GUEST ARTICLE: Great Scott!! Switch on your time circuits and get your Delorean Flux Capacitor powered up with 1.21 Gigawatts of electrical power because Universal Pictures is releasing a newly restored 25th anniversary release of the original cult time travel trilogy adventure “Back to the Future” in high definition Blu-Ray.
I watched the past, present and future collide at precisely 88 miles per hour at the Universal Pictures exclusive media preview screening of the original Back to the Future movie remastered and released in Bluray format.
Despite twenty-five years of seismic technological innovations transforming the way we live, the simple story of how an unlikely duo of a teenager in Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and the zany Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) successfully challenge the space-time continuum in a DeLorean ‘time machine’ still resonates today with the core theme that “if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”
McFly and Doc demonstrate the power of self-belief and human ingenuity, seamlessly transporting audiences from 1985 to 1955 on their warp-speed tour of McFly family history in between delivering classic movie lines like these:
Marty: Wait a minute. Wait a minute Doc, uh, are you telling me you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?
Doc Brown: The way I see it, if you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
Marty: What about all that talk about screwing up future events? The space-time continuum?
Doc Brown: Well, I figured, what the hell!
Throughout the movie, McFly is compelled to rise to every challenge put before him in order to avoid screwing up future events and being trapped in an era of black and white television.
In his hysteric and often desperate attempts to bring his future parents together, McFly manages the seemingly impossible by ‘manning-up’ his nerdy, chocolate milk drinking, sci-fi fanatic future father to not only take on schoolyard bully Biff Tannen, but also win over his future mother on the dance floor to the tune of his own out-of-control electric guitar solo that proved to be even too wild for the 80s.
Teamed up with innovative and realistic special effects for its time and unrivaled adventure sequences, McFly and Doc prove that with a bit of persistence, imagination and the belief that lightning can strike twice, you really can accomplish anything.
Fans of the original and newcomers alike will revel in this innovative plutonium-powered journey through time that was born out of a relatively simple idea but went on to spawn a blockbuster trilogy, generating nearly 1 billion dollars globally with Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III.
Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy Bluray (+ Digital Copy) will be released on October 27 2010 in a three bluray disc set
Extras include more than two hours of new bonus features, 16 deleted scenes and “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 Back to the Future
Major Extras include:
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.
- 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.
This article has been written by Pranav Bhatt. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Business at Sydney University. He has an interest in world travel, cricket, politics, technology and the media.