It’s honestly quite surprising that there hasn’t been a Back to the Future Part IV yet. 2015 has been a year for franchise resurrections and reboots; Mad Max: Fury Road got some of the best reviews of the year, Jurassic World made a gazillion dollars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is gonna make even more come Christmas. Another foray in the DeLorean wouldn’t have felt out of place at all, especially given how important this year is to the franchise. Not only is it the 30th anniversary of the franchise but it’s also vital to the plot of the first sequel. I think it’s something which has happened in multiple parallel realities, but we just happen to be stuck in the one that doesn’t get it.
So, because there isn’t a new movie to celebrate October 21st, Universal have instead announced plans for a super-duper boxset containing all things BTTF!
As you can see, this really is the ultimate collection if you’re a fan of all McFly-related media (not including the band). For the first time ever the 90’s animated series is going to be made available on DVD which is exciting on his own, and then of course there’s the three movies and some extra special stuff. I would buy this for the Flux Capacitator alone.
But that’s not all. SlashFilm noticed that Universal’s press release also contained the revelation that the entire trilogy is coming back to theaters for October 21st. Woo-hoo! There’s absolutely no word on whether this is a global event or strictly US-only, but I’m sure we’ll find out sooner or later.
There are two firm camps regarding the matter of Back to the Future Part IV. Camp A believes that the movies should be left alone; the story’s over and a new movie would ruin things. Camp B wants to see a sequel for a variety of reasons; nostalgia, millions of dollars in profit (if you’re a Universal executive) and a genuine love of the characters. For the most part it seems that Camp A is the prevalent one, however I must say that I fall into the latter category. Think of The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Fury Road – all of those movies were unnecessary. Their stories were long-done and we certainly didn’t need follow-ups setting up new stories, but we did and they were well received (hopefully the same will be said for Star Wars). There’s a big sandbox to play with in BTTF because of the time travel concept, so I don’t think the story is ever really over. That’s the main stickler point amongst most fans, but if you’re going to complain about that then don’t go and praise the other movies as good ideas. At the end of the day, the rights are owned by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale (the original director and writer) which is why we haven’t seen a follow-up. So it’s their call.
I’m tremendously excited for this boxset. I don’t usually buy stuff like this but I might have to make an exception because of how cool everything looks. We’ll see you on October 21st.