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Old 05-02-2016, 03:12 AM   #321
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Very true. But with EARTHQUAKE, they actually shot some new scenes (not all) for the network to make it longer. The whole subplot with Debralee Scott and the airplane trying to land at LAX right during the earthquake (which was the "cliffhanger" ending for the network's first night installment) was all shot afterwards. Some other additional scenes, too, were shot later at the network's request to pad the running time.

But I think most of the other longer tv-versions back then were made up of unused footage from the original production.
TWO MINUTE WARNING also had a huge amount of material shot long after the film was released that radically altered it. The film is about a deranged lone sniper at the LA Coliseum during a football game. From what I remember (I saw it on TV years ago), the new material involves a bunch of new characters planning an art heist at an LA museum, who explain that the sniper is actually a diversion they have arranged to distract the cops. The whole art theft plot, which runs parallel to the main plot, was shot just for TV, with a different cast.
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wow, that's an ancient memory that I have a very faint recollection of... it would sure be fun to have some of these "TV' scenes as extras on these releases...
I found two of her scenes from the longer TV version on YouTube:


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Old 05-06-2016, 06:00 PM   #323
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I have the DVD already but will get the BD.
Be prepared to turn down the sharpening on your TV. It is the first Blu-Ray I have ever watched or owned that requires reducing the sharpness, otherwise it looks pretty awful most times with grain greatly overemphasized as a result. It's not a very sharp scan of the original film to begin with and then some idiot got carried away with sharpening it. Once you turn down the sharpening it's still below average in image quality, though much more watchable. Unfortunately it doesn't have that biting detail of Charleton Heston's Omega Man. A real shame.
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Be prepared to turn down the sharpening on your TV. It is the first Blu-Ray I have ever watched or owned that requires reducing the sharpness, otherwise it looks pretty awful most times with grain greatly overemphasized as a result. It's not a very sharp scan of the original film to begin with and then some idiot got carried away with sharpening it. Once you turn down the sharpening it's still below average in image quality, though much more watchable. Unfortunately it doesn't have that biting detail of Charleton Heston's Omega Man. A real shame.
Just so I'm understanding this correctly, you're saying it's sharp?
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Just so I'm understanding this correctly, you're saying it's sharp?
It's been over-sharpened. Turning down the sharpness in your TV will make it much more viewable.
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Old 05-06-2016, 08:45 PM   #326
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This would be great for the three people who have Dbox....
2 broke. But that 1 lucky person is now getting the last laugh.......!
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I found two of her scenes from the longer TV version on YouTube:

Earthquake-TV-Way-More-Airplane.m4v - YouTube

Earthquake-TV-Last-More-Airplane.m4v - YouTube

Great extra footage! Would've been nice to have that on the blu ray.

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Old 02-10-2017, 09:32 PM   #328
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I'm sure back when Universal produced the film it probably had a somewhat high budget. But by today's standards it looks and feels like an Indie. Albert Whitlock did some remarkable work back then for this film and others.

Also, there was so much anticipation for films like this in 1974. I remember it coming out with the new sensation "Sensurround" and the thrill of watching it when the first precursor tremor hit and the rumble from the speakers as Ava Gardner leaped from her bed. It was thrilling.
Actually I remember seeing Earthquake at The Zeigfeld in NY 70mm and the first tremor with Ava on her bed didn't have Sensurround I remember like it was yesterday saying to myself how disappointed I was with the sound, then the major quake hit and wow after the quake ended I realized I had dropped my popcorn on the floor! I also remember in that showing it had the Prologe about the San Andreas fault that i've only seen on the TV version. So I believe the 70mm prints carry this opening unless it was a roadshow version.
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