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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is safe and sound here, at the McFly farm.

Published at: July 21, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m so tired and Comic-Con hasn’t even really started yet. This is bad.

What isn’t bad is this fun picture from the making of Back to the Future III, which features the badass Doc Brown time traveling train in model form. You know I love model work so now you know why this one caught my eye.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go pass out now.

Thanks to Marko Marin for sending this along. Click to embiggen! Enjoy!

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic will bare-knuckle box you!

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  • July 21, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST

    What a great picture.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I love all three films but watch the third most. I just can't get enough Buford Tannen.

  • July 21, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Depressing thought of the day

    by lochkray

    In just four more years, the amount of time that will have passed since the original Back to the Future will be the same amount of time between Marty McFly leaving the "present" to his desination in 1955. And that's not a suggestion for a reboot. Also in four years, the present will be at the same point as the "future" shown in Back the the Future Part II. So I must ask: Where's my flying car? Where's my hover board? Where's Jaws 5 - 13, much less 14 with a giant interactive hologram shark? Where's my self-tieing shoes, and automatically drying jacket? Why are there still lawyers? Sigh. I don't think we're going to make it.

  • July 21, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Damn right lochkray. I want at least a fuckin hoverboard

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    although I am 35 years old and would probably kill myself now but what a fuckin fiiine way to go.

  • July 21, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I'm just waiting for genderbender to rock up

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    and tell us that Doc sleep inducing Jennifer suggests that both Marty and Doc had there way with her on the way down to Hill Valley. or how the tunnel sequence on the hoverboard is in fact double rape by two males in the one hole..... or something like that. the freakin psycho.

  • July 21, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    My favorite of the two sequels

    by Conaw

    Love all three, but I'm a huge fan of Westerns, so this one pleased me very much.

  • July 21, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Tracks? Where we're going...we don't NEED tracks!

    by Cheif Brody

    Awesome pic, Quint! Good luck out there at SDCC! <p> And lochkray...At least we have 80's themed restaurants! Oh...that's Planet Hollywood. My bad.

  • July 21, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    lochkray

    by MotherPussBucket

    Feel free to start wearing your jeans inside-out.

  • July 21, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    However, Part II is still my favorite BTTF sequel.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • July 21, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    MY FAVORITE SCENE IN BTTF3 IS WHEN

    by Meadowe

    Marty has just come back from 1885 and 1985 car detailer Biff yells at Marty with the intensity of a Tannen in his prime but Marty immediately cuts him down with a "watch it Biff" or some such and Biff immediately goes back to his sniveling self from the conclusion of BTTF1. Close second is the end scene where Doc introduces his family to Marty and they say their goodbyes and the time traveling train pictured above flies off.

  • July 21, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Next to the original star wars trilogy

    by emeraldboy

    back to the future is fave film trilogy. i found bttf confusing in the beginning but once i found out about the collapse of zemeckis's friendship with crispin glover. the movie made complete sense. in a nut shell for those who dont know, zemeckis wanted all the cast to come back but glover wanted more money then everyone else and it got ugly. so zemeckis went to the berg and asked him and berg said well if i was making this picture i would write the character out and so zemeckis had george mc fly shot by biff tannen and the rest is history....

  • July 21, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    THE BTTF TRILOGY IS MAGIC

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Such a perfect combination of writing, direction, actors, characters, music, etc. is so rare. So very few films capture the pure fun and the gift of happiness that these films give to the audience.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    I agree with themcflyfarm

    by knightrider

    This is my favourite trilogy of all time. The first film is as close to perfection as any film I've ever seen - not a single frame is wasted, there is no fat and no lag. Just pure story and character. The conclusion of Part III is touching, and I love the 'message' of the series and the way it's communicated: Your future is what you make it, so make it a good one. I pray that this is one franchise that is left alone... no reboots, no remakes!

  • July 21, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    hate to say it but......

    by sonnyhooper

    ......you know that as soon as jaden smith is old enough to drive they will re-boot these movies. with larry fishburne as doc brown. sorry but you know it's gonna happen.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    black to the future

    by TheManWhoCan

  • July 21, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Best Trilogy Of All Time

    by Xen11

    In Every Time Line

  • July 21, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    But seriously, what was up with Verne pointing to his penis?

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Did he just need the bathroom or something and was trying to signal Zemeckis?

  • July 21, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    I love all three of them

    by joliet_jake1978

    but Part 1 is up there as a fave flim of all time. I have a special copy of Empire which lists the 50 Best Scf-Fi films of all time and in summing up BTTF they say "If you have a hard time liking Back To The Future you have a hard time liking cinema..." Never a truer word spoken...

