The Towering Inferno (Blu-ray)

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 4.0 - English
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Mono - Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette:
      1. "Inside the Tower: We Remember"
      2. "Innovating Tower: The SPFX of An Inferno"
      3. "The Art of Towering"
      4. "Irwin Allen: The Great Producer"
      5. "Directing the Inferno"
      6. "Putting Out Fire"
      7. "Running On Fire"
      8. "Still The Worlds Tallest Building"
      9. "The Heart of Disaster: Stirling Silliphant"
      10. "AMC Backstory: THE TOWERING INFERNO"
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. F.X. Feeney - Film Historian
      2. Mike Venzina - Special Effects Director, Branko Racki - Stunt Coordinator (Specific Scenes)
  • Additional Products:
    • Lobby Cards

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1974 - Best Cinematography: Fred Koenekamp & Joseph Biroc
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Original Song: Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 04/02/1999
"...One of the best movies of its type ever made..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/04/2004
"Disaster master Irwin Allen's thrilling Best Picture nominee is overflowing with classic instances of historical import..."

Product Description:

A horrible fire engulfs the world's largest skyscraper trapping a group of people on the top floor. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: 3, Best Cinematography, Best Song ("We May Never Love Like This Again"), Best Editing.

Product Description:

A dedication ceremony at the world's tallest skyscraper turns into a high-rise catastrophe when a defective wire in its systems-control panel causes an electrical flare-up. Within minutes the gala event turns into a hellish inferno, as a raging fire traps society's most prominent citizens on the top floor. Winner of three Academy Awards, this spectacular suspense thriller features dazzling special effects and a star studded cast including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and Faye Dunaway.

Plot Synopsis:

One hundred and thirty stories of glass and steel pierce the landscape, a monument to architectural know-how and the power of money. But the builders have taken some cash-saving shortcuts, and it takes just one spark from an electric current to set off a disaster.
During a celebratory party full of wealthy movers and shakers, the tower bursts into flames, and chaos erupts as the raging force of nature envelopes the structure. A courageous fire captain on the outside and the desperate architect trapped inside struggle to save the guests from the fire created by their greedy manipulations.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Adventure | All-Star | Blockbuster | Disaster | Essential Cinema | Recommended | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Warner Brothers, which owned Richard Martin Stern's "The Tower," and 20th Century Fox, which owned Thomas N. Scotia and Frank Robinson's "The Glass Inferno," joined artistic and financial forces to produce this film. It cost approximately $14 million to make and made $55 million in domestic release and $150 million worldwide.
  • Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision.
  • 200 stunts were performed by 100 stunt doubles; however stars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman both preferred to do their own stunt work, including the last one where they were tied down along with the rest of the guests, and millions of gallons of water were released on top of them.
  • Additional cast: Elizabeth Rogers (Lady in Buoy), Ann Leicester (Guest), Norman Grabowski (Flaker), Olan Soule (Johnson), Carlena Gower (Angela Allbright), Carol McEvoy (Mrs. Allbright), Paul Comi (Tim), George Wallace (Chief Officer), Patrick Culliton (Technician), Erik Nelson (Wes), and Art Ballinger (Announcer).
  • Additional credits: Orville Hallbert (camera operator action sequences), Ted Keep (scoring mixer), Don White and Phil Ball (assistant directors), Vanderveer Photo Effects (opticals), and Pacific Title (titles).
  • The producers gratefully acknowledged the cooperation of:
    San Francisco Fire Department
    San Francisco Board of Fire Commissioners
    Keith P. Calden, Chief of San Francisco Fire Dept.
    Los Angeles City Fire Department
    Los Angeles City Board of Fire Commissioners
    Raymond M. Hill, Chief of Los Angeles Fire Dept.
  • Dedication: To those who give their lives so that others might live -- to the fire fighters of the world - this picture is gratefully dedicated.
  • "The Towering Inferno" was actress Jennifer Jones' last screen appearance.
  • The laserdisc version includes the original theatrical trailer.

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  • UPC: 024543600008
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