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DVDBeaver has a review up with screencaps. http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDRev...dvd_review.htm
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The trouble with Towering Inferno is that, while flame on celluloid looks great it looks nowhere near as good on a home video set-up.
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Bottom line, though, is this is the best this film has ever looked on home video, bar none.

Now, hopefully we'll get The Poseidon Adventure soon…
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This blu-ray replaces my HDNet version which was lost. I love this movie. It has so many big stars and fire and disaster provide interesting subject matter. There are so many interesting character sketches. I think movies were much more dramatic in this time period. There were no cell phones for people to use to make emergency contact if the regular phones failed. With respect for all parties involved and saying this sensitively, I hope, this movie makes me think of the World Trade Center. No offence meant to anyone who may have been affected. It is definately a great piece of movie making. They cannot and will not ever make them like this again. I am very happy to have this movie in my blu-ray collectiion. Disaster movies really appeal to me and to me this one is really good quality. I am really enjoying watching it.
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Just saw my copy last night. This Movie looks dammed good on BD and is a welcome replacement for my original issue non anamorphic DVD.

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Hope to watch today (gotta carve out 3 hours).

Somehow this film fell through the cracks ...and this will be my first time watching it ...ever!
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Hope to watch today (gotta carve out 3 hours).

Somehow this film fell through the cracks ...and this will be my first time watching it ...ever!

This is a great movie overall. The Cast is superb and the Story is good, Unlike Backdraft or Ladder 49, The firefighters are not the entire focus of the movie but the firefighting action is excellent, even for a 1974 movie. This is one of those movies like Guns of Navarone and the Sand Pebbles which I hope to share with my newborn some day.

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It's a fun, entertaining movie - clearly the best of the 70's disaster genre.

It also boasts my favorite plot contrivance of all time: the always-a-problem overturned wheelbarrow of hardened concrete outside a grand ballroom's exit. Man, I hate it when that happens.
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It's a fun, entertaining movie - clearly the best of the 70's disaster genre.

It also boasts my favorite plot contrivance of all time: the always-a-problem overturned wheelbarrow of hardened concrete outside a grand ballroom's exit. Man, I hate it when that happens.

Yeah; I also never though Firefighters actually carried C-4 in their bunker gear
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Forgive the long post.

Did anyone notice a lack of bass? I purchased the original dvd, the special edition, and the bluray. I compared two scenes the evalutate the bass and surround activity.

SURROUND: The two quick shots where the people were burning up in the express elevator and the pov was in the middle of them.

BASS:
The scene where the building is exploding in a straight line to the elevator that Newman rigged to only go down.

Surround:
Original dvd: Heard the people specifically screaming in the surround speakers.
Special edition & Blu-ray (dts hd): Barely audible, more of an ambient sound.

Bass:
Original dvd: You felt the explosions leading up the elevator.
Special edition & Blu-ray (dts hd): Considerably less bass.

In fact I had to turn up the bass level on my receiver all the way up and adjust the sub itself just to get the same bass on the blu-ray as the original dvd, which I shoudn't have to do.

According to IMDB.com there were 2 stereo soundtracks for TTI: a 4-track 35mm and a 6-track 70mm which, I believe in those days, had a baby-boom track for the extra bass. I'm thinking (and I would appreciate confirmation) that maybe the dolby 5.1 from the original dvd was mastered from the 6-track and the blu-ray dts-hd ma was mastered from the 4-track (the SE dvd had the 4.0). In fact when I switched between the dts and the dolby 4.0 on the blu-ray there wasn't that much difference.

The picture on the BD was much improved, but I want my hd sound too. Now I checked my system to make sure the settings were correct. Through my Panny BD-55 I'm running the analog cables to my Denon receiver (no hdmi) which has a setting to increase the subwoofer channel by up to 15db (which is set to) since the analog output is 10db less . The first 'flyby' in Top Gun scared me so much that I was afraid to play the ending. The scene in Transformers where the autobot swept over the woman in slow motion almost, well that scene could put Viagra out of business. And Predator 2 had serious athority. Those examples do not even compare to the dvd.

Again, could anyone check to see if the 4.0 stereo track was used to create the dts hd ma soundtrack? Thank you for your patience.
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Oh yeah, I heard virtually ZERO bass on the TI Blu Ray (not going to change my settings just for one movie), even during the big explosion at the end. Disappointing, yes, but still enjoyed the movie.

Blu Ray... 3-D TV... 4K... I Like New STUFF!!!

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On its way from Netflix. Looking forward towards checking this one out in the next few days.
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My new projector arrived, it's time to watch this movie (probably tomorrow).

