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Back To The Future Trilogy DVD Set
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson & Mary Steenburgen

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5/4/4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5/3.5/4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
The extra features found on Disc One of this three-disc set include two featurettes, two audio commentaries, and an assortment of additional material. The first commentary track features co-screenwriter and co-producer Bob Gale and co-producer Neil Canton. The second commentary is actually a recording of a Q&A session with the two Bobs: director/co-writer Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, which was recorded at the University of Southern California earlier this year and moderated by DVD producer Laurent Bouzereau. The Q&A runs through the first 99 minutes of the 116-minute film. The featurettes include a 14-minute promotional segment produced during the original production; the second is a newly-produced 16-minute segment, "Making The Trilogy: Chapter One," which covers the genesis of the project, including the original casting of Eric Stoltz in the role of Marty and Michael J. Fox

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22121
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $56.98
(DVD Type): three-disc set
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): Various
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(Theatrical Year): 85/89/90
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/17/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Zemeckis
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Special Notes:
There are some framing errors on the two sequel DVDs. There are differences in selected shots when compared to the previously issued LaserDisc. Universal has indicated they will issue corrected discs. Details here: Also available in a separate full screen version.

Story Synopsis:
It's about time! The beloved "Back To The Future" trilogy has made its way to DVD - nearly five years after initially being announced for release - in a delightful, supplement-rich three-disc set. Available only as a collection, fans of the popular series should be pleased with the overall presentation, packaging, and wealth of supplements. "He was never in time for his classes... He wasn't in time for his dinner... Then one day...he wasn't in his time at all." Ever wonder what your parents were like as teenagers? Thanks to a time machine

DVD Picture:
Disc One - "Back To The Future": The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture will take you back to the past from the moment you press play. Images exhibit satisfying sharpness and detail. While contrast can seem slightly low in the darker scenes, shadow delineation is quite pleasing. While not as vibrant as the better titles of today, colors are well-balanced and nicely saturated, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There is a bit of film grain and occasional artifacts noticed in the source element, but nothing that could be considered excessive. Edge enhancement is extremely minimal with this title, but there is some minor pixelization that can break apart finer details. Disc Two - "Back To The Future Part II": The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a slightly cleaner picture than Part One, but still has a similar look as far as the color scheme. Hues are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are quite satisfying throughout. Images exhibit satisfying sharpness and detail, though some scenes are softly focused. The visual effects can provide an amplified perception of film grain, but the darker scenes with effects (like the flying patrol car in Chapter 7) are quite impressive, considering the technological advances since this film was released. There are times when edge enhancement might distract a picky viewer, and pixelization is occasionally detected. When compared to the previously released LaserDisc, there appears to be differences in the framing of some shots. Disc Three - "Back To The Future Part III": The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD, like the first two installments, will really thrill fans who have been waiting a long time for this series to become available on DVD. The picture more closely resembles Part II (parts II and III were shot back to back) with richly saturated colors, natural fleshtones, and deep, solid blacks. The picture is sharp and detailed, with good contrast and shadow delineation. Unfortunately, edge enhancement seems to be a bit more noticeable (and is occasionally obtrusive), perhaps because the picture is brighter than the first two. As with the "Part II" DVD, when compared to the previously released LaserDisc, there appears to be differences in the framing of some shots. (Suzanne Hodges)

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