As Doctor Emmett Brown would say Great Scott! It has been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie hit our cinema screens and to this day it still holds up as one of the greatest movies of all time. It was so innovative for its time, it pushed boundaries and open audiences up to the world of time travel.
The film introduced us to such iconic characters like Doctor Emmett Brown (portrayed by the great Christopher Lloyd) Marty McFly (played by Michael J Fox) the two key characters in the film. The movie took the world by storm, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis really created something wonderful with this film (and it was only the beginning). It now has a cult status of sorts, it has become one of the all time classics. To celebrate 30 years of this iconic movie, Universal released the trilogy again, this time with a bonus disc packed with extras.
The first 3 disc’s each have one of the films on them, each coming with the same extra’s as the 25th anniversary box-set. The 4th disc is where the good extra’s are, they all celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first film.
The first extra see’s Christopher Lloyd reprises his role of the infamous Doctor Emmett Brown in a bit to save the world. This short film sees Doc show us why some of the futuristic gadgets shown in Back to the Future II don’t exist today. It is quite an entertaining sketch, it is always great to see Christopher Lloyd play Doc Brown as the character is so entertaining to watch and gives a good explanation as to why the gadgets do not exist today (caution, they would be harmful… maybe).
The next feature is amazing, is a 45 minute short film about restoring the Delorean to its former glory. It is the best feature on the bonus disc, it gives a great insight into the year long project Bob Gale gave to a number of die hard fans (whom had built 2 replica Delorean’s) to restore the Delorean ahead of the 30th anniversary of the film. It is also packed with some juicy information about the car and the film, for example that there were 3 Delorean’s used through the trilogy.
A 9 part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the film’s legacy is next up. It runs for 45 minutes, and gives plenty of insights into the casting of Michael J Fox, the music in the film, the making of the film among other things, all of which is never before seen footage. It includes comments from cast members and the movies creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.
2 episodes from the Back to the Future animated series are another feature to this bonus disc, the first episode from season 1, and season 2 (although the American version of the box set got the full 2 series… we lost out… as usual). For those who have not seen any of the show before, it is a good way to introduce them to it. Having watched the 2 episodes myself, I have since gone and watched both series, and it is an extremely entertaining show. The show itself has live action scenes at the beginning and end of each episode which sees Christopher Lloyd play Doc Brown which is a great addition to each episode.
The last feature on this bonus disc are two trailers, the first of which is for the Hoverboard:
and the second of which is for Jaws 19 (from Back to the Future II):
Both of these trailers have been released on Youtube by Universal, and are pretty funny, and humorous.
Overall, the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-Ray Box-Set is a great addition to add to your Blu-Ray collection, for those who don’t have them it is a great buy, and a great way to introduce those who have not seen the films to the legacy they have created. To anyone that already has the films in their collection, it is worth picking up for the bonus disc, the extra’s are well worth adding to your collection, and at €18 for the box set on Blu-Ray, its not to pricey. This nerd gives the set 9/10 in terms of value for cash.
What do you guys think of Back to the Future? Do you like them? Will you be celebrating it’s anniversary? let us know.