Back to the Future:
The Ultimate Visual History
(2015)

Written by Michael Klastorin • with Randal Atamaniuk

Foreword by Michael J. Fox • Preface by Christopher Lloyd • Introduction by Bob Gale • Afterword by Robert Zemeckis

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Great Scott! Never has there been a more comprehensive and beautifully detailed exploration into the making of this extraordinary saga!
— Elijah Wood, Actor, Back to the Future Part II


Details:

  • Release Date: 10/20/2015

  • Imprint: Harper Design

  • ISBN: 9780062419149 (hardcover)

  • Size: 9.25 in (w) x 11.00 in (h) x 1.00 in (d)

  • Pages: 224

  • List Price: $50.00 USD

 

Great Scott! Go Back to the Future with Doc Brown and Marty McFly in this visually stunning look at the creation of one of the most beloved movie trilogies of all time.

Few films have made an impact on popular culture like the Back to the Future trilogy. This deluxe, officially licensed book goes behind the scenes to tell the complete story of the making of these hugely popular movies and how the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown became an international phenomenon.

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History is a stunning journey into the creation of this beloved time-traveling saga and features hundreds of never-before-seen images from all three movies, along with rare concept art, storyboards, and other visual treasures.

The book also features exclusive interviews with key cast and crew members — including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and more — and tells the complete story of the production of the movies, from the initial concept to the staging of iconic scenes such as the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance and the hoverboard sequence. The book also delves into the wider Back to the Future universe, exploring the animated television show and Back to the Future: The Ride.

Written by Michael Klastorin — the production publicist on the second and third movies — with Back to the Future expert Randal Atamaniuk, this book delivers a range of surprises from the Universal Pictures archives and also includes a wealth of special removable items.

Comprehensive, compelling, and definitive, Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History is the book that fans have been waiting for.

Michael Klastorin has served as a production publicist on over 50 feature films to date, with credits including such diverse fare as Swamp Thing, Witness, Back to the Future II and III, Lethal Weapon 2, The Last Boy Scout, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Star Trek Nemesis, Office Space, Zombieland, Easy A, Max Rose, Cooties, and Mechanic: Resurrection, among many others. He spent several years as the Vice-President of Production for Silver Pictures, overseeing such productions as Demolition Man, Lethal Weapon 3 and the third season of the Tales from the Crypt series for HBO. His producing credits include Lethal Weapon 3 and the independent feature Noel, starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Penelope Cruz and Alan Arkin.

As a member of the Back to the Future family, in addition to his work as the publicist on Part II and Part III, Michael (along with his brother) also wrote two episodes of the Back to the Future animated series, and makes on-screen cameo appearances in Back to the Future Part III and Back to the Future: The Ride. In 1990, he authored Back to the Future: The Official Book of the Complete Movie Trilogy, a precursor to his current top-selling history of the BTTF franchise. In 2017, Klastorin also authored Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History for the 40th anniversary of the film’s release.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Michael now lives in Los Angeles.

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About the Author

Michael Klastorin is the author of Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, the first official history of the entire Back to the Future franchise, published by Harper Collins on October 20, 2015. The book includes new interviews with cast, filmmakers, and crew members from the trilogy, including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Steven Spielberg and countless others, and features hundreds of photos, design sketches, memos, and production notes, many of which have never been seen. In his position as the unit publicist on Back to the Future Part II and Part III, Klastorin spent every day of shooting on the set of both films, and has been part of the Back to the Future universe ever since.


Removable items include:

  • Hill Valley High School Tardy Slip (from Back to the Future)

  • Security pass (from Back to the Future: The Ride)

  • Save the Clocktower leaflet (from Back to the Future)

  • Sepia picture of Marty and Doc (from Back to the Future Part III)

  • Marty's note to Doc w/envelope (from Back to the Future)

  • George McFly's book (from Back to the Future Part II)

  • Jaws 19 movie poster (from Back to the Future Part II)

  • George and Lorraine prom photo (from Back to the Future)

  • Doc's flux capacitor sketch (from Back to the Future)

  • Doc's note to Marty from 1885 (from Back to the Future Part II / Part III)

  • Biff one dollar bill (from Back to the Future Part II)

  • "Blast from the Past" receipt (from Back to the Future Part II)

  • Lenticular version of the iconic McFly family photo (from Back to the Future)


 
This is the definitive Back to the Future book—vividly written, beautifully laid out and packed with never-before-seen photos and prop reproductions. So, we didn’t get hoverboards and flying cars in 2015. Who cares? WE GOT THIS BOOK!
— Peyton Reed, Director, Back to the Future - The Animated Series