Earthquake (Blu-ray)

Earthquake (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French
    • DTS Surround 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , , , , &
Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I know you'll laugh, but
  - I think we're going to have a really big quake."

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1974 - Best Sound
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Visual Effects
Academy Awards 1974 - Scientific or Technical Award

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 09/09/1994
"They really don't make 'em like this anymore." -- Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly - 06/04/2004
"There wasn't a boy in the 1970s who didn't get all giddy over this pleasing and plot-light demolition derby..."

Product Description:

This essential 1970s disaster epic, with a script co-authored by Mario Puzo (THE GODFATHER), centers around a devastating earthquake in Los Angeles and the shocking aftermath it causes. The all-star cast is led by Charleton Heston as a construction engineer whose marital problems supply him with plentiful stress before the quake even hits. The film was presented theatrically with a sound process known as "Sensurround," which caused cinemas to physically vibrate during quake sequences.

Plot Synopsis:

The lives of several Angelenos are shaken up when the Big One hits Los Angeles. Heading the gigantic, star-studded cast is Charlton Heston as an adulterous engineer and Ava Gardner as his jealous wife. Other characters include an Evel Knievel-like daredevil, a psychotic grocery store manager, and a hot-tempered cop -- all of whom respond to the disaster in a variety of ways, ranging from heroic to deranged.

Plot Keywords:

1970s | Action | Adventure | All-Star | Blockbuster | California | Disaster | Disasters | Escape | Essential Cinema | Hollywood | Los Angeles, California | Love Affairs | Love Triangles | Recommended | Special Effects | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Cinematography. Academy Awards: Best Sound.
  • Color by Technicolor.
  • Originally released in Sensurround, a sound system which creates low-frequency vibrations that simulate the sensation of small tremors in the theater. Universal charged exhibitors $500 a week for use of the system. A warning for the faint-hearted flashed on the screen before the film began.
  • Additional cast members: Scott Haylands (Assistant Dam Caretaker); Tiger Williams (Corry Marshall). Walter Matthau is credited under his real name, Walther Matuschanskavasky.
  • Additional technical credit: Jack McMasters, special effects.
  • Waldon O. Watson, Richard J. Stumpf, Robert J. Leonard and the Universal City Studios Sound Department received a Class II Technical Award for the development and engineering of the Sensurround System for motion picture presentation.
  • The disaster movie was a unique phenomenon of the 1970s. "The Poseidon Adventure," about the sinking of a giant ocean liner, was the movie that launched (no pun intended) the mini-genre. Other entries, besides "Earthquake," include "The Towering Inferno" and the "Airport" movies. All disaster movies conformed to a similar plan: a vast array of characters (portrayed by movie stars and celebrities), usually trapped in one place together (airplane, skyscraper, ocean liner), confront a major calamity. Though these characters are plagued by a variety of personal problems, they are all linked by their common fight for survival.
  • Copyright 1974 Universal Pictures.

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  • Sales Rank: 121,021
  • UPC: 025192186479
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