S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
If there was one thing that
guaranteed bums on seats during the 70s it was disaster films. The undisputed
king of the genre was Irwin Allen. But while he sank cruise liners and wreaked
havoc in a skyscraper, producer and director Mark Robson went that bit further
and reduced Los Angeles to rubble in "Earthquake".
NOTE: When the movie premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1974, it was shown in "Sensurround" (with heavy bass speakers set on the floor around the theater). During testing, the 1600-watt sound system actually cracked the plaster in the ceiling, so a giant net had to be rigged above the seats to catch any pieces of falling plaster that may have shaken loose during the low bass rumble of earthquake sequences.
Theatrical Release: November 15th, 1974
DVD Review: Universal - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Universal Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
|70's Disaster Flicks Invasion|
Average Bitrate: 8.67 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Sensurround 3.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English (hoh), French, Spanish, None|
Wow - what an image... Wow - no extras - not even a chapter menu!?
With only a shade of digital noise in the backgrounds this image is sharp as a tack. As good as the recent two other comparative films (The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno) BUT unlike Fox - Universal has absolutely no extra features on this DVD. I am aware another digital edition came out in 2001 but surely this must blow it away in regards to the transfer. Colors, detail, contrast all look quite exceptional. The 'Sensurround" track is nice addition but, of course, it doesn't compare to the real theatrical experience. Subtitles are very good and the 5.1 audio track seems to better compliment viewing. So why no extras? Regretful, but Universal seems to embrace these pragmatic packages. Price is excellent for the impeccable image and sound.
The film is probably the hokiest of the bunch of 70's disaster yarns, but still retains some charm with all the star power. I love a shaking camera translating to a tremor - but with this quality image it was a great time for only $11.