Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy
When DVD first hit the scene not that many years ago there was immediately a list of most desired titles for the new format. Near the top of almost every list was the Back to the Future trilogy. A repeat of this phenomenon occurred many collectors moved up to the high definition format of Blu-ray. The original film remains one of the most beloved movies of the eighties, and there are many fans for the second and third installment of the saga. We all know the stories, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) uses a time the machine invented by his friend and mentor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to travel back in time to help ensure his parents would meet and fall in love. This seemingly simple task sets into play a chain of events that take Marty and Brown through alternate timelines of 1985, into 2015, 1955 and eventually the old west. At the core of all the movies are stories of relationships. How Marty grows to appreciate the fact that his parent was teenagers once with the same enthusiasm for life and hopes for the future that he has. Bullies are always the same no matter where or when they are. Most important perhaps is that small, seemingly insignificant moments in live can have many serious repercussions.
Although there are many mixed reactions to the two later films, Universal decided not to release the individual discs. This decision was consistent with the thoughts of many that the overall arc of the story requires all three films were parts of the same saga justifying packaging them as a single point od sale unit. While there is validity to this view, the option would have been nice to have for those that were just interested in a single film. For the price, the three-disc set is well worth the investment. Now that Universal has decided to release the entire trilogy in Blu-ray now is the perfect time to add this cinematic treasure to your collection. The initial DVD release became plagued with production problems including some artifacts, in particular with the first film and an infamous framing problem in the second film. This finally resulted in a free exchange program and a new pressing. They certainly made up for this with this recent Blu-ray edition. The video is flawless and exceptionally well balanced. The colors are saturated perfectly, and there is not ant compression artifact in sight. This holds true for all three films each presented on their disc. The first disc remains the best of the three. The black levels are extraordinary; nearly reference quality. It bears noting that was some very slight edge enhancement problems, but you have to look hard to notice them. Just about everything that marred the DVD release has been addressed very well in the re-mastering to high definition. I must have seen these movies dozens of time and they never looked better and that includes theatrical showings.
The audio also received a make-over for this release. The DTS Master Audio soundtrack is perfection. The rear speakers were underused in the DVD but come to life here. The subwoofer roars out as the 88 miles per hour is hit sending the car through time. You can hear the vehicle zoom through you living making you want to duck. In both the video and audio, the greatness is in the details, clothing comes across with textures you never saw before. The sounds of each prop are audible giving you a full appreciation of the Foley artist at work here.
The Blu-ray format features a lot of additional room over that of DVD. Those looking for extras will not be disappointed with this box set. Each disc is full to the brim with other content although some are held over from the previous DVD release. Some of the Blu-ray specific features are in common with all three films. BD-Live permits online access to additional information about the film in whole or peculiar to the current scene. For people like my friend Ed and I we tend to watch movies with a laptop logged in to glean extra information. This feature permits you to stay focused on the film while pushing a button on your remote to get facts and trivia on demand. There is also something called U-Control which gives you the ability to dissect a scene looking at storyboards, connections between the three films and a trivia track. One nice little touch is called ‘Setups and Payoffs.' With this, you get a notice to note an individual bit coming on screen later show how this pays off later on in the film. There is a lot of attention given to integrating watching the films with mobile devices.This latest version the previous concerns have been addressed. The multiple platforms offering video on demand have in use for sufficiently long time so that one format has become dominant. In this case Ultraviolet. It is an online database of the films you own that can be watched on many websites and with numerous application available on devices like Roku, Amazon Fire and most smart televisions and Blu-ray players. The package includes the appropriate codes for all three films.
The Future Is Now! The Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy includes all 3 films on DVD and an all-new bonus disc featuring over 2 hours of content.
Posted 10/14/2010 11/17/2016