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Review: Back to the Future: 30th Anniversary Trilogy on DVD and Blu-ray

Back to the Future posterGreat Scott! Can it really be thirty years since Back to the Future was enthralling cinema audiences and breaking box-office records the world over?

Hard though it is to believe, it was 1985 when the first of the time-travelling trilogy was released. In addition, October 2015 was the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to in Back to the Future, Part II.

So, in honour of the occasion, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD. The set includes all three films, plus a bonus disc with two hours of interesting and entertaining extras.

2015 Message from Doc Brown is a newly filmed short starring Christopher Lloyd, back in Doc Brown mode and speaking from the seat of a DeLorean. He looks as crazy as ever, but gives good advice about the future during his limited time on screen.

Doc Brown Saves the World is longer – around 10 minutes – and is a fun piece which involved Doc (Lloyd) explaining why he has to change the timeline that was seen in ‘Back to the Future II’ so that the more far-out items seen on screen were never invented. It’s an amusing way of explaining why the screen version of 2015 is different to the one we’re experiencing – with a twist at the end.

Outatime: Restoring the DeLorean is one for the automobile crowd, telling the story of the main car used during filming, which was left to rot on a back lot and ended up a wreck. Dedicated fans were drafted in to restore it, and their enthusiasm, commitment and meticulous attention to detail is recorded here – as is the gleaming result of their efforts.

The main ‘extra’ is the nine-part Looking Back to the Future, which includes interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage of the preparation for the ‘Johnny B. Goode’ scene, information about the script, casting and score, plus reflections from Christopher Lloyd on Doc Brown, and thoughts on the films’ legacy.

To wrap up the bonus features, there are two episodes of the Back to the Future animated series (Season 1, Episode 1, and Season 2, Episode 1); and two spoof commercials – a Jaws 19 trailer (complete with overblown voice-over), and an advert for a hoverboard (“out now!”).

The films themselves weren’t included in the preview package I was sent, so I can’t comment on the quality of the pictures or sound for this release – but the work on the bonus features suggest that they should be extremely good.

The UK release date is October 5th 2015 (US: October 20th), and the Blu-ray version includes collectible packaging and Digital HD with UltraViolet.

Get it while it’s hot!

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