Update! Our good bud Stephen Clark at Bttf.net spoke to writer/producer Bob Gale who, on top of confirming how brilliant the films look on Blu-ray, let slip that a few brief clips of Eric Stoltz, as Marty McFly, can be seen in the documentary on the Blu-ray! Fantastic!
And to think that, there was a time, when we were anxiously awaiting the VHS release of “Back to the Future”. Atleast I was. Seemed to take quite a while to make it’s way from the multiplex to the little black box, too – but then, everything did back then. When it did come out, I remember buying the VHS and the BETA – just in case one of the players started chewing tapes again.
I saw “Back to the Future” in sneak previews. As there wasn’t a teaser trailer to speak of (well, there was, but for numerous reasons, it was footage free), because Robert Zemeckis still only had one hit under his belt at the time (1984’s wonderful “Romancing the Stone”), and since Michael J.Fox was off filming “Family Ties Vacation” in London, thus ruling himself out of promotional duties for the film, Universal previewed the film a few weeks leading up to it’s July 3rd, 2005 release date. Our local cinema at the time was previewing “Back to the Future” with John Hughes’ “Weird Science” (I know, amazing double feature, right!?). We knew what the former was, that’s the reason we were there, but all my little girly friend and I knew about the former was that “it starred Alex from Family Ties” and that Steven Spielberg, then of “E.T” and “Gremlins” fame, had had something to do with it. I imagine we might also have heard Huey Lewis’ “Power of Love” on the radio – I think it had been out quite a while before “Future” hit screens.
Anyway, I remember loving it to bits. And I remember recommending it to schoolmates, uncles, aunties, the guy working the grill at “Ollie’s Trollies”… anyone that would listen. I remember fondly that, about a week after I saw the film, there was a huge “Back to the Future” billboard put up in the carpark of the main shopping center. It was quite in-your-face. No way anyone was going to miss it. And around that time, the first reviews – then, pretty much, TV only – started to pop up. Anyway… it became a phenomenon in such a short amount of time.
But you not here to read about what flavour choc-top I had the day I saw “Back to the Future”, you’re hear to get all the tasty jizz on the Blu-ray release, right?
Universal announced, after months of scuttlebutt, that the “Back to the Future” trilogy will be hitting Blu-ray on October 26. The films are remastered, there’s plenty of extras (strangely enough – and I say that because he’s a friend of mine and has said a couple of times that he’d be quite happy for his scenes to surface, if only because he hasn’t seen them himself and would like to! – the ‘Eric Stoltz’ scenes aren’t on here though), and lots of fun Blu-ray Live content.
As I said, no Stoltz scenes, nor is there a featurette exploring the abandoned ‘fourth’ film (a script had been written for a telemovie prequel that would’ve explored the origins on Marty & Doc’s relationship, there was also a movie sequel being written, by Ed Solomon, that would’ve revolved around Doc Brown causing the Roswell UFO Crash), but still, this sounds like this’ll be worth skipping that rimjob on the rollercoaster for, film fans!
ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOTION PICTURE TRILOGIES COMES TO BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
BACK TO THE FUTURE
25TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY
NEWLY RESTORED, EXPERIENCE BACK TO THE FUTURE LIKE NEVER BEFORE WITH MORE THAN TWO HOURS OF NEW BONUS FEATURES
AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON BLU-RAY & DVD OCTOBER 26, 2010 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA. – At 88 miles per hour, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd took millions of spellbound viewers on a high-flying voyage across the space-time continuum in a trio of wildly inventive tales that broke box-office records around the world. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning cinematic franchise that generated nearly one billion dollars worldwide, the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy will debut on Blu-rayTM on October 26, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The 25th Anniversary Trilogy will also be available on DVD.
Now, for the first time ever, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping high definition for a time-traveling celebration featuring new 25th Anniversary restorations for perfect picture and the purest digital sound. More than two hours of all new bonus features have been added, including an all-new, six-part retrospective documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers, including Michael J. Fox, for the definitive Back to the Future experience.
On October 26, 1985, Marty McFly took the driver’s seat in Dr. Emmet Brown’s DeLorean and introduced audiences to Back to the Future, a journey that launched a new era of moviemaking magic and reinvented the adventure-comedy genre. The film, which spent 11 weeks at #1 at the U.S. box office, boasts a legendary Hollywood pedigree that includes director Robert Zemeckis, executive producers Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, producer and screenwriter Bob Gale and producer Neil Canton. Accompanying Fox and Lloyd on their warp-speed tour of McFly family history are an array of stars including Lea Thompson (“Caroline in the City”), Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine), Thomas F. Wilson (“Big Love”), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Billy Zane (Titanic), Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Mary Steenburgen (The Proposal) as well as 1980s musical icons Huey Lewis and ZZ Top.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-rayTM:
Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available.
U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to learn more about their favorite film without ever leaving the movie.
Setups & Payoffs: As you watch each of the three films, each “set up” showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point. When you get to that moment in the film, the “payoff” is shown to complete the correlation.
Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies.
BD-LIVE: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more!
My Scenes: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movies.
pocket BLUTM: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad®, Blackberry®, AndroidTM, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM player and offers advanced features such as:
Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayTM player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-LiveTM functions with ease.
Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayTM discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLUTM-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-rayTM. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-rayTM player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard.
Archival Featurette Back to the Future Night: Hosted by Leslie Nielson, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future.
BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES
Tales from the Future: New six-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.*
In the Beginning . . .: Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.
Time to Go: Production stories through the release of the first film.
Keeping Time: The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy.
Time Flies: Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.
Third Time’s the Charm: Learn about building a western town, Doc Brown’s love story, the casting of Mary Steenburgen, the train sequence and completing the Trilogy.
The Test of Time: Back to the Future becomes a phenomenon! President Reagan quotes the film, the Back to the Future ride opens at Universal Studios theme park and fans rebuild the iconic DeLorean. The film’s cast and crew take a look back and discuss why these beloved movies live on.
The Physics of Back To The Future: A discussion with celebrity best-selling author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku about the overall appreciation of the science in the Back to the Future Trilogy*
Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence: Storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film.*
16 Deleted Scenes
Michael J. Fox Q&A
Q&A Commentaries with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
Feature Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three: Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.
The Making Of Back to the Future Part I, II & III: Provides a vintage and historic first look at the making of all three films.
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy: a televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions.
Original Makeup Tests
Designing the DeLorean
Designing Time Travel
Designing Hill Valley
Designing the Campaign
Back to the Future: The Ride
Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”
ZZ Top “DoubleBack”
Photo Galleries, Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits
* Denotes new footage debuting on the 25th Anniversary Trilogy