Back to the Future (1985)
|Released:||Wednesday, July 3, 1985|
|Rating:||Some material may not be suitable for children.|
High schooler Marty McFly Michael J. Fox, during the height of his TV success) is catapulted back to the '50s where he sees his parents in their teens, and accidentally changes the history of how Mom and Dad met. Filled with the humorous ideology of the '50s, filtered through the knowledge of the '80s (actor Ronald Reagan is president, ha!), the film comes off as a Twilight Zone episode written by Preston Sturges. Filled with memorable effects and two wonderfully off-key, perfectly cast performances: Christopher Lloyd as the crazy scientist who builds the time machine (a DeLorean luxury car) and Crispin Glover as Marty's geeky dad.
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Everyone knows the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox; Spin City) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd; A Million Way To Die In The West) and their time travelling machine made out of a DeLorean. In Back To The Future, Marty travels back to 1955, interfering in his parents first meeting, and almost altering history and his very existence. Spawning two sequels, the group then travels to October 21, 2015, and then, ultimately, back to 1855. Of course, the first of those dates popped up on our calendar this year and numerous celebrations heralded a new era of love for the series.
The first three discs in the special edition Blu-ray are the movies themselves and hours of mostly previously released bonus material. Each one has deleted scenes, Tales from the future that range from the Physics of Back To The Future to The Test of Time, and behind the scenes material. The fourth disc is a brand new group of bonus features, including a 2015 message from Doc Brown and an insight into restoring the DeLorean. It also offers two episodes of the animated series and fake commercials for Jaws 19 and the hoverboard from Back To The Future II.
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