Back to the Future Part II is on Netflix (sort of). Fans noticed that the version of the classic sci-fi adventure movie streaming on Netflix was missing a classic joke that aired in the original film. Social media is now full of clips, angry diatribes and memes.
The Back to the Future franchise is one of the few classic movie franchises that even the fans consider untouchable. Attempts to reboot the series have always been met with a lukewarm response, as many feel that tampering with this masterpiece could only be for the worse. Still, fans noticed that the part where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) flips to the cover of Oh La La Magazine was completely missing. It should be noted that the scene in full, complete with the magazine cover, is now streaming on the platform.
As fans may recall, Marty travels back to 1955 in the third act of Back to the Future Part II to retrieve the stolen sports almanac from Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson). In one scene, he thinks he's found the almanac, only to discover that the cover has been used to disguise an adult magazine called Oh La La. In the version of the film on Netflix, those few seconds showing the racy cover were completely cut from the scene.
The change, which has since been resolved, caught many fans off-guard for several reasons. Chief among them was that, even if they didn't remember the Oh La La joke, fans could tell that something had been changed in the scene by the "sloppy" edit. For many fans, the scariest part of the missing scene was the question: "If they sloppily edited this beloved trilogy, WHO KNOWS what OTHER films they've tampered with without you even noticing?"
In the past, Netflix has denied editing movies for its platform, which means it's possible that another version of the film was streaming on the platform without the company's knowing. Given the fact that there was no real nudity in the edited cover, some fans are now guessing that the edit was a mistake — especially since the original version of the scene is now streaming. Others are not so forgiving — here's a look at what Twitter has to say about Netflix's apparent Back to the Future Part II edit.
Here's the @netflix edit of Back to the Future Part 2.May 19, 2020
Pretty big chunk missing. pic.twitter.com/i9TuFYOAYC— ATeRSa NDUcC (@ATeRSa_NDUcC) May 19, 2020
@netflix gave a fantastic example of why physical media is important. I can watch Back To The Future II in it's original unedited form. And I thought @DisneyPlus had a censoring problem. With the stuff #Netflix has in movies & kids shows, I wonder why they singled out one scene.— スーパースプーンマン (@vamp21) May 20, 2020
Okay @netflix, fuck you for censoring Back to the Future Part II. You are no fucking better than Disney here. I immediately canceled my subscription to you because of your fuck up here. Shame on you. I hate censorship with a passion. Fuck you for doing that. 😡— Daniel J Huntington (@DanielJHunting1) May 20, 2020
So now Netflix censored Back to the Future II. This censorship bullshit is why I still buy physical media.— Michael Gaines (@starmike) May 20, 2020
Not That Racy
I’m not sure what the hell Netflix thought it was doing with that Back to the Future Part 2 edit.
Who is that meant to appease? It was nothing. There have been racier Sears catalogs.
I haven’t paid them any mind since their weird re-dub of Evangelion, but fuck’em.— Shawn (@Shawn_on_Games) May 20, 2020
GOD NOW I’M ANGRY
The back to the future trilogy are some of my favorite movies of all time and here we have Netflix fucking editing them to make the score and the lines not work! And for what? The magazine cover isn’t even that bad!— Hiro 火 @ Lantonio Hell (thanks Scarlett) (@Hiromujin) May 19, 2020