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Snowmaker
03-14-06, 12:45 PM
Anyone know when we might be expecting this thing? The US release date only says TBA:

http://dvd.monstersandcritics.com/archive/dvdarchive.php/Back_to_the_Future_Trilogy_-_the_Ultimate_Edition/4908

DVD Features

Disc One:

THE MAKING OF BACK TO THE FUTURE – a rare behind the scenes look
MAKING THE TRILOGY CHAPTER 1 – a retrospective look featuring cast & crew
FEATURE COMMENTARY – with Director/writer Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
HILARIOUS OUTTAKES
DELETED SCENES
ORINGINAL MAKE-UP TESTS
DID YOU KNOW THAT? Watch and learn more interesting facts
PRODUCTION ARCHIVES – photos, storyboards & props
THEATRICAL TRAILER

Disc Two:

THE MAKING OF BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 2 – a rare behind the scenes look
MAKING THE TRILOGY CHAPTER 2 – a retrospective look featuring cast & crew
HILARIOUS OUTTAKES
DELETED SCENES
HOVER BOARD TEST on location
PRODUCTION ARCHIVES – photos, storyboards & props
THEATRICAL TRAILER

Disc Three:

MAKING THE TRILOGY CHAPTER 2 – a retrospective look featuring cast & crew
HILARIOUS OUTTAKES
DELETED SCENES
ZZ TOP music video DOUBLEBACK
PRODUCTION ARCHIVES – photos, storyboards & props
THEATRICAL TRAILER

Disc Four:

Back to the Future:
Q&A WITH DIRECTOR ROBERT ZEMECKIS AND PRODUCER BOB GALE AT THE USC FILM SCHOOL
ENHANCED CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL J.FOX
DELETED SCENES WITH COMMENTARY FROM BOB GALE
EXCERPTS FROM THE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
TEASER TRAILER
PRODUCTION NOTES

Back to the Future Part II:
Q&A WITH DIRECTOR ROBERT ZEMECKIS AND PRODUCER BOB GALE – AUDIO TRACK
DELETED SCENES WITH COMMENTARY FROM BOB GALE
DID YOU KNOW THAT? UNIVERSAL ANIMATED ANECDOTES
PRODUCTION DESIGN
STORYBOARDING
DESIGNING THE DELOREAN
TIME TRAVEL
THE EVOLUTION OF VISUAL EFFECTS
HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS “POWER OF LOVE” MUSIC VIDEO
PRODUCTION NOTES

Back to the Future Part III:
THE MAKING OF BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 3
Q&A WITH DIRECTOR ROBERT ZEMECKIS AND PRODUCER BOB GALE – AUDIO TRACK
DELETED SCENES WITH COMMENTARY FROM BOB GALE
DID YOU KNOW THAT? UNIVERSAL ANIMATED ANECDOTES
DESIGNING THE TOWN OF HILL VALLEY
DESIGNING THE CAMPAIGN
THE SECRETS OF THE BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
FAQ’S ABOUT THE TRILOGY
PRODUCTION NOTES

rfduncan
03-14-06, 12:49 PM
SWEET! THAT is for what I was waiting! And to think I almost bought the previous set at Costco yesterday for $12.99 after coupon! -eek-

Cameron
03-14-06, 12:51 PM
isnt all of that already on the three disc set. I thought about a year ago someone got a SE that had the same stuff spread over four disc.

digitalfreaknyc
03-14-06, 12:51 PM
what extras are...ummm...extra? :)

Snowmaker
03-14-06, 12:59 PM
You trying to tell me all that is on the set I already have?!

Dean Kousoulas
03-14-06, 01:00 PM
I haven't looked at my current DVD in awhile. What is different/new about this new version that might come out?

digitalfreaknyc
03-14-06, 01:00 PM
You trying to tell me all that is on the set I already have?!

I don't have the other one. What are the additional extras?

Too bad they still can't figure out how to put the DTS from other regions on there.

Cameron
03-14-06, 01:02 PM
yah, all of that stuff is on the disc....has been for years....just over three disc not four

Cameron
03-14-06, 01:04 PM
i would actually say that set is worse since the Q&A's run like a second commentary over the movies on the american disc, as do the storyboards and animated anecdotes

Snowmaker
03-14-06, 01:06 PM
I guess I need to pay more attention to the ones I have.

