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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star remaster and transfer.
This review is from the US zone-free blu-ray edition. If you like this movie, the blu-ray transfer is just perfect. The image is clear, very contrasted, color-saturated, noise-free, with its beautiful celluloid grain intact and therefore showing incredibly sharp details. The sound is magnificent; not excessively focused on the front channels, stereo effects and music are...
Published 12 months ago by Francisco Josť Poyato Ariza

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3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome at the pictures in 1975 in Sensurround, but...
.....even with bluray and viewed on a big tv, with the sound surround speakers on, it is a film that has not stood the test of time well.
This was a big colourful spectacular disaster film, dominated by a massive roaring earthquake that hit you from all over with the aid of the Sensurround system. Even with the volume up so loud that it made the tv sound system cut...
Published 5 months ago by D. Gallimore


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star remaster and transfer., 26 Jun 2013
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Francisco Josť Poyato Ariza "Fran" (Madrid, Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earthquake [Blu-ray] [1974] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This review is from the US zone-free blu-ray edition. If you like this movie, the blu-ray transfer is just perfect. The image is clear, very contrasted, color-saturated, noise-free, with its beautiful celluloid grain intact and therefore showing incredibly sharp details. The sound is magnificent; not excessively focused on the front channels, stereo effects and music are great, and the "original sensorround", which, we all know by now is a massive subwoofer track, is intact there. A great product of the 70's in its best possible form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome at the pictures in 1975 in Sensurround, but..., 24 Jan 2014
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D. Gallimore (Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earthquake [Blu-ray] [1974] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
.....even with bluray and viewed on a big tv, with the sound surround speakers on, it is a film that has not stood the test of time well.
This was a big colourful spectacular disaster film, dominated by a massive roaring earthquake that hit you from all over with the aid of the Sensurround system. Even with the volume up so loud that it made the tv sound system cut out, nothing in 2014 can make up for the rather soggy soap opera story line. Getting the bluray was a nice nostalgic trip back to my teenage years, but I won't be bothering to watch it again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mono, 9 Aug 2007
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EARTHQUAKE is a great film but the only thing that spoils the DVD release on Region 1 and Region 2 and probably other Regions, it's always in Mono. The Region 1 laser disc version was in 5.1 Stereo sound and I can't understand why the sound was downgraded to Mono. This happened when THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE first came out on DVD, it was Mono and the laser disc version was THX Stereo. Luckily Fox re-released THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE as a two-disc set and it was upgraded to the 5.1 Stereo sound. I hope Universal re-release EARTHQUAKE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This used to be one hell of a town, officer., 27 Mar 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earthquake [DVD] (DVD)
Earthquake is directed by Mark Robson and written by Mario Puzo and George Fox. It stars Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Ava Gardner, Geneviève Bujold, Lorne Greene, Richard Roundtree & Marjoe Gortner.

A catastrophic earthquake hits Southern California and begins to level Los Angeles......

"It's not a negative to have heart in the disaster genre of film"

Take yourself to 1974, are you there? Good, now maybe you can appreciate this film a little more? Maybe? Earthquake does suffer from old age, it's a statement we see and hear a lot, but it's a fact that some film's stand the test of time whilst others do not. In this desensitised computer age, it is easy to forget that not all the tools available in film making today were available back when film's like this were being made. So as is my want, I firmly judge this as a 1974 offering, to which it delivers enough entertainment to fully satisfy my genre leanings and entertainment persuasions.

The main complaint of many is the long build up of the characters, cries of boring can be read across internet forums and critics blogs. I just don't see it that way, yes we want the quake and the mayhem destruction that will follow it; because really this is a disaster film after all, but is it so bad that the film has heart to go with the crash bang wallop? After the build up of characters, where relationships and character traits are formed, the disaster strikes; and it doesn't disappoint, utter destruction as effects and noise fill the eyes and ears, those with a good home cinema system finding it literally does rock the house. We are then treated to a series of sequences that hold and engage our attention, upsetting passages of human sadness, punctured by heroic surges as Heston and the fabulous Kennedy set about saving life, hell! saving the town even. Then it's the film's fitting finale, where there are no cop outs, the makers choosing to go out with a darker edge than its detractors give credit for.

Some can scoff at a blood splat effect, or rant about some of the acting on show, but Earthquake achieves two important things. One is that it entertains as a visual experience, the other is that it doesn't soft soap the devastating effects of an earthquake. As the camera pulls away from a ravaged L.A. the impact is sombre, reflection is needed and surely got. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaken but not stirring, 28 Nov 2008
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earthquake [DVD] (DVD)
Earthquake was 1974's other big disaster movie, but despite the big budget and the `all-star' cast it's dated much worse than The Towering Inferno. Part of the problem is the soap operatics in the foreground, with Charlton Heston torn between neurotic wife Ava Gardner and his young mistress Genevieve Bujold taking centre-stage among various minor daytime soap subplots courtesy of writer Mario Puzo. Rather than making you care about the fate of the characters, they just leave you impatient for the quake to finally hit LA, but once it does there's not much focus to the destruction: whereas the S.S. Poseidon and the Glass Tower confined their characters in one perilous structure to add a sense of claustrophobia and tension, here the cast are spread all across the city when the aftershocks that cause the real damage and start depleting the cast arrive. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if the film had any real sense of scale to it, but despite the all-star cast and the big budget, it has the feel of a backlot movie rather than being shot on location. The film has the flat 70s TV-movie version lighting and photography that was a feature of most 70s Universal films, which just adds an extra helping of cheese to the proceedings. Even John Williams' score feels at times like a lounge music variation on his work on The Towering Inferno, as if the whole film was put together with whatever was lying around the studio. The result is watchable enough if you're in an undemanding mood, but resolutely unmemorable.

