Back to the Future is one of the series I always considered on my list of “needs to come to Blu-ray”. Sure, they’re campy by today’s standards, but they’re still incredibly fun to watch. They are enjoyable films, and are hard to turn away from once you start watching. I mean it spent an incredibly 11 weeks at #1 in the box office when it was first released, so it obviously got a lot of things right.
The Blu-ray collection will be releasing on Oct. 26, 2010 which is exactly 25 years to the day of it’s first theatrical release (the first film was released Oct. 26, 1985). The films have been completely remastered and will come with more than 2 hours of all new bonus features (so ones from previous DVD releases should be intact) including a new six-part documentary with never before seen footage and interviews from the cast.
I for one am really looking forward to seeing this in HD. They’re great movies, and deserve a really good transfer. For the full breakdown of all the special features I’m going to show you part of the press release here. It’s just too much to summarize!
* U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to learn more about their favorite film without ever leaving the movie.
o 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.
o Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
o Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies.
* BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more!
* My Scenes: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movies.
* pocket BLU™: USHE’s groundbreaking 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:
o 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.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
o 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.
o 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.
o Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard.
* 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 the Back to the Future.
BLU-RAY™ and DVD BONUS FEATURES
* 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.*
o In the Beginning . . .: Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.
o Time to Go: Production stories through the release of the first film.
o Keeping Time: The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy.
o Time Flies: Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.
o 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.
o 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.*
* 16 Deleted Scenes
* Michael J. Fox Q&A
* Q&A Commentaries with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
* Feature Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
* Archival Featurettes
o Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three: Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.
o 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.
o The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy: a televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions.
o Original Makeup Tests
o Production Design
o Designing the DeLorean
o Designing Time Travel
o Hoverboard Test
o Designing Hill Valley
o Designing the Campaign
* Back to the Future: The Ride
* Music Videos:
o Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”
o ZZ Top “DoubleBack”
* Photo Galleries, Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits
* Theatrical Trailers
* Denotes new footage debuting on the 25th Anniversary Trilogy