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GREATEST DISASTER MOVIE OF ALL TIME,
This review is from: The Towering Inferno [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The absolute BEST! It is best to watch this movie on widescreen. Wish that the VHS edition of this film include scenes which were cut out from the theatrical release, which sometimes TV broadcasts restored...you actually see Fred Astaire gave the flowers to Jennifer Jones, you get to see a lot more of Susan Blakley, for example.
As expected, the fire and the building is the real stars of the show. Most of the other characters have thin storylines that you really don't care about. Some of the dialog are really stupid, but who cares? You just want to see if they can make it out to the finale. As expected, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman do most of the acting here while most of the other cast just stood around, trying to act like they are doing something.
Special commendation must be made to Jennifer Jones, who gave one of the best performances in the film. Or prehaps because her character is one of the few who actually HAVE something to do other than standing around.
The special effects are phenomenal...sometimes you can't tell that what you seeing is not a real building at all. And all done before the advent of computer technology. Now imagine what they can accomplish if they have film the movie today.
But Towering Inferno is a classic, and can never be remade. It has its own special brand of magic, special brand of feel and look.
It is just special.