Towering Inferno-Special Edition

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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!


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202308230
UPC 024543231707
UPC 14 00024543231707
Format DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Irwin Allen
John Guillermin
Paul Newman
William Holden
Steve McQueen
Jennifer Jones
Cast & Crew
Carl Kress - Editor
Faye Dunaway - Actor
Frank M. Robinson - Based on Novel By
Fred Astaire - Actor
Fred Koenekamp - Cinematographer
Harold F. Kress - Editor
Irwin Allen - Director
Irwin Allen - Producer
Jennifer Jones - Actor
John Guillermin - Director
John Williams - Musical Score
O.J. Simpson - Actor
Paul Newman - Actor
Richard Chamberlain - Actor
Steve McQueen - Actor
Stirling Silliphant - Screenplay
Susan Flannery - Actor
William Holden - Actor
William J. Creber - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1974
Catalog ID 2233170
UPC 00024543231707
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 335 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1975) Carl Kress, Harold F. Kress, Winner, Best Film Editing,Fred Astaire, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Herman Lewis, Theodore Soderberg, Nominee, Best Sound,Irwin Allen, Nominee, Best Picture,Joel Hirschhorn, Al Kasha, Winner, Best Music, Song,John Williams, Nominee, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score,Joseph F. Biroc, Fred J. Koenekamp, Winner, Best Cinematography,Raphael Bretton, William J. Creber, Ward Preston, Nominee, Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Golden Globe (1975) Fred Astaire, Winner, Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture,Jennifer Jones, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture,Joel Hirschhorn, Al Kasha, Nominee, Best Original Song,Stirling Silliphant, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Susan Flannery, Winner, Most Promising Newcomer
ReviewSource DVD Veridct
Review 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.
Reviewer Patrick Naugle
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Mcqueen,Steve
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall A camp classic disaster movie.

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