How many chances does one have to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity? And what is that opportunity is to see his favorite movie of all time on the big screen? Wth modern digital projectors, all one needs is their favorite movie on DVD or other digital media, hook it into the projector and BAM! Big screen experience.
But, what if that experience could be better…
TRON, the original 1982 film, has been my favorite movie of all time for 31 of my 34 1/2 years of existence. A friend told me that Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University was showing TRON on film. Needless to say, I spent about 3 minutes searching online and found all the information I needed! It was being shown in the ORIGINAL 70mm!
The very next day, I bought tickets online and patiently awaited August 29th, 2015 at 7:00pm. When ever I thought about the opportunity of getting to see my favorite on the big screen in the original film format, I started tearing up. I have never had an opportunity like this before. I had no idea how I was going to react. Would I cry? Would I laugh and giggle? Would I pass out?
To be honest, I was nervous. Why was I nervous? All I’m doing was going to see a movie. But, it is not just a movie to me. This was my favorite movie of all time. And I am getting to see it in the absolute original format. This was me revisiting my childhood. This was me going back in time to the day in 1984 when I was 2 and a half years old watching a free preview of The Disney Channel and seeing TRON for the very first time all over again. That is what it was for me…
Before the opening words of “Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Co. Inc.” It felt as though I was getting to see my favorite movie for the very first time all over again. Before this moment, I have never seen TRON… That almost describes this moment. Then, the scene of the compiling of the TRON program comes up, and I start crying. I begin to cry… Pure and raw emotion come over me…
And I was a kid again.
After the movie, a small group of us were let into the projection booth, and I got to see the physical film itself!
I got to see TRON!
TRON’s original 70mm on loan from Disney!
Never in my life did I imagine that I would ever lay eyes on the actual film other than the one 35mm film cell that Mrs. Uncommon Geek bought for me for Christmas. This was the ORIGINAL FORMAT! Right before my eyes! With the magnetic strip for the sound right there!
It was beautiful.
And just so you know, TRON requires 6 metal cases to be transported in. I touched them. I dare not soil the physical film by touching it directly.
I am thankful for this opportunity. It is the number one geek experience in my life, and I shall treasure it always.
Please enjoy the SideQuest podcast that Mrs. Uncommon Geek and I recorded shortly after we got out of the movie, and hear this in our own words.
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