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a very strategically phrased comment on the back of this disc - "it's even more towering on blu-ray". no 1080P, crystal clear, eye-popping visuals type blurb to be found here. and i can see why. oh boy, can i see why.

i know this is a film from the 70s. so i expect grain. i expect a bit of softness. i expect no WOW-POW giddy inducing visuals. that's fine. bring it on. i can live with these limitations.

but ...

it looks sh!t. there's no other way for me to accurately describe what i'm seeing here. "sh!t" really covers it quite nicely.

the PQ bounces around a lot. one minute it's excessively grainy and looks like a blurry mess. other minutes, it looks like over processed video with ZERO fine detail. or even good detail for that matter. i suspect some filtering has come into play. it just doesn't look like film to me. there's some grain, but it looks suspicious reduced.

and we get some nice force fields around characters in scenes of high contrast. so some sharpening or something else more gruesome going on here ?

in terms of real detail, this looks better than the DVD but doesn't even seem to scale the heady heights of 720p. perhaps less than 720P.

but whatever. total waste of money for me. the films OK, but i thought it would be cool to own this one on BLU for the visuals, even dated visuals. i had set my expectations low. apparently not low enough.

i've seen 70s films on blu (dog day afternoon, dirty harry etc) and they looked pretty good. this was a big budget production. why does it look like this ?

watching on : JVS RS1 110 inch from 1.2 screen widths away
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Just finishing watching this. I was pretty impressed with the actual movie as I had never seen it before. I usually find a lot of 70's movies like this to be pretty cheesy but this held up pretty well IMO. I really like Newman and McQueen plus it's always nice to see Faye Dunnaway in her younger days

The PQ is ok but not great. I suspect either it was shot really soft (after all there is so much of it in the dark and smoke and from likely difficult camera spots) or there has been a good amount of DNR done on this one but it is still watchable. I can't compare to any other version of this one but it's likely the best there is out there. The AQ is pretty decent but for the age but isn't really more than stereo.

EDIT: I also did notice the lack of Bass. There were lots of cases in this one where you'd expect a lot but none that I noticed. I think I saw one of the tracks being a 4.0. Maybe the 5.1 is really just a 4.0 in a 5.1 package.
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Bottom line, though, is this is the best this film has ever looked on home video, bar none.

Now, hopefully we'll get The Poseidon Adventure soon…

I'll second that relative to The Poseidon Adventure.
Hopefully they release it along with the sequel Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. Both looked pretty darn good on InHD channel before they turned the channel off. Unfortunately I didnt have the firewire DVR working at the time.
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Love this film,will pick one.
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I'm very late to this thread. I just spotted TTI Blu-Ray at a store, thought "Hey, cool, I remember seeing that in the theater as a kid" and grabbed it.

Having watched it I like the picture quality (quite sharp in places, though uneven). Sound is fine. But the main thing is the cinematic experience was fantastic in my home theater. The big wide-screen compositions and grandness of the story and images was
a treat. But what really amazed me was how great the FX held up and how absorbing the movie was. I was on the edge of my seat many times. The almost all-practical FX were very real and convincing. Further, what a cast. Paul Newman was engaging as usual, but Steve McQueen was just perfect in his Fire Chief role. He had the perfect understated confidence, delivery and sense of "experience" that really sold the role.

Another thing I just loved was the way watching this Blu-Ray of a big early 70's movie was like a trip back in time. The image was often like you could walk into it, and it was just so fun to roam the set for all those 70's details.

And...I had forgotten that John Williams had done a very well regarded score for this movie. Bonuses all around.

All in all a surprisingly satisfying purchase!

(Now I'm wondering how The Poseidon Adventure holds up compared to The Towering Inferno. I only ever saw that movie in pieces on TV as a kid).

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I'm very late to this thread. I just spotted TTI Blu-Ray at a store, thought "Hey, cool, I remember seeing that in the theater as a kid" and grabbed it.

Having watched it I like the picture quality (quite sharp in places, though uneven). Sound is fine. But the main thing is the cinematic experience was fantastic in my home theater. The big wide-screen compositions and grandness of the story and images was
a treat. But what really amazed me was how great the FX held up and how absorbing the movie was. I was on the edge of my seat many times. The almost all-practical FX were very real and convincing. Further, what a cast. Paul Newman was engaging as usual, but Steve McQueen was just perfect in his Fire Chief role. He had the perfect understated confidence, delivery and sense of "experience" that really sold the role.

Another thing I just loved was the way watching this Blu-Ray of a big early 70's movie was like a trip back in time. The image was often like you could walk into it, and it was just so fun to roam the set for all those 70's details.

And...I had forgotten that John Williams had done a very well regarded score for this movie. Bonuses all around.

All in all a surprisingly satisfying purchase!

(Now I'm wondering how The Poseidon Adventure holds up compared to The Towering Inferno. I only ever saw that movie in pieces on TV as a kid).

Poseidon doesn't hold up as well IMHO, but I think it also looks quite good on Blu-ray.

But, yes, TTI is a wonderful home theater experience and the film holds up just fine. I think it's about time to re-watch it!


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