The Towering Inferno
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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
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Bluray transfer is great and there are tons of special features, there are quite a few special commentaries for selected scenes. And a full-feature commentary. There are also quite a few featurettes on the making of the movie and behind-the-scenes specials, interviews with the actors, actresses and the people who worked on the film.
I highly recommend The Towering Inferno to all movie-lovers.
actually probably his best effort considering the other Disaster film that came after in the late 70's
Irwin Allen who was producer of the film also Directed some scenes aswell
even thou John Guillerman was credited as Director for the film
John Directed the action/Disaster scenes, Irwin Directed other scenes
everytime i see this film i cannot get over the performances
Great performances all round, William Holden, Steve McQueen, Paul newman, Faye dunaway, Richard chamberlain
susan Blakely, Robert Vaughn and many others
the new HD transfer from 20TH century fox does look incredible
century fox made the effort for this film no Doubt about it
the picture quality looks very sharp & clear in 2:35:1 widescreen, no Grain or Dirt
plus a new 5.1 Master audio mix & 5.0 surround sound mix
which make a big Difference in the sound quality
plus all the special features and i mean every single extra from the 2 Disc dvd set
has been carried over to this new blu-ray
all the retrospect interviews have been seperated into mini featurettes that can be played together or individually
duration about 2 hours worth
the casting, the filming, the special effects, the editing, the sound, the music score etc
mainly the production crew of the film have been interviewed thou
Irwin Allen, John Guillerman died years and years ago
but some of the cast from the film have also been interviewed, only some
Susan blakely, Robert Vaughn, Richard chamberlain and few others
Faye Dunaway is not interviewed for some reason maybe she declined
William Holden died back in 1980, so did Steve McQueen, and Paul newman passed away some years ago
there's also behind the scenes TV promo of the film
and a TV Backstory of the Towering inferno goes for 30mins
the film runs for 165 mins, there's also Deleted scenes added to this blu-ray about 30mins of them
some of the scenes are interesting and some are pointless
all this on 1 blu-ray Disc incredible
if you love the towering inferno get the blu-ray version, sharp & clear picture quality with the blu-ray version
plus over an hour's worth of extras
5 stars for the film, 5 stars for this new blu-ray
Sure, the movie is dated, somewhat overlong, and the acting a bit wooden - but as shear spectacle (and 70s kitsch) - it kept this viewer interested. Another thing that is very refreshing - real models for the special effects work. Some of these models were built 70 feet high in order to ensure realism. If this movie were remade today - I'm afraid it would suffer from overuse of CGI effects (such as in the recent _Poseidon_.)
One other note - the opening menu on the Blu-ray disc is not to be missed. Someone worked really hard on creating a menu that honors the film. Let the disc spin up naturally without clicking ahead. A very nice touch.
If you are seeking a good movie. See this one.
It's not trash like they put out now. You can watch over & over.....