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Towering Inferno
     

Towering Inferno

3.9 8
Director: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman

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

 

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The Towering Inferno features a 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. The picture quality looks very good, with only the slightest hint of age and dirt. Audio options include a newly mixed Dolby Digital 5.1 track, as well as the original Dolby 2.0 surround track. The 5.1 track is mixed well, utilizing most side and rear speakers effectively. The Dolby 2.0

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The Towering Inferno features a 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. The picture quality looks very good, with only the slightest hint of age and dirt. Audio options include a newly mixed Dolby Digital 5.1 track, as well as the original Dolby 2.0 surround track. The 5.1 track is mixed well, utilizing most side and rear speakers effectively. The Dolby 2.0 Surround track is not as impressive, though the dialogue is clear and crisp, with effects and music mixed well for both tracks. English and Spanish subtitles are included. Extra features include ten cast biographies with film highlights, as well as a full-frame original theatrical trailer. Fox has done a very good job on audio and visuals for The Towering Inferno, though the supplemental material leaves much to be desired.

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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:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0086162104299
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:45:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

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

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
0. Menu Group #1 with 26 chapter(s) covering 02:44:43
1. Main Titles [3:43]
2. Warm Welcome [1:19]
3. A Little Situation [6:23]
4. How Bad is it? [2:19]
5. Cutting Corners [1:34]
6. Opening Night [3:20]
7. Getting the Party Started [4:09]
8. We May Never Love Like This Again [5:15]
9. Cause for Alarm [3:42]
10. Setting Up Forward Command [3:51]
11. Panic in the Promenade [:29]
12. Boxed In [7:08]
13. Going for Help [3:35]
14. Saving the Children [1:04]
15. Taking the Stairs [4:54]
16. Dangerous Descent [2:33]
17. Hope Has Arrived [6:04]
18. Power Down [4:37]
19. Blowing the Door [:18]
20. No Way Out [7:35]
21. "What Do They Call It When You Kill People?" [7:02]
22. Luck of the Draw [3:18]
23. Dropping a Line [1:40]
24. O'Hallorhan and the Elevator [2:25]
25. The One Chance [6:03]
26. Preparing for the Worst [3:15]

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Towering Inferno 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Scubaman More than 1 year ago
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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