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Short clips from classic movies "TRON-itized": Sherlock Jr, Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, The Big Lebowski, Hard Target, Modern Times, Hard Luck, and Aliens. (via AICN)

Background on the contest.
posted by thescientificmethhead (27 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Except for the Aliens one, these are all pretty bad. Are they the winning ones?
posted by flatluigi at 12:32 PM on November 28, 2010


It's a good job I always open an Aliens link first when given a choice, it is easily the best as flatluigi says. It's a shame more AICN types aren't familiar with the George Formby film where he wins the TT race on the Isle of Man, that might be light cycled pretty well.
posted by biffa at 12:37 PM on November 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I wanted to like these, but couldn't. Also, I can't believe AICN still exists.
posted by Gator at 12:39 PM on November 28, 2010


pish.
posted by the cuban at 12:48 PM on November 28, 2010


Wow, nice. Nostalgic yet contemporary editing.
posted by sorrowandpain at 1:03 PM on November 28, 2010


classic movies like Hard Target?
posted by Bookhouse at 1:04 PM on November 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


I thought the one for Modern Times was really good. "Modern Times Legacy." Heh.
posted by hydrophonic at 1:08 PM on November 28, 2010


They took Aliens, put some nice glowy Tron inspired textures on things, looks great. But then the same guy also chooses to replace the soundtrack and dubs in some music from Inception? WTF? Needs more Wendy Carlos. (Daft Punk need not apply. I love them, but the new soundtrack sounds pretty limp.)
posted by Nelson at 1:11 PM on November 28, 2010


Hard Target was John Woo's first American movie and the first Hollywood film made by a Chinese director. So without Hard Target, we wouldn't have Face/Off. And did you see JCVD crash his motorcycle into that car and then shoot it with his pistol causing that huge fireball? Fucking classic.
posted by thescientificmethhead at 1:13 PM on November 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


classic movies like Hard Target?


Hell the fuck yes it is.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:42 PM on November 28, 2010


I think Harry at AICN is about to "Godzilla" everyone again. He declared that Tron has always been his secret religion in the announcement for this contest.
posted by Catblack at 1:44 PM on November 28, 2010


Hell the fuck yes it is.

Hey, I wanted John Woo's coming to America to work as much as anyone, but it just wasn't meant to be. Hard Target is maybe the third best Van Damme flick, and not even Woo's best American film (which I would name as Face/Off). The scene used in the above clip is the one memorable part (although Wilford Brimley is always a welcome sight).
posted by Bookhouse at 1:55 PM on November 28, 2010


You're just talking crazy talk. That whole film is awesome.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:02 PM on November 28, 2010


The best part even of the Aliens one is the YouTube title of the video.
posted by localroger at 2:15 PM on November 28, 2010


Y'all are a bunch of sadface poop-noggers. Looking at the date of the contest announcement, these were all done in less than a week - that's not a lot of time to do effects work even if it's your day job!

I mean, the Lebowski bit was pretty doofy-looking in the foreground - but having all the bowlers in the background rolling discs down the lanes, with appropriate sound effects, really redeemed it. And the trailer for Modern Times: Legacy had me laughing out loud.

I was left utterly cold by the Aliens clip. Go figure.
posted by egypturnash at 2:15 PM on November 28, 2010


Is Lore Sjoberg around? 'Cause he did something like this eleven years ago. NEVER FORGET
posted by JHarris at 2:16 PM on November 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


And we didn't have your Adobe Motion Effects and your Final Flash iMovie programs back then. We drew blue lines on still photos in Photoshop and we called it a day! Then we drank, and drank hard.
posted by lore at 2:28 PM on November 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


You're just talking crazy talk.

*dips hands in glue, dips hands in broken glass, heads towards Astro Zombie*
posted by Bookhouse at 2:39 PM on November 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


these were all done in less than a week

The winning Aliens clip was the first entry received, so it was done in less than 3 days.
posted by thescientificmethhead at 2:43 PM on November 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


The CGI really ties the room together, does it not?
posted by pxe2000 at 2:49 PM on November 28, 2010


Then we drank, and drank hard.

Don't worry, we still do that part the conventional way.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 3:01 PM on November 28, 2010


Here's the George Formby if anyone wants to work on a true classic: No Limit
posted by biffa at 3:36 PM on November 28, 2010


Bookhouse: "*dips hands in glue, dips hands in broken glass, heads towards Astro Zombie*"

Hey man! Hey! Hey! You forgot your gloves, man! You gonna get jacked up! Jacked up, man!
posted by boo_radley at 4:02 PM on November 28, 2010


A late entry just posted to the winners' page: Tron vs The Volcano
posted by thescientificmethhead at 5:21 PM on November 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Tron vs The Volcano

It had potential, but without any Tron Abe Vigoda, I was disappointed from the realization of amazing wonder that Tron Abe Vigoda could have been, but wasn't.

Tron Abe Vigoda would be some process that was set in the job queue, but never ran, due to some cron job mix-up. Been there for years, waiting for his turn in line.

My google-fu fails me right now, but wasn't there some guy about 10 years back who found a computer program waiting to run on some university mainframe for 20 years, but never had enough priority to run, or something like that?

That's Tron Abe Vigoda.
posted by chambers at 5:42 PM on November 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


While it was loading, I was really psyched that the Clockwork Orange one was only seven seconds, because the last time someone linked a seven second video was the Haitian weatherman clip. Unfortunately for this, even seven seconds was too much.
posted by snofoam at 5:49 PM on November 28, 2010


I didn't care for these but it did make me briefly imagine Metropolis with a score by Daft Punk. Maybe someday...
posted by chairface at 9:42 PM on November 28, 2010


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