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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the re-buy
This blu-ray box set passed my criteria for "movies I am willing to buy again" for a number of reasons. The main reason was that the apsect ratio problems from the previous DVD box set have been corrected. That alone made this worth buying. The wealth of new bonus features, in addition to many old featurettes, was the second valid reason.

I watched all three...
Published on Dec 29 2010 by LeBrain

3.0 out of 5 stars widescreen vs full screen?
Now the DVD set has come out, people are still debating about which version is better, especially there is a wrong matting problem. Let me put it straight, get the version you like, don't be affected by other's opinions, for instance, widescreen is what the director wanted us to see that kind of opinion (did Zemeckis and Gale ever tell you what they want you to see when...
Published on Jan. 6 2003

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the re-buy, Dec 29 2010
LeBrain - See all my reviews
This blu-ray box set passed my criteria for "movies I am willing to buy again" for a number of reasons. The main reason was that the apsect ratio problems from the previous DVD box set have been corrected. That alone made this worth buying. The wealth of new bonus features, in addition to many old featurettes, was the second valid reason.

I watched all three movies plus a smattering of bonus features over the course of the holidays. People, let me tell you something. As crappy as the second movie is, it's much more enjoyable if you watch all three movies in one marathon session. Despite the recasting of Jennifer, the three movies meld together as one like very few other series. Connections not immediately obvious become apparent. Plus, you can't get from 1 to 3 without watching 2.

The 5.1 surround sound was excellent, and the 1080p picture simply great. What is also great is that a lot of the cheesier special effects (particularly makeup) were not ruined by 1080p. The illusions still hold.

As mentioned, the bonus features are ample. There are new featurettes and interviews to go with this 25th anniversary edition, as well as the older ones. There is also the previously seen footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly, enlightening as it is. One thing I haven't gotten around to yet is the "u control" feature.

I am really glad I got this set. I re-gifted my old DVDs to an uncle who doesn't care about aspect rations and was just plain glad to have these awesome movies.

5 stars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More info on widescreen format errors on II and III discs, June 13 2004
By A Customer
I read somebody else's review from December 2002 about how there were errors on discs 2 and 3, that they weren't really widescreen. I did a little more research and found this information on dvdtown's site:
The most controversial part of the video concerns the framing of the image for widescreen viewing. When Universal went back to the full-frame, open-matte negatives to do the DVDs, they made some changes, intentional or not, from the laser disc framing. Then they issued an official press release as follows: "Universal Studios Home Video is aware of a minor technical framing issue on the 'Back to the Future Trilogy' widescreen DVDs. The framing appears differently from the laserdisc releases for approximately two minutes during 'Back to the Future II' and four minutes during 'Back to the Future III.' The framing difference is unnoticeable to widescreen DVD viewers and does not detract from or interrupt the viewing experience. Consumers with further questions can call (888) 703-0010."
The studio is probably right in saying that the differences are unnoticeable (whether they meant "widescreen" or "full screen" or whatever), because unless a viewer has a photographic memory of the theatrical versions or has the laser discs on hand for direct comparison, there is little to notice. It's doubtful that anyone but the most meticulous "Back to the Future" partisan need worry about any possible framing problems.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great trilogy, July 2 2010
Mike P (Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
How can you go wrong with Back to the Future. This is simply one of the best trilogy that exist. I know some people complain about the fake widescreen. I don't know if the problem was corrected or not, but even on a 16x9 screen, you won't notice it. English and French audio track for all three movies and MANY extras for you to learn even more about each of the three movies. A must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Future Trilogy [1985] [Blu-ray] [UK Release], Aug. 5 2014
Andrew C. Miller - See all my reviews
Back To The Future Trilogy [1985] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] THE ULTIMATE BACK TO THE FUTURE COLLECTION!

Experience the time travel adventure of a lifetime with BACK TO THE FUTURE - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION!

Join Marty McFly [Michael J. Fox], Doc Brown [Christopher Lloyd] and a time-travelling DeLorean as they travel to the past, present and future - setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum.

From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, experience the ultimate time travel adventure. Packed with bonus features - it's time to go BACK TO THE FUTURE!

