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.