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July 3, 1985 was the premiere of Robert Zemeckis’s hugely successful Back to the Future. Today, almost twenty-five years later, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced the Blu-ray release of Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy for October 26, confirming early information from European retailers (see, June 18). This edition will be newly-restored and offer more than two hours of new bonus features.

Video will be 1080p, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Audio will be 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The discs will be single-sided BD50s.

Special features include:

* U-Control (BD-exclusive):
o Setups & Payoffs: As you watch each of the three films, each “set up” showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point. When you get to that moment in the film, the “payoff” is shown to complete the correlation.
o Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
o Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies
* Q&A commentaries with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale
* Feature commentaries with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
* Back to the Future Night: hosted by Leslie Nielson, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future (new, BD-exclusive)
* Tales from the Future: new six-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg*
o In the Beginning…: Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.
o Time to Go: Production stories through the release of the first film.
o Keeping Time: The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy.
o Time Flies: Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.
o Third Time’s the Charm: Learn about building a western town, Doc Brown’s love story, the casting of Mary Steenburgen, the train sequence and completing the Trilogy.
o The Test of Time: Back to the Future becomes a phenomenon! President Reagan quotes the film, the Back to the Future ride opens at Universal Studios theme park and fans rebuild the iconic DeLorean. The film’s cast and crew take a look back and discuss why these beloved movies live on.
* The Physics of Back to the Future: A discussion with celebrity best-selling author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku about the overall appreciation of the science in the Back to the Future Trilogy*
* Nuclear test site ending storyboard sequence: Storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film.*
* Sixteen deleted scenes
* Michael J. Fox Q&A
* Archival featurettes:
o Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three: Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.
o The Making of Back to the Future Part I, II & III: Provides a vintage and historic first look at the making of all three films.
o The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy: a televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions.
* Behind-the-scenes:
o Outtakes
o Original makeup tests
o Production design
o Storyboarding
o Designing the DeLorean
o Designing time travel
o Hoverboard test
o Designing Hill Valley
o Designing the campaign
* Back to the Future: The Ride
* Music Videos:
o Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”
o ZZ Top “DoubleBack”
* Photo galleries, including production art, additional storyboards, photographs, marketing materials and character portraits
* Theatrical trailers
* BD-Live
* My Scenes
* pocket BLU: USHE’s pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player and offers advanced features such as:
o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
o Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard.

* Denotes new footage debuting on the 25th Anniversary Trilogy


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