The Towering Inferno [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [Import]
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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?).Read more ›
EXPLOSIVE SPECTACULAR "DANTE'S PEAK!!!!"
LEAD BY AN UNFORGETTABLE ALLSTAR CAST OF GREATS PAUL NEWMAN,
STEVE MCQUEEN, WILLIAM HOLDEN, FAYE DUNAWAY, SUSAN BLAKELY,
RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN, JENNIFER JONES, FRED ASTAIRE, ROBERT WAGNER, SUSAN FLANNERY, A YOUNG MIKE LOOKINLAND (YOUNG BOBBY FROM THE TV SERIES "THE BRADY BUNCH"), YES- EVEN A YOUNGER O.J. SIMPSON. AND A SURPRIZE CAMEO GUEST STAR:
IN A SCENE WITH SUSAN FLANNERY (AS ROBERT WAGNER'S SECRETARY LAURIE) ANOTHER YOUNG SECRETARY NAMED JANET IS FEATURED. THAT YOUNG LADY IS NO OTHER THAN BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MERYL STREEP IN HER FIRST FEATURE FILM APPEARANCE. WATCH FOR HER CLOSELY IN THAT SCENE AFTER THE TOWER DEDICATION!!!!
WHAT STARTS OUT AS SUDDEN SMALL POWER FUSE BURNOUT IN A TRANSFORMER IGNITES INTO AN OUT-OF-CONTROL MAN-MADE INFERNO!!!! FROM THE PREPARATIONS TO THE DEDICATION TO THE CELEBRATION ON THE 135 FLOOR THE WORLD'S TALLEST BUILDING KNOWN AS THE "GLASS TOWER", THE TENSION GROWS AS THE TOWER BECOMES WORLD'S TALLEST STRUCTURAL INFERNO IN HISTORY!!!! TRAPPING NOT ONLY THE OVER 300 GUESTS PARTYING ON THE TOP FLOOR, BUT THE LIVES OF THE OTHER PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE THE BURING STRUCTURE!!!! ITS A RACE AGAINST THE ODDS, WITH TIME RUNNING OUT AS ARCHITECT NEWMAN, AND FIRE CHIEF MCQUEEN BATTLE THE ELEMENTS AND OTHER UNEXPECTED DANGERS IN A ALMOST FUTAL ATTEMPT TO SAVE ALL FROM DEATH AND DISASTER!!!!
FEATURING THE MOST POWERFUL, DRAMATIC, EMOTIONAL, AND MEMORABLE SOUNDTRACK FROM THE TRUELY FAMOUS FILM COMPOSER OF ALLTIMES, JOHN WILLIAMS (FILM: JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, RAIDERS, E.T.Read more ›
However, Fox has duplicated some masters off some old copies to give us fairly good picture quality and sound but something I wish they had done is to restore the hatchet job that the film got when it was released on television.
An example: I remember watching this movie when it first came out in 1974. I saw it in the theater. In the sequence where Jennifer Jones and the two children are outside the banquet room where their entrance is being blocked by hardened cement around the door....(who left that there so conveniently????), they are waiting for help. To pass the time Jones plays making 'finger figures' with their shadows on the wall. I remember this so well because she diverted the children's attention from the predicament they were in. That part of the scene has been abruptly edited and hasn't been shown since the television showing. There are more cuts which I won't mention here.
As for the acting McQueen and Newman have powerful onscreen chemistry with one another. Richard Chamberlain makes a dastardly villain who is responsible for the tragedy. William Holden is a classic actor who has a very annoying character. Another annoying character is Faye Dunaway's whose acting job reminds me of a love-sick calf....the way she looks at Paul Newman in the final scene is enough to make one puke!! She was merely there for decoration, anyway, and in my opinion it should have been she that fell out of the scenic elevator, not Jennifer Jones, who has the biggest female part in the entire film. Jones and Astaire bring class to the proceedings and Jones should have won an oscar nomination along with Astaire.Read more ›
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Disc arrived in good condition and on time.
Not a bad action-adventure.
I would recommend it.
always liked this movie was lots of fun to re watch I with some who never saw itPublished 3 months ago by dave anderson
J'aime beaucoup revivre les vieux films des années 70. Celui-ci ne m'a pas déçu. Bien fait. Bonne qualité d'image et de son. Je suis donc satisfaite.Published 7 months ago by Colette Racette