Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy Due October 26
July 31, 2010

I know I was annoyed by Blu-ray for a while, but I think we picked just the right time to jump, since lots of our favorites are just now being re-released in that format. And as the studios hoped, since we have a new Blu-ray player, we’re eager for content to feed into it.

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The latest announcement that has me salivating is the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy, due out October 25th (my birthday week!). The set (also available on DVD) promises new audio and video restorations, and I’ve always enjoyed the movies for their blend of science fiction, comedy, and adventure.

A new, six-part “retrospective documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers, including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and director Robert Zemeckis” heads up over two hours of new bonus features, available in both formats. It covers each of the films, plus pre-production and casting, songs and score, and reactions to the movies, including the Universal park ride and fan response. There are also

  • a feature on the physics and science of the trilogy
  • the storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film titled “Nuclear Test Site”
  • plus lots (everything?) carried over from the previous 2002 DVD set, including 16 deleted scenes, two commentaries on each film (a Q&A with Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale, or one with producers Gale and Neil Canton), the making-ofs, behind-the-scenes, galleries, trailers, and the Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love” music video

The Blu-ray exclusives are, for the most part, those that take advantage of the new technology. That’s a really smart way to do things, since it doesn’t look as though you’re punishing DVD customers or trying to force them to upgrade. The Blu-ray only elements include such things as a trivia track, a storyboard comparison while watching the movie, BD-LIVE links, the ability to bookmark favorite scenes, and the ability to control your Blu-ray player from your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phone or Macintosh or Windows computer with Universal’s pocket BLU app. That app also allows you to control the film’s Video Timeline or get exclusive Mobile-to-Go content.

There is one Blu-ray video exclusive: the archival featurette “Back to the Future Night”: “Hosted by Leslie Nielson, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of Back to the Future.” I’ll definitely be picking up this set — now if I can only avoid the temptation to upgrade all my Pixar movies to Blu-ray.

9 Responses  
Ed Catto writes:  

Oh, now I really feel old. I remember taking my baby brother to these.. He now has 2 kids!

Anthony writes:  

What made you decide to go to Bluray? (Still sticking with DVDs for the forseeable future here…)

Johanna writes:  

KC wanted it for his birthday. His reasoning was that he wanted to get the complete Lost set, and with a purchase of that magnitude, he wanted to get the more current format so it would “stay good” longer, kind of future-proofing.

Also, we’d been using a DVD recorder as our main player as well as using it to burn things, and we just plain wore it out. So now we’re splitting the work between the two machines.

Plus, prices on new releases are becoming comparable, and the Blu-ray often have more extras we want to see. The used BR aren’t as cheap, but we have a whole backlog of DVD purchases to get through already, and once we finish, I’m thinking prices might drop back to where we’re used to impulse purchasing.

Anthony writes:  

I see. I have a DVD recorder also, but have only used it lately for dubbing old stuff I recorded to VHS/to play DVDs, since getting a DVR last November (which is working nicely), also the same time I bought a new TV (moving up to HD by default). Also play DVDs on my laptop…

Re: Back to the Future: the new set sounds nice. I’m still hoping they’ll release the early 90s TV cartoon of BTTF to DVD someday…

Thom writes:  

I wasn’t able to resist upgrading my Pixar films. They just look so nice and pretty in HiDef. :)

Johanna writes:  

At Amazon’s current price of $20 each, they’re very tempting. But we have so much else to watch…

Thom writes:  

I used gift certificates for the Toy Story films from the infamous Hardcover Trade debacle. Monsters and Cars I got for terrific deals around Christmas and I bought Bugs life used for about $12. :)

But I totally understand putting it off for other items. Thankfully, Pixar is not bound by the Disney Vault rules. I don’t think. Wait. Are they?

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