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, James Tolkan, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, Elisabeth Shue, Jeffrey Weissman, Mary Steenburgen, Leslie A. Prickett and Dean Cundey

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Producers: Bob Gale and Neil Canton

Screenwriters: Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Cinematography: Dean Cundey

Resolution: 1.85:1

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, German: 5.1 DTS-HD, Turkish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Japanese: 5.1 DTS-HD, Japanese: 2.0 DTS and Spanish: 5.1 DTS-HD

Subtitles: English SDH, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Turkish

Running Time: 327 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 3

Studio: Universal Pictures UK

Back To The Future: Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a typical American teenager accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by slightly mad scientist Dr. Emmett Brown [Christopher Lloyd]. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be, meet and fall in love otherwise he'll never be born...

Back To The Future - Part 2: A visit by Marty and Doc Brown to the year 2015 seems to resolve a few problems with the future McFly family. However, when they return home, they discover someone has tampered with time and Hill Valley, 1985; they must once again get back to 1955 to save their future.....

Back To The Future - Part 3: Mary Steenburgen joins the cast for this rousing conclusion to the popular series. Stranded in 1955 after a freak burst of lightning, Marty must travel back to 1885 to rescue the Wild West Doc Brown from a premature end. Surviving an Indian attack and unfriendly townsfolk, Marty finds Doc Brown is the local blacksmith. But with the Doc under the spell of the charming Clara Clayton, it's up to Marty to get them out of the Wild West and back to the future...

Andrew's Blu-ray Review - There are a few films that I'd consider a big part of my youth. Many of my memories growing up in the 1980s involve casual scenes sitting in front of a large Zenith console. You know the ones, with the gaudy wood panelling all around and the stereo speakers on either side. On that, I made countless viewings of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' the first two 'Indiana Jones' movies, 'Grease' and 'Back to the Future.' Of those, the adventure of a teen musician traveling through time was the most awesome thing ever! I couldn't get enough of it. I simply cherished the sci-fi comedy as much as any boy could. From the story and characters to the look and special effects, 'Back to the Future' was the best movie ever made. Next to `Raiders of the Lost Ark' and especially The Indiana Jones Framchise of course. And if you asked me to pinpoint the moment I fell in love with movie-magic, this would probably be it.

The concept is deceptively simple, but something most people can easily relate to. Many have probably even imagined it at least once in their lifetime. Producer and co-writer Bob Gale was inspired with the thought after discovering his father's yearbook. What if you could hang out with your parents when they were teenagers and discover they were drastically different from the adults they grew into? He shared the pondering with friend and director Robert Zemeckis. Together, they wrote the screenplay, and with the help of friend Steven Spielberg, 'Back to the Future' was quickly on its way to becoming one of the most beloved movies of the decade. The entire plot revolves around this straightforward, nearly universal idea. And the script is genius in conveying this without making it blatantly obvious, practically perfect in its structure and delivery.

Another big part of the film's success is without a doubt the excellent and memorable performances of the cast, especially Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. At the time, Lloyd was an unknown to younger audiences, but everyone knew precisely who the uptight, Young Republican Alex P. Keaton was. Playing against type, Fox is believable and comical in the role, and likely a major reason why many teens flooded theatres. We may not have been familiar with Lloyd when the movie premiered, but today, the actor will forever be remembered for his portrayal of Doc Brown. He's charismatic and amusing, keeping viewers glued to the screen, waiting for whatever bizarre phrase he'll say next. Marty's friendship with the wacky scientist feels oddly genuine and realistic, which is essential for making the entire series work. And the two actors succeed without fault in this department, making us want to see more of their madcap adventures.

If 'Back to the Future' could be viewed as a nostalgic look at 1950s pop culture and the sequel as homage to the science fiction genre, then the third and final instalment to the series is a loving tribute to the western.

As a devoted fan of the genre, this last entry in the now-classic film series in my book ranks higher than the second movie. And like the original exploring the decade that introduced rock 'n' roll, this story has fun in the epoch that gave rise to science fiction novels with several mentions of the French author Jules Verne. After watching the previous two, seeing this combination of fantasy meets the American West can seem a bit awkward and rather outrageous. But with that little historical titbit being alluded to by Doc and his love interest, Clara [Mary Steenburgen], the plot feels right at home with the six-shooters, train robberies, and damsels in distress.

25 years later, the 'Back to the Future' series continues to capture the imagination and deliver the laughter. It's possible some of its enjoyment is partly nostalgic. But it's also likely these really are well-made, entertaining and highly creative films that haven't lost any of their fun. And in this era of remakes and reimagining's flooding theatres, revisiting older movies somehow makes us forget that Hollywood seems to lack any vision and originality right now, that it fails to make us believe in the magic anymore. Nearly 30 years later, the 'Back to the Future' trilogy endures as a better movie-going experience than many, many other films of late.

