BACK TO THE FU­TURE THE UL­TI­MATE VIS­UAL HISTORY

Get­ting arty with Marty

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 20 Oc­to­ber 224 pages | Hard­back

Au­thors Michael Klas­torin,

Ran­dal Ata­ma­niuk

Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books

Com­ing out the day be­fore the one Marty and Doc travel to in Back To The Fu­ture Part II, this weighty vol­ume cov­ers the mak­ing of the three movies, as well as the Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios ride and the an­i­mated se­ries.

It largely de­tails the pro­duc­tion process of the films; if you want, say, crit­i­cal and fan re­ac­tion, go else­where. Thank­fully it’s pretty hon­est, so we get good stuff about first Marty Eric Stoltz – from him hit­ting co- star Thomas F Wil­son to in­sist­ing on al­ways be­ing called “Marty” by ev­ery­one on the crew, it’s pretty eye- open­ing.

One rea­son for the book’s hefty price (£ 35) is the win­some re­mov­able ephemera it comes with: a Biff Tannen dol­lar bill, for in­stance, a Jaws 19 poster and, best of all, a lentic­u­lar ver­sion of the photo in which Marty’s fam­ily starts to dis­ap­pear. Sto­ry­boards, un­seen pics, con­cept art, letters be­tween com­pany bods and new in­ter­views also fea­ture in what must have been a painstak­ing, but un­doubt­edly re­ward­ing, pro­ject. The writ­ing style is a lit­tle dry, but this is still a high pri­or­ity pur­chase for fans of this most fan­tas­tic of fran­chises. Rus­sell Lewin

When Christo­pher Lloyd was told Eric Stoltz’d been fired he said, “Who’s Eric?!” He thought Stoltz’s name ac­tu­ally was Marty.

There’s still one more, fi­nal Wil­liam Gay novel left to come; The Lost Coun­try will be pub­lished in 2016.

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