Jul 21 2009'Back to the Futures' Finally Compared


In the years between Back to the Future and Back to the Future II, Michael J. Fox visibly aged and the actress playing his girlfriend was replaced by Elizabeth Shue. Thus, to show the closing scene from the first film as the opening of the second, it was necessary to completely reshoot it. Dig?

Anyway, as you can see above, someone has made a side-by-side comparison of the sequence so you can now needlessly critique how well Robert Zemeckis and crew recreated the scene. The audio is layered together as well, and for some reason hearing a duet of Docs saying, in unison, "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need... roads," is utterly hypnotizing:

Luckily, the rest of the film holds up to intense scrutiny, and this is the only slight flaw.

Reader Comments



the chick from the first one is hawter

holy crap. I never knew there was a re-shoot.

I would have never guessed had I not seen a comparison of the two.

so cool

No wonder he got Alzheimer's

@5 perhaps you have alzheimers,, cause i believe MJF has parkinsons

A testament to Christopher Lloyd as the consumate professional, his performance in both is pretty much exactly the same.

i watched the roads part 5 times. it's kind of zombie-ish

haha @ 6 too funny, and yup its parkinsons - I think that was the only thing that actually visibly aged MJF by a lot.

No way about the first chick being hotter. Second is totally better looking than first.

Wow, IWS Writer is right, can't get enough of both Doc's saying that line in unison. Bravo to whoever made the clip to get it to sync up like that, seeing as the majority of the scene doesn't sync up perfectly.

1st chick much better looking, agreed, done and done.

Cool concept, but no video at work. :(

@13 Blasphemy!!

Bout frickin time! also AWESOME!

That was SO amazing! Thanks so much for posting that. When I first saw Back to the Future 2 I was shaken by the difference. I guess they didn't watch it 800 times and learned every inflection in the time in between like I did. I always hated the way Marty says "Doc, you better back up. We don't have enough raod to get up to 88." in the second one."

ha neat. Such a great movie (both of them). I wonder what happened to the lady who was replaced by shue..

I'm morbidly fascinated by the idea that anyone cared about these utterly forgettable Spielberg knockoff junk food movies from the awful cinematic 1980s enough to spend the time on this. The last line in this post about this movie being virtually flawless *was* intended satirically, right?

@17= it was Claudia Wells - look her up in Wiki..

Just disappointed that they used the same clip for the garbage scene. Everything else, especially the roads part, was suh-weet!

so yeah. i think its fact the chick from the first one, is way sexier than the first one. i wanna stick my dingus in her mingus.

I always wanted to beat Biffs ass!!! I always hated that a-hole!!

Elizabeth Shue 24/7/365 people. Is she not more cuddly and perky?

I never paid attention to people aging back then. Now I'm obsessed with it.

Did someone Crispin Glover in the door, or was that something he sued over?

@22 - "I always wanted to beat Biffs ass!!! I always hated that a-hole!!"

I always beat it off wanting Biffs ass!!! I always wanted that a-hole!!

FIXED? j/k!

I did this exact comparison with my girlfriend about a month ago. We didn't take it this far but it made me laugh to see it so shortly after we were discussing it.

I'm sure our numbers are many, but I am an absolute BTTF freak. I don't think I would be the person I am today if it were not for this series.

When I was younger I had recorded all three film's dialogs to cassette so I could walk around listening to them on my walkman. Obsesses.

No wonder he got Alzheimers

"What the hell is going on here?"

Greatest trilogy ever!

So Gorf, how exactly has BTTF shaped your life? Did you commit the time taboo of schtupping your mother, thus siring the horribly deformed creature that is Gorf?

Just curious

Haha, recording the dialog to cassette..... I did something similar, I recorded the music from the skateboarding scenes to cassette, and I listened to the music while skateboarding. I felt like I was MJF!

lol that reminds me of being a kid and thinking that no better or cooler movie would ever come out. damn i am still waiting on my hoverboard!

No wonder he got Alzheimers.

No wonder he got Alzheimers.

Somebody explin to me what exactly am i looking 4 ? (i have seen the movie) but i don`t understand the catch :/

I remember watching Back to the Future II at the theatre, and thinking "That's not the same actress. Why the hell did they replace her?". Apparently she was battling mental illness at the time.

I like this alternate ending better:

that's a jennifer sandwich i could get into

@6: It really doesn't matter if he spills his beer or simple forgets to drink it.

Damn, I meant "simply".

Too bad he contracted lou gerig's disease from a poisonous condom he swallowed.

I don't think the differences as really a flaw, per se... the pacing seems deliberately faster. It's also lit better, more cartoony (as is the entire second movie).

Some performance changes are definitely intentional: note MJF's longer pauses in the original. The reason for this is the significance of the pause is lost if you haven't just sat through 2 hours of being in the 1950s.

Amen brother!

when we get this baby up tp 88 mph your gonna see some serious shit!

Man, i'm glad I saw this.
Even though I knew it was reshot and everything it was great seeing them played simultaneously.
In my opinion, both were great.
Love these movies man.

Did he died?

This slacker move happened for schizzel in my senior year at Collge in an upper divisonal class in advanced criminal behavior. Here's how it went down: Every class, without fail, our slick, urbane high caliber lawyer liked to start each class with a ranchy but funny joke. The more laughs each joke got the more he called upon you. It took about three weeks before I alone was pulling out all stops to crack this guy up. And it was working. When finals came I think I got a C but I was never to know becuse he entered and U in my grade. A 'U" means he has yet to decide on a final grade and to see him in his office. When I entered said office, he had champagne and two girls in his lap and all three broke into clapping. He gave me an A plus for this class due to my positive paticipation and that one grade allowed me to graduate and go one to use that degree professionally. This is my true story.

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