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on 20 October 2010
You likely don't need to be told how wonderful the Back to the Future trilogy is (I know some people aren't so keen on the second and/or third, but personally, I love all three to bits), and it'll take more qualified eyes & ears than mine to really tell you about the Blu-ray (though to me it looks and sounds great, and other reviews have been very positive on this aspect). I also haven't had a chance to dig into the special features properly, but (as best I can tell) all the excellent content from the first DVD release is here, plus an extensive new documentary. Super.

So what's the point of me reviewing it? Well, this is why I'm posting this on the Limited Edition Collector's Tin and not the regular BD release. The DVD Description lists some of what's included but not all, so here's my attempt to be more thorough. Should you wish to discover all the goodies for yourself, stop reading now. If you'd like to know what you're getting for your extra cash, read on...

The tin itself is nice enough -- taller than a Blu-ray but not quite DVD size -- with a rather shiny front, though the rest of it is just a plain purple (a card slip has the blurb, etc.) Inside are all the goodies as listed:

A little OUTATIME number plate (complete with packaging that notes "This item is not a toy, for adult collector's only"!) It's both neat and, of course, entirely useless. The lenticular photo of Marty's family is even nicer: tilt it correctly and the characters fade out one by one. Naturally it's still something-and-nothing, but as lenticular cards go it's one of the most effective I've seen. There's also a glossy reproduction of the photo from Part 3 of Marty and Doc Brown by the clock face, which is disappointing low-res -- it looks like it's been captured from the film itself.

Next are four reprints of prop newspaper front pages, two alternate versions of the Hill Valley Telegraph from November 7, 1955, and two alternate versions of USA Today from October 22, 2015. What these allow you to see is how much -- or, in some cases, little -- effort went into creating the actual articles on the page: the headlines and pictures may vary, but the news stories are just copied-and-pasted from goodness-knows-where. I'm sure no one in the props department ever imagined fans would have a chance to read this 25 years later! The Sports Almanac, meanwhile, is labelled "extract" and contains 8 pages of baseball stats, presumably the pages that were actually produced as a prop for the film. Like most of the rest of this stuff, it's nice but you're not exactly going to read it.

There are two double-sided A2 posters. As per the picture, the painting of Marty and the "Back to the" & "Future" numberplate ones are back-to-back, and the original release and 25th anniversary re-release posters are back-to-back. The blueprint of the Delorean is also A2, with hand-scrawled text that is just about legible. There are also two sets of art cards, 11 in total, printed on nice heavy card. One set is of hoverboard designs, the other of Delorean art, including a labelled diagram of what all Doc Brown's additions actually are.

Finally, the Blu-rays themselves are in a digipack that includes a 4-page booklet which simply lists the special features. (Sadly the booklet has a few slight inaccuracies -- for example, it says Part 2 has a music video, which it doesn't, but fails to mention the theatrical trailer it does include. Nothing major, then, just an oddity.)

Whether or not this set is worth the extra money over the regular release is obviously down to the individual buyer. To some this will just be a load of pointless junk, to others it's a treasure-trove of memorabilia. I can't imagine much more that Universal could have come up with to include -- for those of us who like a little bit of extra 'stuff' with our DVD box sets, it's bang on the money.
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on 26 November 2005
This new Back To The Future Set is long overdue for the UK. The Bonus disc is great. Sure it's been out in the US for a while.
The BIGGEST inclusion is the correct widescreen 'film frame' for Back To The Future Part 2. This was corrected in the US when it was first release, after buyers noticed this. Sadly this was not the case in the UK until now!
If you compare the old release (3 disc set) with this new one the picture is cropped inwards whereby part of the picture was missing.
Obviously this was overlooked for some years until this new release.
There are quite a lot of reviews about this on other websites.
Nethertheless this is a fantastic DVD set.
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on 10 November 2005
I can remember when Back To The Future (1985) first came out. It seems like an eternity ago but really its just 20 years ago. Then after what seemed an age came the other two films which finished the trilogy - Part 2 (1989) and Part 3 (1990). The films were well made, fast paced and great family entertainment. To appreciate these films you have to get into the spirit of them and play along with everything in the plot that seems so perfectly dovetailed together. These DVDs have been produced to a high standard that allows you to view the films in all their glory. If you have seen the many substandard television pan and scan versions over the years, you will love watching these widescreen presentations, with their clarity and vivid colours. You will find the three films on the first three DVDs - along with the extra features for each film on their DVD - and the bonus DVD features more Back To The Future stuff, including the Huey Lewis and The News 'The Power of Love' music video.
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on 15 February 2009
If you could go back in time and meet your parents as teenagers, what would you do? This is the basic premise of the 1985 classic 'Back to the Future'.
Marty McFly(Michael J Fox) is a typical teenager from small-town America who loves typical teenage things like music, girls and skateboarding. His best friend is eccentric inventor 'Doc' Emmet Brown(Christopher Lloyd) who builds a time-machine out of a sports car which inadvertently sends Marty back to 1955. Through a series of mishaps, Marty stumbles upon his teenage mother Lorraine(Lea Thompson), and father George(Crispin Glover), and accidently prevents them from meeting and falling in love. Having to put history straight and work out a way to return to his own time, Marty seeks out the 1950's version of his friend 'Doc' Brown in the hope that, between them, they can get Marty 'Back to the Future'.

