Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy
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Presented by filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg, directed by Oscar winning Robert Zemeckis, and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, the phenomenally popular Back to the Future films literally changed the future of the adventure movie genre. Now, this unprecedented Back to the Future DVD Trilogy immerses you in all the breathtaking action, groundbreaking comedy and sheer movie-making magic of one of the most brilliantly inventive, wildly entertaining motion picture triumphs in Hollywood history!
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis topped his breakaway hit Romancing the Stone with Back to the Future, a joyous comedy with a dazzling hook: what would it be like to meet your parents in their youth? Billed as a special-effects comedy, the imaginative film (the top box-office smash of 1985) has staying power because of the heart behind Zemeckis and Bob Gale's script. 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. --Doug Thomas
Critics and audiences didn't seem too happy with Back to the Future, Part II, the inventive, perhaps too clever sequel. Director Zemeckis and cast bent over backwards to add layers of time-travel complication, and while it surely exercises the brain it isn't necessarily funny in the same way that its predecessor was. It's well worth a visit, though, just to appreciate the imagination that went into it, particularly in a finale that has Marty watching his own actions from the first film. --Tom Keogh
Shot back-to-back with the second chapter in the trilogy, Back to the Future, Part III is less hectic than that film and has the same sweet spirit of the first, albeit in a whole new setting. This time, Marty ends up in the Old West of 1885, trying to prevent the death of mad scientist Christopher Lloyd at the hands of gunman Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson, who had a recurring role as the bully Biff). Director Zemeckis successfully blends exciting special effects with the traditions of a Western and comes up with something original and fun. --Tom Keogh
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches; 7.68 Ounces
- Director : Robert Zemeckis
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 5 hours and 42 minutes
- Release date : December 17, 2002
- Actors : Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Crispin Glover
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Producers : Bob Gale, Neil Canton, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00006AL1E
- Writers : Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Back to the Future (1985):
BTTF is a great film because it has a lot of elements in the right place. It's funny, the cast is impeccable, the premise is original and smart, is really entertaining and the friendship between Doc and Marty feels genuine giving the movie a heart. Zemeckis accomplished a film that in other hands could've been a complete mess but here, it's completely unerstandable and not hard to follow. BTTF is a truly classic that has stood the test of time and is my favorite of the trilogy. Simply a masterpiece.
Back to the Future part II (1989):
Sequels, as we know are dangerous propositions that can either expand the story in glourious ways or sink it in the deep bottom of oblivion. Fortunately, BTTF2 is not the case of a bad sequel and indeed it expands the story in interesting ways. The movie has a lot of elements that made the first so good but also it complicates things more and takes the adventure to new levels. We go to the year 2015, an alternate 1985 and we go back again to 1955. The special effects are really good, although some of them seem dated by today's standards. Still, the story is really good and keeps you involved the whole time. The cast as always is impecable and it is also worth noting that this is the darkest film of the three.
Back to the Future part III (1990):
The third film in a trilogy is usually the worst one. But sometime is always the best (TS3), in this case BTTF3 is not the best of the three but is still really good and concludes the trilogy in a high note. The movie is lighter than the previous one and a little bit more entertaining too. The western setting is spectatucar and surprinsingly it works really well. The characters of Marty and Doc Brown end as full rounded characters and in the case of Doc Brown we see him in a completely new perspective. This movie is full of humor, romance and great action sequences. It is really high quality entertainment.
Video & Audio
All three BTTF films were given full restorations with impressive results. The image in all three is clear, crisp, full of contrast and detail. Skin tones are mostly natural and grain is visible though not annoying. Sometimes the image looks a little soft but that's because of the techniques that they used to film them. A faithful and outstanding tranfer for all of them. Thank you Universal.
In the audio department, all three films feature 5.1 DTS-HD MA and the results are great. Dialogue is crystal clear, the music sounds clear and there is no sign of hissing or other annomalies. A great audio presentation.
