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Back To The Future Test Footage Makes Hoverboarding Look Like A Blast

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Even 22 years after their first appearance in Back to the Future II, hoverboards remain one of the most iconic film gadgets of all time. And sadly, even though we’re only three years away from the future Marty traveled to, we still don’t have real, functional hoverboards available on toy store shelves. So while we won’t be skimming around on them anytime soon, we can take a look back and marvel at just how well the hoverboarding footage holds up all these years later. Check out this early test footage from the production of Back to the Future II.

It’s no surprise that the hoverboarders were being dangled from cranes, but even knowing that, and even being able to see the cables in this footage, it’s still amazing to see how well the hoverboards sequences worked. You can see in this clip that it takes a little getting used to, learning how to balance your body and so on. In this day and age when damn near everything is done using CGI, it’s great to watch how a simple bit of Hollywood sleight-of-hand was able to produce effects that still hold up two decades later.

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Watch The DeLorean Hovercraft In Action

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Have you ever wanted to fly through space and time in Doc Brown’s DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future? Well, sorry to get your hopes up, but inventor Matthew Riese didn’t build an actual flying time machine. He did, however, spend years constructing a DeLorean Hovercraft replica that rips through the water instead of flying through the air.

Matthew Riese is a 28-year-old inventor from San Francisco, California. He turned to Kickstarter two years ago to help make his dreams a reality. His Kickstarter project is now closed, but the page is still available to see the incentives he offered possible donors, ranging from your name engraved on the interior of the floating car to a 30-minute ride on the open water. Check out his Kickstarter video:

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Ask Biff A Back To The Future Question And He May Hand You This

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Actors field a lot of questions. Actors primarily identified with a single property field a lot of questions about that specific film or movie. You can imagine over the years they’ll hear a number of the same queries time and time again. What do you think the ratio of Star Trek to T.J. Hooker questions is for Shatner?

That definitely seems to be the case with Tom Wilson, better known to legions of fanatics as Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy. He’s been asked the same questions so many times that he reportedly carries around this sheet of Frequently Asked Questions just in case someone wants to know something about Back to the Future. Here’s the FAQ…

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Finding The Locations Of Back To The Future

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This summer, the movie Back To The Future celebrated the 27th anniversary of its July 3rd 1985 release date. Since then, the series remains one of the best trilogies of the past 30 years. It still remains relevant as a part of 80s pop culture. The team at On The Set has put together an extraordinary video cataloging the various locations of Back To The Future’s past and present.

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Man With Flux Capacitor Tattoo Should Keep It Below 88 MPH

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We’ve seen before what happens when die-hard fandom combines with a love of tattoos. The results can be, depending on your point of view, either really awesome or really unfortunate. The latest contender in the “How Much Will I Regret This When I’m Sixty?” competition is this fine gentleman sporting a tattoo of Back to the Future‘s flux capacitor across his chest.

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Amazing Back To The Future Behind The Scenes Photos

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Unlike a lot of movies from the 80s, Back to the Future holds up. Even its sequels, mostly hold up. Unfortunately since it was released in the 80s we didn’t have the kind of access we have now to see what was really going on behind the scenes of the BTTF films. But it’s never too late to peek behind the curtain and find out how they made the DeLorean fly.

The following photos are fantastic behind the scenes shots we discovered on Retronaut. These are some of our favorites, they have even more…