The "Light Cycle" game became a popular arcade game pretty quickly, which is somewhat recursive considering that it itself was based on one of the first arcade games.
Inverted with the TRON arcade game (whose cabinet is briefly seen) which was released just shortly before the movie (and spawned both a sequel and a few home games). The movie received not one, but two arcade games: TRON and Discs of TRON. Discs was originally supposed to be part of the former, but was cut for time. Interestingly, the "Grid Bugs" appear in the game TRON, but only receive a comment in the movie TRON!
Eventually played straight with Space Paranoids, which was released as an online game in 2009.
Deleted Scene: The "love" scene between Tron and Yori, including Yori getting a new outfit before they head for the I/O Tower. Described in detail in the novel.
Doing It for the Art: Stephen Lisberger said he originally had the solar sailer's wings be opaque, since making them translucent would cost an arm and a leg. He was finally convinced, and was happy that he was, stating that the sailer was far more beautiful, delicate and butterfly-like with translucent wings.
Enforced Method Acting: Tron's Death Glare during the disc duel near the beginning. Lisberger was pissing Boxleitner off, challenging his acting, while Frisbees were being whipped at him. The final take had Tron catching the Frisbee behind his head and whipping it back - while glaring at his "opponent". He was actually glaring at Lisberger as a Take That.note Lisberger loved it, and grinned back.
Talking to Himself: David Warner plays Dillinger, Sark, and the MCP. The MCP is shown to interact with the other two on numerous separate occasions.
Technology Marches On: Sort of — the film is based in an '80s supercomputer, and the angular look was a deliberate aesthetic choice to make TRON look like a 16-bit world.
Throw It In: When the prints came back from Taiwan, there were often errors in the frames. Since it would cost way to much to have it done over, Lisberger had a Eureka Moment and realized, of course the computer world would have electric glitches. So, basically, he added a sound effect and it became atmosphere.
The director asked Peter O'Toole to play Dillinger... however, he really wanted to play Tron and even went so far as to go jumping up and down on beds and furniture just to prove he was still nimble enough for such a physically demanding job.
On the DVD's "Making of" documentary, they explain that O'Toole bowed out after finding out that the majority of the film would be shot in front of blue-screen (or black, whatever) instead of on sets and locations. Technically, any scenes in the electronic world that had actors in them were filmed on sets. They were just all black with backlit animation added in post-production.
The first band offered to score rock songs for the movie's soundtrack was Supertramp.
Jeff Bridges was not the original or intended choice for Flynn. According to Lisberger the character of Flynn was originally envisioned as a thinner, more stereotypical "nerdy" type of guy as one might imagine a computer programmer to look as opposed to Bridges, who is a fairly big, rugged, stocky man, but he just brought so much energy to the role that they just had to cast him.
Word of God: All of the programs retain their User's personality. For example, Cindy Morgan was told that Yori retains some vague memory of her user (Lora) having a romance with Flynn at one time.