Cameron
03-14-06, 01:08 PM
yah, i am truly amazed people want more out of those disc. They are jam packed. The only thing i wish they could have added were the deleted scenes with all the alternate marty sequences. Of course Eric Stoltz apparently wants a forture for this footage to be on a home video release....he did get burned, so I guess he can be bitter.

joliom
03-14-06, 01:21 PM
Ultimately, he's just cheating the fans. He needs to stop being a baby. It's not like it's porn footage or something.

NiCK Crush
03-14-06, 01:30 PM
well great, im gonna have to upgrade.

T1000
03-14-06, 01:34 PM
Wow, that's been out ages here.

Only got it in February, but it's awesome.

I don't like the Q & A session though. If it was done over the film yeah, but its done over a blank screen.

Thunderball
03-14-06, 01:35 PM
I'm not upgrading again til HDDVD

Duh Vuh Duh
03-14-06, 01:49 PM
Heard this documentary is supposed to be on the new SE set.

The trailer has changed since I first watched it. The old trailer was a little better IMO with some Stoltz footage explaining how he was interested in his co-star (girl who played Jennifer) and asked for her number in character. And a clip at the end of the diner guy saying his "if you want a pepsi kid, you're gonna have to pay for it" line.

http://www.bttf.com/lookingback/

Edited to Add: If anybody can find the old trailer somewhere I would love to check it out again. I tried Google cache, but no dice.

dvd_luver
03-14-06, 02:02 PM
The Back To the Future Trilogy DVD set I have now, with all 3 BTTF's, is all the BTTF stuff I will ever need. I love it, if I were to ever upgrade I would feel downright silly.

The Monkees
03-14-06, 03:16 PM
The only two things I'd like on the movies that aren't there is a DTS track and a real commentary by Robert Zemeckis.

Also, someday I'd like to see the animated series on DVD!

Mr. Cinema
03-14-06, 04:00 PM
I would get the 3-disc at Best Buy, but ALL of the sets have a loose disc in them. Besides, I really want to just own part 1.

TheNightFlier
03-14-06, 04:03 PM
I would get the 3-disc at Best Buy, but ALL of the sets have a loose disc in them. Besides, I really want to just own part 1.

Funny you say that. I was Best Buy today and thinking about buying it. Picked up one box, loose disc, second box, loose disc, and so on. I couldn't believe it. Is the inside packaging really that shoddy?

Looks like I'll wait for this set.

symaxwell
03-14-06, 04:11 PM
I dont really care for the question answer form of commentary. I was at USC when they recorded it. It was during the summer almost no one knew about it...It was a neat we watched all three movies over a couple days and Zemeckis and Gale came and spoke they were very personable and because of the small size you could get up and personal with them both.

GameGenie
03-14-06, 04:58 PM
I got the current boxset im not upgrading.

digitalfreaknyc
03-14-06, 05:02 PM
It's amusing that this whole thread is discussing a box set that has been available in other countries for quite some time and shows no signs of coming here...yet we all assume it is. :)

Snowmaker
03-14-06, 05:50 PM
I would get the 3-disc at Best Buy, but ALL of the sets have a loose disc in them. Besides, I really want to just own part 1.
Its $12.99 at Costco this week with the coupon from the flyer they give you at the door.

digitalfreaknyc
03-14-06, 05:58 PM
Its $12.99 at Costco this week with the coupon from the flyer they give you at the door.

I got the R4 one. It has DTS :)

dvd_luver
03-14-06, 06:47 PM
I got the R4 one. It has DTS :)

digitalfreaknyc, I got the R4 one first, before the USA one came out, should I hold onto it?, I was thinking of selling it. Is it one of the better editions of BTF?

It sure looks mighty fine, wish the USA one was done that way.

Not sure if any new version in Aus has been released again, it looks like this:

http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/7599/bttf13sq.jpg

Snowmaker
03-14-06, 07:35 PM
I got the R4 one. It has DTS :)

:nopanic:

dsa_shea
03-15-06, 12:44 AM
I like the color scheme of the R1 release more than the R4. I sure wish it had DTS though.

Kromax
03-15-06, 06:53 AM
Ultimately, he's just cheating the fans. He needs to stop being a baby. It's not like it's porn footage or something.


Best post of the week so far. :rock:

Duh Vuh Duh
07-26-06, 03:49 PM
Anyone else miss this? I tried to find a related thread here, but you guys know how search is. If anybody can help point me to a thread here with the framing issues, it would be much appreciated.

