Released in December 1985, Back to the Future was one of those films people enjoyed, talked about, and over time have realised just how good a film it is on many levels. With Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, Michael Klastorin and Randal Atamanuik provide a gloriously illustrated story of the film and the franchise. Not only is it just in time for the film’s thirtieth anniversary, but 2015 is also the farthest point in the future Marty McFly visited in the movies.
Rightly the book focusses on the original movie, casting decisions and getting Hollywood to realise the potential of the original scripts. In its fabulously visual 224 pages it covers everything – the three movies, the ride and even the animated series. It allows many of those involved to tell their stories, and while wholeheartedly selling the many good points it never appears forced. Whatever your interests, there is something here to read or look at, be it production artwork, behind-the-scenes photos or just production notes. Everything is here.
Not only is this packed full of content, both text and photographic, it also holds numerous detachable extras. This is where the book scores; it is not just an homage to the film and a chance to mark the anniversary, but also something for the fans. You can hold your own copy of the poster for Jaws 19, have your own cover of a George McFly sci-fi novel, and best of all the photo Marty held during the first film, complete with fading images of his family.
This is a book far exceeding the minimum standards most franchise books meet; this is a book fans will get a lot out of and can only be highly recommended. It may be pricey, but is one of the rare examples of something actually worth investment.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY / AUTHOR: MICHAEL KLASTORIN, RANDAL ATAMANUIK / PUBLISHER: TITAN BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20TH