I can still remember at the age of 11, going to a small theater outside of the Garden State Mall in Paramus to see Irwin Allen's production of The Towering Inferno. At that time, I had never heard of Irwin Allen nor seen his prior success, The Poseidon Adventure. It didn't matter! It was simply an amazing experience to see this huge blockbuster disaster film on the big screen, and since that day, I have always treasured this film more than any of his others. I was ecstatic to hear that Fox was giving Special Edition treatment to both The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. I received both today, and immediately was interested in seeing how much the studio improved upon the original release. I started by watching the original DVD that was released back in 1998. At first glance watching the opening credits, I thought the transfer didn't look half bad....that is, until I popped in the new Special Edition. What a significant improvement! You would never realize how muddy the transfer and audio of the original release was until you saw this new transfer. There is a great sense of improved clarity and natural coloring. Here are some screenshots OLD and NEW... As you can see, the improvements are not just subtle ones. This new transfer looks significantly better. Here's a look at the menus from Disc One and Disc Two... I must add that Fox did a tremendous job with the Special Features on this DVD. I quickly browsed through the material on Disc Two and found myself immediately involved with the featurettes. The one I liked in particular was an original Nato Presentation Reel that basically has a camera following Irwin Allen onto the Fox lot, into his Production offices, and takes a look at some of the early pre-production that is being put into the release of the film. It's also sort of funny to see this reel presenting some scheduled Irwin Allen projects that never made it to release. There are also some really terrific featurettes that I saw as a kid on television. One of the featurettes takes us through a carefully choreographed filming of the climatic scene in the observation banquet room where everyone has tied themselves down to tables and posts. There's all kinds of material here to wade through including storyboard- to-film comparisons, still photo galleries and even 30 extended/deleted scenes. I gotta even give credit to the studio for using the film's original poster art for the cover. This is something you rarely get from the studios these days, and it is certainly a welcome addition here as I had always loved that poster. I haven't even scratched the surface of this Special Edition DVD for the mere fact that it was more important for me to provide all of you with an early look and and a hearty recommendation that this is one title worth double-dipping for.