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UPDATE: In my haste to post this item this morning (a day which started in LA, ended in Austin and saw me running to my plane like I was in a Richard Curtis movie and was about to lose my one true love forever) I neglected to mention that Kevin Bosch sent along this rather cool image of Marty and Doc Brown straddling fire that isn't there yet. Kevin works with the group We're Going Back which is organizing a Back to the Future fan event beginning Friday (November 5th) and ending Friday November 12th, the exact days of Marty's adventure in 1955 as a way to raise money and awareness for Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's Research Charity. A very noble and worthy cause. If you're in or around the Burbank area there are guests, tours of original filming locations and a bunch more to make the inner BTTF nerd smile with glee. Make sure to check out their website and see all the cool shit they're throwing together. My apologies for forgetting the mention in the original post.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! With all the hullabaloo surrounding the Blu-Ray release of the Back to the Future Trilogy (a set which Amazon has delivered and sits back home on top of my printer waiting for me to wrap up my business in Los Angeles, by the way) I figured a BTTF image would be called for. What I dig about this shot is that it seems to be alternate angle on an extremely iconic scene. It looks like a composite shot obviously from the Twin Pines sequence with good ol’ Doc Brown with his handy dandy remote control and Marty with his cutting edge giant VHS camera shot against blue screen. That means no Libyans in this shot, but you can’t have everything! This photo comes in super big version, so click for it if you wish! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s pic is a picture within a picture… whoa… -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead

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  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Great Scott!!!

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    My density has bought me to you

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Get a load of this guy's life preserver

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Dork thinks he's gonna drown.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    What happens to us in the future?

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Do we become assholes or something?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    All time Favourite Top 5

    by lcworld

    Love this movie.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Doc Brown Lied!

    by slave to the one

    Because apparently we're still gonna need roads come 2015! Great pic, that scene always looked as if they we're superimposed!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    55 Years ago today

    by slave to the one

    Doc Brown invented time travel! 11/5/1955

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Your underwear says "Calvin Klein"

    by Sam_Jay_Jick_Donutly_Dildoclip

    You're my Ma... My ma...

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    The original shot in the movie is a comp...

    by fedalvar

    ...cause in the movie shot, they´re standing over the DeLorean´s trail of fire...

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by dpc01

    That's the ILM effects shot when the car jumped through time and causes two rows of flame from the tires to travel through where the characters are standing. The actors did the shot on an ILM bluescreen stage, standing on reflective material.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Screen shot of final scene

    by slave to the one

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ηehe i watched the blu-ray version of the movie yesterday

    by KilliK

    an amazing all-time classic.period.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Still one of the most fun movies ever

    by andyny29

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    But you are h... you are so h... thin !

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Tomorrows pic..

    by REDD

    The Matrix?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    The best time-travel film!

    by RoarsLoudly


  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I celebrate all the Back the the Futures

    by slone13

    2 and 3 are magnificent box office confection.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Lightning in a bottle!

    by John_McClanes_Vest

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yeah, just watched the sequels again recently. Completely lacking the magic of the original, way worse than I remembered.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    "Better get used to these bars kid..."

    by Billyeveryteen

    Awesome, Fox's Marty can get pretty dark.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    er dreadful? fuck no.

    by KilliK

    there were decent sequels to the original,maybe disappointed to some people but no dreadful at all.dreadful were the Matrix sequels,dreadful were the SW prequels,Indy 4,SM3,not the BTTF sequels.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to the original Jennifer?

    by George_clooneys_caesar_cut

    She was even hotter than Elizabeth Shue.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    the original Jennifer

    by Bouncy X

    is on the blu-ray set in the new documentary, she explains why she never returned even though she was offered the sequels.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I thought part 3 wasn't too bad.

    by HapaPapa72

    Although the Marty-waking-up-thinking-it's-a-dream and-the-"you're" got old in Part 3. Hell, in Part 2. But other than that, love em.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Yeah you can see Fox's feet overlapping the flames

    by Lone Fox

    in the film. Weird, I always imagined the flames were added to the shot, not the other way round.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Lone Fox yeah that was my impression too

