Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: A Saw Commentary (Kind Of)


Out of habit, I was about to head to the movie theater last night to see the sole new release this weekend - Saw 3D or Saw 7 or Saw: The Final Chapter, whatever you want to call it.  But I couldn't bring myself to do it.  Maybe it's because I swore off wasting my time and money on any more Saw movies after the worthless Saw IV.  Maybe it was the 9% rottentomatoes.com rating.  Maybe it was because I attended a wake and funeral earlier in the day and was too tired.  Whatever the reason, I didn't go.  This may be the first weekend of the year where I didn't see a movie in the theater.

So, what did I do instead?  Well, it's me - so I certainly didn't crack open a book or do something too productive.  Having just purchased the Blu-Ray release of the Back to the Future trilogy, I popped in the 1985 original to watch for about an hour before going to bed.  Turns out, I stayed up until 2am finishing the movie, and watching some of the new bonus features.  It should come as no surprise that Back to the Future is an excellent movie.  This was probably my 50th time seeing it, and it was just as good as it was the last time I saw it, about 8 years ago.  I still get nervous at the end when Marty's trying to get back to the future.  So many obstacles - the cables to the Clock Tower come unhooked and Doc Brown has to re-connect them; the DeLorean won't start, etc.  I know how it ends, but darn it if co-writer/director Robert Zemeckis doesn't milk the scene for every last bit of tension.
A big part of the joy this time around was the presentation.  The Blu-Ray is fantastic.  The picture looks perfect, like the movie was made yesterday.  I haven't checked out Parts II and III yet, but the image quality of Part 1 alone makes this a must-have for any fan (which, let's face it, if you love movies, then you love BTTF).  There's also some great 25th anniversary special features, including a six-part retrospective documentary, where we learn that Sid Sheinberg, Universal's studio head, wanted to call the movie, "Spaceman from Pluto."  We get to see footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty, before he was replaced by Michael J. Fox.  And we get to hear from the original Jennifer (Claudia Wells).
The lesson to be learned here?  Two of them.  First, I'd rather watch Back to the Future for the 51st time than spend one second (or penny) on the latest Saw installment.  And second, go out and buy the Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-Ray.  Like, now.


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  • Speaking of books, how long have you been trying to get through 'Hunger Games?' Three months now?

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