Region 1
The Back to the Future trilogy was first released on DVD at the end of 2002 in both widescreen and fullscreen versions (in a blue box with Marty and Doc on the cover). Devoted fans of the films quickly noticed that the video of the widescreen version of Parts II and III contained numerous shots that had been framed incorrectly, either because the shots were too high or low to center the image correctly, or because they "zoomed in" on the image, eliminating portions of the image on all sides. (Because the movies were originally shot in open matte, the fullscreen version was unaffected by this.) Outraged fans quickly organized petitions demanding that Universal Studios correct the problem and re-release the DVD set.

In May 2003, Universal corrected the problem and issued "V2" (Version 2) DVDs, that could only be distinguished from the original, flawed DVDs by the mark of a small "V2" near the edge of the discs themselves (and, of course, by comparing the corrected video). However, they did not initially begin packaging the V2 discs with the trilogy box set that was being sent to retailers. Instead, Universal set up a toll-free phone number ((888) 703-0010 in the US) which owners of the original DVDs could call, and ask for a postage-paid envelope to be sent to them. The owner would send their flawed discs to Universal in the envelope, and would soon thereafter receive the corrected "V2" discs by mail. Because Universal did little to publicize this offer outside of the Internet and devoted fan circles, many have criticized Universal's refusal to issue a straight recall of the flawed discs and instead force concerned customers to jump through hoops just to get the correct video of the film.

In January 2005, Universal began a nationwide promotional campaign, announcing that they would re-issue the DVDs of the trilogy at a special low price (about half the set's original retail price) on January 25, 2005, and then put the entire trilogy on moratorium merely a week later, on February 1, 2005. (New stickers on the box declared "Lowest Price Ever: Own It Before Time Runs Out!") The discs in this release contained no new content or bonus features from the original release (indeed, even the packaging was completely identical, except for the promotional sticker), but did finally contain the corrected V2 discs. Curiously, only the disc for Part II displays the "V2" marking on its edge; the Part III disc does not, but fans have analyzed its video carefully and concluded that, despite the lack of the "V2" marking, the Part III disc is the corrected one. (This is also supported by the date of creation of the disc, which matches that of the "V2" release.)

Wick
07-26-06, 03:55 PM
I knew about that, but not all of the details. I got the original Widescreen release as a gift, about three years ago, or longer. I sold it a few months ago and finally re-bought it last weekend.

bboisvert
07-26-06, 04:06 PM
Anyone else miss this? I tried to find a related thread here, but you guys know how search is. If anybody can help point me to a thread here with the framing issues, it would be much appreciated.

http://www.angelfire.com/film/bttf2/

Mr. Cinema
07-26-06, 04:24 PM
I waited and waited until Universal released the corrected versions to stores. Picked up my set at Target a few months ago for about $20. I was surprised they had the Widescreen set.

GoldenJCJ
07-26-06, 04:33 PM
I bought the trilogy DVD the first week, after the misframing issue came out I sent in disc 2 and 3 and recieved the new corrected discs in about 2 weeks. It was the easiest disc replacement process I've ever gone through.

bboisvert
07-26-06, 04:36 PM
I bought the trilogy DVD the first week, after the misframing issue came out I sent in disc 2 and 3 and recieved the new corrected discs in about 2 weeks. It was the easiest disc replacement process I've ever gone through.

In hindsight, I wished I had done that too... especially since those of us who waited for the corrected edition to FINALY show up in stores (it took about 2 frigging years) got screwed out of the cool insert booklet that was included in the misframed sets. I had to do a mix/match trade to finally put together a set with the correct discs and the booklet.

I figured it was going to be a big pain doing a trade-in w/Universal, but it looks like that would have been quicker, easier, and cheaper...

GoldenJCJ
07-26-06, 04:37 PM
I found an old thread discussing the replacment disc issues:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=284330

GoldenJCJ
07-26-06, 04:41 PM
In hindsight, I wished I had done that too... especially since those of us who waited for the corrected edition to FINALY show up in stores (it took about 2 frigging years) got screwed out of the cool insert booklet that was included in the misframed sets. I had to do a mix/match trade to finally put together a set with the correct discs and the booklet.

I figured it was going to be a big pain doing a trade-in w/Universal, but it looks like that would have been quicker, easier, and cheaper...
But I also seem to remember that it took a long time for a lot of people to get there discs back from Universal. I think I was one of the lucky ones who got them back in a reasonable timeframe. Others I think were left waiting months to get their corrected discs.