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Lone Fox yeah that was my impression too

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Just finished the trilogy again

    by vin_diggler

    I just realized that Elizabeth Shue is a horible actress in the sequels. She is way too over the top, they should have kept the original actress. Same goes for the guy who plays Goldie Wilson, he over acts it too much as well. That's it, those are my only complaints for an otherwise flawless trilogy. IMHO.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Who is this Scott? And why is he great?

    by KongMonkey

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Fuck V

    by Kurema

    Emmett Brown is the reason I remember the 5th of November.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by treatment

    original was so fabtastic i never had interest in the sequels... nor shall I. wish i had done the same with star wars.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    How about shortening the past list

    by Rex Carsalot

    Or making it a single link?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Elizabeth Shue is a horrible actress period

    by durhay

    And she had clown hair in part 2.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Why even go see other movies?

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    I was talking to my father in law about movies this weekend. Since he was 12, he has gone to the theater to see a new movie every Satruday. He still does. Sometimes TWO movies. I kept saying over and over how when I think of going to see a new movie I just think: "Or, I can just stay home and Watch Back to the Future again. Can't get any better than that".

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    KongMonkey wiki is your friend:

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    KongMonkey wiki is your friend:

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Kurema, not because of the gunpowder treason and plot?


    I always loved the sequels but it's always different when you see something as an 8-9 year old. I still think they hold up well today but the original is rightly a classic in every sense of the word.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Eh these movies kinda sucked

    by TheMcflyFarm

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Raddest Movies Ever!

    by HugePrawn

    Check out my blog for a a series called "The Raddest Movies Ever!". I go thru each year, starting with 1971, and pick the top 5 coolest movies from that year. Check it out here:<br> -Erik

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Seriously? TheMcFly Farm...?

    by Dharma4

    Oh, the irony!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for the new videogame either


    Here's an interview with this kid they got to do the Marty voice, sounds pretty close to Michael J Fox. <p>

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    They standing

    by vaterite

    on some kind of mirrored surface, right? Did they do that on purpose to get the reflection, for later use in compositing the shot?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Well looky what we got here.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Huh, I just noticed Doc was wearing Nikes


    I never caught that before. Or, as Biff said in part 3 "Neeeekaaay"

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    This picture was submitted by...

    by Kevin Bosch, an 100% fan organized, Back to the Future celebration to raise funds for the MJF Foundation, going on in this week in Los Angeles (Nov 5-12). Thanks for helping get the word out, Quint.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    And I just read Xen's post....


    my bad!! I swear I didn't see it before I posted!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    It's on tonight.

    by chavee

    It's coming on in about an an hour here in Dresden. The TNT movie channel is in English so I get to pop open a beer and watch one of my all time favorite flicks.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    the blu ray is a great buy

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I'm loving it so far. Part 2 is worse than I remembered it being. part 3 I havent checked yet.<P> I'm a continuity NUT so I'd really have preferred the original Jennifer. <p> ah well

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Seeing it tonight at Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall

    by Sherman_Lives

    Should be a pretty cool event.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    The original Jennifer...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...was played by Claudia Wells. She couldn't make it back for the sequels because her mom was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer and she wanted to be with her in her time of need. She pretty much dropped out of acting after that, but in 2008, appeared in an indie drama called Still Waters Burn. She is also the owner of Armani Wells, a men's clothing store in Studio City. And yes... she's still smokin' hot, too.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    GOLD-ie Wilson?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Over-ACT-ing? Watch your MOUTH there, m'man. I'm gonna be MAAAAYYY-yor one day, you'll see. An' I'm gonna CLEAN UP this town!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by reddwarfcas

    There's that word again. Is something wrong with gravity in the future?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Never knew there was a different Jennifer in 2 and 3

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    Wow. And I've only seen the 3 movies about 200 times at least. It suddenly makes sense why every time I see 2 or 3 I'm like "man, that girl aged terribly, she was so hot in the first one."

