After that whole July 5, 2010, hoax earlier this year, it’s good to see someone doing right by “Back to the Future” fans, namely re-releasing the classic time travel movie in celebration of its 25th anniversary. AMC Entertainment is bringing Marty McFly back to theaters for two shows only in 40 cities next month. The first screening is Saturday, October 23rd, at 12:30pm. Not much significance for that one, but the second show is Monday, October 25, at 7pm. October 25 is the date in 1985 that the film’s story begins on — the date Marty travels from is October 26, but I guess AMC didn’t want to have a screening in the middle of the night.
While most people are excited just to have the chance to see “BTTF” on the big screen, that’s not really too special. Favorites like this are booked for special engagements and midnight shows all the time. The real treat, I guess, is that it’s been digitally remastered (for the Blu-ray release later in the month). But the cherry on top might be how simple that remastering is. The guns haven’t been turned into flashlights. There are no additional characters or objects inserted with CGI. Biff doesn’t hit George first. And perhaps most surprisingly, it hasn’t been retro-fitted for 3-D projection.
It’s funny, because if any movie befit a special edition “fix” — whether to clean up anachronistic mistakes or add things not possibly done 25 years ago (like inserting the correct “Honeymooners” episode onto the Baines’ TV) — it’s the one about a kid who goes to the past and ends up altering the present (for the better?).
Check out a trailer for the UK re-release and a version of the poster you get for attending one of the screenings after the jump.