Fans of the 80’s classic time travel film Back to the Future might have noticed that a portion of the 1989 sequel has been altered slightly. The moment comes when Marty finds the Oh La La magazine, but the magazine cover was edited out. Although many fans of the film have cried out for the uncensored version writer Bob Gale, the screenwriter of all three films, explained that it wasn’t Netflix’s fault for altering a portion of the scene.
“The blame is on Universal who somehow furnished Netflix an edited version of the movie,” Gale said. “I learned about it some ten days ago from an eagle-eyed fan, and had the studio rectify the error. The version now running is the uncensored, unedited, original version.”
Gale went on to say that the version fans first saw on Netflix may have been a different version. “Apparently, this was a foreign version which neither director Robert Zemeckis nor I even knew existed, for some country that had a problem with the Oh La La magazine cover. I asked that the studio destroy this version. FYI, Netflix does not edit films — they only run the versions that are supplied to them. So they’re blameless. You can direct your ire at Universal, but I think they will be a lot more careful in the future — and with ‘the future.'”
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Bob Gale, Back to the Future Part 2 stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Sue. All three films are available to stream on Netflix.