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Also count me as someone who missed Doc's NIKE's

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    Take a gander at them moccasins. What kind of skins is them? What's that writin mean? "Nee-kay?" what's that, some sorta Injun talk?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    You are nuts..

    by Forallthecowsff

    If you dont like BTTF 2. 3 i can see not actively liking... but hating either of them makes you crazy. So fun. So awesome. Hoverboards, almanac, ohh la la... movie is great.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Why would they need to bluescreen a scene...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...where Marty and the Doc are standing in a mall parking lot?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by Forallthecowsff

    because a car is coming hurdling towards them, goes back in time, and leaves a trail of flames that goes right under them.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    What's your point?

    by Royston Lodge

    Heh heh heh ...

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Royston obviously doesn't understand

    by paulloch

    this was pre-CGI and the car and the fire were all practical effects. Today you would use CGI for the car and fire and possiby some dynamic 360 camera moves. Sequels still fun (Cubs win the WS, and homage to Eastwood, and shark still looks fake)

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    There's no need to be snarky...

    by Royston Lodge

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Mikey J Fox aint lookin to good these days

    by disfigurehead

    Back to spasm

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    NOVEMBER 5th, 1955!

    by iDrinkYourMexicanCoke

    Another red letter date in the history of science

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    November 5th, 1955!

    by listo65

    This is heavy doc.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Perfect Movie.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Perfectly written. Seriously. That's like provable, scientific fact. Perfectly directed - come back Robert Zemeckis, we miss you. Perfectly cast - lightning in a bottle. <p> <p> The sequels have pros and cons, but no one can deny that Part II was a pretty fucking ballsy move on the part of the Bobs Gale and Zemeckis. <p> <p> I waxed lyrical and nostalgic on how wonderful this movie is a few weeks ago, after seeing it for the millionth time - but first time on the big screen - and it truly is. <p> <p> It's heartening to see the love it gets, and that it's one movie that seems to be immune to the "too cool for school" hordes. <p> <p> I'll say it again. Perfect.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    the best stuff in part 2 for me is when they go back to 55

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ....and we get to see everything from different angles and all the awesomeness from part 1 with a new twist. <p> That was done extremely well for the time and especially considering they didn't even have access to greedy crispin glover who apparently wanted too much $$$.<P> the final half of the movie and classic cliffhnager makes up for the cheesy 2015

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ...the somewhat cheesy 2015 segment which doesn't hold up as well.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... you're right. Those are the great little background moments that make the Trilogy nigh-on perfect. Proves that they actually CARED about their story and what they were doing. <p> <p> I'd have to check, but apparently... in Part II, when "1985" Doc meets "1955" Doc preparing for his "weather experiment", he's wearing the long dark mac and hat, before riding off on his bicycle. <p> <p> If you look at Part I, when we cut to Doc before he gets stopped by the Hill Valley beat cop... There's a background character in a dark mac and hat riding off on a bicycle. Could be a myth, but I'll check sometime. If true, that's awesome. <p> <p> Anyway - great Pic of The Day. Not seen it before, anywhere. Thanks for the new desktop background!

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Cheesy 2015...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    .. I remember even as a 13-year-old seeing Part II, that's what I thought. Loved the hoverboards of course, but didn't dig the day-glo future or the goofy Future-McFlys... but as I said, when it gets back to Alternate 1985 than '55 (during which the technical filmmaking prowess is frankly still stunning - and makes me miss Zemeckis when he's off dicking around with mo-cap) it's a strange, brave, ballsy flick. We were talking about one of the biggest feel-good hits of all time, and they actually made a sequel that didn't rehash the original, but revisited it in a really challenging way. I remember kids at my school hating it because they didn't understand there being two Martys, two Docs... and I love that Zemeckis and Gale TOLD THEIR STORY, and didn't make any concessions for anyone who didn't see the first.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Bluescreen vfx.

