Conclusion: The original 'Airport' isn't as campy as its over-the-top sequels, which is kind of a shame, but this blueprint for the modern disaster flick still delivers the goods with an all-star cast, dovetailing story threads, plenty of action, and a gaggle of hysterical extras. Solid video and audio transfers punch up the spectacle, but the lack of extras specifically devoted to the film is disappointing.
Excerpt: The Film It's hard to image a disaster film getting released with a G rating. Well, this is 1970, people -- or it was. And this is no ordinary disaster film; it's Airport . Airport is the film that paved the way for disaster films. That said, it asks for a lot in return. Based on the Arthur Hailey novel, Airport is more of a serial drama, with an insane amount of characters that have a lot of baggage -- and not the kind you can check at the carousel.
Conclusion: Airport was old fashioned even in 1970 when it was released, and that characteristic is only more noticeable now over forty years after the film's original release. Does that mean the film is worthless? Hardly. This is big budget, ultra glossy entertainment, slickly produced and directed and featuring a slew of well known actors playing to their own particular strengths.