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Back to the Future - 25th Anniversary Trilogy
     

Back to the Future - 25th Anniversary Trilogy

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Michael Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover

 

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In addition to containing all three of Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future films, this box set contains a wealth of extras that give viewers a look at the making of the beloved sci-fi franchise.Back to the Future is Robert Zemeckis/Steven Spielberg storytelling at its best, with humor,

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In addition to containing all three of Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future films, this box set contains a wealth of extras that give viewers a look at the making of the beloved sci-fi franchise.Back to the Future is Robert Zemeckis/Steven Spielberg storytelling at its best, with humor, action, special effects and a Huey Lewis soundtrack rolled together in a package that proves "Fun" and "PG" are not antonyms. Michael J. Fox, then known mostly for his role on TV's Family Ties, is a teenage everyman who fulfills the dream of escaping his go-nowhere home life and dorky parents, only to find them transformed by his own hand. Supporting him is Christopher Lloyd, let loose to do what he does best act like a complete nut in the role of mad scientist Doc Brown. The film makes the most of the notion that Fox's Marty McFly can change the future, and successfully pays off on an astounding number of plot angles. Marty not only assures his own continued existence but changes the makeup of his family and community by helping his dad grow a backbone or (if you're watching carefully) altering the name of the local mall. More than just a series of anachronisms, Back to the Future has a real heart. You suffer along with Marty's teen-aged dad George at the depredations of his tormentor, Biff, and get a genuine surge of adrenaline and pride when George finally takes his stand. Could this event lead to a changed life? In Back to the Future it does, believably. In fact, the film has more in common with the sentimental fantasy of It's a Wonderful Life than with the often-mindless action of the science-fiction pictures that followed, proving that bigger budgets and more elaborate special effects didn't exactly lead to a higher-quality summer blockbuster.

Although it was filmed at the same time as (and released only months before) Back to the Future 3, the second installment of the series seems more like it should have been filmed alongside the first. That's because the most interesting aspect of the middle film is that it returns to the events of that fateful Saturday night in 1955, adding an additional Marty to the one who attended the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, requiring perfect re-creations of original scenes (from different angles), and further heaping on the conundrums. Unfortunately, this brilliant extension of the hit first film's logic is muted by director Robert Zemeckis' garish vision of the altered future. A successful sequel duplicates the characteristics that drew audiences to the original, but Zemeckis saps the buoyant spirit from the series by presenting a world dominated by the pimp-like, unimaginably wealthy and vulgar Biff (Thomas F. Wilson). The existence of a functioning time machine begged a voyage to the future, and the end of Back to the Future previewed such, but it wasn't necessary to make it such a queasy trip. The film gets back on track when it jumps into the climax of the original, but the ending is unresolved and wanting, making the audience hunger for the next installment, but also leaving them scratching their heads, unfulfilled. Zemeckis gets points for innovation and narrative daring, and the familiar cast duplicates its earnest effort, but the spirit of the series only comes back to life in Back to the Future 3, the admittedly hokey Western that concludes the series.

An overly slight, dumbed-down spin on the Western genre is a swell concept to wrap up the show, but too little is done with the idea. So much frothy fun could have been had playing with genre conventions here that the story feels throughout like a series of mind-boggling, missed opportunities. While the first two pictures left viewers delightfully disoriented with the multiple timeline possibilities of time travel, this lackluster capper quickly settles into situation comedy territory. Far too much screen time is expended trying to work out the contrived, ho-hum obstacles of fueling an automobile on the frontier and getting absent-minded professor Doc Brown to profess his affection for a pretty schoolmarm (Mary Steenburgen). Although the second film was certainly no masterpiece, Back to the Future Part 3 (1990) is one part too many; Zemeckis and Fox and their partners should have cashed their checks from the classic first film and left well enough alone.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The legendary DeLorean sports car makes one stylish, streamlined time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy, the '80s classics from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump). The first of the series is the strongest, telling the story of young Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a small-town teen in 1985 who takes an accidental trip back to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean built by eccentric, white-haired mad scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd). Through a series of comedic missteps, Marty inadvertently keeps his parents (Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover) from falling in love, thereby threatening his own existence. Quite simply, this is the best time-travel film ever made, and it revels in Marty's fish-out-of-water 1980s take on 1950s Eisenhower-era innocence. With their self-assured handling of clever plot twists and time-travel paradoxes, writers Zemeckis and Bob Gale earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. And while the plot ticks with Swiss-watch precision, at the film's heart is an appointment with destiny, a single moment that sets the pattern for all the characters' lives, expressed eloquently in the film's central image of a tower clock stopped for 30 years by a bolt of lightning. Back to the Future Part II careens 30 years into the future (where the DeLorean has been made to fly) before Marty and Doc return to a nightmarish alternate 1985 (with shades of It's a Wonderful Life) that that can only be repaired by another trip back to the '50s. Labyrinthine time-travel complications are the name of the game in Part II, capped off by a brilliant reprise of the tour-de-force climactic sequence of the first film. Back to the Future Part III catapults Marty and Doc back in time to the Wild West of 1885, where fun and games with genre conventions -- cowboys, Indians, and gunfights -- and a little romance (Mary Steenburgen is introduced as Doc's true love) replace the plot complexities of the first two films. Fox and Lloyd anchor this series: Fox's boyish charm and energy is completely in sync with the film's buoyant spirit of fun, while Lloyd's archetypal portrayal of a mad-but-loveable scientist stands, along with his stint on Taxi, as the signature work of his career. And while only the original Back to the Future can be considered a true masterpiece, the sequels have a refreshing unpredictability that puts the trilogy as a whole -- along with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies -- at the pinnacle of post-Hollywood New Wave blockbuster fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
UPC:
0025192049491
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
5:44:00

