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Twister
     

Twister

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Director: Jan de Bont

Cast: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes

 

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Jan De Bont's special effects spectacular Twister comes to DVD in a package sure to please fans of F/X films. The transfer provides a clear widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1 image. English soundtracks are available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital 5.1. This disc will answer the burning question of whether

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Jan De Bont's special effects spectacular Twister comes to DVD in a package sure to please fans of F/X films. The transfer provides a clear widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1 image. English soundtracks are available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital 5.1. This disc will answer the burning question of whether or not flying cows moo differently in French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Extra features include a music video for Van Halen's "Humans Being," production notes, and the theatrical trailer. The best feature is the commentary track by the director and visual effects supervisor Stefan Fangmeier. Give the filmmakers credit for understanding what audiences find most interesting in this film and giving them a clearer understanding of the work involved in that aspect of the production.

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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:
06/06/2000
UPC:
0085391832126
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary "Anatomy of the Twister"; Feature-length audio commentary by director Ian De Bont and visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeter; Music video: Van Halen's "Humans Being"; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

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

Scene Index

Side #1-
0. Side #1-
0. Scene Selections
1. Opening and 1960 Prologue. [4:46]
2. A Long Day Ahead [:56]
3. One More Signature. [7:04]
4. Dorothy. [3:00]
5. Tagging Along; Melissa and Jonas. [3:06]
6. The Corporate Kissbutt. [2:14]
7. Something In The Wind; Storm Chaser Medley. [5:33]
8. Getting Better At This. [2:19]
9. Intercept Course...In A Rut. [2:41]
10. Braced For Action. [1:41]
11. "Where's my truck?" [2:31]
12. Battle Zone Of A Sidewinder. [5:37]
13. Cow In The Core. [3:34]
14. Tall Tales Of The Extreme. [4:24]
15. Like Old Times. [3:33]
16. Rabbit Tracks. [3:29]
17. The Fun Part. [2:28]
18. In Harm's Way. [3:06]
19. In Front Of Jo And Melissa. [3:02]
20. The Shining-And The Swirling. [4:13]
21. Helter Skelter Shelter. [1:59]
22. "I can't compete with this." [3:43]
23. Wakita In Ruins; Rescuing Meg. [3:01]
24. What Jo Does. [4:30]
25. Making Dorothy Fly. [1:48]
26. Out On A Limb. [3:19]
27. Heavy Traffic. [2:16]
28. Right At Jonas. [1:10]
29. Dodging Deadly Debris. [3:12]
30. Launch Complete. [1:42]
31. Had A Farm. [2:37]
32. Hang On!. [2:16]
33. Seen Enough Sky. [2:19]
34. Landscape End Credits (Respect the Wind). [2:08]

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Twister 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 9 months ago
While it has its flaws, it still has its good moments.
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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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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.
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
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
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
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
Twister was outstanding. There was a lot of action. It was definitely 2 thumbs up.
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
This is a really good movie! I really enjoyed the special effects and the actors.
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.
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