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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, Michael Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover

Cast: Robert Zemeckis, Michael Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover

 

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The "Complete Trilogy" is right. All three movies are here, and that would be a pretty full meal in itself, but along with the 339 minutes of movie on three discs -- all transferred about as well as anyone ever imagined they could be for the home screen, with bright, solid colors and resolution that reveals picture details that might have previously escaped viewers,

Overview

The "Complete Trilogy" is right. All three movies are here, and that would be a pretty full meal in itself, but along with the 339 minutes of movie on three discs -- all transferred about as well as anyone ever imagined they could be for the home screen, with bright, solid colors and resolution that reveals picture details that might have previously escaped viewers, plus ear-popping sound -- we also get ten hours of extra features. Each disc leads off its bonus section with a 14-minute making-of featurette, done at the time of each respective movie's release, about the evolution of ideas for the plots, the design of the sets and props, the way in which the score was conceived, and the makeup, casting, etc. None is revelatory, but it also would have been silly not to have included each in this package. Much more interesting is "The Making of the Trilogy," three new 15-minute featurettes in which the creators explain themselves better in all of the areas covered by the older featurettes, especially where the special effects and makeup are concerned, though each also reveals some superficiality in the thinking of the producers, such as Bob Gale's statement that no Hollywood movie had ever been built on the notion that every adult was once a kid (there's a movie called It's a Wonderful Life that spends a good bit of time on that very subject). Not that this matters -- the makers came up with two eminently enjoyable and one genuinely funny, touching movie, and it's fascinating to see how they did it, to learn that the movie was nearly sunk by its PG-rated orientation (with R-rated comedies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High making a fortune, every studio thought Back to the Future was too "soft," except for Disney, where they felt the script was too "dirty" because of the implication of defacto incestuous attraction between two of the characters), and to see how Michael J. Fox managed to get the lead role after shooting had already commenced with Eric Stoltz in the part. And then there are the sets of commentary tracks on each disc, one a live question-and-answer session by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale before an audience of film students; another an "enhanced" interview with Michael J. Fox (who appears in a window in the upper right-hand corner of the screen) discussing the movie and his role in it; and a commentary track by Gale and Neil Canton, which is deliberately keyed to carry the viewer past the boundaries of the other two commentaries. Disc two contains a similar range of material, but without Fox's enhanced reminiscences; instead, we get a selection of some substantial outtakes from the movie, with the optional accompaniment of Bob Gale's commentary explaining why they were deleted, and an array of outtakes, including flubbed lines and cues. Disc three, in addition to two commentaries, contains one violent scene that was cut out of the third movie, with Gale's explanation of why. The commentary is a little bit thin by this time, as though the participants lost some of their own continuity, even engaging in some strained and limp humor that doesn't quite work. They do admit to an error in the script during the first ten minutes of the movie, but otherwise the remarks here are less focused, and seem to suffer from some of the same weariness that overtook the makers in shooting the third movie. Each disc is dual-layered and offers a seamless, invisible transition, even on older players. Each one opens to a three-tiered menu that is very easy to use, with bonus features that advance automatically on the selection list as they play out. There are also production stills, storyboards, conceptual art, and promotional and marketing materials presented in an interactive format, and each disc offers a DVD-ROM function (for those playing these discs on their computers) that includes the original script for each movie. These extras all may be a little bit more than the trilogy deserves in the total scheme of cinema -- none of the Back to the Future movies is remotely as significant as, say, The Birth of a Nation, Citizen Kane, etc. -- but it is all interesting to take in, one movie at a time, one day at a time, and enlightening about how important luck is, along with talent and bold intentions, in making a successful film (or two or three).

