Courtesy: Virgil Films
Throughout the course of its rich, ages-long history Hollywood and its major studios have carved out so many new cinematic highways on which audiences have traveled. It is on those same roads that audiences have been introduced to just as many iconic cars and more. In 1964 audiences were introduced to James Bond’s now famed Aston Martin for the first time. Four years later in 1968 audiences were introduced to yet another iconic car in the form of the Ford Bullitt Mustang GT 390 Fastback. And in 1985 audiences went for another ride with one of the single most iconic cinematic cars of all time in the form of Doctor Emmett L. Brown’s DeLorean time machine. That car is the focus of today’s review. Or rather, a new documentary focused on the car in question is the focus of today’s review. Just last week Virgil Films released a new documentary title OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine. The roughly 63 minute documentary follows the efforts of a dedicated team of fans who made it their mission to reconstruct the car, which for years had sadly been left to the elements by the very studio that made it famous. That story in question sits at the center of the documentary as its most important elements. The transitions that are used to advance the story are just as important to note as the documentary’s central story. The bonus material that is included in the documentary rounds out its most important elements. It brings everything full circle in the program’s presentation. Each element plays its own unquestionably important part in the program’s presentation. Altogether they make OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine a must see not just for Back to the Future fans but for car nuts and film buffs, too. They come together to make the program in whole potentially one of the year’s top new documentaries.
Virgil Films’ new cinematic documentary OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine is potentially one of 2016’s top new documentaries. It is a must see not just for Back to the Future fans but for car nuts and film buffs, too. That is exhibited in large part through the story that makes up the body of the program’s main feature. The story follows a group of dedicated Back to the Future fans who make it their mission to bring back to life the famed DeLorean time machine used in the filming of the beloved film series (and apparently its animated spinoff, too as audiences will learn in watching this documentary). As the story goes, the car in question was Universal’s “A” car. It was one of three that were used in the filming of the original trilogy and is the only one of the three cars that survived the filming. The problem is that the car was largely neglected in the years following the trilogy’s filming. If it wasn’t being used at special events and around the Universal back lot, it was being left open to the elements and overzealous fans, many of whom picked pieces of the car and took them home for themselves. So, as the story presents, it was up to these dedicated fans to reconstruct the car to its original, pristine condition. It was anything but an easy chore, too. It took the team a whole year to find get the job done. From looking through military surplus yards to contacting fans who had taken pieces of the original car (including the original flux capacitor) to even building parts from scratch and more the reconstruction team had quite the job in store. Lead man Joe Walser made certain, too that the car was rebuilt right down to the smallest detail. Perhaps most incredible of all is that not a single member of the team was paid for its efforts. One man drove three hours either way from beginning to end while another even flew 7 hours at one point and was instantly put right to work upon arrival. The end result of the team’s efforts is incredible to see. Interestingly enough had Universal taken more care of the DeLorean, this documentary might have ironically never happened. But now thanks to the efforts of the build team, it does exist. Not only that but the DeLorean now sits in one of the world’s most renowned automotive museums for all to see after being moved from Universal Studios. This is revealed in one of the program’s key bonus features, and will be discussed later. Getting back on the subject at hand, the story at the center of OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine is a key element to the documentary’s presentation. It is only one of the program’s key elements. The transitions that are used in telling the story, and advancing it, are just as important to the program as its story.
The story at the center of OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine is a key element in the program’s presentation. It is just one of the documentary’s key elements. The transitions that are used to help tell the story and advance it are just as important to its overall presentation as the story itself. Viewers will be pleased to see just how smooth the transitions in question are. Each segment is launched by the use of yet another iconic BTTF element, the clock from the clock tower. As each month ticks by so does the clock tick back to zero. Within each segment viewers are presented with a specific portion of the rebuild–the time circuits, reacquiring the pieces that had been picked from the car, the hunt to find other parts, etc. The beginning and end of each segment is wholly clear, making the story in whole that much easier to follow. That in turn leads to insurance of viewers’ engagement from the beginning of the program to its end. It works with the story directly to make the presentation of the program’s central story key in itself to the documentary’s overall presentation. It still is not the last of the documentary’s most notable elements. Its bonus material is just as important to note as its story and transitions therein.
The story at the center of OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine and its related transitions are both key pieces of this documentary’s presentation. The story centers on the efforts to restore what is one of the most iconic cars in Hollywood’s modern history. The transitions ensure viewers’ engagement from beginning to end. While both elements prove to be undeniably important to the documentary’s overall presentation they are not its only important elements. The bonus material that comes with the documentary is just as important as the story and its elements. That is because the bonus material collectively brings the whole presentation full circle beginning with the “Petersen Automotive Museum” featurette. This bonus features Joe Walser and a representative from the Petersen Automotive Museum discussing the addition of the DeLorean time machine to the museum’s collection. Walser is so ecstatic as he discusses the car’s move from Universal Studios post reconstruction to the Petersen Museum. He notes that he could not have been happier because unlike its time at Universal Studios, it is not encased in a giant box. It is on display for everybody to see. And as the museum’s rep notes, it is presented so that people can walk almost all the way around it as they admire it. But it is also monitored very closely so as to prevent anyone from touching it, again bringing the story full circle since people originally taking parts from the car was part of what led to its near demise. Speaking of the car’s parts the documentary also features a short piece discussing the names for the various parts that make up Doc Brown’s famed time machine and how said names came to be. Walser and another member of the team note that many of the car’s parts were named by other BTTF fans, not by the people behind the cameras. As a result of that dedication to the car and the franchise that made the car so famous, the names for the parts have, in turn, stuck to this day. On a similar note, there is also a feature on sci-fi archivist Bob Burns and how his dedication to archiving and maintaining props and other pieces from Hollywood’s history served as the inspiration for Walser and others. It is eye-opening to see Burns’ vast collection and the state in which the props remain today. It is a compliment to Burns’ efforts to say the very least. As if that isn’t enough there is also an extensive collection of deleted scenes that adds its own share of enjoyment to the program. The bonus feature-length commentary adds just as much entertainment and insight to the documentary if not more than the other noted bonus features. That aside, audiences will agree that each bonus plays its own part in the whole of the program’s presentation. Altogether they prove to be just as important to the documentary as its story and the story’s related transitions. All things considered they make OUUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine a must see for any Back To the Future fan as well as any car nut and cinema history buff. It is the kind of program that would be a good fit on History Channel and even Velocity network because of that reach and the networks’ similar programming. Considering all of this, the documentary proves to be such a solid work that it is potentially one of 2016’s top new documentaries.
OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine is potentially one of 2016s top new documentaries. That is due in large part to its original story and the transitions therein that ensure viewers’ engagement from beginning to end. The story makes it a good fit not just on Blu-ray but also alongside programming offered on History Channel and even Velocity network. The bonus material that is included with the program’s home release makes the documentary even more worth the watch. That is because it brings the program full circle with its presented material. Each element plays its own important part to the program, as has already been noted. When they are set against one another, they show this documentary to be one that every car nut, cinematic history buff, and Back to the Future fan alike will appreciate. Considering that reach and overall enjoyment, the documentary in whole proves to be potentially one of 2016’s top new documentaries. It is available now in store and online. More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online now at:
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