Earthquake

Earthquake

Director: Mark Robson

Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy

     
 

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Disaster movies seemed to be a dime a dozen in the 1970s. With such films as The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure flooding the market, one would have thought the world had been thrust into temporary tragic chaos. In 1974 Universal released the Mother Nature-gone-amuck movie Earthquake, starring Charlton Heston and George Kennedy.See more details below

Overview

Disaster movies seemed to be a dime a dozen in the 1970s. With such films as The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure flooding the market, one would have thought the world had been thrust into temporary tragic chaos. In 1974 Universal released the Mother Nature-gone-amuck movie Earthquake, starring Charlton Heston and George Kennedy. Goodtimes has done a fairly decent job on this transfer, though it's as bare bones as it gets. Sadly, Earthquake is presented in 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and suffers from some defects. Colors are bright and bold with solid blacks, though there was a good amount of edge enhancement spotted during the film. Due to its age, there was a slight amount of grain and dirt present in the image, as well as some digital artifacting. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and sounds passable, if slightly unimpressive. Dialogue, rumbling effects, and John Williams' orchestral score are all clear and concise. Earthquake would have been a wonderful candidate for a new Dolby Digital 5.1 remix. Alas, it was apparently not to be. Also included on the disc are English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Not unlike Earthquake, this edition of the film is a tragedy when it comes to supplemental materials. The only feature Goodtimes has seen to slap on this disc are some paltry production notes that offer little insight into the making of the movie. Maybe someday Earthquake's original distributor, Universal, will put out a better edition. Until then, this DVD of Earthquake will have to suffice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Universal Pictures' big-ticket entry in the early 1970's disaster film cycle has all the carnage one might expect from this sort of film but not much else. The script has the usual fistful of soap opera-styled plot threads necessary for this kind of film but none of them are distinctive enough to truly involve the viewer. Mark Robson's direction gives the film a professional veneer but his pacing of the material is weak, especially in the second half of the film, and the film's flat, t.v.-style cinematography and studio backlot sets give it the look of a hastily-assembled t.v. movie. The lackluster storytelling isn't helped by the film's star-happy approach to casting: for example, Ava Gardner plays Lorne Greene's daughter despite the fact they are only a few years apart in age. On the positive side, the film's earthquake sequence is handled in an impressive, fx-heavy style and the post-destruction of images of L.A. are often quite stunning thanks to excellent visual effects by Albert Whitlock. Schlock fans will also be delighted by some scene-stealing supporting performances, including an amusingly macho turn from George Kennedy as a tough-guy cop and Marjoe Gortner's over-the-top work as a repressed grocery clerk who gives in to his military-man fantasies when the earthquake hits. All in all, Earthquake doesn't really succeed as a drama or an adventure but it might amuse viewers looking for a big-budget trash fix.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
UPC:
0018713810274
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Good Times Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:02:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Graff
Ava Gardner Remy Graff
George Kennedy Patrolman Slade
Lorne Greene Royce
Geneviève Bujold Denise
Richard Roundtree Miles
Alexander Brown Pool Player
Bob Cunningham Dr. Frank Ames
Gabriel Dell Miles's Manager
John Dennis Brawny Foreman
Gene Dynarski Dam Caretaker
John Elerick Carl Reeds
H.B. Haggerty Pool Player
Tim Herbert Man
Scott Hylands Assistant Dam Caretaker
Walter Matthau Drunk
Donald Moffat Dr. Harvey Johnson
Dave Morick Technician
George Murdock Colonel
Kip Niven Assistant Seismologist
Inez Pedroza Laura
Alan Vint Ralph
Jesse Vint Buck
John S. Ragin Chief Inspector
Michael Richardson Sandy
Robert Gravage Farmer Mr. Griggs
Marjoe Gortner Jody
Barry Sullivan Dr. Stockle
Lloyd Nolan Dr. Vance
Victoria Principal Rosa
Monica Lewis Royce's Secretary
Pedro Armendariz Slade's Partner
Lloyd Gough Cameron
John Randolph Mayor
Tiger Williams Corry Marshall

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director,Producer
Alexander Golitzen Production Designer
Preston Ames Production Designer
Frank Brendel Special Effects
George Fox Screenwriter
Jennings Lang Executive Producer
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Frank R. McKelvey Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Jack McMasters Special Effects
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Puzo Screenwriter
Glen Robinson Special Effects
Fred R. Simpson Asst. Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. A Little Tremor [6:35]
2. Over the Line [4:39]
3. My Last Fan [8:30]
4. Pre-Shock [6:51]
5. To Bobby Riggs [7:17]
6. Motorcycle Daredevil [6:07]
7. Home Free [6:15]
8. Another Bribe [5:24]
9. The Big One [8:22]
10. The Worst Is Over [8:36]
11. High Tension [5:11]
12. Help Yourselves [7:39]
13. The Animals Are Loose [6:26]
14. Wilson Plaza [6:03]
15. Aftershock [5:27]
16. A Strange Kind of Cop [9:31]
17. We're Through [3:41]
18. Lots of Time [9:16]

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