Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Back to the Blu-ture - Back to the Future Goes Blu Ray

The internet and twitter were abuzz yesterday with a rumour that yesterday (5th July 2010) was featured in the greatest film of all time Back to the Future.

Idiots the world over retweeted and added fuel to the flames of this falsely reported story, some claiming that Doc inputs that date into the time circuits before he is gunned down by the Libyans, others claiming that 5th July 2010 was the date in the future that Doc and Marty travelled to in Part II of the trilogy.

As any self-respecting Back to the Future geek will tell you though, both the above are utter balls and that date has no significance with the trilogy other than the fact that the first film was originally released over 4th July weekend back in 1985.

Whilst so-called ‘fans’ of Back to the Future carry on celebrating the wrong day, one piece of exciting news surrounding the greatest film trilogy of all time has recently been confirmed.

Back to the Future is coming to Blu Ray! 

The complete trilogy will be released on to Blu Ray for the first time on October 26th – so that gives me 4 months to finally get round to buying a Blu Ray player!

Obviously a Blu Ray release for Back to the Future means that fans will be able to enjoy these timeless pieces of cinematic magic in stunning high definition, but the new trilogy pack will also include a veritable smorgasbord of new extras and special features, reportedly including:

- 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.

- 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.

- In the Beginning… - Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.

- Time to Go: Production stories through the release of the first film.

- Keeping Time: The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy.

- Time Flies: Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.

- 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.

- 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

- Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three: Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.

- 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.

- The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy: A televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions.

- Outtakes, Original Makeup Tests, and Storyboarding

- Designing the DeLorean

- Designing Time Travel

- Hoverboard Test

- Designing Hill Valley

- Designing the Campaign

- Back to the Future: The Ride

- Music Videos for Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love,” and ZZ Top’s “DoubleBack”

- Photo Galleries, Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits

The 2 prior complete trilogy releases on DVD will feature a lot of this bonus material, but I’m sure any Back to the Future fan will agree that there are some pretty exciting new features listed above.

The news of a new retrospective documentary has practically given me a hard on and I can’t wait to delve into the musical aspect of the trilogy as I truly believe that Alan Silvestri’s score from the original movie is a master class in Hollywood scoring.

Obviously I’d geek out about anything Back to the Future related but I don’t think I’m exaggerating at all when I say that this news is about the most exciting film news of the year so far.

Now where can I get a good Blu Ray player…?


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