October 26th, 2010
09:34 AM ET
25 years ago today, Marty McFly took that fateful journey back to 1955 in "Back to the Future."
And it turns out stories like this aren't the only things commemorating the making of that modern classic and its two sequels, as the "Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy" arrives on DVD – and for the first time, Blu-Ray – today.
The collection boasts all of the bonus features from the previous releases, including the 1985 and 2002 "making of" documentaries, footage from the dearly departed "Back to the Future: The Ride," Huey Lewis & the News music videos and deleted scenes galore.
But what is new about today's release is what makes it the most extraordinary collection yet, rivaling previously released "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings" sets. The six-part "Tales from the Future" contains interviews with many of the key players in the creation of the entire trilogy.
Among the many revelations: The movie was almost called "Spaceman from Pluto"; Michael J. Fox admits that – due to exhaustion from working on "Future" and "Family Ties" – he didn't always follow the story 100 percent of the time and had to place complete trust in director Robert Zemeckis that it would come together; Fox's championing of Crispin Glover, despite his eccentricities on- and off-camera; the wildly successful test screening which led to Universal pushing for a July release; and a few precious seconds of the never-before-seen Eric Stoltz footage.
Another included item that's never been seen before are the storyboards for the movie's original ending, involving the Delorean driving onto a nuclear test site.
Then there's the original "Future" itself, which (pardon the pun) still stands the test of time. Even the 1980s references, which would date most other movies, are actually a plus here. As for the sequels (which were not remotely in the producers' minds while making the first movie), "Part II" can be admired for its sheer audacity, if not for its excesses, while "Part III" works all by itself as a modern Western, even if it's the least memorable of the three.
What's your favorite memory of the trilogy? Share your comment below. And however you celebrate Marty McFly Day, here's hoping you have 1.21 "jigowatts" worth of fun doing it.
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