I recall seeing the previous version at Costco. It looked like a really good book. I may need to add this one to my shelf too.While looking on Amazon, I noticed that there is also going to be a new reprinting of "Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History Revised and Expanded Edition" releasing on November 3. I think the original edition of this book came out in 2015, but I never got it. I've pre-ordered with Amazon. Right now, they're showing a price of $50 for the book, which I assume is retail. I won't keep the pre-order if it doesn't go down, but locked it in for now to see what happens.
Here's the Amazon link just so anyone interested can locate the new edition, although I'm not sure if my posting it gives HTF credit for the purchase. So you might want to go through an HTF link to actually make a purchase. (Or, if a moderator would like to substitute this link with an HTF-coded one, that's fine with me.)
The one thing that keeps me from being totally depressed about that is that time will be the real test. There's a few of last year's franchise movies that won't be remembered in 2 years let alone 20 years but I think movies like Knives Out, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Us will eventually be seen as classics. Admittedly, it's ridiculously early to say that (as I said, time is the real test) but those movies are already very well regarded by critics and fans that I see on Twitter while I don't see anyone mention some movies that made vastly more money.So, as much as I love many of the big franchise films that we get today, I wonder if there is some great original script sitting in the slush pile in studio offices, struggling to get made, that in another lifetime would have been as significant as Back to the Future. We have more avenues for movies to get made than ever before, but it feels like we're stuck in this area where everything is a huge branded property that has to make near a billion or a smaller indie that would never make that much. I don't really know where I was going with this, but I hope we haven't lost this type of film permanently. If studios are always looking for existing IP, they might well be passing over something brilliant, like Back to the Future was, just because it isn't a known thing. That's kind of scary and kind of sad.
It's not a bad thing necessarily, and I love a lot of the prestige TV being made these days. There is great value in being able to explore characters for several hours, for sure. But there's also a great economy to the two-hour-ish movie format. Back to the Future is two hours because it doesn't need to be more than two hours to tell its story as effectively as possible.To my mind, that’s not automatically a bad thing. It’s a great story with characters we want to spend more time with; why should it be arbitrarily limited to two hours?
Some of those stories still might be told on TV but the problem is that the artform of movies basically risks turning into a ghetto of franchise movies. And if theater chains start to die off in the coming years due to VOD, that means more focus on mega budget movies because they'll help keep the lights on at theaters.There’s a very real chance that an original, high concept, midbudget film with popular actors at the recognizable but not “biggest star in the world” level would be developed in today’s market as a premium limited series.
I don't think I would say I favor one or the other. It depends on what the story is and which way will be the most effective to tell it. In the case of Back to the Future, the most effective way to tell it is obviously the movie in the way that it exists now. There's something that's incredible about the fact that you get to know these characters so well in a two-hour format that it doesn't feel lacking. It doesn't feel like it needs to be a limited series because they got a complete arc into the first movie, and then expanded on that with the two sequels which have a complete arc between them. It was the right idea at the right time in the right way. Lots of other things work better in a long form way. It just depends on what the creators are trying to do and what the needs of the specific thing are.But I definitely favor the medium of a really good 2-hour movie.