Today, October 21st is “Back to the Future Day” to fans of the popular film trilogy “Back to the Future” which appears is coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format next year. UPDATE: So, this started out as a rumor and I’ve now confirmed it. You’ll read more on that a bit below. Enjoy!
This was (to me) rumor at this point, but it held some strong validity to it. So, today on social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter) for both the film franchise and even on the Amblin Entertainment account they have been not only celebrating this date but they’ve also pointed out the obvious fact the first film is celebrating its 35th anniversary and to expect a 4K UHD Blu-ray release in 2020. Will it be just the first film or the entire trilogy? More on that later.
The original 1985 Robert Zemeckis directed classic that was “Back to the Future” was the first in the trilogy and truly itself remains iconic. I think that’s important to point that out. As even though we are looking to the future here, we have to start somewhere, just as Spielberg did to produce these films back in 1985 which he would continue to do with “Back to the Future Part II” (1989) and “Back to the Future Part III” (1990) – along with Zemeckis. Ready to hear if I think it will be the whole trilogy to be released next year in 4K or just the first film? You’ll need something similar to a road to get you there and that’ll be by continuing on. Or maybe you don’t need roads where you’re going?
The 2019 TV Series “Project Blue Book: Season 1“ from executive producer Robert Zemeckis is coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 9th via Lionsgate. The shown, as seen on History Channel, features a cast of Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Laura Mennell, Ksenia Solo, Michael Harney, and Neal McDonough. Tech specs for the Blu-ray of the first season include 1080p video in the 2.00:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound. Yes, you read that correctly, there will NOT be lossless audio nor a 5.1 surround mix included on this release. In fact, it’s getting the same audio treatment as the DVD. All of the 10 episodes for the first season will be included on a 2-disc set. The Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials are not mentioned to be included on the release. Below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming Blu-ray release.
The 1978 Robert Zemeckis directed film “I Wanna Hold Your Hand“ is finally getting a Blu-ray Disc release on March 26th, via The Criterion Collection. The film, co-wrote by Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg, featured a story involving teenagers traveling to see the legendary performance by The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” taping. The cast included Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman, Theresa Saldana, Wendie Jo Sperber, and Eddie Deezen.
The film has received a new4Krestoration, that was approved by both the director (Zemeckis) and co-writer (Bob Gale). Tech specs include 1080p in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The title on Blu-ray is available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials (and specific details regarding the restoration) are listed below.
New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg
New interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure
Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale
The Lift (1972) and A Field of Honor (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis
The 2018 Robert Zemeckis directed film “Welcome to Marwen“ starring Steve Carell is coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 19th via Universal, according to an early alert to retailers. The film, based on a true story, co-stars Falk Hentschel, Matt O’Leary, Nikolai Witschl, Patrick Roccas, Alexander Lowe, Eiza González, Leslie Zemeckis, Merritt Wever, Gwendoline Christie, Stefanie von Pfetten, Janelle Monáe, and Leslie Mann.
Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed. However, it is known that the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with a DVD and Digital Copy of the film. The Blu-ray is available for pre-order over at Amazon and at Best Buy.
EDITOR NOTE: Best Buy originally had listed a 4K release, even going as far to include artwork, but that has since been removed – before I even reported this. That being said, apparently, the film is not planned for a 4K release (anymore).
The 1980 Robert Zemeckis film “Used Cars“ starring Kurt Russell has just been announced to be coming to Blu-ray Disc on February 26th, 2019 via Shout Select (Shout! Factory). The film, co-wrote by Bob Gale (“Back to the Future”), featured a supporting cast of Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon and Jack Warden. Tech specs and bonus materials have not yet been released, but stay tuned for a later update on that in the future.
UPDATE: The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon.
The Blu-ray is also available for pre-order directly over at Shout! Factory‘s store. Lastly, it is worth noting that this title has been previously released on the Blu-ray format by Twilight Time back in 2014. This will be the second release here in the United States of the film on the Blu-ray format.