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Back To The Future Part II
Back To The Future Trilogy DVD Set / Widescreen
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson & Thomas F. Wilson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
The supplements on Disc Two of this three-disc set follow the pattern established on Disc One, with virtually the same features and layout but adds several additional featurettes. Once again, both an audio commentary track with Gale and Canton is included, as well as round two of the Zemeckis/Gale Q&A (this time running through about half of the film). A seven-minute original promotional featurette appears, along with "Chapter Two" of Bouzereau

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22121
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $56.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/17/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Zemeckis
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Special Notes:
There are some framing errors on the two sequel DVDs. There are differences in selected shots when compared to the previously issued LaserDisc. Universal has indicated they will issue corrected discs. Details here: Also available in a separate full screen version.

Story Synopsis:
"Getting back was only the beginning." Following the phenomenal success of the first movie, a sequel was inevitable. Picking up where the last movie ended, "Back To The Future Part II" has Marty (Fox), Doc Brown (Lloyd), and Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue taking over for Claudia Wells) racing off to the future, where Marty ends up purchasing a sports almanac and unknowingly changes history. Biff (Wilson) steals the book and as a result disrupts the space-time continuum, creating an alternate 1985 that Marty and Doc return to. This leads to Marty

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a slightly cleaner picture than Part One, but still has a similar look as far as the color scheme. Hues are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are quite satisfying throughout. Images exhibit satisfying sharpness and detail, though some scenes are softly focused. The visual effects can provide an amplified perception of film grain, but the darker scenes with effects (like the flying patrol car in Chapter 7) are quite impressive, considering the technological advances since this film was released. There are times when edge enhancement might distract a picky viewer, and pixelization is occasionally detected. When compared to the previously released LaserDisc, there appears to be differences in the framing of some shots. (Suzanne Hodges)

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