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Review: 'Back To The Future: The Ultimate Trilogy' Looks Great, Offers New Extras

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Oct 29, 2020
Review: 'Back To The Future: The Ultimate Trilogy' Looks Great, Offers New Extras

Universal's latest release for the classic trilogy's 35th Anniversary offers 4k remasters and a ton of bonus content for all those time-traveling fans out there.

"Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy" not only includes the 4K transfers, but standard Blu-ray versions (and digital downloads), plus an enormous amount of bonus content both new and also pulled from various editions dating back to 2002.

The story of Marty McFly and his journey back to meet his parents in the '50s, then, in the sequels, going into the future (a future which is in our past at this point), and then back to the old west, the trilogy has been a pop culture staple for young and old alike for decades.

There are enough behind-the-scenes goodies in this edition to last longer than the movies themselves. There are:

• Lost audition tapes
• A tour of the film's costumes and props
• A look at the "Back to the Future" musical, including two songs from the show
• Deleted scenes
• Interviews with the cast, feature commentary by producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
• Commentary from Director Robert Zemeckis
• Outtakes
• Numerous 'making of' featurettes
• A look at the now-extinct "Back to the Future" ride
• and more....!

The movie looks terrific in 4K, although some of the special effects haven't aged well, but that's to be expected. For fans of the film, the extras are a treasure-trove of informative and entertaining tidbits that reflect the overwhelming love people have for the trilogy and offer a nostalgic look back at one of the most innovative trilogies of the '80s.

If you have a set already, this might not be totally worth it, as most of the extras are carried over from other editions. But the picture and sound quality and the few new extras might be worth it for superfans. For those thinking of purchasing the trilogy for the first time, this is definitely the set for you!

"Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy" is available on 4K / Blu-ray / digital on Oct. 20.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.

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