Today is the Day Marty Arrived in the Future in 'Back to the Future II'
by Alex Billington
October 21, 2015
The Future is Now! Today is the day. It's Back to the Future Day! Why? Because in Back to the Future II, this is the day Marty arrived in the future to help Doc Brown sort things out - October 21st, 2015. Yep, we're totally living in the future, but like, right now. To capitalize on the geeky celebration, news media the world over are going all out. USA Today has re-published the front cover of the newspaper as seen in the movie (image below). Universal is re-releasing another anniversary Blu-ray box set this week and put out a special video with the Doc himself, Christopher Lloyd. Mondo is re-releasing a new vinyl version of the trilogy's original soundtracks, plus more artwork. Strap in and get ready to go back, to the future, right now.
In Back to the Future II, Marty is brought to the future by Doc where he must help him set things straight. They end up arriving on October 21st, 2015, which is where all the mayhem starts, before Biff goes back to 1955 with the Sports Almanac. Ever since the movie has been made, many of the companies with products featured have actually been trying to make those products. Both as, of course a marketing nod/gimmick, but I think also to prove that they can/could do it by the time the movie showed. Since today is that very day, it's cool to see how many places are participating. Even Amazon got in on the action with a page of BTTF items.
Up first here's the new video message from Christopher Lloyd for today. "The future has finally arrived!"
Next - here is the USA Today front cover from the movie reprinted for real on October 22nd, via Twitter:
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 21, 2015
Word is you can actually go pick up this newspaper from the newsstand, if you can find a copy. Nice work, USA Today, glad to see them joining in on the fun. Pretty much everything from the movie has come to life. Here are some more commercials for other products, including the hover board, as if they were real. Enjoy.
In addition to the videos, Mondo and Hero Complex are releasing artwork timed for today. Mondo has a new vinyl box set, plus some pieces by Matt Taylor, James Flames and DKNG. The vinyl - seen below - is a trilogy box set and single edition series. The full trilogy set has artwork by DKNG Studios, featuring the music composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri. 6XLPs all pressed on 180 Gram Colored Vinyl in deluxe gatefold jackets housed in a hardshell slipcase, with exclusive liner notes by screenwriter Bob Gale. Limited to 2,000 copies selling at $105 a piece. Must buy if you really love this soundtrack, or for that cover alone.
The final piece of art above for the single edition of Back to the Future II is artwork by Matt Taylor. That one sells for $35 a piece with 2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Colored Vinyl. For more info / to buy, visit Mondo.
In addition, Poster Posse made a gallery of Back to the Future art to celebrate. By Nicolas Bannister:
Finally, Nike has announced they are actually making and selling some of the automatic lace-up sneakers seen in the movie. They will be available starting next March 2016 via auction only for a limited release.
Back to the Future II, directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Bob Gale, based on a story by Zemeckis & Gale, was released in 1989. It's the second movie in the trilogy series starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, which started with Back to the Future in 1985. One of my favorite scenes in this one is when they go back all the way to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, and there's the time travel trickery not to screw anything up. If you don't own the entire trilogy yet, now is a good time to get that kick-ass flux capacitor box set. Now that the future is here we hope you party like it's 2015, drinking Pepsi Perfect, riding on your hover board and trying not to mess with the time space continuum too much when McFly shows up.