This package is full of bonus material spread across the three discs. The most note-worthy is a six part new documentary newly created for this set that are called "Tales from the Future" spread across the three movies. In the first movie you have "In the Beginning...", "Time to Go" and "Keeping Time". In the second movie you have "Time Flies" and in the third you have "Third Time's the Charm" and "The Test of Time". This six-part documentary is incredible as all the people involved in the making of the films discuss everything that was done with the trilogy. It's a piece that should not be missed. Alsoyou have archival documentaries from previous releases, audiocomentaries, galleries, trailers, The Back to the Future Night with Leslie Nielsen and The Back to the Future Ride (both are great), deleted scenes, The Phiysics of Back to the Future and much more.
You also have Digital Copies of the three films.
My set also came with a Hot Wheels DeLorean replica.
The BTTF trilogy is one of the best that have been released and regardless which one is your favorite (mine's the first), the three of them offer high quality entertainment. With great restorations and a good amount of bonus material including a spectacular new documentary, Universal have made this set a must-own for everyone. Highly recommended!!!
There are many, many joke references to cultural icons & "how time repeats itself" which are stitched through the fabric of each film. Included are "making of" featurettes on each film. BTTF will remain one of my favorite movie trilogies!
While I didn't take any stars off for it I think only thing that would of made this set even better would be if like Ghostbusters and Bill and Ted box sets if we could of had at least one episode of Back to the Future Saturday Morning cartoon series included among the extras.
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All 3 films are absolutely brilliant and are fantastically entertaining, with a fast-paced plotline, witty scriptwriting, top-class acting and plenty of action sequences. The time travelling element is great, and is essential to the plot without becoming overly complicated. There is so much going on, with visual gags, sub-plots, and different references to previous (or future) events that you'll find that on the second or even the third watch you pick up things you missed the first time around.
The DVDs contain hours of extras including an excellent making-of documentary, and you definitely get your money's worth in terms of content.
A must-own trilogy for any movie fan, highly recommended.
The extras package is impressive but not exhaustive, with many interesting things to find out about the production of these films.
Mainly though it is the films themselves that make this a must have package. Back to the future is a stone cold classic from the 80's, and the other 2 are highly entertaining. These are the films to put on during a rainy sunday afternoon and watch with the family.
Focussing first on the packaging, it's professionally presented, the items are lovingly created and the information is nostalgic and actually very interesting to see. I especially like the sports almanac and the license plate from the Delorean.
The films are as expected, great, but also well remastered. There has been a lot of debate over the quality of the films and whether they have done a good enough job. Personally I found everything to be very crisp and an absolute joy to view. I couldn't complain, in fact the quality is so good that you can see the make up effects on the actors where they have made them look older. Each wrinkle and crease in the face masks is clearly present, this doesn't distract from the movie at all, but really shows the detail achieved in the visuals. The sound track is clear and obviously has had attention on it on top of the improved visuals. The pumping 80s soundtrack and booming special effects really shine through.
Extras are the same as the DVD version with a few more special features. This is certainly no bad thing though as the original extras are very complete and interesting if you enjoy that side of things.
Basically, for me, it's a very accomplished set. The movies are great, the quality is just fantastic both visually and aurally and the extras are actually worthwhile and not random booklets which don't add value.
A must buy for any BTTF fan, and, highly recommended for those who have never seen the films. They have survived the test of time because they are very specifically set in particular eras. Due to this they never age, because they are representing the time frame perfectly. This makes the experience even better because they are as good as you remember.
The first is a classic, which you can watch several times without tiring of its premise. It hits the beats in all the right places.
And there are edgier elements too - would a film in which a mother makes a pass at her son be made nowadays?
Both the sequels are good too.
Back to the Future II is slightly darker and (to some) confusing with its time twisting plot. It manages to revisit the original film and bring new ideas.
Back to the Future III is lighter in tone and a good end to the series.
Some people say it was a pity that the original George McFly isn't in the second and third films, but his part was much reduced anyway.
Overall, as my title says a trilogy with three good films.