    by Munro Kelly

    The shot was done as a comp for safety and time reasons. The fire trail fx was unpredictable, especially two trails at the same time. The actors were shot on a reflective material (mylar) for their reflection on the ground, remember, the mall lot was wet.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    BTTF 2 & 3

    by darthvedder81

    Those were the best possible sequels. BTTF1 is a flawless perfect film with a flawless perfect screenplay. There was no way the Bob's were going to repeat that. Zemeckis smartly took the opportunity to go dark and mess around with the paradox idea/alternate 1955 perspective in part 2. That was a stroke of genius and made that movie way more interesting than in could have been. BTTF3 is basically a western comedy with a hint of sci-fi thrown in. Not as good as the first two but supremely entertaining. Tom Wilson's best performance might just be as Buford Mad Dog.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Actors wearing Nike.

    by Munro Kelly

    Amblin must have had a deal with Nike, remember the same year of this film, 1985, "The Goonies" had all their kids wearing Nikes.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    @paulloch: Actually, today, you'd do that effect by

    by cookepuss

    either:<p> <p> 1. Filming the car speeding through the parking lot by itself, filming the actors on the parking lot without the car (using cues & creative lighting), and drop in the fire and other disappearing VFX in post. It's just a matter of compositing the different plates together with the pyroclastics & particle effects.<p> <p> 2. Alternatively, you could do it almost the same as method 1, but drop the actors on a green.<p> <p> It's really not cost effective or really necessary to do the CG for the car itself. Why spend the money when you can set up & use predictable camera & lighting rigs? Why risk actually creating problems by making the car CG? Doing that means that you've also got to do even more color matching & motion tracking.<p> <p> Basically, doing the car as CG for this scene would make it unnecessarily complex and expensive. I spend all day doing CG. Trust me when I tell you that there's no way that CG would make this job easier & more believable. CG just for the pyroclastics & particle systems. That's all the fancy modern stuff you'd really need.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    The sequels are classics in their own right

    by Biffs_Pleasure_Paradise

    I even prefer them over any Raiders sequel. I understand they aren't everyone's bag, and aren't as magical as the first outing, but a lot of thought went into them and they are just flat out entertaining. And while the second may be the 'weakest' as a single film, it took some risks to ramp up the time travel, and almost everything in the second pays off nicely in the third, unlike other back-to-back sequels.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I don't think that the 2nd is a "weak" entry

    by cookepuss

    The thing you have to remember is that BTTF was never intended to be a trilogy. That "to be continued" thing was slapped on when the movie hit VHS. So, when they decided to build two full sequels to the original, #2 had to be a bridge film. It had to resolve the pseudo-cliffhanger of #1 an set up for #3. In that, the movie does what it's supposed to do quite spectacularly.<p> <p> To me, the problem with #2 isn't Shue, the absence of Glover, or the multiple timelines/periods issue. That's just a whole lot of fun with "what ifs" and the idea that history repeats itself. <p> <p> To me, the only problem is the casting of Fox as his own daughter. Totally funny, but pretty awkward, especially since they cast him also as his son. Actually, I would've enjoyed watching Wendy Jo Sperber, who plays Marty's sister in #1, also playing his daughter. Would've been even funnier to see her only get cast as Fox's sister, no matter whether he's Marty or Marty Jr.<p> <p> The weakest of the 3 flicks, to me, is #3. It seems unlikely that Doc would go to the future, do all of this things like hover conversion & rejuvenations, but forget to change his car over from gas to electric. To me, even as a kid, that was total BS. I always wondered why, if he converted the time circuits to Mr Fusion, that he'd forget to covert over to electric totally. It made him seem a bit stupid. That convenient plot device alone ruins #3 for me. It's a lazy sort of setup. Even if the rest of the film is fun and different, it's like starting a relationship based on a lie. Annoyed the hell out of me then. Annoys the hell out of me now.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    BTW, I never think of it as 2 and 3. It's more like

    by cookepuss

    2 and 2.5. It's really just one long 4 hour movie split in 2, like Kill Bill. Had #1 not been years earlier, BTTF would've felt less like a trilogy and more like a 6 hour flick. Like a 6 hour time traveling equivalent of Groundhog Day, in some respects.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    ah thats what i wanted to ask: the pseudo-cliffhanger ending

    by KilliK

    in PART 1,was in the theatrical release too or they put it later when the movie was released for the VHS format? if it wasnt in the theatrical version,then how the movie ended? in the scene where Marty looks at the Jeep and says to his girlfriend that everything is perfect?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    RE: they're essentially remakes of the first.

