A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 5, 1982

At the height of a movie season marked by record-setting box-office successes, TIME's Cinema section this week takes note of one of the most innovative and significant of all the new entries: TRON. A fantasy-thriller about what it might be like to be trapped inside a video game, TRON not only is the first feature film to achieve its special effects largely through the use of computer-assisted imagery and animation, it also gives to the abstract world of computer technology a witty and dramatic visual form.

The story on TRON—and on the Disney studios that produced it— was written by TIME...

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