AMC Theatres Take You BACK TO THE FUTURE; Also Offering a HARRY POTTER Triple Feature

     November 4, 2010

AMC is feeling adventurous and offering you a ride into the future and back with some magical adventures thrown in. For those of us who were too young to see Back to the Future in theaters back in 1985 or who missed the digitally remastered screenings last week, AMC Theatres is holding another nationwide anniversary screening at 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 6.

They’ve also just announced “The Harry Potter Celebration” on November 18 at over 140 AMC locations across the country. The event will kick off at 6pm with back to back screenings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (the fifth and sixth chapters of the series).  The evening will end with the first midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, out in theaters on November 19. Three movies for only $20, that’s a good deal.  One of the most anticipated films of this fall, Deathly Hallows is the first installment of the final Harry Potter movie and Collider visited the set earlier this year. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and more info on Back to the Future.

Part 2 of Deathly Hallows will be released on July 15, 2011, which may seem like a big gap for some fans, but it will surely be a spectacular ending (unless author JK Rowling decides to revive the series). The trailer for Part 1 already promises quite a ride.

As for Back to the Future hitting the big screen again 25 years after its release, AMC has responded to the overwhelming demand of fans who, like me, hold a reverence to the Back to the Future trilogy and will never tire of watching it. (I’m sure Harry Potter fans can relate.) Not only is it the pinnacle of director Robert Zemeckis’s career, it also symbolizes an iconic era for the 80s generation and was light years ahead of its time.

Marty McFly and Doc Brown are two of the greatest characters of all time, and actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, along with Zemeckis, attended the press conference last week leading up to the trilogy’s 25the anniversary release of the DVD/Blu-ray. But besides the cool story and the likable characters, Back to the Future also has as many fascinating futuristic gadgets as a James Bond flick.

  • Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean redefined time machines, until then thought of merely as boxed “vessels” imagined by H.G. Wells. The best part is that it was powered using environmentally-friendly fuel.
  • The Nike auto-lacing sneakers that Marty McFly’s wore in Back to the Future Part II. They make sports that much more fun.
  • I’m no skater girl, which makes the Hoverboard ideal for me. It’s pink and resembles something between a skateboard and a (tiny) magic carpet.

The trilogy has a plethora of cultural and scientific references and possible as many undiscovered “secrets.” In 1990, shortly after the release of Back to the Future Part III, Peyton Reed embarked on a mission to uncover them in his TV documentary The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy (available on DVD).

Back to the Future also foreshadowed plenty of things that we do have today, like tablet computers and endless movie sequels. In the third installment, set in 2015, Jaws 19 directed by a certain Max Spielberg, is the new summer blockbuster. But I think it’s safe to say that that will not come true, not in five years anyway. I just hope they won’t change their minds and make a sequel in 3D or, worse (yes, there is worse), a remake.

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