  • July 21, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    I've always liked III the least...

    by photoboy

    ... too much Clara for starters. It's still a great movie, but not as fun as the first two. That said, the scene at the end with the transforming hover train totally made the movie worth watching.

  • July 21, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Out of the two sequels, this one is my favourite.

    by ChickenStu

    Nothing beats the first movie. The second is OK - I appreciated what they were trying to do. But the third was just sheer movie magic. Lovely stuff.

  • July 21, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    BTTF 2 & 3 not even close to the original

    by menacingphantom

    I adored the first one, second one meh, and third one actively annoying and seemed made for tv, almost like a Gilligan's Island episode.

  • July 21, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    My favorite scenes are the ones with the Clint Eastwod jokes.

    by KilliK

    - What's your name, dude? - Uh, Mar- Eastwood. Clint Eastwood. - What kind of stupid name is that? - And you'll be branded a coward for the rest of your days! - Everybody everywhere will say, "Clint Eastwood is the biggest yellow-belly in the west." ROFL

  • July 21, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    I love it when the delorean gets pulverized...

    by alienindisguise

    hate it when this stupid train takes flight in broad daylight...like no ones gonna see it? Dumb!

  • July 21, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Doc's kid pointing at his junk...WTF?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I can't NOT see that anymore. Ironic that this was chosen as today's BTSPOTD, as I just watched the entire trilogy on Blu-Ray over the last two days. The original remains magnificent, the second is relentlessly clever but lacks "heart", and the third has the heart but wallows in Old West cliches (it's still a lot of fun, though). The flying train is something I could have lived without, however. I seem to remember reading in a magazine back in the day that Marty and Jennifer went to the library to look up what happened to Doc in the past, and learning he had a long and happy life with Clara, and that would have been a better ending than the flying train (which smacked more of yet another sequel setup than a genuine conclusion).

  • July 21, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The first one is my favourite

    by Sanyi

    The sequels are great nonetheless, but I like the first one the most.

  • come out from a Jules Verne book. It also represents the idea that Doc's life from when he grew up and became a scientist,until he found the woman of his dreams,was motivated,influenced and found fulfillment because of Verne's books thus becoming a full circle.

  • July 21, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    GEEK CULTURE IS DEAD!

    by MoffatBabies

    Just kidding! Trololololol!!

  • July 21, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    taped it off of free HBO as a kid

    by hydroxicut

    Watched BTTF 1 the most, then Return of the jedi, Revenge of the nerds, short circut, one crazy summer, goonies. All from one weekend of free HBO. I was in heaven that summer. Love the pic, a little less Mary (Steembergin?) Eric Stoltz should of been Shamus McFly. Still a solid sequel.

  • July 21, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Verne points to his penis as a sign of what's to come...

    by Xen11

    He's going to go back in time and impregnate Eve, thus making him the father of mankind. That's why he points there, because he's telling Marty and the world as he looks out at it, " Who's your daddy? I'm looking at a world that was born from my cock." The End.

  • I think the first film is close to perfect. The second is about as close to a perfect sequel you can get. Not as perfect a film as the first, however subject matter and concept for a sequel to the first is spot on and it's a good film. With the third, they had exhausted that and just made a time travel, stuck in the wild west film. They pretty much say on the special features that they wanted to make a western. It just didn't serve the over all story of the first two. It's more like an unnecessary spin off. Not a bad film, but rewatching a few years ago, it was such a step down and out of line with one and two.

  • Verne will.

  • July 21, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Model > CGI

    by Essemtee

    I didn't care that a tricked out, steam powered, winged locomotive was lifting off from the tracks in broad daylight, I just liked the fact that it made the same take-off flight pattern the original DeLorean made at the end of BTTF1.

  • July 21, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    The 3rd film is so fucking amazing and full of heart.

    by Xen11

    The opening is perfect. Marty and Doc in 1955 on a rainy morning reading a final goodbye letter from a former-future-Doc to Marty. The fireplace and that old sciency part of Doc's home. Later, Doc meeting his true love under the stars, by a fire. A person that could only understand him that lives in that time. It was as if Fate put the invention of Time Travel in Doc's hands to come back to the point where his ideas originated and find happiness. Marty gaining respect for himself instead of being afraid of what other people think. Doc learning to let go instead of always following cold, hard logistics of maintaining quadrants within matrices of a space-time continuum. Marty and Doc's friendship and final adventure together. That clock photo, signifying the first time-traveling duo who learned so much and went through a lifetime's worth of adventure in a couple of weeks spanning over a hundred years. Both of them discovering that you don't need to try to fix things to make them "right" or "perfect", or do what's expected of you by others, you just have to enjoy the little time you have and make it your best.

