New Release: Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray

Back to the Future movie scene with Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. FoxFor the 25th anniversary of science-fiction movie Back to the Future, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the movie and its two sequels on high-definition Blu-ray on Oct. 26, 2010.

The time-traveling adventure executive-produced by Steven Spielberg rocketed Michael J. Fox to a household name when the original was released in 1985. Fox plays Marty McFly, who accidentally gets into a time machine built into a DeLorean and ends up in 1955, where he meets his parents as teenagers and threatens his own existence by stopping them from getting together.

Christopher Lloyd (Jack and the Beanstalk) stars as the scientist who built the time machine, Lea Thompson (TV’s Caroline in the City) plays Fox’s mother and Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine) his dad. Others in the trilogy include Thomas F. Wilson (The Informant), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Billy Zane (Sniper: Reloaded), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) and Mary Steenburgen (Parenthood).

In the second movie, Fox’s McFly goes to the future to fix his children, and in the third, he gets sent back to the Old West.

The Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy, which also is available on DVD, includes these bonus features:

  • “Tales from the Future” six-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, plus Steven Spielberg.
    • “In the Beginning . . .”  about the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.
    • “Time to Go” with production stories through the release of the first film.
    • “Keeping Time” about the score and songs of the trilogy.
    • “Time Flies” about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.
    • “Third Time’s the Charm” 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” about the phenomenon of the trilogy, including President Reagan quoting the film, the Back to the Future ride opening at Universal Studios theme park and fans rebuilding the iconic DeLorean.
  • “The Physics of Back To The Future” discussion with celebrity best-selling author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku about the overall appreciation of the science in the trilogy
  • Nuclear test eite ending storyboard sequence for 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
    • “Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three” 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.
    • “The Making of Back to the Future Part I, II & III,” providing a vintage and historic first look at the making of all three films.
    • “The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy” televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered 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

The Blu-ray version also offers:

  • U-Control with
    • 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
    • trivia track
  • BD-Live access to more content online
  • My Scenes bookmark feature
  • Pocket Blu app to allow smartphones to interact with the Blu-ray player
  • archival featurette “Back to the Future Night,” hosted by Leslie Nielson, a original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.