Twister

Twister

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Director: Jan de Bont

Cast: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes

     
 

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One of the early children of DVD, Twister was greatly criticized for a lackluster image, but the fact is, it's not nearly as bad as reported. At the same time, it's far from perfect, far from the quality that later discs saw as the norm. The 2.35:1 picture is anamorphic, but does show signs of shimmering and aliasing. While at times slightly distracting, these faults… See more details below

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One of the early children of DVD, Twister was greatly criticized for a lackluster image, but the fact is, it's not nearly as bad as reported. At the same time, it's far from perfect, far from the quality that later discs saw as the norm. The 2.35:1 picture is anamorphic, but does show signs of shimmering and aliasing. While at times slightly distracting, these faults really don't damper the overall effectiveness of the generally solid transfer. Colors are faithfully reproduced and detail is generally strong. The sound on the other hand, in both English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, is outstanding and very aggressive. The theatrical experience is reproduced nicely with a wide range and liberal uses of the surround speakers. Extras -- the feature that would eventually propel DVD to the forefront of the home entertainment industry -- are certainly weak. Beyond some production notes, the only included supplement is the theatrical trailer. True fans will want to keep their eyes open for the "special edition," released a few years after this initial offering.

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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:
03/26/1997
UPC:
0085392010028
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; 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

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- STANDARD VERSION
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Opening and 1960 Prologue. [4:45]
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. [3:28]
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. [6:13]
21. Helter skelter shelter [3:43]
22. "I can't compete with this." [3:01]
23. Wakita in ruins: rescuing Meg. [4:30]
24. What Jo does. [1:48]
25. Making Dorothy fly. [3:19]
26. Out on a limb. [2:16]
27. Heavy traffic. [1:10]
28. Right at Jonas. [3:12]
29. Dodging deadly debris. [1:42]
30. Launch complete. [2:37]
31. Had a farm. [2:16]
32. Hang on! [2:19]
33. Seen enough sky. [2:08]
34. Landscape End Credits (Respect the Wind). [7:24]
Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN VERSION
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Opening and 1960 Prologue. [4:45]
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. [3:28]
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. [6:13]
21. Helter skelter shelter [3:43]
22. "I can't compete with this." [3:01]
23. Wakita in ruins: rescuing Meg. [4:30]
24. What Jo does. [1:48]
25. Making Dorothy fly. [3:19]
26. Out on a limb. [2:16]
27. Heavy traffic. [1:10]
28. Right at Jonas. [3:12]
29. Dodging deadly debris. [1:42]
30. Launch complete. [2:37]
31. Had a farm. [2:16]
32. Hang on! [2:19]
33. Seen enough sky. [2:08]
34. Landscape End Credits (Respect the Wind). [7:28]

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