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USHE Press Release: Back To The Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 208 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 28 2010 - 12:30 AM


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One of the Biggest Motion Picture Trilogies
Comes to
Blu-rayTM for the First Time Ever


BACK TO THE FUTURE

25th ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY


Newly restored, Experience Back to the Future  Like Never Beforewith More than Two Hours of New Bonus Features


Available Worldwide on Blu-ray & DVD October 26, 2010
from Universal Studios Home Entertainment


Universal City, California, June 28, 2010 – At 88 miles per hour, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd took millions of spellbound viewers on a high-flying voyage across the space-time continuum in a trio of wildly inventive tales that broke box-office records around the world.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Academy Award®-winning cinematic franchise that generated nearly one billion dollars worldwide, the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy will debut on Blu-rayTMon October 26, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The 25th Anniversary Trilogy will also be available on DVD.


Now, for the first time ever, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping high definition for a time-traveling celebration featuring new 25th Anniversary restorations for perfect picture and the purest digital sound.  More than two hours of all new bonus features have been added, including an all-new, six-part retrospective documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers, including Michael J. Fox,for the definitive Back to the Future experience. 


On October 26, 1985, Marty McFly took the driver’s seat in Dr. Emmet Brown’s DeLorean and introduced audiences to Back to the Future, a journey that launched a new era of moviemaking magic and reinvented the adventure-comedy genre.  The film, which spent 11 weeks at #1 at the U.S. box office, boasts a legendary Hollywood pedigree that includes director Robert Zemeckis, executive producers Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, producer and screenwriter Bob Gale and producer Neil CantonAccompanying Fox and Lloyd on their warp-speed tour of McFly family history are an array of stars including Lea Thompson (“Caroline in the City”), Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine), Thomas F. Wilson (“Big Love”), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Billy Zane (Titanic), Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Mary Steenburgen (The Proposal) as well as 1980s musical icons Huey Lewis and ZZ Top.


BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-rayTM:  Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available. 

  • U-CONTROL:Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to learn more about their favorite film without ever leaving the movie.
    • Setups & Payoffs:  As you watch each of the three films, each “set up” showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point.  When you get to that moment in the film, the “payoff” is shown to complete the correlation.
    • Storyboard Comparison:Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
    • Trivia Track:  Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies.
  • [*] BD-LIVETMAccess the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more! [*] My Scenes:  Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movies. [*] pocket BLU:  USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone®, iPod®touch, iPad®, Blackberry®, Android™, Windows and Macintosh computersand more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM  player and offers advanced features such as:
    • Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
    • Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard:  Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard. 
    [*] 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.


BLU-RAYTMand DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • 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

BLU-RAYTMand DVD BONUS FEATURES (Cont.)

  • The Test of Time:  Back to the Futurebecomes 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 FutureA 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. 
  • [*] Behind-the-Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Original Makeup Tests
    • Production Design
    • Storyboarding
    • Designing the DeLorean
    • Designing Time Travel
    • Hoverboard Test
    • Designing Hill Valley
    • Designing the Campaign
    [*] Back to the FutureThe Ride [*] Music Videos:
    • Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”
    • ZZ Top “DoubleBack”
    [*] Photo Galleries, Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits [*] Theatrical Trailers


* Denotes new footage debuting on the 25th Anniversary Trilogy

 
 
SYNOPSES

Back to the Future

From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future, the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies in Hollywood history. When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future—and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time.


Back to the Future Part II

Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues in Back to the Future Part II—the sequel that proves that lightning can strike twice! Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space-time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix the present is by going back to 1955 again before it’s too late. From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future Part II provides more of the timeless excitement that made Back to the Future an unforgettable adventure.


Back to the Future Part III

They've saved the biggest trip for last as the most popular time-traveling movie trilogy ever comes to a rousing conclusion in Back to the Future Part III. Stranded in 1955 after a freak accident, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) discovers he must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) before he becomes smitten with schoolteacher Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen). Now, 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 where—and when—they belong. From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future Part III is a spectacular grand finale to the unforgettable blockbuster series.


About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.


TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:

Street Date:October 26, 2010

Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number:  61112394

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.85:1

Rating:PG

Languages/Subtitles:English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

Sound:  English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French DTS Surround 5.1

Run Time:  Back To The Future – 1 hour, 56 minutes

      Back To The Future II – 1 hour, 48 minutes

                  Back To The Future III – 1 hour, 58 minutes


TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD

Street Date:October 26, 2010

Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number:61114696

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.85:1

Rating:PG

Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

Sound:  English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1

Run Time:  Back To The Future – 1 hour, 56 minutes

                   Back To The Future II – 1 hour, 48 minutes

                   Back To The Future III – 1 hour, 58 minutes


Back to the Future Website:

www.BTTFMOVIE.COM

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#2 of 208 Southpaw

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Posted June 28 2010 - 01:21 AM

My most anticipated catalog release.....


