BACK TO THE FUTURE THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY
Getting arty with Marty
released 20 October 224 pages | Hardback
Authors Michael Klastorin,
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.