I'm going to do Earthquake soon, and I've got the Towering Inferno disc on order - Towering Inferno is probably the one I'm looking forward to more out of those two.It's been a while since I saw it, but when I did, Earthquake help up pretty good, just like The Towering Inferno still does. I still like the idea of a large cast, slowly introduced to you as the disaster is pending, and you don't know who'll live and who'll die, which is why I still think the original ID4 was a great homage to those classic disaster movies, even including a fallen girl having the obligatory heart of gold, even making frineds with the first lady
I can still remember the SENSURROUND of Earthquake, awesome!
MODERATOR'S NOTE: This thread dedicated to Disaster Films was culled from a pre-existing thread on the topic of the Die Hard films--hence the occasional references to Die Hard (which might not make complete sense!). But let the love for destruction and mayhem (and Irwin Allen) begin!
Still in my top ten list, along with almost every James Cameron film. One of my favorites, much older, is "The Towering Inferno". I just enjoy these "disaster" types of movies.[/QUOTE
THE TOWERING INFERNO is a much loved favourite I saw it many times in 70mm on a huge curved screen.The recent Asian remake OUT OF INFERNO (in 3-D) is a classic.THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE was also great,especially in 70mm.Brillliant cast and story .A NIGHT TO REMEMBER is still the best of the best as far as disaster movies go for me.TITANIC was an enjoyable, mostly fictitious soap opera with a couple of dreadful special effects. They looked even worse in 70mm.
AWFUL"Earthquake" was awful. Some of the special effects, and the matte paintings were so obvious. The shaking of the camera, etc. Watch some of the scenes with windows falling out of buildings. There is one shot where there are people on a sidewalk, glass falling down, and the glass just magically vanishes. 14 years old and I noticed how bad the effects were.
Then that horrible effect with the elevator dropping and the cartoony blood splat.
"Towering Inferno" was so well done. Bought the DVD years ago, lots of behind the scenes stuff. Miniature building, helicopter fly-overs and more. It's not perfect, obvious that some of the flames from the outside view were with a miniature, but definitely one of the best "disaster" films.