The TPC Retro Revival series is a nostalgic trip down memory lane to pay homage to games, consoles, TV, movies and technology that made the world what it is today. In this article we take a look at the iconic movie series, Back To The Future.

It’s been at least 6 years since I last watched Back To The Future, so October 2015 was a great reminder to buy the 30th Anniversary set and revisit my childhood obsession.

I have incredible nostalgia for the series, and it’s right up there with The Goonies and the Indiana Jones series (with the exception of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, that just made me sad). After watching Back To The Future this week, I really appreciate the tone of the film. From the dorky guitar amp gag to the memorable skateboarding/Huey Lewis and the News sequence, Back To The Future has some of the best introduction scenes I’ve ever seen. “The Power of Love” really sets the mood with its uplifting, high-energy tempo and it had me grinning after the first 2 chords.

Steely-eyed Marty Mcfly (Michael J. Fox), our time-travelling hero.

The story…

The timeless story of Back To The Future still works well today. Marty McFly, a high-schooler who is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, initiates some serious butterfly effects resulting in his parents not falling in love when they were supposed to, and causing him and his siblings to start fading from existence. Marty must get his parents to fall in love and find a way back to his own time with the younger version of his mad scientist friend Doctor “Doc” Emmett Brown. It’s a great, engaging story that still had me thrilled 30 years after its release.

All the characters are endearing, and the great writing and acting make you care about them. Marty and Jennifer are nice people, with no sadness or darkness in their lives (save Marty’s rejection from the Battle of the Bands). They are both likeable people, and you root for them for the get-go. Michael J. Fox does an excellent job of playing a teenager, considering he was 22 when Back To The Future was produced.

The Delorean…

The iconic DeLorean – By &, CC BY-SA 4.0

The time machine is still the coolest vehicle I’ve seen in a movie. Yes, it’s dorky and yes, the DeLorean is the American equivalent of a 2CV, but that somehow increases its charm. When I saw the time machine reversing out of Doc Brown’s truck, I had that old feeling back again. Pure magic.

Something not often talked about is the great set design. The buildings were put together on the Universal Studios backlot, and they filmed all the 1955 parts first before updating them to look like they were in 1985, resulting in a very believable world.

Marty films Doc Brown’s new creation, the DeLorean time machine.

The media…

A few notes on the Blu-ray, then. It does just enough to sharpen the image quality and add stronger colours, but thankfully the special effects remain unchanged. I was worried there would be unnecessary CGI or something, like when the Star Wars Trilogy was first remastered, but the practical effects and lighting are still as exciting to watch as they were when I was a young ‘un. And seeing those flame trails and the spinning license plate made the hairs on my arms and neck stand up, fuelled by the memorably heroic theme music that add magic to the action on-screen.

The Verdict…

Back To The Future is still an exciting, fun and satisfying experience that stands well above many of today’s movies. That’s why it is truly timeless, and belongs in any movie nut’s collection.

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