  • July 21, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    cool pic........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    BTTF3 also grew on me as I got older. BTTF2 unfortunately has not aged well and the first half just seems really silly now. Everything in the end of part 2 though with Marty and Doc back in 55 is GOLD. I just wish they could have gotten back the original actress who played Marty's g/f as well as Crispin Glover. Then even with some flaws the trilogy would have been nearly perfect to me.

  • July 21, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Where are the rejuvenation clinics?

    by Professor_Monster

    I want o add another 30 to 40 yeas to my life.

  • July 21, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Blue screen and motion control. Those were the days.

    by v3d

  • July 21, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    BTTF is a perfect film

    by eric haislar

    everything about that film is perfect. The editing, Acting, Pacing, Effects, Script, Score. It all works. It should shown in film schools as to how to assemble a motion picture.

  • July 21, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Eric Stoltz should of been Shamus McFly

    by kevinwillis.net

    I never thought of that, but that would have been brilliant. That's exactly what they should have done, both for the series and for Stolz. Respect. Brilliant. I like all the movies, especially the first, but I love the whole trilogy. But that would have definitely improved #3, for me. And would have allowed them to skip the sometimes tedious split screen effects.

  • July 21, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    First Think I'd Waste My Money On If I Won The Lottery?

    by kevinwillis.net

    A BTTF-outfitted Delorean.

  • July 21, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    kevinwillis.net

    by eric haislar

    Me too man. I tell my wife the samething every time we by a powerball ticket.

  • July 21, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    AWESOME model! And a great ending to a great trilogy.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And, again, that train crash in part 3 is just magnificent. AND: you can't have enough Mary Steenburgen.

  • July 21, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    xen11

    by hydroxicut

    Lump in my throat man. Love the movie never really went that deep with it. The Blu-ray of the trilogy is beautiful by the way. I wish all my 80's favorites were treated like that. Universal pulled out all the stops.

  • July 21, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    There is one thing that ALWAYS bothers me when I see the series.

    by cookepuss

    I've literally seen the trilogy hundreds of times and there's one thing that never ceases to annoy me. Doppelgangers. The problem is far worse than Doc or Jennifer just running into themselves. Just so that you see what I mean, let's recap Doc's explanation of timetimes from BttF2. At the end of the first movie, Doc, Marty, & Jennifer venture off to 2015 to fix some bullshit with their kids. That's where we start off BttF2. Yadda yadda yadda. Marty eventually takes a detour and buys a sports almanac. Old Biff steals it, takes it back to 1955, and gives it to young biff. Doc & Marty go back to 1985 and find that it looks like a massive Vegas hangover. After finding out that he didn't get home, Marty asks Doc what the hell happened. Doc puts it plainly: Marty and Doc (supposedly) come from a timeline you can conveniently label 1985-A. That's their prime timeline, from their perspective. When Biff messed with the alamanac, he created a splinter timeline, 1985-B. Basically, Doc is describing the "multiple worlds" theory of time travel where each trip you make inherently creates a splinter reality. It may only differ by a tiny fraction, because your mere presence is itself the change. However, every jump you make is somewhere other than the "home" timeline. That brings me back to the problem of DOPPLEGANGERS!!!! Oooooh!!! We know that for a fact that 1985-B is a different reality and that Marty & Doc have dupes there. Doc's doppelganger is in an insane asylum. Marty's is in a boarding school in Switzerland. Here's what messes with me. Doc dopes Jennifer and leaves her on her porch in 1985-B. He basically says, "Ah, don't worry about it. Shit will change around her." Remember, Doc has been pretty damn wrong before. Maybe stuff will change around her. We've seen pictures and newspapers rewrite themselves. However, we haven't necessarily seen reality rewrite itself. The closest we get is Marty starting to fade away, which isn't conclusive evidence. SO.... Doc leave Jennifer on the porch in B. He runs off to 1885. Marty runs back to 1955 and then to 1855. They just abandon Jennifer on the porch in 1985-B and both go home, eventually, to 1985-A without her. Technically, Doc & Marty don't undo Old Biff's actions and erase 1985-B. They intereact with Biff in 1955 again, a lot actually, and make yet ANOTHER 1985. Probably C this time. Remember, this is the multiple worlds theory. They mucked with the past again in 1955, which means that the 1985 they return to won't be 100% the same. They're now in a clusterfuck of parallel worlds, really. Technically, once they leave Jennifer in 1985-B and change things back in 1885 and 1955, the Jennifer they see shouldn't be the one they left behind. Technically, she should be a C variant with no memory of 2015 or any of that fiasco. The Jennifer of 1985-A is trapped in 1985-B and is likely being mistaken for her counterpart or raped by the bikers in town. There's more. In the first movie, Doc gets gunned down. Dead. No more. Marty goes back, fucks with 1955, goes back to 1985, and viola! Doc is alive again. But wait! He isn't. Not really. You see, Mart doesn't come from 1985-A. Marty actually comes from 1985-PRIME, the source of the whole time travel mess. Doc Brown of 1985-PRIME got gunned down and killed. Marty is happy to see Doc alive when he gets back to 1985, but it isn't his Doc. Docs-PRIME is still dead. He's been dealing with Doc-A all series. It gets worse still. Marty is from 1985-PRIME. At the end of the 1st movie, he lands in 1985-A. Remember how Marty and Doc had doppelgangers in 1985-B that were either locked away or in school? Marty-PRIME is essentially assuming Marty-A's life and is lucky he hasn't gotten his ass kicked. Marty-A probably wasn't even home. Never mind that fact that Marty-PRIME has no memory of growing up in that happy, well to do home. His childhood is still the mediocre, shitball PRIME one. And those newspapers, photos, & stationary things that they use as indicators.... anacrhonisms and goofs. Those artifacts aren't native to that timeline and probably shouldn't be changing. Again, I didn't create the rules. Doc defined them pretty damn clearly on that chalk board. Had Marty-PRIME swiped the almanac from old Biff before young Biff got it or interacted with his counterpart, then MAYBE Marty-PRIME could've actually returned to 1985-A. Again, it's probably all still a huge mess anyway. If every new action creates a new splinter, as per the multiple worlds, then Mart would have to contend with a counterpart every time he goes home. He'd probably have to kill his counterpart and take his place. LOL BttF actually has some of the messiest time travel logic. The first movie clearly subscribes to the One World theory of temporal mechanics. However, 2 and 3 subscribe (mostly) to the Multiple Worlds theory. And, since they tie all 3 movies into one mega movie, they create a new garbage theory that really makes little sense if you think about it. Are there multiple timelines or not? Are things splintering off like Doc said or are they just like writing over a portion of a VHS tape - stuff that has to be written over again to be fixed. (The VHS theory wouldn't work either, as you'd have a future that wouldn't match the badly written over mid-section.) And exactly HOW did Marty manage to retain the hoverboard if Biff so thoroughly messed up the past? I guess not even Biff could take down MATTEL. =) Oy! Time travel makes my head hurt. LOL