Blu-ray Video Quality - One of the most anticipated film trilogies finally arrives on Blu-ray with a wonderful and impressive 1080p encoded image and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. According to an interview, producer Bob Gale participated in the restoration process, which was done from an interpositive using a 2k resolution scan. And the results are first-rate, as the movies have never looked this good on any other format. Since all three films received the same treatment and appear identical in terms of quality, they are being graded as one complete package.

All three movies display great definition and clarity, whether we're watching Marty narrowly escape the clutches of Biff/Griff in the town square or riding the wild plains of the Wild West. Granted, there is some minor noise reduction applied and some slight digital tampering used to sharpen and clean the picture a bit, but it's nothing so objectionable as to ruin the quality of the film. We've seen much worse done to other favourites, and only the most discerning of viewers are likely to notice. The image still retains a very fine layer of grain and shows several strong moments of dimensionality. Fine object and textural details are exceptional for a catalogue title of this age. They're not always consistent, which is understandable, but it's much better than anyone could have expected. The worst instances are during the optical effects, where matte lines and softness are made more apparent. But again, this is a normal result of the available technology.

Contrast is spot-on and brightness levels are well balanced with deep, accurate blacks and brilliant whites. Facial complexions aren't very revealing, but they appear natural and healthy in all three films. The colour palette is vibrant and dramatic, especially during scenes of the 1950s in the first two movies. Primaries are lush to give the transfer some great pop, but it never feels gaudy or artificial. Part III, of course, places more attention on the secondary hues and earth tones, showing a very pleasing range and also providing the video with a cool, gritty impression. Taken as a whole, the classic 80s trilogy looks terrific on Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Audio Quality - The sci-fi comedy also comes well equipped with a highly enjoyable 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. As one would expect, much of the presentation is centred around the dialogue, and it's delivered with terrific precision and intelligibility. We can clearly make out the unique, distinctive inflections and utterances in Michael J. Fox's voice and the funny, high-strung tone in Christopher Lloyd's wacky scientist.

The front soundstage feels wide and welcoming with plenty of strong clarity detail and good channel separation. Dynamic range is surprisingly extensive and even far-reaching, never faltering at the higher frequencies. But the original design, of course, shows its age somewhat in this audio department as the differences happens and comes into play during the time-traveling sequences. Movement and directionality are attractive and persuasive, especially when the DeLorean travels through time, creating a fun and satisfying sound field. It's during those same moments that the lower frequencies are made known, spending the majority of the runtime pretty much in silence. This is rather surprising because gunshots tend to feel a bit flat, but bass is present to give music some depth. This isn't a matter of complaint, just something worth noting.

Discrete effects in the surrounds have been added to the audio for ambience and to extend the imaging with slightly more activity. There are clear moments where we can hear birds chirping in the first movie, cars flying in the sky in the second, and crickets singing in the open range of Part III. Anyone intimately familiar with the movies will notice them, but they're not distracting and don't feel forced. Alan Silvestri's now-iconic and memorable score receives the biggest upgrade by spreading evenly throughout the entire system and engaging viewers at just the right moments. For fans, listening to the composer's signature brass-style will likely be the highlight of these lossless mixes. In the end, the 'Back to the Future Trilogy' sounds awesome on Blu-ray, and fans couldn't ask for anything better.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Because there is far too much information about each Extra item, I am only going to List their Titles. So if you want to know more information, then you will have to check out the following Titles via the internet. Thank you.


Feature Audio Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
Deleted Scenes [HD] [11:00]
Tales from the Future: In the Beginning . . . [HD] [27:00]
Tales from the Future: Time to Go [HD] [30:00]
Tales from the Future: Keeping Time [HD] [6:00]
Archival Documentary: 'Back to the Future' Night [27:00]
Michael J. Fox Questions and Answers [10:00]
Behind-the-Scenes [32:00]
Huey Lewis and the News "The Power of Love" Music Video [6:00]
Question and Answer Commentary with Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale


Feature Audio Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
Deleted Scenes [HD] [6:00]
Tales from the Future: Time Flies [HD] [29:00]
The Physics of 'Back to the Future' with Dr. Michio Kaku [HD] [8:00]
Archival Documentary: The Making of 'Back to the Future Part II' [7:00]
Behind-the-Scenes [65:00]
Theatrical Trailer
Question and Answer Commentary with Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale


