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The Towering Inferno [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [Import]

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire
  • Directors: John Guillermin
  • Writers: Frank M. Robinson, Richard Martin Stern, Stirling Silliphant, Thomas N. Scortia
  • Producers: Irwin Allen, Sidney Marshall
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 9 2006
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000EHSVOG
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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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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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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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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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What made "Poseidon" so compelling was following a small band of characters in their struggle to survive a major disaster. This fiery follow up is overlong and pales in comparison--not only thrusting five times as many characters at us (does anyone really care if OJ Simpson saves a kitty cat?), so we don't care about them...it's just one flailing rag doll plunging to a pitiful death after another! There are also countless "Poseidon" rip offs throughout, proving that it doesn't always work the second time around. You'd think screenwriter Silliphant would have done more than just change some character names! (Robert Wagner "ran the 100 yard dash" much the same way Shelley Winters held a swimming record... Fred Astaire channels Jack Albertson with the addition of a bad toupee... Susan Flannery is dressed like Stella Stevens and suffers the same fate. Sheila (Mrs. Irwin) Allen turns up with a bigger role this time plus gets to survive! Carol Lynley must not have wanted to reprise her role as the willowy pop singer who croons the Oscar-winning best song, so Maureen McGovern dyed her hair blonde. There's Bobby Brady being even more obnoxious than Eric Shea's "Robin." It goes on and on. The DVD offers no exciting special features, although the picture quality of the film is excellent as are the action sequences directed by Allen.
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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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An allstar cast for its day. This was the biggest film of 1974. I grew up with parents addicted to disaster films & this was the crown jewel.
The night of its grand opening the Tallest building in the world catches fire. Believed to be impossible to burn. This films core theme of human arrogance is reminiscent of the Titanic story of the unsinkable ship, this is the unburnable building.
Paul Newman plays the buildings architect who after when a small electrical breaks out in the morning of the Grand Opening discovers that his superior designs have been altered in order to cut cost. A move that he realizes will to disaster, his warnings fail to reach their desired effect & so no one really listens until its to late.
The Bluray is loaded with special features including all the features from the 2 disc special edition dvd & then some.
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