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Ivan Reitman's comedy Twins comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include production notes, and biographies of the cast. This is a sub-par release from Universal.
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Overview

Ivan Reitman's comedy Twins comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include production notes, and biographies of the cast. This is a sub-par release from Universal.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

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In Twins, Arnold Schwarzenegger tries his hand at straight comedy for the first time and surprises with a very funny performance. Perhaps it's not too surprising, given how Schwarzenegger wisecracked his way through action movies, but with Twins he proves he can do full-fledged comedy. While Schwarzenegger often plays the straight man for co-star Danny De Vito, he also has his own moments, highlighted by a hilarious facial expression he offers after his Julius Benedict character experiences sex for the first time. Just the sight of Schwarzenegger in short pants and Chuck Taylor All-Stars is funny enough, but he also supplies plenty of charm and comic timing. In retrospect, it could have been beginner's luck, as Schwarzenegger failed to recapture the magic in subsequent comedies like Junior. Twins is essentially a one-joke movie, a running gag playing off the physical differences between Schwarzenegger and De Vito. It works, though, because the pair have good chemistry. There's a true brotherly feeling between them that makes the comedy seem less manipulated. Sometimes, though, the sweetness strays into treacly sentimentality; Twins suffers most when it strays from its one joke. An unfortunate gangster subplot gives Schwarzenegger an excuse to do some action toward the end, but it spoils the joy of seeing him do comedy. Fortunately, director Ivan Reitman keeps it from getting out of hand, allowing the movie to stay reasonably consistent in its gentle tone through the end. Reitman operates in his usual style -- pleasantly funny, but not especially inventive. Playing the stars' love interests, Chloe Webb and Kelly Preston are charming and witty comedic foils. Incidentally, an 18-year-old Heather Graham made one of her first big-screen appearances in the uncredited, nonspeaking role of the twins' young mother.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/1998
  • UPC: 025192026621
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,751

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Julius Benedict
Danny DeVito Vincent Benedict
Kelly Preston Marnie Mason
Chloe Webb Linda Mason
Bonnie Bartlett Mary Ann Benedict
Marshall Bell Webster
Trey Wilson Beetroot McKinley
Tony Hymans Keyboards
Dendrie Allyn Taylor Female Neighbor
David Caruso Al Greco
Hugh O'Brian Granger
Tony Jay Werner
Nehemiah Persoff Mitchell Traven
Maury Chaykin Burt Klane
Tom McCleister Bob Klane
David Efron Morris Klane
Peter Dvorsky Peter Garfield
Robert Harper Gilbert Larsen
Rosemary Dunsmore Miss Busby
Lora Milligan Stewardess
Richard de Faut Custodian
Richard Portnow Chop Shop Owner
S.A. Griffin Hollywood Biker
Billy Lucas Hollywood Biker
Lew Hopson Cop
Frances Bay Mother Superior
Marvin J. McIntyre McKinley's Man
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Oriental Man
Wayne Grace Cell Guard
Thomas Wagner Visiting Room Guard
Tyrone Jones Mover
Elizabeth Kaitan Secretary
Tom Platz Granger, Son
Roger Callard Granger, Son
Jason Reitman Granger Grandson
Catherine Reitman Granger Granddaughter
Sven Ole Thorsen Sam Klane
Gus Rethwisch Dave Klane
Linda Porter Painter
Bruce McBroom Handsome Father
Joseph Medjuck Photographer
Frank Davis Security Guard
John Michael Bolger Security Guard
Steve Reevis Indian
Jeff Beck Lead Guitarist
Terry Bozzio Drums
Nicolette Larson Singer
Jill Avery Bass Player
Heather Graham Young Mary Ann Benedict (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director, Producer
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Dustin Blauvelt Camera Operator
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Donn Cambern Editor
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Michael Chinich Casting
William Davies Screenwriter
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Peter Giuliano Asst. Director
William Goldman Screenwriter
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael J. Gross Executive Producer
Timothy Harris Screenwriter
Sheldon Kahn Associate Producer, Editor
Katerine Kotorakos Makeup
Joel Kramer Stunts
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Joe Medjuck Executive Producer
William Osborne Screenwriter
Nancy Patton Set Decoration/Design
Paula Smuin Choreography
Jim Teegarden Set Decoration/Design
Ed Verreaux Set Decoration/Design
John Thomas Walker Set Decoration/Design
Herschel Weingrod Screenwriter
David C. Williams Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Julius and Vincent (Main Titles) [7:24]
2. Julius Come to Town [7:38]
3. Your Twin Brother [7:01]
4. A Crisis Situation [4:16]
5. Julius Helps Out [4:26]
6. Brothers and Sisters [5:36]
7. Every Orphan's Fantasy [4:36]
8. Family Roots and Five Million Dollars [6:14]
9. A Few Days on the Road [9:52]
10. Doctor Traven and the Side Effect [6:32]
11. A Whole Ensemble [8:35]
12. A Showdown With the Klane Boys [7:55]
13. Looking for Mary Ann [9:22]
14. A Bullet for the Benedicts [8:45]
15. Mama [2:58]
16. A Family (End Titles) [5:29]
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Menu

Side #1
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Arnold Schwarzenegger as Julius Benedict
         Danny DeVito as Vincent Benedict
         Kelly Preston as Marnie Mason
         Chloe Webb as Linda Mason
         Bonnie Bartlett as Mary Ann Benedict
         Directed by Ivan Reitman
      Theatrical Trailer
   Language Selections
      Spoken Languages
      Captions and Subtitles
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why did they bother

    Why did they bother with this movie you ask? I dont have that answer, sorry. However I can say run for your life and dont ever look back. This flick is about two brothers who get split in life and get back together and hang out in what can only be described as Miami Vice clothing. This movie is about cloning gone bad.

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