Of the supporting cast, George Kennedy's cop fares best while Lloyd Nolan comes off worst, all but fluffing his lines as if he'd only been given the script seconds before the camera started rolling. Of the remainder - Lorne Greene, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner, Victoria Principal - only Walter Matthau's drunk (billed as Walter Matuschanskwyaski and attired in a particularly memorable shirt and pimp’s hat) makes much impression in a running gag that sees him drift through the film unperturbed by the chaos. The DVD can't replicate the Senssurround effect that made the cinema seats rumble on its original release, and it doesn't come with any of the deleted scenes from the extended TV version - the only extra is a trailer - but it at least has an acceptable 2.35:1 widescreen transfer. Univeral's Bluray release is extras free and has a more problematic soundtrack while the transfer is rather disappointing, not offering much additional detail and suffering from some unnecessary edge enhancement.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earthquake, 6 Jan 2003
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Gavin Sharp (Aberdeen, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Earthquake [DVD] (DVD)
This has to go down as being one of he most exciting and best-executed film of all time. The actors enhance the reality of the disaster without being over the top resulting in a believable picture.
The film is also best remembered for its use of special effects, which show the evolution from early film making to the modern equivalent that relies so much upon capturing an audience with computer animation rather than a good, believable storyline.
It may also be noted that the success of the movie has been credited by its smaller scale recreation at 'Universal Studios' Florida, sum what enhancing the respect that this film is entitled too.
Without a doubt, this movie is an all time great, that holds its own with the likes of "The Towering Inferno" and "The Possidon Adventure"
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEVASTATING!!, 12 Aug 2001
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J. Harrison "70's Rule" (Dana Point, Ca. USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earthquake [VHS] [1974] (VHS Tape)
Even for a 70's era disaster flick, the special effects for the time are awesome, the quake looking rather real!! Actually, the special effects even beat out some of today's "disasters". Some of today's computer effects are just unreal in nature and don't compare with the originality of the effects from the 70's disaster movies. The 70's methods may be dated, but are sure REALISTIC!
On the richter scale, this film measures an 8.0
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest disaster movies ever made!, 14 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Earthquake [DVD] (DVD)
Certainly one of the greatest disaster movies ever made, and one of the biggest movies of the 70s. Stars Lorne Greene, Charlton Heston, George Kennedy and Ava Gardner. A story of ordinary life with everyday problems that swiftly melt into insignificance when a massive earthquake strikes and threatens the survival of a large city!

This has some great special effects for its day, and some interesting stories woven into the disaster. Also stars a young Victoria Principal (Dallas)

Great movie!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mono, 9 Aug 2007
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EARTHQUAKE is a great film but the only thing that spoils the DVD release on Region 1 and Region 2 and probably other Regions, it's always in Mono. The Region 1 laser disc version was in 5.1 Stereo sound and I can't understand why the sound was downgraded to Mono. This happened when THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE first came out on DVD, it was Mono and the laser disc version was THX Stereo. Luckily Fox re-released THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE as a two-disc set and it was upgraded to the 5.1 Stereo sound. I hope Universal re-release EARTHQUAKE.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Review - sadly flawed., 1 July 2013
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Adrian Drew (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earthquake [Blu-ray] [1974] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This is the same version as the American release and although it's superior to the DVD, it has major problems. The transfer has been digitally over sharpened which reduces the filmic qualities and - like so many other Universal transfers - creates a strange video effect and an un-natural appearance of "grain". I actually suspect there is also "machine noise" over the print which adds to the problem. The sound mix on the transfer is also bad as there is inadequate volume on the centre speech channels on both the 5.1 and 2.0 Sensurround track. That said the Blu Ray is certainly watchable and on a small TV these elements might go unnoticed but not on projection where these flaws show up much more clearly. To be frank it's similar to the disappointing mess of Universal's "Citizen Kane" and couple of its recent Hitchcock (eg "Marnie" and "Family Plot") and it should have been better. Universal really needs to get its act together. My criticisms about Earthquake have also been made by all the major blu ray review sites and over the problem of the low level speech channel they recommend boosting that channel on viewing the disk but frankly this really shouldn't have been necessary if the product had been properly transferred in the first place! I find it impossible to understand how a couple of Amazon reviewer have talked about the "wonderful" nature of a transfer which for me makes the film look it was shot through a nylon stocking, in a bee storm, where the speech channel is so far back it sounds as if the cast were talking in another room. There really is no excuse for this....
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