Spanning not one but two sequels, 'BTTF' was a blockbuster hit on its release in 1985. The basic plot was conceived when director Robert Zemeckis was looking through his parents old school yearbook and wondered what it would be like to meet them when they were teenagers. Eventually, Steven Spielberg came on board and the rest, excuse the pun, is history.
Michael J Fox is perfectly cast as the All-American teenager dreaming of success with his band and his girl. Opposite Fox, Christopher Lloyd looks as though he is having the time of his life playing the near-insane 'Doc' Brown. The supporting cast also do a wonderful job, with Thomas F. Wilson hamming it up nicely as the almost pantomime villain, Biff Tannen. The dynamic between Fox and Lloyd is fantastic, keeping the energy needed to carry the tension of the plot, while simultaneously providing comedic and tender moments to lighten the load. Zemeckis effortlessly weaves in a few sub-plots to reinforce the 'cause and effect' message without releasing the pace. The set pieces are wonderfully put together and the scene with the lightning strike at the clock tower is cinema gold.

I first watched this film when I was 11 and was absolutely captivated. The theme of time travel and alternate history was so fascinating that every time I watched it, I seemed to notice something new such as the 'Twin Pine' shopping mall becoming the 'Lone Pine' mall when Marty returned to his own time after running over one of the 'twin pines' in 1955. This film is ultimately an extremely enjoyable fantasy romp with a lovingly nostalgic nod to the 1950's. The irony is, that watching the film now, I feel nostalgic for the 1980's!
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on 6 January 2006
I've been looking for this new release in the states for awhile and just tonight realised we may not get it.
I began looking here on Amazon.co.uk and was a little surprised to see this feeling that UK viewers are again getting a raw deal with this repackaging of the films.
As a HUGE fan of these films I wanted to let UK viewers know what you've got that Americans haven't yet.
First, dts. Left off the region 1 release to squeeze the bonus material onto three discs.
Second, A much more attractive package, again.
I ordered the UK version of the first release because the American box is plain ugly.
Third, as I understand, this release has more bonus material than the American version and because it is all contained on one disc it makes a more organized viewing.
We also still don't know for sure if it's safe to buy another copy since none of the packages have v2 on the box.
At least you know with this release bttf 2 and 3 are framed correctly, and you still have the better sounding dts soundtrack.
Us Americans are still surrounded in the muck of dolby.
Your friend across the pond
Danny
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on 13 June 2000
At first glance, and according to some reviewers, 'Back to the Future' is a kids story about time travel. But of course, if you've ever watched it as an adult, you'll know there's far more to it than that.
The storyline is intricately thought out (as with the sequels) and every event and scene contribute heavily. The best thing about BTTF is that you can watch it over and over - and see new things every time you watch it. For example, did you notice that 'Twin Pines Mall' at the start of the film is known as 'Lone Pine Mall' at the end, because Marty in 1955 killed one of the pines? 'Back to the Future' is packed with little things like this, and you have to watch carefully to see them.
As the for the acting and directing - it's first rate stuff. Steven Spielberg produces, and Robert Zemeckis directs. Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd provide the rollercoaster of emotion involved, and Lloyd's portrayal of the lovable, eccentric Doc Brown is perfect.
The reason for owning 'Back to the Future' on video is simple - there'll always be a time when you want to see it again.
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on 18 September 2009
Nice collectors set of a classic trilogy. The steel book case adds a nice dimension and means a more durable collection too. All three films are in their original theatrical format with the extras in the bonus sections of which there are loads. A real value for money set that means you can have a real marathon and watch each after each other to make the full story or just watch your favourite. Some nice in sight into the making of each film and will show how much more difficult it was to make a film 'back then' than it is today with all the CGI effects.
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on 13 January 2016
My favourite series of films as a child. The 30th aniversary got me in the mood to see them again, and they didn't disappoint on the rewatching. I was very pleased with the standard of the DVD and the packaging. It comes with a number of extra features which should please the ultra-fanboys. As for me I only watched the films themselves, but I have no complaints about the quality.
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on 29 February 2004
One of the best trilogys of all time. These original classics from the eighties sees Marty (Michael J Fox) sent back and forward through time altering the course of his life with his eccentric and much older pal Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). In the first installment Marty goes back to 1955 by mistake and unfortunately finds his mother falling for him, he must now get his mother and father together or else face the consequences of being wiped from exsistence, with bully Biff making it even harder for him will it be too late...The sequel sees Marty in the year 2015 trying to correct some wrongs in his future family life, but when Marty buys a sports almanac with sporting results until the end of the century future Biff seizes the oppurtunity to steal the book and the time machine and travel back to hand it to his younger self, the heroes must now go back retrieve the book otherwise it could be the end of the world..In the final chapter Doc brown is blasted back to the wild west and after marty dicovers a tombstone with his friends name on it some 100 years later he must go back and save his partner from being killed by Biffs ancestor Buford "MAD DOG" Tannen and get back to the future...The connection between the movies is faultless and definitely hasn't dated, another must for your DVD collection..
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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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