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Back to the Future (from the 25th Anniversay Trilogy Boxset) [Blu-ray]
(Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:Universal Home Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 44,793,322,279 bytes
Feature Size: 31,284,916,224 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.90 Mbps
Case: Custom Blu-ray foldout case
Release date: October 26th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: VC-1 Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4250 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4250 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
"Tales from the Future:" 6-part retrospective
documentary featuring all-new interviews with Michael J.
Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert
Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton plus Executive
Producer Steven Spielberg
Digital Copies for all three films
Description: 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.
It sounds like a clichéd science fiction movie that could only appeal to
fans of the genre - but that couldn't be more wrong. A huge hit, it
appealed across the board for its invention, its exuberant energy, and
the famous finale - so tense, so very exciting and yet able to make you
gasp and laugh at the same time.
Teenager Marty McFly's dad is a hideous wimp, his mother a dipso, so he befriends mad scientist Dr. Brown (Lloyd). In a DeLorean time machine they travel back to 1955, the year his parents met in high school. But at that age, mom rather fancies her offspring more than his prospective father. Zemeckis takes obvious pleasure in solving not just the technical but also the emotional problems of time travel: how to avoid incest, how to unite your parents in order that you will be born, how to return to the future when both the car and the professor have blown a fuse, and above all how to avoid tampering with history. If this all sounds schematic, it shouldn't: the movie has all the benign good nature of a Frank Capra.Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE
Firstly - I wasn't crazy about the packaging - it took me a dickens of a time getting the first of three Blu-ray discs out. Mine were really wedged-in with the Digital Copy disc behind it. Ughh.
Ahhh... Back to the Future now there's a series of films that bring back memories. And part of those memories are that these films never looked pristine theatrically and I'm trusting that Universal have done their very best with the Blu-ray transfers. While this review is essentially about the first entry in the series - we can state that the following two films, shot consecutively 4 years later look, predictably a bit sharper and glossier. Part One however shows the most grain and has a texture the other two don't. Ditto for depth. I like it - and while I suspected some edge-enhancements, and there is some - halos exist, but I could not find egregious evidence to suggest it was too heavily applied. I also thought I saw some moiring but any visual deficiencies where minor enough to dismiss. Frankly, considering the age and stock used this looks very good - better than I anticipated. The restoration has addressed some of the DVD issues and comparatively the 1080P is a vast improvement. I don't suspect any fans of the films will have vehement complaints - but saying that this series has a huge following - many of which are extremely picky aficionados. Still, there should be some give and take and while not exporting image quality of modern films I'm content that these restorations are as good as we are likely to get for home enjoyment.
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Region 1 - NTSC DVD TOP vs. Blu-ray BOTTOM
Region 1 - NTSC DVD TOP vs. Blu-ray BOTTOM
Audio is flawless - the first film sports a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a massive 4250 kbps. It's sharp as a tack from Marty's skateboard rollers to the electronic sounds of a DeLorean time machine travel and rock'in guitar riffs. Range is awesome and there are, more subtle, separations in the mix. I'd say crank the volume to get the most out of the Surround moments. For the most part everything has a crisp edge to it. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The supplements appear to duplicate all the extras from the previous DVD releases, including commentaries, with a hunk of new bells ad whistles (UControl, BD-Live, Pocket BLU, My Scenes etc.) including, new for Blu-ray, Tales from the Future, a 6 part, 2+ hour documentary in HD. This is spread over the 3 Blu-ray discs - 2/film - and have all-new interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. There are Making of's..., Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Storyboard, Make-up tests and a Digital Copy of each film for use with your portable device. More than enough here to satisfy the most devout fan.
October 20th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
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Gary W. Tooze