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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Going back to going back...

In 1985 there was a moment in the history of Time-travel. It occurred precisely at precisely 1.15am on October the 25th 1985 and continued via 1955 into 1989, then via 2015 back to 1990, further back to 1885, and finally stopping off back at a slightly altered 1985.  These three incredibly clever and enjoyably movies are soon to get their 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray debut in glorious hi-definition (October the 26th in the US), and for those of us that enjoyed them so much, it will be awesome to catch up with Marty McFly (yes kids, where did you think McFly got their name from in the first place!!?!).

Well, very briefly he's back from the future.... ermm... past??...

All sorts of fun stuff will be in the new release box set, including footage from the first 5 weeks of production when Eric Stoltz was to play Marty McFly. In my book without Michael J. Fox there is no future...erm... or something like that.
PS: For the real nerds, here's the full list of "What's in the Box"....

Video will be 1080p, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Audio will be 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The discs will be single-sided BD50s.

Special features include:
  • U-Control (BD-exclusive):
    • Setups & Payoffs: As you watch each of the three films, each "set up" showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point. When you get to that moment in the film, the "payoff" is shown to complete the correlation.
    • Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
    • Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies
  • Q&A commentaries with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale
  • Feature commentaries with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
  • Back to the Future Night: hosted by Leslie Nielson, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future (new, BD-exclusive)
  • 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.
  • 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 the Back to the Future Trilogy*
  • Nuclear test site ending storyboard sequence: Storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film.*
  • Sixteen deleted scenes
  • Michael J. Fox Q&A
  • Archival featurettes:
    • 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.
  • Behind-the-scenes:
    • Outtakes
    • Original makeup tests
    • Production design
    • Storyboarding
    • Designing the DeLorean
    • Designing time travel
    • Hoverboard test
    • Designing Hill Valley
    • Designing the campaign
  • Back to the Future: The Ride
  • Music Videos:
    • Huey Lewis and the News "Power of Love"
    • ZZ Top "DoubleBack"
  • Photo galleries, including production art, additional storyboards, photographs, marketing materials and character portraits
  • Theatrical trailers
  • BD-Live
  • My Scenes
  • pocket BLU: USHE's pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player and offers advanced features such as:
    • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
    • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there's a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray player with your device's easy and intuitive keyboard.
* Denotes new footage debuting on the 25th Anniversary Trilogy


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