    by cookepuss

    But they're not. That's really sort of the brilliant thing. History does have a way of repeating itself. The way 2 & 3 do this might be a bit heavy handed in that regard, but it makes that point quite clearly. It plays on and with the idea that everything is cyclical, but, since we only live one lifetime, we never see it. Since Marty gets to time travel, he does and that becomes part of the comedy.<p> <p> Plus, they're not remakes in so much as that #1 is a reflection on youth and growing up. 2 & 3 are about wacky time traveling shenanigans with some stuff about finding love and overcoming your personal weaknesses, like impulsive anger. The messages behind 1 VS 2&3 are really different. You may be exploring different angles of events of 1, but not the core messages themselves.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    btw you know that it is a matter of time until Hollywood

    by KilliK

    makes BTTF 4 or remake the original one.with Zac Efron as Marty.FUCK.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Remakes of the first? Way off the mark braindrain.

    by Biffs_Pleasure_Paradise

    The sequels are nowhere near to being remakes of the first. Yes there are scenes that mirror scenes from the first, but these are all tongue-in-cheek gags in reference to history repeating itself. They are not repeated plot points.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by cookepuss

    The pseudo cliffhanger was always there. Note the difference in Marty's age between 1 & 2. I think that the movie was intended to end this way. The "to be continued" wasn't originally there and the movie cut to credits after the Delorean shot off into the future again. Sort of like how the Neverending Story suggest future adventures, but never shows them. When Universal saw $$$ after it came out.... That's probably when they went full trilogy. Sort of like how Star Wars ended, but also left it way open for sequels and filled them out after the studio saw $$$.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    There's that word again. Heavy.


    Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there something wrong with the earth's gravitational pull?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    @KilliK BTF4 will not happen any time soon

    by cookepuss

    AICN recently had a bit stating as much. All of the heavies involved with 1-3 have to agree. When Zemeckis & Gale became aware of Fox's illness, that put the kibosh on any BTF4 talk. Anything else is just fanboy gossip. <p> <p> I've seen the entire series a couple of hundred times (literally) and there's really no need for a #4. I'm happy with the Telltale games coming out. That's as far as it should go. (Assuming you're not a fan of the old cartoon too.)

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    @BrainDrain: If they were remakes

    by cookepuss

    the themes of the flicks would be the same. They're not. They tell different stories and have different core messages. Just because you go back to your bedroom every night doesn't mean that you actually "remake" your days. They are just recurring elements. That's all.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Marty's family still living in a crappy house

    by Tacom

    Even though they're supposed to be more successful in the altered timeline. That always bugged me. Still a great movie.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    That doesn't bother me so much

    by cookepuss

    You always hear these stories about people who win the lottery, but never move out of their crap houses. Plus, you have to consider that, even though the McFly family went from lower middle class to straight up middle, they weren't exactly rolling in the dough just yet. George was only just becoming a published author. That was his 1st book. The new truck for Marty, for all we know, could have been bought off of the advance from the publisher. Besides, it's not like they lived in a shit neighborhood to begin with. They just lived like shit, George being a white collar grunt & whatnot. Presumably, George became the boss that Biff would've been and Biff, not having George to do his work anymore, ended up going blue collar.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Remember when Ali-G...

    by George_clooneys_caesar_cut

    invented the hoverboard? Classic.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Part 2 confused the shit out of me

    by proevad

    and Michael J. Fox as well. I remember when he was on Letterman plugging the film. Letterman asked him what it was about. Fox replied, "I have no idea". Sure I could have watched it more than once and understood everything, but it wasn't enjoyable enough to warrant a 2nd viewing. Never watched the 3rd one. First one was great fun.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Letterman's a retard


