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The Towering Inferno [Special Edition] [2 Discs]

Paul Newman , Steve McQueen , John Guillermin    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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Disaster movies used to work because there was little certainty as to who would survive. Not so in this film, really an amalgam of two original stories, about a group of well-to-do celebrants at the top floor of a skyscraper. Cheapo electrical wiring and bad construction management cause an enormous blaze at the lower floors, steadily rising to consume the revelers. Newman's an architect, McQueen a firefighter, and Fred Astaire a kind old gentleman, for which he was Oscar-nominated. O.J. Simpson plays a security guard who rescues a cat. Now that's a disaster. --Keith Simanton

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A dedication ceremony at the world's tallest skyscraper turns into a high-rise catastrophe when a defective wire in its systems-control panel causes an electrical flare-up. Within minutes the gala event turns into a hellish inferno, as a raging fire traps society's most prominent citizens on the top floor. Winner of three Academy Awards, this sepctacular suspense thriller features dazzling special effects and a star studded cast including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and Faye Dunaway.

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3.0 out of 5 stars We want a remastering of this title! Feb. 25 2004
By Stephen
This film was the pinnicle of the disaster movie genre. I recall it's release in the UK in 1975. I even have the original film posters, collectable booklet and press kit (long before EPK!). It ran for 26 weeks on the huge screen known as ABC1 in Leeds. Seats were sold out for weeks, even the expensive pullman seats. You couldn't get a booking, you had to queue around the cinema waiting for a cancellation. And the queues would literary snake around the cinema! This was the roadshow 70mm, six-track stereophonic sound presentation. The only thing that knocked it from the number 1 screen was a film called Earthquake and they needed the large hall for a new sound system called "sensurround"......still Towering Inferno went on to play for another 10 weeks to crowded halls in ABC2....
I have the edited 8mm 6 reel hightlights, the two laser disc releases (the THX version was realeased in 1995) and the non-anamorphic DVD.....
So when are Fox or Warner (both hold rights to this title) going to do the decent thing and restore this classic to it's former 70mm roadshow glory? A two disc special edition would be real nice. By all means include the deleted scenes on disc two, by all means use seamless branching on disc 1 to choose either the regular 35mm version or the 70mm roadshow version (there some different edits between the two, how many can remember that the 70mm roadshow had an intermission as a cliffhanger, just as the stairwell blew up when Jennifer Jones and Paul Newman were trying to escape with the two kids?).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic July 8 2014
By Shawn
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A lot of what you saw for the stunts was real. No cgi there
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story and acting July 5 2014
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A must for all Steve McQueen Fans and Fans of Disaster Films and Paul Newman Fans
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Irwin Allen April 5 2014
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Acting is hammy by Newman. Commentary okay, but not a lot of insight into the film. More the commentators opinions on why things are the way they are, not really any behind the scenes gems. Even the roof top helicopter scene the commentator remarks in the vein of ( Well i know that happened, but I don't know why it happened) Didn't need the parts where he tells what you are seeing on the screen. At least the commentary filled the whole film, not just a here or there comment like so many others. 2nd disk loaded with features. Could have been a bit more concise. In a lot of cases I was suffering from deja vu. A lot of repetitive scenes in different features. Also comes with a booklet with commentaries and photos. Generally fast moving although some scenes seemed to drag on forever, particularly the stairwell scene with Newman, Jones and the two kids. Considering the technology of the day the effects were outstanding. And lastly. Couldn't beat the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great from start to finish Feb. 28 2014
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I have always enjoyed this movie and will watch it again and again I think its a great classic and deserves to be noticed as a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burn Baby Burn Jan. 17 2014
By Dr.Dirt
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Classic Disaster movie from the 70's with two of the biggest stars of that time with MCQueen and Newman .

Steve MCQueen owns the movie as the cool fire chief as everything is burning around him.

Delivered quickly and as expected.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Towering Inferno Oct. 17 2013
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The plot I found a bit contrived ;
for instance the scene in which the
fire started
As for the rest, it rates no better than
the any of the movies in its genre
Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were
great in their roles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the cream of the crop. Sept. 2 2013
As far as disaster movies of the 70's this one edges out the original Airport as the best of the bunch. Believable characters and just the right balance of story and action. The best compliment I can give it is at 2hrs 44 minutes it left me wanting more...That's where this blu-ray comes in! No only do you get crystal clear picture and sound that take me back to the cinema when I was a kid, but there are about 45 minutes of extended/deleted scenes. It's the same thrill I got when I saw it for the first time. If you are a fan of the 70's disaster genre (like me) don't be afraid to part with your 2 DVD special Edition. All the extras you'll need are here. Great bang for the buck, and a nice trip back to the 70's at it's catastrophic finest!
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