- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 28, 2001
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Imax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
USA Today - 02/25/1994
"...This Oscar-nominated IMAX documentary is the real thing, a visceral look at how firefighters from 10 countries spent nine months suffocating blazes in 607 oil wells..."
A breathtaking look inside the massive oil well fires in Kuwait, started by Saddam Hussein's retreating troops during the Gulf War. A war atrocity unmatched in sheer grandiose destructiveness, this disaster required the help of more than 10,00 firefighters from around the world. Filmed in the widescreen IMAX format. Academy Award Nominations: Best Documentary Feature.
The "Fires of Kuwait" were caused by returning Iraqi troops who sabotaged more than 600 oil wells. The video begins in blackness, then towering firestorms fill the screen. An aerial view reveals a row of blazing out-of-control oil wells far into the distance, filling the sky with smoke and blocking out all sunlight.