Don't read further if you're avoiding spoilers.
Gain access to the nine hidden extras from the Space Paranoids arcade game screen, which appears after viewing The Next Day bonus featurette extending the story of what happens soon after the events of TRON:LEGACY. When the featurette ends, the Space Paranoids top score screen appears, prompting you to enter initials. While seemingly obvious entries like CLU or FLN yield failed results, clever players will soon discover the correct codes to access each of the nine Easter Eggs.
EASTER EGG 1 - DILLINGER CHAT (DJR)
The first Easter Egg sets up what will likely be the main antagonists in a TRON 3 story, namely Edward Dillinger Jr. and his father Ed Sr. who engage in a secret chat hinting at their collusion to create problems for ENCOM's new CEO Alan Bradley and the emergence of Sam Flynn. Director Joseph Kosinski confirmed this TRON 3 plot potential in our recent exclusive interview with him. Bradley's decision to keep the younger Dillinger on the ENCOM board because "he earned his place" may cost Flynn and the company if the Dillingers take their revenge for Kevin Flynn sending Ed to prison after the events of TRON in 1982. While Flynn may have destroyed the MCP, it's clear Ed Dillinger's desire for payback has not yet reached the end of line. Watch FilmEdge's inteview with TRON:LEGACY director Joseph Kosinski who discusses possible plot points with the Dillingers in TRON 3.
EASTER EGG 2 - ALAN BRADLEY TAPES (CEO)
The second hidden feature is a video/audio montage shot within the secret FlynnLives archives of the hacker (and TRON:LEGACY ARG hero) Zack Attack, whose identity is finally revealed in The Next Day featurette. Audio tapes of Alan Bradley's previous conversations on the future of ENCOM reveal his offer to step in as CEO of ENCOM after Kevin Flynn's 1989 disappearance, if only for the sake of Kevin's young son Sam Flynn to preserve his father's legacy in the company. In effect, this is prequel bonus material which fits into the expositional recap of events between Sam's childhood and his adult years seen in TRON:LEGACY.
EASTER EGG 3 - ALAN BRADLEY CEO INTERVIEW (MKT)
Following up on the taped conversations, this third Easter Egg shows archival video of Alan Bradley's interview as new ENCOM CEO on The Market, a business channel stock market news program. Alan lays out his plan and promise to guide ENCOM in a new direction as a software leader in the world. Of course, fans and viewers of TRON:LEGACY know it didn't quite work out that way as the ENCOM board, including Ed Dillinger Jr., derailed Kevin Flynn's spirit of creative and technical philanthropic research funded by game and software innovation, instead driving the corporation forward as a monolithic profit center.
EASTER EGG 4 - SAM FLYNN DROPS IN ON ENCOM PRESS CONFERENCE (SAM)
In the world of TRON:LEGACY, the fourth Easter Eggs recaps the 2010 ENCOM press conference announcing the return of their flagship video game Space Paranoids, debuting as an online browser-based simulator game. Movie fans will recognize this as the TRON:LEGACY ARG event from last year's WonderCon in San Francisco, in which FlynnLives.com ARG players met to infiltrate ENCOM's conference and demand that Kevin Flynn's legacy return to the company. Video shot from the audience intercuts with night-vision shots of Sam Flynn preparing his death-defying parachute jump from a helicopter down to the event below — a dangerous stunt which almost didn't happen due to high winds in the Bay Area that night.
EASTER EGG 5 - FLYNN LIVES GUERILLA VIDEO TAGGING ENCOM HEADQUARTERS (TAG)
The FlynnLives movement plays a key role in the return of Sam Flynn and the return of Alan Bradley as ENCOM CEO in the events of TRON:LEGACY, just as the FlynnLives.com viral campaign contributed to the film's box office success with fans around the world. The fifth Easter Egg extra shows three masked members of the Flynn Lives movement tag a freight entrance at ENCOM headquarters.
EASTER EGG 6 - FLYNN LIVES RECRUITING VIDEO (FLV)
Archival news film and interviews with ENCOM employees circa 1989, compiled by Zack Attack, stoke conspiracy theories about the disappearance of Kevin Flynn and a subsequent cover-up by the ENCOM board, resulting in this short vintage recruiting video for the early Flynn Lives movement. The San Diego mailing address was also a link to Disney's ARG viral campaign promoting TRON:LEGACY in conjunction with that city's Comic-Con International event where participants saw the first trailers and scenes from the film.
EASTER EGG 7 - KEVIN FLYNN AND THE DIGITAL FRONTIER (DFB)
A vintage commercial for Kevin Flynn's book The Digital Frontier hints at the technological, evolutionary discoveries he was making while in the virtual world of Tron before he disappeared from our world, trapped in that digital domain from 1989 until the 2010 events seen in TRON:LEGACY.
EASTER EGG 8 - FLYNN LIVES ARG AND THE RE-OPENING OF FLYNN'S ARCADE (GAM)
With secret funding from Alan Bradley, the Flynn Lives movement led by Zack Attack enlisted TRON:LEGACY fans from around the world to meet in San Diego during the summer of 2010 and follow a trail of clues hoping to reveal the whereabouts of Kevin Flynn. Video footage shows ARG players decoding clues on streetside FLYNN LIVES posters with blacklights, finally leading them to the re-opening of Flynn's Arcade. Held in conjunction with that summer's Comic-Con event, the Arcade hosted the stars of the film Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund as well as revealing a lifesize prop of a new Light Cycle.
EASTER EGG 9 - VINTAGE TV COMMERCIAL FOR SPACE PARANOIDS HOME VIDEO GAME (SPC)
The ninth and final Easter Egg is literally a blast: it's a vintage TV ad for ENCOM's iconic video game Space Paranoids, loading Recognizers and tanks into home game consoles. A young boy and his sister geek out preparing to shoot down enemies with their Atari 2600 console and controllers in this hyped-up television commercial from the golden days of ENCOM games.
You can access these Easter Eggs via their individual codes or some simple deduction shows you the way to play them all back-to-back — but you'll only find them exclusively on the TRON:LEGACY Blu-ray edition available on 5-disc, 4-disc, 2-disc
and Identity Disc collectible Combo Packs on Tuesday, April 5th.
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