World News – CA – 4K Ultra HD Review – Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy


Directed by Robert Zemeckis Starring: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Jeffrey Wesissman, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy features the movies remastered in 4K, along with some new bonus features and a mountain of additional content that has been picked up from previous Blu-ray and DVD editions It’s a great place for new to getting into the movies, and it’s a worth buying for fans who want the best picture and sound quality available

Back to the Future was the first movie that got me thinking about scriptwriting I Was a Spielberg / Lucas Child, so of course I enjoyed the storytelling in Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and all the rest, but Back to the Future really got me thinking about it

The Back to the Future storyline launches guns all the way up the chimney, as Chekhov might say, and fires them throughout Acts Two and Three, paying for these setups in a succession of rapid shots that rewards repeat viewing (“Oh, yeah, look at the name of the mall!” I realized once) Time travel stories have always reveled in this stuff, but Back to the Future does it so well that It’s no surprise that the script is referenced often in scriptwriting lessons and, yes, the other elements of the story do their part as well, including a nice arc for the main character’s father and a surprise during the outcome

You know this movie and its sequels, right? I’ve heard stories of people in Gen Z who don’t, so here’s a snapshot of the story: Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is a typical kid living in the suburbs from 1985 He has a girlfriend , plays in a band and dreams of owning an amazing van He struggles to be on time for school, and his father (Crispin Glover) is a well-meaning nebulous whose Biff Tannen (Thomas F Wilson), who l ‘intimidated from high school

Marty is also buddies with eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who is still working on wacky inventions and has the rest of fictional Hilly Valley watching him with suspicion.As the film opens, Doc Brown is missing, but he resurfaces with a cryptic phone call asking Marty to meet him that evening at the local mall, where he shows off his time machine, a modified DeLorean (Believe me: it was a really funny idea in the 80s)

The terrorists show up for revenge on Doc Brown, who traded them old pinball parts, instead of cash, for the plutonium he needed to power the time machine One thing leads to another and as Marty tries to escape into the DeLorean he returns to 1955 There he meets younger versions of his parents, Doc Brown and Biff, and he enlists the help of Doc Brown to go back to 1985

Unfortunately, her meeting with his mother causes her to fall in love with him, rather than his father, and he has to figure out how to reunite them before he leaves or else he and his siblings will cease to exist. On top of that, the time machine is running out of plutonium and must use impending lightning strike for power, so Marty has a deadline to meet to do all of this and return to 1985 (How does he know lightning ahead of time? Again, watch the setups)

One of the few new bonus items in this new 4K Blu-ray edition of the film trilogy is a set of audition tapes for actors and actresses who tried to land the roles of Marty, his girlfriend Jennifer and Biff names include Billy Zane (Biff), Jon Cryer and Ben Stiller (Marty) and Kyra Sedgwick (Jennifer) None of them took me away from concluding that the film’s cast was perfect

You’ve probably heard that Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty and that part of the movie was shot before director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale could come up with something with their choice of Originally, Michael J Fox, whose program was linked by the hit sitcom Family Ties Fox ended up working on the series and the film simultaneously, and Stoltz was fired and became the answer to a trivial question Unfortunately, the elusive footage de Stoltz aren’t here, but I know they’ve appeared online so you might be able to find them

Before I get into the rest of the bonus features, I should note that, yes, Universal remastered these movies in 4K, instead of using the same movie elements they used for previous Blu-ray editions. The films are as close to the theatrical quality you can get with modern technology, although that extra clarity also means that some of the complicated old-school optical effects, especially in the second film, feel a bit mellow.

Some people online lament the picture quality of this new trilogy while others like me are happy with it.Your judgment will likely depend on what kind of setup you have and how much you like to look at the picture you have. ‘she produces (Two different setups can produce two different looking movies from the same disc) I’ve always thought that part of the online picture quality discussion, since the DVD era, has a quality of navel gaze that is lost on most people Of course, I’ve seen movies that just don’t look good on a given disc, but for the most part studios are trying to produce the best possible picture with technology available to them at that time

This bundle includes one 4K Blu-ray and one Standard Blu-ray per movie plus a seventh Blu-ray of bonus material The bonus content has been mainly ported from previous editions since the 2002 DVD set You will also find a code for digital 4K versions of movies

I won’t go into all the bonus content in the rest of this set, but I will give you a basic overview Each movie’s 4K and Blu-ray decks repeat bonus content on each Each movie has two tracks of commentary – one with Zemeckis and Gale and one with Gale and fellow producer Neil Canton – as well as a large stack of making-of content, theatrical trailers, music videos for the first and third films, and much Moreover If you’re a longtime fan you know and love it all.If you’re new to the trilogy, be prepared to book at least a weekend to experience it all

There are probably some things missing here, but my understanding is that anything lost along the way is pretty minor, like some U-Control options from the 2010 Blu-ray set that had a trivia and storyboard comparisons You might want to keep one of the old sets you still have, however

For now, here is the ultimate Back to the Future trilogy set Universal seems to like releasing new ones every five years, so we’ll see what 2025 has in store

Filed Under: Brad Cook, Movies, Reviews Tagged With: Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Jeffrey Wesissman, Lea Thompson, mary steenburgen, michael jrenard, Robert Zemeckis, Thomas F Wilson

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