Special Features

Tales from the future - six part documentary featuring all-new interviews with the cast and crew; The physics of back to the future; Deleted scenes; Michael J Fox Q & A; 8 Archival featurettes including the secrets of the back to the future trilogy; Behind the scenes-; Never-before-seen nuclear test site ending; Storyboard sequence; Original makeup tests; Outtakes; Productiond design; Storyboarding; Designing the delorean; Designing time travel; Hoverboard test,; Evolution of visual effects shots ; Designing the town of Hill Valley; Designing the campaign ; Photo galleries; Music videos - including "the power of love" by Huey Lewis and the News; Audio commentaries with director Robert Zemeckis and producers Bob Gale & Neil Canton; Back to the future: the ride - experience the universal studios theme park attraction, including lobby monitor and preshow footage

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Back to the Future - 25th Anniversary Trilogy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MHart More than 1 year ago
One of the most amazaing movies of all time.
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tinabot More than 1 year ago
I just watched the Back to the Future Trilogy on the 25th anniversary blu-ray release, and I hadn't cracked up that much in a long, long time. I was seven years old when the movie came out in theaters in 1985, and there are so many reasons why watching the whole triology again was so much fun. First of all, it's just such a great film series to watch. It's just as much fun today as the first day I saw it (and then proceeded to watch again and again and again). The acting is just fabulous. The story is really character driven. Even though it's got time travel and some cool effects, it's really about the character Marty, Doc Brown, and the whole gang. The actors really make the characters come to life, but also take it a step further so that they're almost caricatures but at the same time grounded, realistic, and believable. Marty is just that typical teenage kid that any American adolescent can connect with, so you just can't help but join him on his wild and crazy adventures. Doc Brown is totally that fun crazy scientist that every kid wishes was their uncle. Biff and all his incarnations is that burly and perfectly stupid bully that everyone just loves to hate. Then there's Marty's parents, so very Mom and Dad yet so vulnerable and human at the same time. The soundtrack is just so epic and perfect. I think putting this big-sound, epic-fantasy music mixed with 80's hip style really made it feel like an adventure in your own backyard. Next, it's just so awesome to see the 80s again. This film really captures the sensibilities of it's time, and I guess having been released in 1985, right in the smack middle of the 80s, really made it a marker, a touchstone of the times. I was in elementary school throughout the 80s, so I really felt just like a kid again watching it. The experience seeing it at 32 was oh-so-nostalgic of 3rd grade. I grew up with the generation of kids that sat in front of their tubes (not YouTube) watching G.I. Joe, Smurfs, Transformers, Rainbow Brite, and My Little Pony. Sure, it's fun to have seen Transformers and G.I. Joe in live action movies today (and I'm a little terrified of the Smurfs film coming up), especially when you go back to those cartoons today and think "Wow, I had low standards back then", but it's such a trip that a movie like Back To The Future is just as great to watch now as it was then. In fact, having become a writer and gotten to know the process of film making and how impossible it is to pull off a great film, I feel like I appreciate it so much more today as a masterpiece of entertainment and story-telling. Finally, the time-travel experience is absolutely perfected for me personally by the fact that this film was shot all in Los Angeles County. I grew up during the 80's in Whittier, CA, and the external high school scenes were shot at Whittier High School. Also, the mall parking lot where Marty blasts off into the past in the suped-up DeLorean was shot at the Puente Hills Mall, my neighborhood mall in my pre-teen and teen years. Seeing the footage of the mall when Robinsons and JCPenny were still there really took me back. And I noticed the Fudruckers that had turned into a Barnes and Nobles and marveled at the fact that that same Ross store is still there! The parking lot looked almost exactly the way it looks today. 25th anniversary indeed!
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unsatisfied_customer20 More than 1 year ago
placed my order on 11/26 and it still hasnt arrived. finally received an email saying my order was shipped on 12/9, but its been 6 days and it still hasnt made it out of the state of kentucky. so much for "item usually ships within 24 hours" and "estimated delivery time 2-6 days". i wont be ordering from B&N again, would recommend you dont either.
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