  • July 21, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Look, I like M. Steenburgen, a fine sexy lady...

    by hydroxicut

    It's just in BTTF 3 her acting sometimes annoyed me, it felt a little forced. Example: When Doc first saves her from falling into the ravine, and her hat is cocked forward and then she looks up and adjusts it to see him. That is one moment when I always roll my eyes, there's a couple more but that's always the one that sticks out. I realize I'm nitpicking. But go watch that moment and tell me it's not a little bit of bad acting. Say "hi' to your mom for me.

  • It was supposed to be love at first sight and they were playing on that. I think both MS and the director both hammed it up there.

  • July 21, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Other things that did not happen yet......

    by jarjarmessiah

    The Eugenics War, Delta City, and Buck Rogers has not been launched into deep space

  • July 21, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    rsanta74 could be, could be.

    by hydroxicut

    and the part at the end, when she's on the Train leaving town and she just happens to sit in front of a guy who's talking about Doc. That's pretty cheesy and THAT'S the director/writer.

  • July 21, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    by MrFusion

    I used to think Part 3 was weak, but it definitely grew on me over time. It's better than the second one. it's essentially the same film as part 1, with some substitutions (1955=1885, lightning=train). The original plan was to have one sequel in which the western part was just the third act. That would have been solid, cut all of the fat from the second one and have an epic centuries spanning sequel to one of the best movies ever made.

  • July 21, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Part 3 has aged pretty well

    by MrFusion

    I used to think Part 3 was weak, but it definitely grew on me over time. It's better than the second one. it's essentially the same film as part 1, with some substitutions (1955=1885, lightning=train). The original plan was to have one sequel in which the western part was just the third act. That would have been solid, cut all of the fat from the second one and have an epic centuries spanning sequel to one of the best movies ever made.

  • July 21, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong, love the trilogy.

    by hydroxicut

    To bad they didn't use all the things they established in the first movie. Example: Marty's watch, they could of reused that joke. Tied the trilogy a little more. Calling Marty a chicken? They could of just called him a loser, it would of been more in line with what Strickland said to him in the hallway in the first movie. Had Marty play with ZZ top. Imagine Clint Eastwood playing "Doubleback". Things I think about to pass the time Jogging.