Had I known about the framing issues before I bought the DVD I probably would have done the same thing you did. As it was I kinda had no choice but to trust the replacement process which, the majority of the time, proves to be a huge pain in the ass.

Mike Adams
07-26-06, 05:05 PM
I heard about the framing issue before buying a set, and I think I must have heard they were going to start issuing corrected sets, because instead of buying a set and sending the discs back, I simply waited for the "Lowest Price Ever" campaign and got the corrected discs. I did the same thing with "The Meaning of Life", since I didn't buy it until the 2-disc SE was being blown out at WAL-MART, and luckily the "V2" disc was in the package.

I didn't know about the booklet -- I'll have to start checking used copies to see if I can get my hands on one. I managed to score some of the individual case inserts from Hollywood Video, but it'd still be nice to have the booklet.

Speaking of the HV inserts, I've noticed that while the logo text on the spine of "BTTF III" is completely white, there seem to be some covers that have that problem corrected, so it matches the other two. Anyone know the story on this? I've seen white-only ones at both HV and Blockbuster, and I think the "corrected" cover was at a Movie Starz. The covers I have are genuine, but I wonder if the ones from Movie Starz might be inkjet-printed. Any info would be appreciated.

Mike Adams
07-26-06, 05:09 PM
Also, speaking of sending discs back to Universal, I sent my Knight Rider Season Three package out over a month ago, and have yet to get anything back. Has anyone else done this? Unfortunately I forgot to put my return address on the outside of the package, but it's on a sheet of paper inside, along with a copy of my receipt. I can't imagine Universal being paranoid enough to refuse a package with no return address, especially when it's in the mailer they sent out. If it's the post office that's holding things up, they could certainly just open the package and find the address to send it back to. Seemed like there was plenty of postage on it, though.

Jay G.
07-26-06, 05:20 PM
digitalfreaknyc, I got the R4 one first, before the USA one came out, should I hold onto it?, I was thinking of selling it. Is it one of the better editions of BTF?
Just FYI, all regions intially got mis-framed versions of Parts 2 and 3:

http://www.angelfire.com/film/bttf2/

It's only after the set came out in R1 that Universal corrected the discs and allowed replacements. So of you bought the R4 before the R1 came out, you got mis-framed versions of 2 and 3.

Kevin Roebuck
07-31-06, 11:54 PM
About the loose disc's. They are not loose as I just bought the set 2 days ago, yes it sounds like something is loose but it is a new type of disc holder (white in color). This new holder clangs around alot.

I am in Canada and disc 2 and 3 are the corrected versions even though the V2 is not shown on the disc as on the peviously corrected copies.

DarthMarino
08-01-06, 12:05 AM
I remember the set was first released in Austrailia and it was known that both movies had framing issues. Most people shot it down "oh, you just don't understand how matted movies work" even though it was clear from the examples that something was amiss. Months later we got the set here and then suddenly there was an uproar. I still have not forgiven those who shot down our attempts to correct this before the set arrived in Region 1. If you were amongst that group of fellow forum buddies, bow your head in shame.

milo bloom
08-01-06, 11:39 AM
I remember the set was first released in Austrailia and it was known that both movies had framing issues. Most people shot it down "oh, you just don't understand how matted movies work" even though it was clear from the examples that something was amiss. Months later we got the set here and then suddenly there was an uproar. I still have not forgiven those who shot down our attempts to correct this before the set arrived in Region 1. If you were amongst that group of fellow forum buddies, bow your head in shame.


It certainly wasn't me, but it sure does remind me of a somewhat similar issue regarding another scifi trilogy...

Class316
08-01-06, 12:16 PM
So, does this have anything not in the 3 disc?

Deus
08-01-06, 12:54 PM
This set was released to replace the old Region 2 set, which was incorrectly framed. I doubt there will be a US release if the framing problem has already been fixed over there.

John*D
08-01-06, 01:32 PM
Slightly OT...

What ever happened to the supposive release of the BTTF animated series? I remember TVonD saying a web site had been registered by UNI for the Animated DVD release (which redirects to UNI pictures), but that's was back in January '05.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=2734


I'd definitely pick that set up, especially if it had extras!!!

The Monkees
08-01-06, 03:36 PM
Slightly OT...

