UPDATE: ComicBook.com has learned that the edited version of the film was provided to Netflix by Universal but the correct, unedited film has been restored to the streaming service. Original story continues below.
Back to the Future Part II is currently streaming on Netflix and, while many fans might have seen it countless times over the years, many audiences are taking advantage of the streaming opportunity to revisit the classic. Because of how familiar some fans are with the sequel, one scene has caught the attention of viewers for featuring some edits to a well-known scene. At one point in the adventure, Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly believes he has obtained the infamous sports almanac, only to discover he has actually found the adult magazine "Ooh La La" wrapped in the almanac's jacket. Netflix's version, as you can see below, trims the scene to remove a few shots of women wearing lingerie in the magazine, in addition to some of Marty's dialogue.
Pretty big chunk missing. pic.twitter.com/i9TuFYOAYC— ATeRSa NDUcC (@ATeRSa_NDUcC) May 19, 2020
Earlier this year, Disney+ made the news for editing a scene in Tom Hank's Splash in which Darryl Hannah's brief nudity was censored with CGI, but with this scene in the Back to the Future sequel not necessarily being graphic and with Netflix offering audiences all sorts of adult subject matter, fans are confused as to why the alteration exists. The prevailing theory is that Netflix has obtained the rights to the TV edit of the film, which edits films for time and content, instead of the rights to the theatrical cut.
Scroll down to see what Back to the Future Part II fans are saying about the edit!
It's unacceptable that Netflix is re-editing movies like Back to the Future 2 to be more kids friendly. Marty briefly looking at a 50s lingerie magazine with fully clothed women is neither offensive nor obscene. This movie is a classic as is. WTF? https://t.co/wpkJ3NmlwS— Price of Reason (@priceoreason) May 19, 2020
Learn How to Edit
Hey @netflix Why the hell would you edit (poorly) Back to the Future II for flipping through a magazine but your original series @OITNB had sex (sometimes graphic) at least once per episode #LearnHowToEdit #GoBackToSchool #NetflixIsGoingDownhill— 🌴Wandering Through 🌴 (@sleepyfollow2) May 20, 2020
Leave McFly Alone
Netflix censoring Back To the Future now.
For PG rated stuff.
Leave McFly alone! https://t.co/Cfoz1z8vbH— Grummz (@Grummz) May 20, 2020
Physical Media Forever
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
It nothing new. It’s the same censored version that was shown back on normal tv. I guess they could only get the rights to a specific version. At least Netflix US has Back To the Future. We don’t in Europe.— ContinuumTrek (@ContinuumTrek) May 20, 2020
Nothing Compared to Sears
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
@netflix really? Censoring BACK TO THE FUTURE II? Really? grow up. Jesus.— Brian Urso Lead Guitarist of Gideons Mob (@MobGideons) May 20, 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
Something Tells Me...
Something tells me it's better to watch Back to the Future on physical media as opposed to a streaming service like Netflix.— BigOnBleach (@BigOnAnime) May 20, 2020
Now I'm Angry
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