New to DVD and VOD this week: OUTATIME: SAVING THE DELOREAN TIME MACHINE
Steve Concotelli’s behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of the famed BACK TO THE FUTURE car premiered at last October’s fan celebration We’re Going Back. The doc also screened at Dances With Films, while a short version appears as an extra for the trilogy’s 30th anniversary Blu-ray release.
Concotelli’s project offers a brief account of the history of the three DeLoreans used in the classic films before diving into painstaking detail about the reasons why and process by which a restoration of the main, surviving car was needed and attempted. Seeing the value of obsessive fandom, Universal turned to fans to lead the restoration efforts, while film co-creator/co-writer Bob Gale helped appeal to the overeager souvenir-seekers to return the original parts pilfered from the vehicle over the past 25 years while it was on display as an attraction. At just over an hour, the project feels padded, with extensive talking heads sequences feeling disjunctive and anecdotal, and restoration footage becoming over-detailed to the point of feeling repetitive. While the cast of restorers show genuine enthusiasm for their roles in bringing back an iconic part of popular movie history, the approach taken is fairly paint-by-numbers, making it more geared toward fans of the franchise than a broader audience – the shorter version’s inclusion as a Blu-ray extra seems like the appropriate place to reach its intended, and likely most appreciative, audience.