The Towering Inferno [Blu-ray] [1974]

  • SKU: 9353978
  • Release Date: 07/14/2009
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 18)

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

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blazing Entertainment


    Blazing entertainment at it's finest! The plot was amazing and so was the long cast of famous actors of that era. Definatly got that 70's vibe and it even had the King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen. Which is enough reason to get the movie alone, in my oppinion. It's a mixture of suspense and classy drama all packed into an action film. Everytime I thought they were safe and out of danger another challenge presented itself and it kept going on and on right into the end of the film. I heard Steve McQueen did all or most of his own stunts too including the elevator scene? Wow, I'd strongly recomend this movie to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nominated for Best Picture?!

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    The main reason to purchase this film is to experience the blu ray's hi-def picture and sound. Both are excellent but the highlight is what comes through a top notch stereo system. The visual and aural experience make up for the inconsistent acting, inane plot and a script that is sometimes laughably bad. It's hard to believe that "The Towering Inferno" was nominated for Best Picture. However, if you don't take it too seriously (and have good electronics) there are worse ways to spend your time than watching this flick.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An exciting disaster film.

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    I think that "The Towering Inferno" was one of the greatest classic disaster films of all-time and it was also one of my favorite films of all-time. I really enjoyed all of the action, mystery, suspense and personal drama that kept this film very entertaining and enjoyable. I also think that "The Towering Inferno" had a really great, impressive and amazing cast, plot and personal storylines as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of, if not the first, disaster movies


    The main characters carry their weight well and, the effects were excellant for the time and do well over time. Newman and Mcqueen do well working off each other, and, you can easily dislike Chamberlain's character. The film does pick up dramatically after the fire alarm getting to the disaster part.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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    The 1970s big-budget disaster movie. Fantastic script and stunts padded with a phenomenal all-star cast. Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were superheroes in this that never seemed to catch a break. I felt the ending was a little lame based on the rest of the movie but still enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    That was one building I thought would never burn!

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    Disaster around every corner. How many errors were made in building the tallest building in San Francisco. You will have to watch to find out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best disaster films

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    What an excellent movie and an amazing cast. McQueen and Newman sharing the screen is worth the price of admission alone. Recent disaster movies don't hold a candle to this one. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great disaster movie for its day

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    This movie looks fantastic on Blu-ray. The story is your basic disaster scenario but seeing more than a few of the major actors of that era makes this movie a whole lot better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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