I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!


So glad they are doing some new documentaries with folks who weren't involved with the previous release.



#3 of 208 TravisR

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Posted June 28 2010 - 01:38 AM

Pretty cool.


I knew BTTF was rumored to be coming this year but this was a pleasant surprise since the date and specs of a title this big usually get leaked out a few days or weeks before the actual studio press release.



#4 of 208 RobertR

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Posted June 28 2010 - 01:59 AM

With Universal, one always has to be leery of problems with picture quality.  Hopefully, the likes of Zemeckis and Spielberg will make them do it right.



#5 of 208 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 28 2010 - 02:33 AM



I knew BTTF was rumored to be coming this year but this was a pleasant surprise since the date and specs of a title this big usually get leaked out a few days or weeks before the actual studio press release.



Travis,


Every site was sitting on this news since late last week.


We were told not to release it until Monday @8:30am EST


I was very surprised none of it leaked out except for two

sites that jumped the gun this morning 10-15 minutes early.


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#6 of 208 Dave H

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Posted June 28 2010 - 02:45 AM

I saw in another announcement that the image will retain the film grain too.



#7 of 208 Southpaw

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Posted June 28 2010 - 02:52 AM

Yup, over at BTTF.com, Bob Gale said that the HD masters are beautiful and film-like. My mouth is salivating....



#8 of 208 Jeff Robertson

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Posted June 28 2010 - 03:07 AM

Isn't it nice to hear this directly from the filmmakers? I hope Universal is listening. It isn't just us fans that want film grain preserved.



Originally Posted by Southpaw 

Yup, over at BTTF.com, Bob Gale said that the HD masters are beautiful and film-like. My mouth is salivating....





#9 of 208 ChadMcCallum

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Posted June 28 2010 - 04:05 AM

The Digital Bis is also reporting that they've received news from www.bttf.com via Bob Gale that some of the Eric Stoltz footage will be on the new set!


Words cannot express how excited I am to get my hands on this set.



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Posted June 28 2010 - 08:18 AM

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#11 of 208 dana martin

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Posted June 28 2010 - 08:58 AM

the good

director involvement

spielberg involvement

film grain


the bad

missing drew artwork for all three titles


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#12 of 208 ChadMcCallum

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Posted June 28 2010 - 12:44 PM

I'm hoping that's just a slip case and inside each film has its own separate case with the original poster artwork. Even if it doesn't its still better then the dvd box set cover. That thing was ugly, especially the Canadian version with its horrible french text all over it.

Anyone notice Elijah Wood gets mentioned in the press release like he has a big part in the films? Don't blink during the Cafe 80s scene or miss his very notable performance.



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Posted June 28 2010 - 01:37 PM

everything looks perfect, too bad it has to use that awful u-control feature.


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Posted June 29 2010 - 05:13 AM



Originally Posted by TonyD 

everything looks perfect, too bad it has to use that awful u-control feature.


I couldn't agree more Tony.  U-Control is simply awful.

First of all, "you" really can't control anything.  You have to watch the entire feature just to access bonus content that could just as easily have been put on a menu page.


Still, looking forward to this BD.  Looks very promising other than this one item.



#15 of 208 Nelson Au

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Posted June 29 2010 - 06:21 PM

This is heavy, Doc!

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Posted June 30 2010 - 01:58 AM

"Why are things so heavy in the future?  Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?"


One of my all time favorite lines! /img/vbsmilies/htf/thumbsup.gif


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Posted June 30 2010 - 02:23 AM



Originally Posted by ChadMcCallum 

I'm hoping that's just a slip case and inside each film has its own separate case with the original poster artwork. Even if it doesn't its still better then the dvd box set cover. That thing was ugly, especially the Canadian version with its horrible french text all over it.

Anyone notice Elijah Wood gets mentioned in the press release like he has a big part in the films? Don't blink during the Cafe 80s scene or miss his very notable performance.



Yes i have that horrible cover, and that huge scene, wow it like a babys toy you have to use your hands!


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#18 of 208 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 01 2010 - 02:07 AM

The boxed set is now up for preorder on Amazon.


Would really appreciate you guys giving us credit for the purchase.


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#19 of 208 dana martin

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Posted July 01 2010 - 08:29 AM

like the look of this, hope they go slims on the box set


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#20 of 208 Nelson Au

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Posted July 01 2010 - 09:15 AM

Good, just like the artwork on the laserdiscs! Each film had this same art, pretty much, of Marty and the Delorean with each character added per film.


This is going to be a great Fall Season for BD releases, this and Forbidden Planet.