    I saw that interview of him saying "I saw Part II on an airplane and didn't understand any of it" <p> I don't get what's supposed to be so confusing about that movie.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    The 2nd film predicted 15 real products we now have from tablet computers to 16/9 aspect flat screens to hands free xbox 360 controls. We even have flying cars that run on regular gas like in the movie and are now approved for flights. So maybe 2015 will be identical. Sure they'll never let us have that many flying cars but that's fine. Let that stay a fantastic element of the movies.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Tons of laserdiscs are seen thrown away in the alley

    by UltraTron

    where Marty first arrives in the future. Always thought that was funny

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Hill_Valli

    That's not Doc hanging from the clock at the beginning of the movie, that's a little Harold Lloyd hanging from the clock in a reference to the movie "Safety Last."

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I think BrainDrain meant the clock Doc was hanging up


    When he fell and hit his head on the toilet seat. At the beginning of Part III you can see it in the background.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I totally knew that was going to be the headline.

    by Darkman

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    were Lea's big boobs in the evil alternate timeline the real

    by KilliK

    deal or were they fake prosthetics?i always was curious with that.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    My favorite movie of ALL TIME

    by BlackJackBauer2

    Nothing out there fucks with BTTF. The perfect, absolutely perfect blend of action, comedy and romance. It has something for misunderstood kids who cant relate to their parents, and for parents who wish they could hace changed a few moments from their past. I cant say enough about BTTF. <p> I own a limited pair of Nike 2015 hyperdunk mcfly sneakers, Ive never worn them. 1 of very few hundred. I wish I could get the box signed by MJF and Lloyd.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Doc Brown didn't lie

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    there would have been flying cars in 2015 if the tragedy of Marty McFly and teh Rolls Royce would have happened, if it did the laws would change about driving and eventually lead to the invention of the flying car, but since he had no accident there was no need to invent flying cars to make the roads safer.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    But then I ask myself, wouldn't that erase the

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    flying options on the Train like the you're fired fax?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    What happened to the Libyans in the altered timeline?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Original timeline, Doc gets shot dead, Marty hits 88 mph blah blah blah now in the altered timeline Doc gets shot, Libyans hit the photo booth, but then Marty and Doc have a hug with a bulletproof vests? But where the fuck did the Libyans go?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I have this car in my garage...

    by ryderdvs

    My own DeLorean Time Machine Replica.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    NO ONE is hotter than EliSabeth Shue

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see Christopher Lloyd on Fringe

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Doc Brown meets Walter Bishop...the mind reels at the Mad Scientist possibilities.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    @ rsanta74

    by UrbanSamurai

    I would need to check again in the Extras section of my DVD-Box, but as far as I understand Zemeckis did not want to do any sequel in the first place. But then the movie became a huge success, studio wanted more, so he planned on doing a 3 hour movie that contained elements from both part 2 and 3 (and I bet some stuff that was not included in the end). It was supposed to be an epic tale about the consequences of time travel. It is quite obvious that this did not go the way Zemeckis wanted. However, I kinda like 2 and 3. But Part 1 is waaaaaay up above them. (But, for that matter, waaaaay above everything Hollywood throws at us today, as well).

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Thanks Quit

    by Kevin Bosch

    When i didnt see WGB mentioned originally, I figured you had a policy against promoting events like ours in BtSPotD (a conflict of interest, maybe). I was happy that you posted my picture regardless, and used the opportunity to promote ourselves in the comments. I'm glad a lot of people enjoyed the pic (I had other fans tell me that it wasn't rare enough to submit). This picture for me, when I ripped it out of a movie making book in my middle school library, represents the first time this BTTF fan saw something that revealed how the movie was made.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Nice pic!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Those were the days...

