Monday afternoon, my blu-ray dvd collection welcomed another trilogy into its folds. Sealed in a bubble wrapped envelope and waiting for me in my mailbox was the Back to the Future trilogy.
Rated PG (Parental Guidance), Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray] is one of those movies that was acceptable for me to watch as I entered the double digits of age. I couldn’t tell you where or when I first saw this cinematic masterpiece, but to this day it has remained atop my most quoted movie list alongside: Die Hard [Blu-ray], So I Married an Axe Murderer, Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters II (4K-Mastered + Included Digibook) [Blu-ray], The Princess Bride (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray], Wayne’s World (1992) (BD) [Blu-ray], Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby, Star Wars, Indiana Jones & Raiders of the Lost Ark [Blu-ray] and Anchorman.
The story, the characters, the fashion, the music, the product placement, the Libyan terrorists, the fake technology (flux capacitor anyone) and of course…the DeLorean.
How could you not love Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, Lea Thompson as Lorraine Bates, Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, a young Billy Zane as one of Biff’s goons and, of course, Crispin Glover as George McFly? Brilliantly cast, the actors and actresses really sold us on their characters (poor Tom Wilson is still hounded with Biff questions on a daily basis…take a look). Having two other films helped solidify their roles, but unfortunately the other movies cannot stand up to the original.
Viewing all the extras and special features, along with the sharp HD quality film itself was a real treat. I love how certain movies register on an emotional level no matter how many times we watch it. Having a smile on my face while I watched the movie I realized how I do not regret buying yet another version of this movie. The extras are full of useless information, like how Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly, but was replaced after five weeks of filming, as well as how the original time machine was going to be a refrigerator (I guess it could have been a hot tub instead).
For 27 years this film has entertained and engaged viewers and, in my opinion, will continue to be a 1985 time capsule of sorts for some of us. If you haven’t watched a good time travel based movie in a while, dust off whichever version of the movie you may own and have a good, old-fashioned family movie night (be warned, you may have to explain to your kids what the terrorists run into in their VW van).
Follow up to A Hurt Too Deep.
After a recent purchase and subsequent shipping fiasco with Amazon.com I began researching other shipping options to avoid further customer service phone calls. While looking at their Amazon Prime option, I noticed they offer a library of streaming videos to their members. The online library has a relatively small collection, but there is enough there to keep me busy for a while. Fortunately, the service allows you to stream through Xbox and PS3, so I am not limited to watching it on my 15″ computer screen.
The bigger draw to becoming an Amazon Prime member is that members receive free 2-day shipping on most items offered on the website. At $79.00, for a 12-month membership, it is cheaper than Netflix’s $7.99 a month instant streaming plan, plus you get faster shipping on most of your orders. Two birds…one stone.
Follow up to Spirits, Like the Tide, Rise and Fall.
The day after my O’ahu visit with Dr. Harpstrite I found myself back at Kihei Physical Therapy excited to move forward with my recovery. I am currently doing two sessions a week with them and I am amazed at the progress I am making. I am not only walking without assistance in the pool, but I have begun swimming laps as well as riding a stationary bike…all very positive exercises.
We tried pushing the envelope and attempted walking with the use of only one crutch, but although it can be done, it does not make for a positive walk cycle. For now, we’ve decided to focus on regaining the flexibility in my left ankle. In a standard 60 minute session, roughly 45 minutes are dedicated to massaging my ankle and calf muscles. The pain that comes with these muscle massages is very intense, but it is definitely a pleasure in pain scenario. The more it hurts the better my leg feels afterwards.
The road to recovery continues ever onward, but the positive strides I am making have helped flatten the speed bumps on the horizon.