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Towering Inferno [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Paul Newman , Steve McQueen , John Guillermin    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire
  • Directors: John Guillermin
  • Writers: Frank M. Robinson, Richard Martin Stern, Stirling Silliphant, Thomas N. Scortia
  • Producers: Irwin Allen, Sidney Marshall
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2003
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305280762
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,572 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Disaster movies used to work because there was little certainty as to who would survive. Not so in this film, really an amalgam of two original stories, about a group of well-to-do celebrants at the top floor of a skyscraper. Cheapo electrical wiring and bad construction management cause an enormous blaze at the lower floors, steadily rising to consume the revellers. Newman's an architect, McQueen a firefighter and Fred Astaire a kind old gentleman, for which he was Oscar-nominated. OJ Simpson plays a security guard who rescues a cat. Now that's a disaster. -- Keith Simanton,

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The Towering Inferno

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Finest Disaster Movies Ever Made? 9 Jan 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
During the last few years there has been a spate of disaster movies in abundance. Some good, some indifferent, and a couple, downright awful.

Maybe directors and producers should learn from this movie because THIS is how disaster movies should be made.

A party gathers on one of the upper floors of the tallest building in the world to celebrate its opening unaware that a fire has broken out a few floors below. As the fire rages, elevators become jammed, sprinklers fail to work, stairways become impassable. Then it becomes a race against time to rescue the people trapped above.

There are many fine actors in this movie, some of them legends in their own right. William Holden, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Robert Vaughan, Robert Wagner, Faye Dunaway, Jennifer Jones and Fred Astaire. There is much excitement here as the survivors struggle to get out of the building as the fire gets nearer and nearer until a decision is made which hopefully will dampen the fire.

The Blu-Ray version is very good indeed with a stunning image showing great detail in the dark scenes and with a good soundtrack to complement it. Also there are numerous extras which are worth seeing which were not available on DVD upon its initial release a few years ago.

It is good to see these classic movies being re-released on Blu-Ray at a fantastic price making it affordable for those who are thinking about changing to the new format. Blu-Ray prices are coming down a lot now which is a good thing.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The crowning glory of a much maligned genre. 24 Dec 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
A newly built state of the art high-rise is hosting a big society gathering when a fire starts up on the 81st floor...

Warner Brothers & 20th Century Fox were both keen to cash in on the success of 1972s The Poseidon Adventure, Warner's buying the rights to The Tower, and Fox buying the rights to The Glass Inferno, both novels about burning skyscrapers and seemingly ripe for a big screen adaptation. Enter producer Irwin Allen who smartly suggested that both studios should come together and produce one blockbusting genre defining film. Splitting the cost down the middle, The Towering Inferno was born and went on to make over $100 million across the globe, a very impressive take for its time, and certainly a shot in the arm for disaster genre enthusiasts.

The Towering Inferno is far from flawless, it contains some cheese sodden dialogue, and the film's running time doesn't quite do the film any favours. However, the film's strengths far outweigh the handful of negatives that are often used to beat it up with. The sets are fabulous (Academy Award Nominated) and all to perish in the fire, the cinematography from Fred J Koenekamp (Academy Award Winner) is lush and puts the fire in the eyes, while the score from John Williams (Academy Award Nominated) is suitably poignant and edgy. What about the action sequences? The set pieces? With many of the illustrious cast doing their own stunts! All impacting sharp on the ears thanks to the brilliant sound from Soderberg & Lewis (Academy Award Nominated), with the cast itself a reminder of a wonderful time when only the big names were considered for the big projects, McQueen, Newman, Holden, Astaire (Academy Award Nominated) & Dunaway rolling off the tongue like a who's who of entertainment heavyweights.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic blu ray 10 Oct 2012
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What can i saqy about this release other than its about bloody time! For yesars we have been passed dvds and vhs copies with inferior quality and pan and scan releases. Edition is a master-class in how blu ray can revive older films. The picture is near perfect...colours and tones faded in ealier editions are now born again..bright and colourful. The scenes with the fire itself contain no blocking of any sory and the grain is kept to a minimum. The sound is crystal clear and every explosion rocks the room!
Extras wise we are in a multitude of wonders. No stone has been left unturned...documentaries on the making of the film tustle with documentaries on the history of skys crapers and their building codes. The extended and deleted scenes are may and add an extra layer to the action and there is a lovely little piece prepared for the NATO conference in 1973 in which IRWIN ALLEN himself do have to ask tho...where were all these things before??
I mainly buy older films on blu ray...and this film stands as a great example of why. THANK GOD THAT AT LAST THERE IS A FORMAT WHICH CAN DO THEM JUSTICE AND GIVE THEM A NEW LIFE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOWERING 15 May 2013
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST DISASTER MOVIE EVER!! 27 Oct 2003
I absolutely adore this film. It was the first disaster movie I ever saw, and left a lasting impression on me. It has everything a disaster movie needs, a big building, on fire, with trapped guests, Paul Newman, and Steve McQueen, and if thats not enough it's Steve McQueen in a firemans uniform.
For its time it was one of the biggest movies ever made, and when you watch it now, you see how well made it is. The effects are still good, and make this a movie you can watch over and over. And unlike disaster movies of today it has a point, and a message, and excellent dialogue, like 'Its out of control and heading your way' which still sends a shiver through me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
i would recommend this film its great where paul newman fights his way into the fire to rescue traped people not worrying about hes own safety
Published 10 days ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes this film.
Published 14 days ago by Chris Willoughby
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Towering Inferno" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US'...
I was surprised at how good the transfer to BLU RAY is on this classic Seventies disaster movie (and for that matter what a star Steve McQueen was - when he turns up its all over... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars a real classic
Brilliant film but the box was damaged when it arrived so not really happy with the product, sold as it very good condition which, in my opinion it wasn't!
Published 1 month ago by Tizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Bought this for a friend who absolutely loves this film. Delivery was super quick and for the price not too bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laineyloos
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn, baby, burn
And oh how it does. Those poor bastards. Mega tall tower is always a bad, BAD idea. And here is no exception to (my) rule.
Published 2 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have if you like this movie
Considering the age of the movie I was fairly impressed with the quality.

Even today, the production values on this film really stand out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. Atkin
This film well shows the results of human greed and the all pervasive grasp of capitalism. Cutting corners and using shoddy materials such as wiring in the building's electrical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roger Edward Deshon
5.0 out of 5 stars Heat, fire and trapped
I had watched this star studded cast years ago and discovered it again. Cameo performances, action and still a good movie to curl up one night and indulge
Published 4 months ago by Fiona Jenks
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic disaster movie
Filmed in glorious 65mm and shown in Cinemas in 70mm the quality of this blu-ray is super along with the 5.1 dolby surround sound track. Nice load of extras too
Published 5 months ago by IMAX 70MM
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