  • July 21, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    cotton_mcknight

    by Kevin Bosch

    During our We're Going Back event last November, we actually put a time machine replica Delorean on the same tracks where the film was shot, as a surprise ending to our filming locations tour. So there were actual regular people just driving home or whatever, that stopped at the rail road tracks when the poles came down, and saw a Delorean rolling across. The looks on their faces were priceless.

  • July 21, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    pics

    by Kevin Bosch

    http://gallery.me.com/kapalowski/100229

  • July 21, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    One thing I never really got...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Why did the railway alarm go off just before Doc's time train arrived?

  • July 21, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Kevin

    by hydroxicut

    Movie magic I think.

  • July 21, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    kevin_costners_recycled_piss

    by MrFusion

    This always bothered me too. It means he would have had to go back in time to before Marty's arrival, program/hack the railway alarm, and then travel forward to right after the Delorean was destroyed.

  • July 21, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Great trilogy. Working through the new games on IPad.

    by UltraTron

    They are totally worthy.

  • July 21, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Mc FRYYYYYYYYY

    by The Fuck

    You're fired!!!

  • July 21, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    2 and 3 kinda.....suck

    by disfigurehead

    What is this whole "chicken" crap?

  • July 21, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Best trilogy of all time

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Each of these is fantastic in its own special way. Part one is a masterpiece. Part 2 is a crazy, zany sequel that works nearly perfectly. Part 3 has so much heart you can keep watching it over and over...especially the entire trilogy for that matter.

  • July 21, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    speaking of Clint Eastwood...

    by monorail77

    will it be Every Which Way But Loose (or Any Which Way You Can) for tomorrow's "bare-knuckle boxing" BTSPOD?

  • Doc would had to have gone back. At least far enough to know that Marty would be there and then. Remember, Doc had CLEARLY been time hopping for some period of time. There's that 7 or 8 year period of time between when Marty last saw him and when he saw him next. One of his kids is at least that age, give or take. To Marty, it has probably only been an hour. To Doc, it was a few years shy of a decade. He had enough opportunity to go to the future and hover convert the train. He also had enough time to go further back into the past to get the photo. His kids don't look freaked out by time travel. Doc's been time hopping for a long time by the end of the movie. Oh, yeah, another piece of proof that BttF uses a the multiple worlds theory, where infinite parallel worlds could exist..... That photo of Doc & Marty from 1885. We're generally led to believe that they're the same exact photo and not a copy. Marty's copy gets destroyed. Doc brings him a new one. If the BttF universe truly used the one world theory then the co-existence of the same exact photo in two different places create a paradox. That or there would be quantum entanglement that'd force one to fix or destroy just to match the other. Spooky action at a distance, as Einstein would say. So, instead of that happening, which would prove one unified world/timeline, it proves that BttF tries to adhere to a multiple world view. Creating the problem once again of..... DOPPELGANGERS!!!! ARGH!!! =) Time travel movies.... Love them to death. Hate their crazy barely science logic. BttF comes closest to making a solid stab at it. Others.... so so bad. LOL

  • July 21, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    photo

    by Kevin Bosch

    or Doc just had another print made.

  • July 21, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    READ MY FAX...!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I find it funny now that fax machines are still a "futuristic" gimmick in the BTTF II version of 2015, where in the "real" 2011, faxes are now dated. However, it *is* prescient and amusing to see bundles of laserdiscs put out with the trash in the alleyway where the Delorean first touches down.

  • July 21, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Hey you, get your damn hands off her!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Tomorrow is Snatch right? LMAO at Black to the Future. You forgot Tyler Perry playing the entire McFly family. Tiny Zeus Lester as Biff.

  • July 21, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't call faxes dated. It's just that their role has changed

    by cookepuss

    Fax machines are still an essential item in the workplace. There are just some things that are still more cumbersome to do digitally. Add on to that the fact that having a physical paper trail of communications is still a necessary evil. In the home, the dedicated fax machine IS a dying sort of technological beast. However, multipurpose machines that incorporate fax, scanner, & printer seem to have taken their place. There are many sorts of agencies and services that still require you to fax them signed copies of documents. For now, that doesn't show any signs of changing. In 1989, when BttF2 was released, the home fax was still very much an emerging technology. Well, let me revise that. Home fax machines in 1989 had only just recently reached that desirable mass market price point. Fax machines caught on like they did because there was no e-mail and pagers offered very little convenience beyond the ever annoying 911. Now that we've got cell phones and mobile e-mail, the fax technology seems quaint. However, as I've said, paper trails are still necessary and the fax machine, conceptually, is still safe for now.