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"The Making of Luxor" (1994)

A neat historic and exclusive look at the famous pyramid still standing in Las Vegas.

You can't get any more exclusive than casino history, and Luxor is no exception. You're looking at an actual videotape release in the making of Luxor, the designs, the development and the ideas integrated as more than just another themed casino located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The man behind Luxor was William G. Bennett who acquired Circus Circus, then went forward in opening the Excalibur. He and Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc. set plans in developing an Egypt-themed hotel and casino on a 47-acre land not too far from Excalibur. The documentary went on to cover the development of the attraction filled with special effects, 3D animation and designs done in the making of the casino—in other words, it wasn't just a place to gamble but included areas deemed family and tourist friendly.

Talking about that part, I couldn't help but smile at the classic "retro" computers in usage while designers were working in collaboration with the project. If you're a graphic designer of any level, or a video editor, you may notice and recognize some of the software and animations used in their projects. Oh, and if you're a huge fan/collector of computer keyboards, you will see an IBM in action. Lastly, for those who still swear by CRT monitors, yes, you will see a lot of them on this presentation as a great trip done memory lane, technologically speaking. As a computer geek, it was a joy to glance at.

"Luxor is probably the most spectacular architectural statement in the world today, I think. It's a destination. It's the most high-tech evolution of accomodation of entertainment and gaming."
— Clyde Turner, President of Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc.


While majority of the film talked about the special effects and the actors involved, along with the creation of the tour attractions, you'll learn and find that the Luxor's 2,500 slot machines, hotel rooms, and a Sphinx made with 35 tons of ice made this one of the most exciting openings in casino history. The casino floor is 100,000 square feet and was completed in 18 months, and given its high-tech features, it's no wonder this place was highly anticipated. So much excitement and lots of hype, as former Nevada governor Bob Miller congratulated all who contributed and made this project what it is today. Bennett then proceeds to flip the switch to show the iconic light beam atop the pyramid, which according to narrator Eric Conger, the switch was flipped on October 14, 1993 at 6:45PM. Amazing! You then get first-hand reactions to Luxor's attraction and theme park-like rides from patrons. After a few final words about the casino overall, swearing they will never close—we hope not!—the film ends with credits.

As you can tell from the fourth picture on the image carousel above, this release comes in both the large and regular-sized spool tapes. Both play similarly but wanted to make mention, for all you VHS collectors out there.

Virtua Arcade at the Luxor!
(Click image above to watch the full documentary here at KCU + Plus!)

Perhaps it's me, having grown up in Nevada visiting my grandmother time and time again since birth, that films showcasing casino history excites me. It's a history you don't often learn anywhere else making it exclusive to those who work in the industry, local residents, current and/or former employees and more. As someone who prides himself being a retro video gamer and PC gamer, it's fun diving into the casino games, casino venues and what makes a casino run the way it is. Granted, such topic isn't for everyone, but as someone who very much marks Las Vegas as his second home, releases like this make me happy to watch, learn, be entertained and to add in my collection. Giving its niche target audience, if you're someone who like rare and exclusive releases like this, in relation to personal nostalgia, or just like anything related to casinos, I highly recommend this! The film was done and edited well, and the content was presented and told directly with none of the boring stuff. At under 30 minutes, this shouldn't take much of your time.

Thank you, Scott Morris, Circus Circus Enterprises and the entire Luxor staff for putting this together! Well done!

FEATURE PRESENTATION5/5

ARTWORK5/5

CONTENTS5/5

QUALITY5/5

PLUSES
  • An exclusive documentary that may or may not have had aired on TV.
  • Viewers learn Luxor was more than just another casino, as it developed into an attraction fun for the whole family.
  • Lots of "retro" tech can be found and seen here.
  • A few big-name creators were hired to help out with the casino's development.
  • A documentary that ought to be aired on public television.
MINUSES
  • Never re-released on DVD, Blu-ray or any modern format.
100% (A+)
Fan Rating
PROFILE
Title The Making of Luxor
Description The Making of Luxor is an entertaining and informative film about the building of the Luxor Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, and the creation of its hi-tech attractions by Hollywood special effects expert, Douglas Trumbull.

Look behind-the-scenes at the construction of the 30-story glass pyramid, and see how spectacular miniatures, special effects photography and engineering techniques are combined to provide audiences with cutting-edge entertainment experiences.

From pre-planning through grand opening day, The Making of Luxor reveals why Luxor is being called "the eighth wonder of the world."
ISBN / Bar Code number 4 77777 13472 4
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Audio Format Stereo
Tape Count One (1)
Genre Documentary / Special
Run Time 28 minutes. Actual time: 0:28:37
Language(s) English
Subtitles --
Closed Captioning ???
Rated --
VHS Release 1994 (???)
Specification Color
Produced by Scott Morris Productions, Inc. New York City || Circus Circus Enterprises
Cover Design Sarah Chabon
Cover Photo Neal Lauron
Production / Company Scott Morris Productions, Inc. New York City || Circus Circus Enterprises
Product / Item Number ???
Copyright © 1994 Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Other Formats ???
Quoted Reviews --
Other WARNING: Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized reproduction, distribution or exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures, videotapes or video discs. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by the FBI and may contribute a felony with a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
Credits
THE MAKING OF LUXOR





Directed, Written
and Produced by
SCOTT MORRIS



Executive Producer
DIANE PEARLMAN



Director of Photography
CHUCK CLIFTON



Editor
JENNIFER WOLLAN



Music
FREDERIC HARRIS



Narrator
ERIC CONGER



Production Manager
ANDY "WHEELS" ZUCH



Location Sound Mixer
SAMANTHA HEILWEIL



Camera Assistant
JAMES WILLIAMS



Gaffers
DANIEL CANTON
and
MARK WEINGARTNER
DAVID MAZUR



Grip/Utility
CHUCK CORNELIS



Production Coordinators
DAVID KLEBANOW
MARIA CRISCUOLO



Production Assistants
ALEX CLIFTON
MICHELLE CLIFTON
MARIO CASTELLANO



Assistant Editors
ALFRED VIOLA
MARYGRACE O'SHEA
NELSON SACRISTAN



Additional Photography
DANIEL CANTON
CHUCK BARBEE



Helicopter Pilot
MEL LARSON



Time Lapse Photography
HOOPER PRODUCTIONS
Las Vegas, Nevada



Lab
TECHNICOLOR
New York



Film-To-Tape Transfer
RICHARD DARE
The Tape House —
New York



On-Line Editor
ALAN WINDERBAUM
MAGNO VIDEO



Post Production
Sound Mixer
JOSEPH CASALINO
SERVISOUND



Special Thanks to
THE TRUMBULL
COMPANY, INC.

THE CAST
AND CREW OF
"SECRETS OF THE
LUXOR PYRAMID"

and
THE STAFF OF
LUXOR LAS VEGAS



A Production of
SCOTT MORRIS
PRODUCTIONS, INC.
New York City








©1994
CIRCUS CIRCUS
ENTERPRISES, INC.
All Rights Reserved.

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