Feature Audio Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
Deleted Scenes [HD] [1:00]
Tales from the Future: Third Time's the Charm [HD] [17:00]
Tales from the Future: The Test of Time [HD] [17:00]
Archival Documentary: The Making of 'Back to the Future Part III' [8:00]
Behind-the-Scenes [31:00]
ZZ Top "Doubleback" Music Video [4:00]
Question and Answer Commentary with Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale

Finally, when creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale first made 'Back to the Future,' they never expected the film to turn into such a beloved Hollywood classic and become an influential icon in the lives of so many fans. Taking a universal fantasy about time travel, the adventures of Doc and Marty live on today as a cultural favourite that younger generations continue to discover. This 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition comes with great picture quality for all three films and a wonderfully engaging audio presentation. The same assortment of supplements are carried over from the DVDs and joined by a new collection of material, making this a must-own package for fans and movie-lovers alike. Hop on your hover board and pick this up immediately! You better, as you will miss out on something totally unique of the wonderful `Back to the Future' Trilogy that will give you hour and hors of pleasure and you of course have a wealth of extras that will keep you busy for days. So get the popcorn in, turn the phone off and get ready to the roller-coaster ride of the century, and you will be totally exhausted by the experience and it will be well worth and it is a total honour to add this to my ever increasing Steven Spielberg Blu-ray Collection. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miler - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy, March 19 2010
Guitarcat (Newfoundland, Canada) - See all my reviews
I ordered this trilogy set because my teenage daughters had never seen "Back to the Future" and we love Michael J. Fox. He is Canadian, you know!! I've often told them about the fantastic story-line so we ordered on a Monday and received it by Friday. The whole idea of being able to go back to our parents' day and even further, back to 1885, is so exciting. The suspense is well played up. The first half hour of the 2nd movie seems boring and so unrealistic at first...but as the storyline progresses and gets more complicated, you just have to keep watching and then...that leads you to the 3rd movie. Now that we live so close to 2015, it's easy to see the writers went a little too far-out in their view of the future and that's what made the beginning of the 2nd movie so unbelievable and a bit disappointing. Having said that, keep watching - believe me - it gets better. We absolutely loved this trilogy and my youngest daughter wouldn't watch it until her sister and Dad were home from work and had time for movie night!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beau format de coffret., Jan. 31 2012
This review is from: Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
J'ai été surpris de constater que le format avait changer .Maintenant les trois disques sont dans la meme pochette ,contrairement a l'ancienne version ou ils etaient separés dans un coffret de mauvaise qualité qui ne fermait meme pas.

La qualité des trois films est irréprochable et la trilogie a très bien viellit.