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    The BTTF 25th Anniversary Screening

    by WickedJester

    Was the coolest thing ever. I've never been to a special screening before.. and watching it with a bunch of fellow BTTF dorks was absolutely amazing. If you can catch the additional showing definitely do it. Not to mention the absolutely badass poster you get!

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    I like them, but recognize several things that I consider poor ideas, most especially the "relatives all look the same/are the same actors" (especially in part 3) and the way the same sorts of scenes and situations (and dialogue!) keep appearing in different times (again, especially in 3.) But they are both fun films, and better than most sequels we see made. I just don't really care to revisit the sequels the way I can with the first. The original is one of the great/perfect movies of my lifetime, along with Raiders, etc.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Nobody's complaining

    by Yelsaeb

    about a bluescreen in this, but Indiana Jones uses a bluescreen and everybody goes nuts. Just voicing my nerd rage. Sorry if I sound like a fanboy.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    It wasn't bluescreen people were complaining about in Indy 4


    It was CGI gophers and monkeys that looked like they came straight out of Jumanji.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    too much shouting

    by Muki

    Part 1 is a classic, part 2 was a bit of a mess and part 3 was ruined by Christopher Lloyd literally shouting every single one of his lines. Also, the original Jennifer was way way way hotter than Elizabeth Shue.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I think alot of people felt a bit ripped off that it was Part 2


    And that it left so many loose ends hanging. It's ironic really when you consider that pretty much every big movie these days is billed as part of a saga (Harry Potter, LOTR, even that Golden Compass movie that probably won't even get it's sequel) These days cinema goers wouldn't bat an eyelid at being given a cliffhanger like Part II. In many ways the BTTF sequels were ahead of their time.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    the flame tracks blue screen shot!

    by rsdigi

    I love this pic because I always assumed they did a blue screen shot instead of doc and marty actually standing in the fire tracks the delorean left behind.. to this day the effects still hold up!

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    BrainDrain, the same thing's happening now


    Harry Potter is having part 1 released this month and part 2 doesn't come out till next summer. People these days are just alot more accepting of this kind of practice.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    the boobs were fake

    by frank cotton

    altho hers are nice

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    can't believe this was blue screened

    by MurderMostFowl

    I always thought that it was some pyrotechnic effect and they just worse flame proof pants and boots or whatever. Now days I think it's hard for the current generation to appreciate the special effects of the past... especially something that was totally seamless like this.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    my weigh in on BTTF2 and 3

    by MurderMostFowl

    I think the only real problem is I had with #2 is that Biff's character changed far too much. In the first movie, he was a jerk, but yet he had some of the best lines.. so in a fairy tale sort of way, you like him as the bad guy. <BR><BR> IN #2 his character has gone too far, and we actually see him in a role that is more psychopath at times... to me that misses the mark. I can sort of see where they were going at the time... he was an attempted rapist of course, but we are faced with the sharp contrast of "old Biff" who we actually kind of like in the future, and this new alternate biff who kind of sparks real fear. Not a good mix. <BR><BR> #3 didn't work for me as much because... well, maybe it was because of #2. I mean the elements are all there and it's got some really strong moments. I personally can't stand Mary Steenburgen ( Clara ) as an actress, but that really wasn't it. <BR><BR> The manufactured irresistible "chicken/yellow/etc" thing which was weak in the first place got soooo old and dead, that it didn't help things. <BR>It just felt like there was a better story to tell in 3 in there somewhere. <BR><BR> I used to be way harder on those films, but after ALien 3 & 4 and the SW prequels came out, I'm much happier to accept them. <BR><BR> Hell even Ghostbusters 2 looks good these days compared to Alien 4, but that's another TB

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    One Marty Mcfly


    ...and one Calvin Kline ;-)

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    after taking them away from the original owners the

    by KilliK

    American Indians by annihilating them.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Sequels ahead of their time? wtf?

    by white_vader

    No, The world's most famous 2nd movie/2nd act with cliffhanger was The Empire Strikes Back. People were used to the concept the better part of a decade when the BTTF sequel rolled around.