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Format: DVD
Sku: 202308230
UPC: 024543231707
UPC 14: 00024543231707
Rating: Game Rating Code
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One Tiny Spark Becomes A Night Of Blazing Suspense.
The Glass Tower is touted as the world's tallest building, and its owners are holding a huge gala to celebrate its completion. But the building contractors used cheap wiring to cut corners, against the recommendations of architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman), and a blaze starts in a janitor's closet. Soon the Glass Tower becomes the Towering Inferno as the fire quickly spreads upward, trapping the party guests. The firefighters can't fight the blaze fast enough and the fire chief (Steve McQueen) devises a daring and dangerous rescue, but not before a slew of spectacularly fiery deaths and heroics. Never fear, though: in the end humankind once again learns a valuable lesson about its arrogance!

"A camp classic disaster movie.  Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 335 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1974
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2233170
Video UPC UPC: 00024543231707
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Towering Inferno - DVD Review
By: Don Willmott DVD Reviews
Published on: 7/3/2009 10:48 PM
There is so much to love about The Towering Inferno it's hard to know where to begin. Steve McQueen and Paul Newman are together at last! Fred Astaire gets drenched! O.J. Simpson saves a cat! Faye Dunaway wears Dacron! As one of the first mid-'70s disaster epics (produced by the King of Disaster, Irwin Allen), this supersized burnfest inspired countless star-studded copycats and lives on today as a sort of camp classic of its kind. It doesn't have Red Buttons like The Poseidon Adventure does, and it doesn't have Victoria Principal's cleavage jiggling in the tremors of Earthquake, but it does have pretty much everything the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Faye Dunaway
Video Cast Info Fred Astaire
Video Cast Info Jennifer Jones
Video Cast Info O.J. Simpson
Video Cast Info Paul Newman
Video Cast Info Richard Chamberlain
Video Cast Info Steve McQueen
Video Cast Info Susan Flannery
Video Cast Info William Holden
Video Cast Info Carl Kress - Editor
Video Cast Info Frank M. Robinson - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Fred Koenekamp - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Harold F. Kress - Editor
Video Cast Info Irwin Allen - Director
Video Cast Info Irwin Allen - Producer
Video Cast Info John Guillermin - Director
Video Cast Info John Williams - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Stirling Silliphant - Screenplay
Video Cast Info William J. Creber - Production Designer
Plot Summary
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.


Oscar (1975)
Video Award Name Carl Kress, Harold F. Kress, Winner, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Fred Astaire, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globe (1975)
Video Award Name Fred Astaire, Winner, Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

Oscar (1975)
   Video Award Name Herman Lewis, Theodore Soderberg, Nominee, Best Sound
   Video Award Name Irwin Allen, Nominee, Best Picture

Golden Globe (1975)
   Video Award Name Jennifer Jones, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Joel Hirschhorn, Al Kasha, Nominee, Best Original Song

Oscar (1975)
Video Award Name Joel Hirschhorn, Al Kasha, Winner, Best Music, Song
   Video Award Name John Williams, Nominee, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Video Award Name Joseph F. Biroc, Fred J. Koenekamp, Winner, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Raphael Bretton, William J. Creber, Ward Preston, Nominee, Best Art Direction - Set Decoration

Golden Globe (1975)
   Video Award Name Stirling Silliphant, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Video Award Name Susan Flannery, Winner, Most Promising Newcomer

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...One of the best movies of its type ever made..." 04/02/1999 p.8E

Entertainment Weekly
"Disaster master Irwin Allen's thrilling Best Picture nominee is overflowing with classic instances of historical import..." 06/04/2004 p.35

DVD Veridct 7 of 10
My other complaint is one often heard by other DVD purists. Why do studios continually change the original poster artwork in exchange for some bland new photo spread of the actors for the box art? I will never understand that. - Patrick Naugle

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Was it that during hard times and uncertain world conditions we turned to escapist entertainment? Perhaps when we fear for ourselves, we go to disaster movies to face and exorcise greater fears. Or perhaps Hollywood simply rediscovered a dependable old genre and reinvigorated it with millions of bucks and lots of big-name stars. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Mcqueen,Steve
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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