‘Back to the Future’ is Now History



It’s the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future and today, October 21st, is the exact day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in the sequel Back to the Future 2. Anyone who grew up watching those movies in the ’80s now has to deal with a hard truth: everything that happens in the trilogy is now officially in the past.


The Delorean dashboard does not lie.

Many of the 2015 wonders promised by the movie never came to pass: skaters don’t have hoverboards, movie trailers aren’t yet holographic and Universal Pictures never made it to Jaws 19. A few have come true: big screen TVs, thumbprint keys (even if they missed on the smartphones) and video chat. Only the most hardcore optimist could hope that the Chicago Cubs are going to finally win the World Series this year, as they’re down 3-0 to the Mets in the National League Championship as we post this.

Universal Pictures has gone all out to promote the anniversary with a fully restored Blu-ray and DVD editions loaded with extra features, including a brand-new disc that includes a documentary about the restoration of the Delorean. You also get all the bonus material produced for the 2010 25th anniversary collection. Screenwriter and Producer Bob Gale (who talked with us about the restoration of Steven Spielberg’s 1941 last year) offers full-length commentary on each film.

For the most devoted fans, there’s also The Complete Adventures Blu-ray or DVD box set, which adds DVDs of all 26 episodes of the animated cartoon series, a 64-page book and special Flux Capacitor packaging.