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on 26 December 2017
There are some films that are just timeless and everyone should watch (especially in today’s climate of remakes, reboots and reimaginings). Basically, see it before it gets horribly remade with overblown computer effects and wafer-thin characters that you simply just don’t care about. By now, you can probably already tell that I love this film and I’m effectively going to ‘gush’ about it, so if you just want to accept now that it’s a definite 10/10 you might as well stop reading now. However, if you’re vaguely interested as to why I think it’s so – technically – perfect, then feel free to read on. In case you’re one of the few people that have been living in 1955 all your life and have only just arrived in our year courtesy of a time machine, you may need to know that ‘Back to the Future’ is about time travelling. Marty McFly, played by the ever youthful Michael J Fox, gets caught up in eccentric inventor, Doc Brown’s, latest scheme to build a time machine out of a DeLorean car. Naturally, things don’t go smoothly as he inadvertently ends up in 1955 and accidentally interferes with the very moment his parents got together, therefore possibly preventing him from every being conceived. If this wasn’t bad enough, he’s only got a one-shot chance at returning to his own time thanks to a lightning bolt due to power his time machine for the return trip.

I think what makes this film stand the tests of time is the fact that it is a true ‘family’ film. Whereas most films which can be watched by children are largely aimed ONLY at them and force the adults to sit through it until it’s over, I can’t imagine anyone – male/female, young/old – not actually finding enjoyment out of this adventure. It’s funny without ever being childish or vulgar, exciting without ever being over the top or unrealistic (if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief enough to believe that time travel is actually possible) and, of course, it contains some of the most memorable characters ever committed to film. Naturally, our dashing young hero, Marty, is very easy to root for, however it’s his cranky old sidekick ‘Doc’, played perfectly by Christopher Lloyd who steals every scene and is the true joy to watch all the way through. It’s also worth mentioning that Marty’s on-screen family also can hold their own, played different versions of themselves throughout the time periods, but special mention should go a character who should – by rights – be little more than a stereotypical bully, yet ‘Biff’ somehow becomes the clichéd bully that all other on-screen thugs aspire to be ever after.

If this film has a downside – and I’m only mentioning this because I can see that some people may have a problem with it these days (I didn’t and still don’t!) it’s that there are a few topics of humour that some people may find a little ‘edgy’ in today’s PC culture. For some reason I get the feeling that today any ‘family’ movie may shy away from a mother inadvertently falling in love with her son, but it was the eighties and things were different then!

There aren’t many movies that still can bring a family together around the TV in the living room on Christmas Day, but this is still one of them. If you haven’t already brought the entire trilogy on DVD, then watch it now and show your children. It deserves to entertain future generations. Yes, the following two ‘Back to the Future’ movies weren’t quite so well-received by the critics, but I think they’re great, too.
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on 27 December 2017
It's no secret that this franchise is great. I didn't see the movies before picking them up and thought like I do with everything that it would be awful (thats just how I think so as to avoid disappointment) and to say I liked them would not be doing justice. They may to be the most scientifically accurate movies around and there are some continuity errors and such but there is a certain charm about these features which disarms you and some of the scenes remain tense and exiting even after my 3rd viewing and with its memorable characters and fantastic comedy elements you really couldn't do much better and the 3rd movie almost uniquely doesn't feel like it exists just to pad the franchise it is a good end to events with significant payoff.
Sure, some of the effects are laughable by today's standards and there are a few elements which aren't explained properly or are a little to convenient to the plot but those nitpicks are... well they're just nitpicks because this is Back to the Future and Back to the Future is good.
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on 16 January 2016
Ace! ;)
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on 23 January 2015
1985'S Back to the future
Legendary Classic sci-fi adventure film from Bob Gale & Robert Zemeckis who both wrote the story/screenplay
but Bob Gale produced it while Robert Zemeckis Directed it

