Interesting, I must have originally seen one of the longer versions (either the 141 minute version that was padded for television and called Earth’s Final Fury or the 121 minute theatrical version). At a slim 109 minutes, obviously a lot was cut out. Since they don’t charge DVDs by the minute, one wonders why they sliced this baloney so thin. In this version they left out the subplot of Edward Albert (Brian) being James Franciscus’ (Bob Spangler) illegitimate younger half brother and part-owner of the resort. Spangler keeps this secret to himself. Poor Brian ends up just another employee, the general manager, and his fringe benefit (fiancée Lolani) is playing hanky-panky with his older brother of a different mother. They cut out all the good parts!!!
Be that as it may, this is still a fun piece of absolute crap. A total bomb when it hit the theaters, forcing Irvin Allen to give up on theatrical releases from then on, sticking to television instead. When interviewed later, if he regretted making any film, Newman said “that volcano movie!” Fortunately, he was well paid for his part in this travesty. As for poor William Holden, he was miffed when forced to take second billing to Newman on two Irwin Allen flicks in a row (first The Towering Inferno, now this!).