What ever happened to the supposive release of the BTTF animated series? I remember TVonD saying a web site had been registered by UNI for the Animated DVD release (which redirects to UNI pictures), but that's was back in January '05.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=2734


I'd definitely pick that set up, especially if it had extras!!!

Yeah, I remember that too. I was all excited and then nothing ever happened. It's too bad. I'm sure it will happen....someday....

Duh Vuh Duh
08-01-06, 03:50 PM
http://www.angelfire.com/film/bttf2/

I found an old thread discussing the replacment disc issues:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=284330

Thanks for all the help guys, I knew you would come through for me.

Looks like I am about 2-3 years behind on this, but if anybody hasn't done the exchange it looks like they are still doing it. I just called and they are sending the pre-paid package to send back the discs.

Rusty Nail
08-01-06, 06:14 PM
The set mentioned on the first post was just for R2 because the original 3 disk release didn't have any of the extras on disk 4.

Duh Vuh Duh
10-20-06, 04:45 PM
Sent for replacements 9/21 and received them sealed in jewel cases 10/19, looks like this is still going for those of you like myself that are a few years behind.

Mike Adams
10-20-06, 05:04 PM
You guys might want to verify that you do indeed have misframed discs before asking for replacements (although I guess it doesn't hurt anyone but Universal, and it was their fault to begin with). The sets with a big sticker on the front that says "Lowest Price Ever!" or something like that should contain corrected discs. You should be able to see "V2" on the disc for Part II, but some copies of Part III don't say "V2", even though they are indeed corrected. The best way to make sure is to check the creation dates by loading the DVDs into a computer DVD-ROM drive. I'm not sure exactly what the dates should be, but they should be significantly later than the dates for Part I (i.e. a year or two later). Feel free to e-mail me and I'll compare the dates on mine to what yours have.

king slug
10-20-06, 06:26 PM
They're still doing replacements for the mis framed discs? I thought I was sol on this one, how do I get my discs replaced?

Duh Vuh Duh
10-20-06, 06:38 PM
They're still doing replacements for the mis framed discs? I thought I was sol on this one, how do I get my discs replaced?

Yep. Just got mine yesterday.

http://www.angelfire.com/film/bttf2/

joliom
10-20-06, 09:09 PM
I'm not typically very keen on Universal, but you gotta give it up to them for keeping this going. Granted it was their fault in the first place, but at least they're doing something about it.

Mike Adams
10-22-06, 12:42 PM
I'm not typically very keen on Universal, but you gotta give it up to them for keeping this going. Granted it was their fault in the first place, but at least they're doing something about it.

I give them credit for keeping this going instead of just saying "okay, corrected discs are in stores now, we're done", but what I'm not so happy about is that hot on the heels of this fiasco was the field-order problem with "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" and the missing sound effects on "Knight Rider - Season 3". It's a pretty bad track record for one studio to have that many problems in such a short time, so it doesn't seem they've learned from the BTTF fiasco since they obviously haven't tightened up their QC procedures.

I'm curious, though. The page on the "fiasco" emphasizes that if "V2" is not on the discs, they're NOT corrected, but I'm pretty sure my copy of Part III was created long after the reported "correction date", but it still doesn't have "V2" on it. Guess I'll have to watch it closely and compare it to the examples on that page to verify if it's really corrected or not.

Filmmaker
10-22-06, 01:24 PM
Mike, it's not uncommon for the V2 to be missing on corrected copies of Part III, but it's on all copies of Part II; the quick, easy way to know if your Part III is corrected or not is, if it came packaged with the V2 Part II, then you're automatically safe for Part III, as well.

Mike Adams
10-22-06, 03:19 PM
Mike, it's not uncommon for the V2 to be missing on corrected copies of Part III, but it's on all copies of Part II; the quick, easy way to know if your Part III is corrected or not is, if it came packaged with the V2 Part II, then you're automatically safe for Part III, as well.

Great, thanks for the info! :)

GuruTwo
10-23-06, 12:49 AM
I just ordered a copy of the OOP 2-disc "Meaning of Life" DVD and if it's not the corrected version of that title I'll be mailing away for one.

The fact that Universal still has the BTTF replacement program running is a relief to me re: MOL (I bought my BTTF trilogy the day it was released and sent my BTTF sequels in as soon as I got the mailer and got my replacements in the first wave but I've only recently been on a Python kick) but I guess I'll know for sure when (if) I have to go that route. I'll post in this thread as soon as I find out.