Universal have given this classic film a new High Definition transfer in 1:85:1 widescreen
with a new 5.1 Master audio mix
and the picture quality looks amazing very sharp & clear no Doubt about it,
better than the old dvd release from many years ago
plus the sound quality has been boosted to and sounds excellent

it doesn't stop there, there's more
Universal have also added new special features just for this blu-ray release
2 new 30mins retrospective Documentaries
new interviews with most of the cast & crew from the film
Steven spielberg, Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis, Frank marshall, Kathleen kennedy
Cinematographer Dean cundey, Producer Neil canton, Production Designer Rick carter & other crew members
plus Actors Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Mark McClure are interviewed
for some reason Thomas wilson & Crispin Glover were not interviewed, maybe there were not available
these 2 new Doc's could easily been played continuosly as one 1 hour Documentary
but instead Universal seperated the 2 Doco's
plus there's a new 3rd featurette KEEPING TIME only goes for 6mins
it's about the Music score for the film
Frank marshall & Robert zemeckis talk about the music score,
for some reason no new interview with composer Alan silvestri, there's a 1985 Archive interview with him thou
plus a new MICHAEL J FOX Q & A session

plus all the old special features from the previous DVD release from 10 years ago has been included
the making of Back to the future which was a 1985 TV promo broadcast for the film, goes for 20mins
the old DVD featurette
plus Outtakes, Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Robert zemeckis
plus the old DVD commentary by Bob Gale, Robert zemeckis has also been added

the packaging is just standard blu-ray case
where as the U.S. edition BTTF 1 is in a fold out Digi-pak

Definitely time to upgrade and get this new blu-ray release for sure
5 stars i gave it
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on 18 August 2014
This boxset is amazing value. The films are all very good and have been recounted numerous times so i will just say that the transfer to Blu-Ray is good aith the sound and picture quality really adding a great deal to the experience, particularly back to the future 3 in my opinion where the western setting lends itself to high definition.
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.
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on 1 January 2015
Back to the Future follows the adventures of high school kid Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), as they travel through time in their famous DeLorean. The film is set in the fictional California town of Hill Valley and across the trilogy we get to see four different time periods - 1885, 1955, 1985 and 2015.

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.
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on 4 November 2015
Title says it all. Wanted to introduce my 8 yr daughter to great films of a different generation and this three films are certainly in that category. She loved them but then this is after all one of Hollywood's greatest trilogies with Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in terrific form along with the rest of cast and one of the most original stories then and since.

Daughter's also had a great excuse to watch them again when her friends come over.
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on 3 August 2017
Quite possibly one of the best films to explore The Time-Travel Experience and yet this thirty-year anniversary edition allows for a review of all three films in The Trilogy. It's a classic, sure, but could it be holding of one of the larger paradoxes in cinematic history? Check out Part 1 and as Marty arrives back ten minutes early in 1985, towards the end of the film, he inadvertently creates a second Delorian Time-Machine which he leaves abandoned in the Town Square...was this a blunder or a paradox?
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on 25 September 2014
Back to the Future was a genre defining film in my youth and spawned two worthy sequels with 2 & 3 being made at the same time (bit of movie trivia there!). I'm not going to review the films themselves as a majority of readers would have seen them already.

The blu-rays themselves are visually excellent with a flawless video transfer. This is certainly the best way to watch these films bar none, even the original looks like it was made last month due to the excellent clarity. Audio wise the films use Dolby HD soundtracks which also help revitalise the films with crystal clear dialogue and background effects. There is minimal sound thrown to the back speakers, but this is to be expected with this type of film. There are myriad extras included on the blu rays, including some very informative 'making of' documentaries and interviews.

A classic film series and an absolute bargain to boot this is the best way to experience these films.
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on 25 February 2013
When teenager Marty McFly is blasted back to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown, he finds himself in a time-shattering mess that could vaporize his future and his very existence! Then, Marty and Doc launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix it is by going back to 1955 all over again! Then, stranded in 1955 after a freak accident, McFly discovers he must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc! It's up to Marty to keep Doc out of trouble, get the DeLorean running and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get.. back to the future!
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