Today, the 25th Anniversary Box set of the Back to the Future Trilogy hits store shelves on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s kind of hard to believe that Marty McFly jumped into the time-traveling DeLorean a quarter of a century ago.
To be honest I think they should have waited to do the 30th Anniversary, so that they could have a bonus feature about the difference between our world and the year 2015 that Doc Brown brought Marty to (complete with terrible computer-generated sharks, hoverboards, and awkward clothing).
But even without that, this collection is jam-packed with good stuff including “Tales From the Future,” a new six-part documentary with Fox, Lloyd, Lea Thompson, director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg, with segments on casting, sets, music and FX; storyboards of the original proposed ending; 16 deleted scenes; outtakes; music videos by Lewis and ZZ Top (who cameoed in “Part III”); photo galleries and theatrical trailers.
And then there’s the ultimate draw: Never-before-seen footage of the first five weeks of shooting. For those of you who didn’t know, Michael J. Fox wasn’t originally cast as Marty McFly. For these few weeks, Eric Stoltz was set to play the gawky, half-rebellious teenager. And if you have no idea who that is, you might remember him as that ugly kid from Mask, or the weird pedophilic father from The Butterfly Effect.
For the $80 price ticket they should have thrown some self-tying shoes in there, too.