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Back to the Future (1985)

Released:  Wednesday, July 3, 1985  
Length:  116 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: Back to the Future is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.

Back to the Future Synopsis

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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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Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy 4K Review

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy 4K Review

If you were a teenager in the 1980's you should definitely remember what movie this line is from…" Are you telling me you built a time machine…out of a DeLorean?"  Amazingly, it was thirty-five years ago when the first Back to the Future movie screeched into theaters at 88 miles per hour.  Four years later the time travelers were back in the sequel and the third installment came a year later making Back to the Future a very successful trilogy.  Since then there have been other home entertainment releases but for the thirty-fifth anniversary, Universal Pictures has decided to give all three movies the royal treatment and are releasing them (finally!) in 4K UHD.

For those who are unfamiliar with, or who have simply forgotten, the plot, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox; Secret of My Success) is friends with the local "mad scientist", Doc Emmitt Brown (Christopher Lloyd; Who Framed Roger Rabbit).  When Doc calls Marty and tells him to meet Doc at precisely 1:15 am at the Twin Oaks Mall, Marty has no idea what to expect.  When he finds Doc he is shocked to discover Doc has made a machine out of a sports car.  Suddenly, the bad guys show up and shoot Doc as Marty jumps into the DeLorean to escape but finds himself traveling back to the 1950s.  

With the incredible success of the first film, a sequel was planned where Marty jumps ahead to the future in order to save his kids.  Then five years after the first film, the third movie in the trilogy was released.  This time Marty travels back 100 years to help Doc escape after he becomes trapped in the "wild west" but sadly Marty arrived back in the 1980's alone fearing Doc has been lost forever.  Of course, Doc shows up in a "tricked out" locomotive train to impart some wisdom on Marty before he is off again, time-traveling somewhere else.

Fox, who was doing double duty while making the first film (he was still working on his sitcom, Family Ties at the same time) was the perfect Marty.  The story famously goes that the part of Marty originally went to Eric Stoltz (Some Kind of Wonderful) but several weeks into shooting he was replaced with Fox after the producers decided Stoltz was making the role much more serious than they had planned, considering the film is a comedy. Fox, conversely, brought his youthful demeanor and comedic timing to the role and he and Lloyd seem to have great chemistry.  

This restoration transfer to 4K with enhancements through Dolby Vision is excellent.  While there are still some flaws, the picture quality is sharp, and the color palette is bright and true.  The Dolby Atmos audio is equally as strong with ambient noise enveloping the viewer from all sides.   The dialog isn't as clean and, especially in the first film, can sound a little "muddy". Overall, it's a terrific transfer/upgrade.  

The discs don't offer any newly released extras however, there is a disc of extras that are included with this set which does have some never before seen extras.  They include: Lost Audition Tapes (Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise, and C. Thomas Howell), The Hollywood Museum Goes Back to the Future Featurette on this exhibition, Back to the Future: The Musical Featurette, Q&A, Original Songs, Could you survive the movies? Back to the Future laws of physics a YouTube episode, 2015 message from Doc Brown, Restoring the DeLorean, Looking Back to the Future - multi-part Documentary, Back to the Future: The Animated Series episodes, and 2015 Commercials (Jaws 19 and Hoverboard).
The first Back to the Future film will undoubtedly go down in film history, keep Fox's, Lloyd's, and director Robert Zemeckis' (Forrest Gump) vision alive.  The latter two films aren't as good, but they also aren't so awful as to be mockeries of the first movie.  

This is a well-done restoration and a beautifully packaged combination set.  If you have a Back to the Future fan in your household this would make for an excellent holiday gift (wink, wink).  Available October 20th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Grade: A-


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  • 6/4/2020 3:57 PM EST


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