Fire up your flux capacitor, score some plutonium or a bolt of lightning to provide the 1.21 jigawatts, and don't forget the hoverboard-- this fall, the full Back to the Future trilogy will finally be released on Blu-Ray. Coming on October 26th--the exact 25-year anniversary of Marty McFly's trip back in time-- the Blu-Ray box set will include all three films in full high-definition, plus a ton of new bonus features to keep even the most devoted Back to the Future obsessives happy.
We have the full list of bonus features from the Universal press release, and there's all kinds of crazy gems in there. Ever wanted to see the 30-minute "Back to the Future Night" program hosted by Leslie Nielsen prior to the movie's first network airing? How about the storyboards for the original ending of the film, which found Marty at a nuclear test site? It even looks like they have preserved "Back to the Future: The Ride," the Universal Studios attraction recently and tragically replaced by a Simpsons ride.
The most exciting feature definitely seems to be the six-part "Tales from the Future," a documentary featuring interviews with nearly all the major players (saving the usual holdout Crispin Glover) and covering the troubled casting process, the film and both sequels, the theme park ride and the massive fandom that has developed around the film. I'm a little miffed not to be included-- Marty McFly was my first crush!-- but I suppose I can deal.
Check out the full list of bonus features below, and remember: where we're going we don't need...roads.
• U-Control (BD-exclusive):
1. – 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.
1. – Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
1. – Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies
• Q&A commentaries with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale
• Feature commentaries with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
• 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 (new, BD-exclusive)
• 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.
• Sixteen deleted scenes
• Michael J. Fox Q&A
• 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.
– Original makeup tests
– Production design
– Designing the DeLorean
– Designing time travel
– Hoverboard test
– Designing Hill Valley
– Designing the campaign
• Back to the Future: The 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
– My Scenes
– pocket BLU: USHE’s pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player and offers advanced features