Comme toujours , livraison rapide et marchandise en parfait état.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All 3 on dvd!!!, I dont believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!, March 21 2004
newfound32 (los angeles ca) - See all my reviews
Finally all 3 back to the futures on one amazing collection. All three movies are great. They are one of the best movies of the 80's. And even of all time. Back to the Future Part 1 is about a boy named "Mardy" who travels back in time to 1955. He runs into his mother, which screws his mother and father relation ships. He needs help from his scientist friend named "Dock". If you have the collection without the V2 on the back. The first film is not out of the frame. Only on the 2nd and 3rd movie. 8 deleted scences, behind the scense, outtakes and much more!
Back to the Future part 2 takes place where Back to the Future left off. Mardy and his girlfriend Jennifer need to visit the future to help their children. Then Biff (Mardys Bully) old self, becuase you see when Mardy and Dock went to the future, Mardy picked up a magizine about 50 years of sports of who wins, which Mardy can then make a few extra bucks. Dock throws away the magazine then old Biff gets the magizine and travels back to give it to his young self. Which Biff then becomes a billionare. There are 7 deleted scences with optional commentary. Behind the scenes and outtakes and much more.
The third and final installment of the saga takes place in the old west. You see Dock travels back in time to be left alone, but then Mardy discovers his grave, and then travels back into time to save Dock. Dock then saves a scientist who was suppose to
die jumping off a cliff. It is a great and final ending for the saga. It includes only 2 deleted scences, outtakes, behind the scenes and more. Make sure when you buy this dvd it has a V2 on the back. If it doesnt you can call the company and they'll ship you new dvds. If you dont know what I'm talking is about is because they mest up on the framing on Back to the Future part 2 and 3. A must to buy if your a huge fan of the movies!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Time travel movie, March 19 2004
Back to the future is a combination of every time travel movie ever made. This movie contains "kick butt" extras and amazing facts straight from Universal. They take you behind the scenes so well that it makes you want to watch it over and over and over again. I also learned some facts I did not even notice like at the beginning there is a clock that has an old man hanging from the hands. This signifies the ending. Einstein's clock reads 1:21 am and the car needs 1.21 "jigawatts" of electricity. Marty runs over 1 of the twin pine tree when he meets old man Pebody and this changes the name, Twin Pines Mall to Lone Pines Mall! Also Old Man Pebody's son is named Sherman. If you have seen Rocky and Bullwinkle than you know Mr. Pebody (a dog) and Sherman (a boy) were time travelers. Pretty cool huh? I also found out that in an early script the Time Machine was going to be a refrigerator but the director thought that kids might get stuck in the fridge so it did not work out. This DVD colletion is truely amazing and is a "have to have" set. And Im sorry for my lack of spelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie, question about DVD Re-Release, March 14 2004
By A Customer
To everyone, here is the latest update about re-relase of corrected version !!!!
Dear MovieWatcher,
Thank you for contacting the Universal Studios Home Video-Online Store.
We are not currently shipping out the Version 2 (V2) of the 'Back to the Future' Trilogy,for online orders placed on the Universal Studios Home Video Website.
The online store is currently shipping item #22121,which is the original version.
This is the information we have from Universal regarding this issue:
-When the Back To The Future Trilogy was originally released in Dec. 2002, it became evident that the image on the widesceen versions of Parts 2 & 3 was misframed. It was not noticeable to the casual viewer, however, corrected versions were created. Consumers who wish to exchange their original versions are able to mail in their discs and have replacements shipped back to them.
*If you have already purchased and received the original widescreen version, please call 1-888-703-0010 for information on how to receive a pre-paid envelope to return the original version for exchange.
Since the original versions were not recalled, the corrected DVDs will gradually be sent into retail locations.
The only way to identify the corrected versions is that the new packaging has a "V2" printed near the bottom of the screen format/bar code sticker. This will indicate that the set contains the remastered versions of BTTF 2 and BTTF 3.
Please reply back to us,or e-mail Universal Studios-Customer Service
Good Luck..
By the way.. GREAT MOVIE! :) I am sure everyone of any age will enjoy this great adventure.. ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this set!, Feb. 26 2004
Joe Sherry (Minnesota) - See all my reviews
Since I have already reviewed each of the movies separately, this will be more of a review of the DVD set than the films. But, to give a little bit of background: The "Back to the Future" trilogy are action/adventure/comedy/science fiction movies that deal with time travel. The films started with the premise of going back into time and seeing what your parents were like in high school, but they became more involved than just that. The films also touch on what happens if you go back in time and how your actions can affect the future. These are not serious movies. They are fast paced, and are a lot of fun to watch. These were some of my favorite movies when I was growing up.
This is a three disc set with each movie being on a DVD. Each film has multiple commentary tracks (a Q&A session serves as a commentary), and a pop-up trivia feature so that when you are watching the movie little tidbits of information about the scene or the making of the scene. There are also deleted scenes, outtakes, and two "making of" documentaries for each film.
There has been some controversy about framing issues for discs two and three, and this held me up from purchasing the movies for more than a year. On the widescreen set (which I am reviewing) for several minutes in each movie the movie is mis-framed. Specifically the frame is raised higher than it should be so that in one particular scene it cuts off the bottom of Marty's body and his hand and shows more of the empty air above his head. Knowing about the mis-framing bothered me quite a bit, but when I was watching the movies this time I forgot all about it and didn't notice it at all. If you see a screen capture of a scene it is noticeable, but not so much when you're enjoying the movie. If this is a concern, Universal will replace your discs with corrected DVDs, but I still haven't been able to find one in the store. As it stands I am perfectly happy with my set and will not be sending the discs in for replacement (despite the framing issue bothering me on principle).
This is a great DVD set, and though I may not be watching the special features over and over again, I am so glad to own these movies on DVD. The movies still hold up well years later (even the first movie). If you like the Back to the Future movies then you should get this set.
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