By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
Back to the Future
I don't know why I got so excited when the Back to the Future trilogy single disc editions arrived at my door. I have the trilogy set, and even though I never watch III, I like to keep it around just in case. Perhaps I'm always hopeful that one of these days I'll get to see an entire scene that Eric Stoltz shot, but the hook of this release is Back to the Future: The Ride.
On DVD: Back to the Future
Preserving the classic Universal Studios attraction on DVD forever is well worth releasing a new edition of the trilogy. The ride was so well done it's almost like a short sequel itself. It still works within the constraints of a ride, setting up the gimmick and giving safety rules, but it's Christopher Lloyd going balls out as Doc Brown and Thomas F. Wilson doing his best Biff one last time.
For one, it's great to see the entire video because you never really get to see all of it when you're in line. It moves quickly, you get in halfway through and you're talking to your friends and family. There's some clever stuff in the prelude sequence. There are a couple filler spots you can scan through but it's all here.
The ride footage will surely look awesome in Blu Ray whenever they get around to that release, but they've included the display from the DeLorean ride vehicles to complete the representation of the attraction. You can appreciate the footage of flying around model sets.
Other new extras are cool too. Still no Stoltz footage but a standalone interview with Michael J. Fox handles him respectably. They keep him looking and sounding good despite any sympathetic limitations. Personally, I liked the Leslie Nielsen hosted interstitials from the NBC TV broadcast. That's pop culture history to me.