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Twister

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Director: Jan de Bont

Cast: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes

     
 

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Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of

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Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of a gigantic tornado. In order to focus on special effects and action, the story is simple and the characters are drawn in broad strokes with little depth. Jo Harding (Hunt) became a storm chaser (a meteorologist who photographs and scientifically studies tornadoes in the field) after a large twister sucked her hapless daddy into oblivion when she was a girl. Bill (Paxton) was a storm chaser too, but left to become a successful weatherman. His change of profession ruined his marriage to Jo. Before separating, the Hardings invented DOROTHY, a gizmo designed to release thousands of tiny sensors when a tornado passes over it. The Hardings hope the information transmitted by the sensors will provide insight into the nature of the whirling windstorms. Backed by a large corporation, the villainous Dr. Jonas Miller (Elwes) has created a similar machine. Neither gadget has been field tested and both groups of storm chasers are anxious to find tornadoes. At the peak of the worst twister season in decades, Bill shows up at Jo's truck with his prissy fiancee Melissa (Jami Gertz) so Jo can sign divorce papers. Suddenly a twister is spotted. With little hesitation, Bill rejoins the mad rush to reach it in time to activate DOROTHY. Jonas and his team are right behind them. Throughout the day the storms become worse and the rivalrous race becomes more intense. As they continue facing incredible dangers together Jo and Bill find renewed love while poor Melissa finds only an intense desire to get away from these storm-obsessed lunatics.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Trading in the bus for a tornado, Speed director Jan De Bont brews up one of the most spectacular natural disaster films to ever hit the screen. When a record-breaking number of tornadoes attack the Midwest, Jo (Helen Hunt) and Bill (Bill Paxton) lead their team of "storm chasers" through Oklahoma in hopes of recording scientific evidence and devising an earlier warning system. Thought the nominal story takes a backseat to the truly amazing special effects, there is an appealing chemistry between Hunt and Paxton, and the supporting cast (led by Cary Elwes and Phillip Seymour Hoffman) supplies laughs. And if character development sometimes gets lost in the storm, De Bont creates a memorable villain in the devastatingly believable -- and beautiful -- spectacle of a computer-animated tornado. The skies are threatening, the landscape sweeping, and cows and tractors flying through the air will remind you of that other famous Hollywood cyclone. No one ends up in Oz here, but Twister has a magic all its own. -- J. D. Merrill

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
UPC:
0085391186311
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
1,368

Special Features

Commentary by director Jan De Bont and visual effects supervisor Stefan Fangmeier; New featurette Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited; The histor channel documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes; Anatomy of a twister; HBO first look: The Making Of Twister; Van Halen Humans Being music video; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Hunt Jo Harding
Bill Paxton Bill Harding
Cary Elwes Dr. Jonas Miller
Jami Gertz Melissa
Lois Smith Aunt Meg
Alan Ruck Rabbit
Scott Thomson Preacher
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dusty
Todd Field Beltzer
Joey Slotnick Joey
Jeremy Davies Laurence
Zach Grenier Eddie
Nicholas Sadler Kubrick
Anthony Rapp Tony
Abraham Benrubi Bubba
Jake Busey Mobile Lab Technician
Richard Lineback Father
Rusty Schwimmer Mother
Taylor Gilbert Bryce, NSSL Scientist
Bruce Wright Murphy, NSSL Scientist
Gregory Sporleder Willie
Anneke De Bont Farm Girl
Paul Douglas Bodger
Gary England TV Meteorologist
Patrick Fischler The Communicator
Jennifer L. Hamilton Drive-In Girl
Eric LaRay Harvey Eric
Melanie Hoopes Patty
Wendle Josepher Haynes
Dan Kelpine Diner Mechanic
Jeff Lazalier TV Meteorologist
J. Dean Lindsay Dean
Samantha McDonald Drive-In Girl
Rick Mitchell TV Meteorologist
Sharonlyn Morrow Waitress
John Thomas Rhyne Paramedic
Alexa Vega Jo, 5 Years Old
Ben Weber Stanley
Sean Whalen Sanders

Technical Credits
Jan de Bont Director
Ian Bryce Producer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Michael E. Burke Special Effects
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Matthew Carlisle Asst. Director
Michael Crichton Producer,Screenwriter
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
James M. Halty Stunts
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Michael Kahn Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Anne-Marie Martin Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald R. Molen Executive Producer
Jerry Molen Executive Producer
Joseph C. Nemec Production Designer
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
Geoffrey Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Patrick M. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Brad Wilder Makeup

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Twister 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Ted More than 1 year ago
As I said in the headline, this blu-ray doesn't appear to be any sharper or less grainy than the DVD. If you own the DVD, I wouldn't bother buying this.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie to see Helen Hunt. And she plays her part well. But the star of this movie is the Twister and the effects it has on it surroundings. The special effects are great. I have heard some people say that the plot is not great....There is a love story, a healing of a pscological trauma and the story of what it is like to be a storm chaser.....So I think there is a plot with sub-plots involved. But when all is said and done, the twister steals the show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twister was outstanding. There was a lot of action. It was definitely 2 thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so so amazing and the characters and special effects are stunning and thrilling. The twister parts are so cool. I love the noise!! I can see why it is PG13!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the wind stops blowing, you might say, ''Twister'' starts to. Some pretty terrific extreme- weather scenes (which nevertheless could've been scarier if the filmmakers made the scenes a little more ragged and chaotic, as though they were filming actual tornadoes) are the ''good parts'' that are the viewer's reward for sitting through a dull soap-opera plot about two soon-to- be-divorced storm chasers. There may be a very talented cast here, but you'd never be able to tell (aside from Phillip Seymour Hoffman in a relatively early role--he's the only tolerable one in the bunch). Aside from that, there are wall-to-wall improbabilities that try the patience even more and leave no doubt you're watching a Hollywood blockbuster that can't be bothered with telling a credible story. Why else would a killer storm with 300-mph winds suck up an 18-wheeler off the highway but leave the two lead characters unscathed (not to mention that it can disintegrate a house but can't even ruffle the grass 50 feet away from the funnel cloud)?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked Twister because for one, he takes place in Oklahoma where I live, and two, because it tells of a natural disaster that people in the Tornado Alley get. This is a great movie that tells the truth of tornadoes. Of course, many parts are not real(like the cow) but it adds the visual affect needed to get the point across on wind speed and such.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know what it is, I'm freaked out by tornadoes, and yet I love movies about them. This movie, was by far the best twister movie ever(not that there have been many). There was really good acting in this movie, and good special effects. Go out and see this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a storm chaser, its not very realistic, yet seeing all the similarities between the movie and the reality make this movie one of my favorites of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good movie! I really enjoyed the special effects and the actors.
Izy More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my favorite weather movies. The entire movie is just captivating and thrilling. I never get tired of seeing this movie! There is no words to describe this movie besides a must see and a must have in your movie collection.
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