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The Towering Inferno [Blu-ray] [1974]

Release Date:07/14/2009
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (118 out of 122)

    Special Features

    • Audio Commentary by Film Historian F.X. Feeney
    • Scene-Specific Commentary by Mike Vézina, Special Effects Director on X-Men: The Last Stand, And Branko Racki, Stunt Coordinator: Montreal On The Day After Tomorrow
    • Over 30 Extended/Deleted Scenes
    • Inside The Tower: We Remember/Innovating Tower: The SPX of An Inferno
    • The Art of Towering
    • Irwin Allen: The Great Producer
    • Directing The Inferno
    • Putting Out Fire
    • Running On Fire
    • Still The World's Tallest Building
    • The Writer: Stirling Silliphant
    • AMC Backstory: The Towering Inferno
    • Storyboard-To-Film Comparisons
    • NATO Presentation Reel
    • Original "Making-Of" Featurettes
    • 1977 Irwin Allen Interview
    • Original Teaser, Trailer and The Poseidon Adventure Trailer
    • 3 Interactive Articles From American Cinematographer
    • Still Galleries
    • (Shot Compositions, Publicity, Behind-The-Scenes, Conceptual Sketches, Costumes)


    The Towering Inferno
    A skyscraper and an all-star cast go up in flames in Irwin Allen's classic disaster movie. To celebrate the construction of the Glass Tower, the world's tallest building, architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) and builder James Duncan (William Holden) hold a gala bash on the highest floors. Trouble is, Duncan's son-in-law and electrical subcontractor Roger Simmons (Richard Chamberlain) installed faulty wiring throughout the 138-story behemoth to save money. While the guests -- including Doug's lady friend (Faye Dunaway), a rich widow (Jennifer Jones), a con man (Fred Astaire), and a politico (Robert Vaughn) -- enjoy the party, and a security guard (O.J. Simpson) wonders why his equipment is on the fritz, a burnt-out circuit breaker ignites some garbage on the 85th floor, swiftly turning the high-rise into, well, a towering inferno. With the guests trapped on the 135th floor, it's up to Roberts and Fire Chief O'Hallorhan (Steve McQueen) to find a way to stop the blaze. Though not the first all-star '70s disaster movie (1970's Airport and 1972's The Poseidon Adventure preceded it), The Towering Inferno was the most popular and the most spectacular. In a move that would become more common in late-'90s blockbuster Hollywood, The Towering Inferno's mammoth production was mounted by two studios; screenwriter Stirling Silliphant combined the two novels owned by the studios into one saga. 1970s "shake 'n bake" maestro Allen, with co-director John Guillermin (Allen did the action sequences), tapped into deep fears about the fragility of modern life in the face of extreme natural phenomena, as well as into the envies and insecurities of middle-aged professional men. The Towering Inferno packed theaters and earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture; it won for Cinematography, Editing, and Song. While its heroic, no-nonsense men provided some traditional comfort, The Towering Inferno still might provoke second thoughts about going into a skyscraper. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Steve McQueen
      Steve McQueen - Fire Chief Michael O'Hallorhan
    • Paul Newman
      Paul Newman - Doug Roberts
    • William Holden
      William Holden - James Duncan
    • Faye Dunaway
      Faye Dunaway - Susan
    • Fred Astaire
      Fred Astaire - Harlee Claiborne

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