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:
12/17/2002
UPC:
0025192212123
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
5:42:00

Special Features

Michael J. Fox discusses his experiences making the Back to the Future trilogy; Hilarious outtakes: Flubs, bloopers, and antics from the films; Deleted scenes: Exclusive, never-before-seen footage from all three films; Audio commentaries: On all three films by writer/producer Bob Gale and producer Neil Canton; Live Q & A session: On all three films by director Robert Zemeckis and writer/producer Bob Gale; Hoverboard tests: Original "flying skateboard" on-location road tests; Digitally remastered: All three films have been completely remastered in 5.1 digital surround; Making the Trilogy: A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of all three film, including original and new interviews with the cast and crew; Animated anecdotes: Hundreds of fun facts and interesting trivia you can choose to view while watching the films; Music videos: "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News, and "Doubleback" by ZZ Top; Evolution of the Special Effects: Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic shows how the films' special effects were developed; Behind-the-scenes segments: Designing the DeLorean, makeup tests, time travel, storyboarding, production design, and more; Production archives: Interactive environment featuring production photos, original storyboards, conceptual art, props, and theatrical marketing materials

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Back to the Future
1. Main Titles
2. Late for School
3. The Slacker
4. The Family McFly
5. A Time Machine?
6. Escape to the Past
7. 1955
8. Dad the Dork
9. Calvin & Lorraine
10. Future Boy & Doc
11. Marty's Problem
12. The Matchmaker
13. Skateboard Hero
14. The Big Date
15. The Real George
16. Johnny B. Goode
17. Back to the Future
18. Doc's Decision
19. Future Shock
20. Roads? (Credits)
Side #2 -- Back to the Future Part II
1. Back From the Future [2:55]
2. Main Titles [1:20]
3. Hill Valley, 2015 [8:26]
4. Marty Junior? [4:24]
5. Batter Up! [4:07]
6. The Almanac [5:42]
7. The Future McFlys [7:15]
8. Chicken [4:17]
9. Past Imperfect [7:42]
10. My Father!? [4:23]
11. An Alternate 1985 [4:57]
12. About That Book [5:57]
13. Back to 1955 [5:43]
14. Biff's Lucky Day [7:30]
15. Back to the Dance [13:13]
16. Get That Book! [6:42]
17. Back to Normal? [3:02]
18. A Letter From 1885 [2:51]
19. I'm Back [2:48]
20. End Titles [4:39]
Side #3 -- Back to the Future Part III
1. Back Again [2:48]
2. Main Titles [2:10]
3. A Letter From Doc [7:40]
4. Doc's Destiny [3:07]
5. Back to 1885 [6:25]
6. Clint Eastwood? [7:47]
7. Mad Dog [3:12]
8. Reunited [4:28]
9. Out of Gas [4:09]
10. Clara [8:48]
11. The Town Festival [6:15]
12. Trouble With Tannen [9:26]
13. The Course of the Future [9:57]
14. Late for a Train [4:21]
15. Showdown [9:47]
16. Racing Against Time [11:45]
17. Back to Normal [3:47]
18. Marty's Choice [2:00]
19. Meet the Family [3:44]
20. End Titles [6:30]

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Back to the Future - 25th Anniversary Trilogy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 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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These movies are classic,Michael J. Fox,and Christopher Lloyd are classic too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the classics of all times. I enjoy all 3 movies each time I watch them. They are finally here to enjoy through quality picture and sound systems. Just have a pizza and beverage ready, sit back and have fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back to the Future is viewed... at least, one of them, every night. My brothers and I always stay awake, and Mom and Dad love putting it on. We watched all three at a sleepover I had. This is my favorite series ever.
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Are you ready for a hilarious movie? Then watch back to the future. It is touching and you can get a good laugh out of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite film of all time. Back to the Future is one of those movies you can watch over and over again. Everything worked well for this movie. Michael J. Fox does an excellent job as Marty McFly. The rest of the cast is superb. The music from Huey Lewis is great. The movie has a little bit of everything. It was well thought out and it's wonderful to watch how everything comes together and what changes are made for the better or worse. Part II and III doesn't compare to the original, although III almost pulls it off. I think part II would've been alot better had they made it a year or two later after the original. Hopefully, capturing the same feel of the first one. But, I feel something was lost within those 5 years between I and II. I was 14 when I first saw the original. I am now 31 and it still holds up today for me as it did back then. I have been waiting for the DVD package for quite some time now. I am so excited for it's release in December. It sure is a must for BTTF fans. If you grew up in the 80's and never saw this film, I highly recommend that you do. If you love Michael J. Fox, good music and the possiblity of time travel, then you will love this movie. I know I do!