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Towering Inferno Special Edition (2-Disc Set)

Towering Inferno Special Edition (2-Disc Set)

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Director: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman

Cast: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman


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With this two-disc set, Fox has created a special edition of The Towering Inferno that is equal to their stellar work on their two-disc special edition of The Poseidon Adventure. The anamorphic, letterboxed image transfer is excellent, capturing the film's distinctive blend of nocturnal shadows and bright flames


With this two-disc set, Fox has created a special edition of The Towering Inferno that is equal to their stellar work on their two-disc special edition of The Poseidon Adventure. The anamorphic, letterboxed image transfer is excellent, capturing the film's distinctive blend of nocturnal shadows and bright flames with clarity and eye-popping color. Both 4.0 and 2.0 Dolby Stereo mixes are provided and each offers a robust, well-mixed soundscape for the viewing experience. Also included on the first disc is a pair of commentaries. The first is a feature-length track helmed by film critic F.X. Feeney; despite the film's daunting length, Feeney offers a nonstop barrage of fascinating comments that cover everything from behind-the-scenes detail to the critical analysis of the filmmakers' visual choices. The second track is a scene-specific affair helmed by FX man Mike Vezina and stunt coordinator Branko Racki; both offer their thoughts on the technical aspects of the film's impressive effects and stunt set pieces. It isn't as entertaining as the Feeney track but is worthwhile for those interested in the nuts-and-bolts aspects of doing such scenes. Disc two is entirely devoted to extras. An episode of AMC Backstory devoted to The Towering Inferno kicks things off and does a solid job of telling the story behind the film in just over 20 minutes. More detail is provided via a series of newer featurettes that focus on different aspects of the film; highlights include a segment on the effects and photography techniques used to create the illusion of a giant glass tower and a segment on how the many fire-oriented stunts were choreographed. Elsewhere, there is a collection of vintage promotional shorts, including a funny piece done for the National Association of Theater Owners by Irwin Allen himself and a 1977 interview with Allen. Fans will also be interested to see 30 extended and deleted scenes used in the TV version of The Towering Inferno on this disc; they are presented full-frame and it's obvious why most were cut, but fans who grew up on the TV version will be glad to have them. Rounding out the second disc are a trio of articles written for American Cinematographer, a comprehensive collection of still and art galleries, trailers, and a set of storyboard-to-scene comparisons. As if that all wasn't enough, the physical packaging of the disc throws in a set of postcard-sized still reproductions and a miniature reprinting of the film's press book! In short, this is a staggering package for fans of The Towering Inferno and offers plenty of bang for the buck, just like the film it contains.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The most popular and critically lauded of the cookie-cutter disaster movies of 1970s, The Towering Inferno set the high-water mark for the genre. Though the film's eight Academy Award nominations may seem laughable today, there's no denying Inferno's strength at tapping the era's sense of morbid paranoia. Irwin Allen produced the film -- as well as directed the major action set pieces -- and he delivers the lavish production design, star-studded cast, melodramatic subplots, and life-and-death dilemmas audiences had come to expect in the wake of Airport and The Poseidon Adventure. Inferno stands out from the crowd mainly for its audacious sets and high-quality performances. The cast list is staggering; Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, and Fred Astaire are among the luminaries. Spurred on by the overwhelming success of The Towering Inferno, the disaster genre went into high-gear for the rest of the decade, with mostly disastrous results. John Williams did the excellent score.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new audio commentary by film historian F.X. Feeney; All-new scene-specific commentary by Mike Vezina, special effects director on X-Men 3, and Branko Racki, stunt coordinator on The Day After Tomorrow; Nine all-new featurettes: "Inside the Tower: We Remember," "Innovating Tower: The SPFX of an Inferno," "The Art of Towering," "Irwin Allen: The Great Producer," "Directing the Inferno," "Putting Out Fire," "Running on Fire," "Still the World's Tallest Building," "The Heart of Disaster: Stirling Silliphant"; Over 30 extended/deleted scenes; AMC Backstory: The Towering Inferno; NATO presentation reel; Three interactive articles from American Cinematographer ; Original making-of featurettes; 1977 Irwin Allen interview; Still photo galleries (shot compositions, publicity, behind the scenes, conceptual sketches, costumes); Original teaser, trailer, and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Fire Chief Michael O'Hallorhan
Paul Newman Doug Roberts
William Holden James Duncan
Faye Dunaway Susan
Fred Astaire Harlee Claiborne
Richard Chamberlain Simmons
Carlena Gower Albright Children
Carol McEvoy Mrs. Albright
Malcolm Atterbury Jeweler
Dabney Coleman Assistant Fire Chief
John Crawford Callahan
Mike Lookinland Actor
Sheila Mathews Paula Ramsay
Maureen McGovern Actor
Ernie F. Orsatti Mark
Gregory Sierra Carlos
Norman Burton Will Giddings
Don Gordon Kappy
Felton Perry Scott
Robert Vaughn Sen. Gary Parker
Susan Blakely Patty Simmons
Jennifer Jones Lisolette Mueller
Orenthal James Simpson Security Chief Jernigan
Robert Wagner Bigelow
Susan Flannery Lorrie
Olan Soule Engineer
Jack Collins Mayor

Technical Credits
Irwin Allen Director,Producer
John Guillermin Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
John A. Bonner Sound/Sound Designer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
William J. Creber Production Designer
Bud Ekins Stunts
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
Jim Freeman Cinematographer
Malcolm Harding Asst. Director
Joel Hirschhorn Songwriter
Kasha Songwriter
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Carl Kress Editor
Harold Kress Editor
Herman Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Wes McAfee Asst. Director
Ward Preston Art Director
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Paul Zastupnevich Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Towering Inferno, Disc 1
1. Main Titles [3:03]
2. The Architect [:32]
3. From Far and Near [5:27]
4. Where There's Smoke... [2:24]
5. Wanting It Both Ways [1:38]
6. Up To Code [:41]
7. Red Carpet Treatment [4:55]
8. Working Late [3:59]
9. Party Time [:10]
10. Overload [5:48]
11. Command Center [3:08]
12. Evacuation Order [:45]
13. Change of Plans [3:05]
14. Out of Control [2:42]
15. No Exit [1:36]
16. Good Neighbors [1:35]
17. Higher and Higher [1:09]
18. Hold On Tight [3:55]
19. Naval Support [5:22]
20. Down the Shaft [:27]
21. Stairway to Hell [:22]
22. Regrets [:42]
23. Central Core [:19]
24. Women and Children [1:32]
25. Lifeline [:23]
26. Hanging by a Thread [:54]
27. Down to the Ground [:14]
28. No Other Option [:49]
29. Last Chance [:12]
30. A Million Gallons [4:09]
31. Blueprint For the Future [1:03]
32. End Titles [:24]


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Towering Inferno 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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The Towering Inferno Is the best disaster movie made in the 70s. Being in Blu-ray HD makes it even better to watch. The only problem I ever had with this movie is that there is too many indepth personal stories going on. I wanted to see the firefighters fight the fire more. You are able to sit back and watch an action movie without all the blood and gore of an action movie today.
JCarter More than 1 year ago
For the first time in his career Steve McQueen got top billing in a film, The Towering Inferno was one of the first disaster films that began in the early 70's and to some extent still exists today in films such as Independence Day. All of those films owe as great deal to this one. Had this film not been so well done the genre may have never come about. McQueen and Newman demonstrated why they were so highly regarded in Hollywood then as much as today. The story of a high rise building burning was also a glimpse into the future when 9/11 occurred. The script was well done and the acting superb. This is great escapism.
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