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Twister (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Directors: Jan de Bont
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: June 6 2000
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RFFI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,726 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Twister was a mega-million-dollar blockbuster--helmed by a director (Dutchman Jan de Bont) hot off another scorcher hit (Speed)--that flaunted state-of-the-art digital effects and featured a popular leading actress (Helen Hunt) who would win an Academy Award for her next film (As Good As It Gets). But ask anybody who's seen it and they'll tell you who the real star of Twister is: the cow. Not to give anything away, but the cow is one of those inspired little touches (like, say, Bronson Pinchot's career-making cameo in Beverly Hills Cop) that adds a touch of personality to a gigantic Hollywood production. The story is blown out the window after an impressive prologue in which Hunt's character, as a little girl, witnesses her daddy being sucked into a tornado. Basically, Hunt and Bill Paxton are thrill-seeking meteorologists chasing twisters in order to study them (and help warn people of them, of course) with a new technology they've developed. If you thought the Kansas tornado in The Wizard of Oz was every bit as scary as the Wicked Witch of the West, then this may be the movie for you. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on June 28 2004
Format: DVD
I have had interest in the concept of severe weather for my entire life and had high expectations for the movie "Twister" and the result cuts boths ways for me.
The movie is of a married meteoroligist couple who are in the midst of getting a divorce, and have not gotten along for a very long time and they make a new invention that they believe will help them see what it looks like, inside a full blown tornado. They have ambition to deploy this new technology to disperse 'lighter than air' radio transmitters into a twister and record the signals to see what it may look like inside a tornado.
The special effects when the tornadoes strike are absolutely awesome not to mention the chase scenes especially towards the ending when the couple speed away from a tornado drive right through a house that was thrown onto the countryside road by a tornado (Impossible in real life) and the other of when a drive-in movie screen showing a snippet of the movie "The Shining" being ripped apart by a F5 tornado in the middle of the night.
"Twister" though suffers from several things and I can sometimes see where some of the detractors are coming from when regarding this movie. While the action scenes and special effects are amazing, the movie's plot lacks a good flow and the film drags on and on in several places and one scene which is just like a boring day at home would've been better left out altogether. Plus the characters are very unconvincing and lack personality.
Even for me who doesn't mind ocassional deviation from the laws of physics in movies, some of the tornadoe scenes are completely unrealistic.
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From the minds of Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg, Twister has a tornado instead of a T-Rex. The score even reminds you of Jurassic Park. But despite this, Twister is a real nail-biter. I started out watching it sitting on the couch, and ended up on the floor closer to the screen at the end. The weather effects are amazing - and scary. The tornados are real-looking, but so are the sky, the clouds, the wind, and the mood - which hooks you in.
The romance between tornado-chaser Jo (Helen Hunt) and Bill (Bill Paxton), is predictable, but it is still interesting to see how it unfolds. CSI's Jamie Gertz plays the third-wheel fiancee, trailing along in hot pursuit of the storms because Jo is still sitting on the divorce papers. Her refined, Southern character is funny in contrast to Hunt's boot-stomping, full-throttle lifestyle.
Helen Hunts leads a huge pack of nerds who compromise her tornado-chasing team. It is interesting to note that Hunt is the only attractive woman in the film. It was like the casting agent deliberately surrounded her with unattractive women. Even her mother as a little girl is a big, beefy, homely farm woman, and her father is a typical redneck. How such a pretty girl could come from them, I don't know. One of my favorite characters is Jo's aunt. She is very unique.
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This movie must have gotten Storm Chasers a real boost. Just as more and more videos of twisters appeared on nightly TV in the 90s this movie came out.
One thing this movie is though it is an great introduction, in a bit of a farcical way to the science of tornados. This season of twisters has been very devastating and with so many storm chasers today, there are even what they call 'chaser jams' as the cars load the roads. Unlike the competition in the movie for who will get the best view, there is a courtesy.
However, this movie has great special effects, the cow in the air scene was somewhat comical. Touching was the scene of the destruction of a friends house, and horrifying was the scene just prior to it of a twister hitting a drive-in theater.
Hunt and Paxton work together well in this movie. The attempt to outrun the category 5 at the end was a bit unreal, yet you are on the edge of your seat as the 1/2 a mile wide funnel gets ever closer.
I have purchased this movie as a gift for friends and have it on my want list for the future.
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All of us know what a tornado(twister) does: it spins round and around as fast as singer/songwriter, Stevie Nicks! So it is only appropriate she composed a tune for the soundtrack of this great movie!Helen Hunt and Bill Paxon lead an all star cast about a married couple to be divorced, only their love for "storm chasing" tornados brings them back together.The love bit fits perfectly in this heart pounding action film.The Tornados look amazingly real. Top notch special effects. (The scene with the cow you'll never forget)The film keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire film, from the very start of the film.This film is a much deserved box office blockbuster, and even though this film is fantastic and grossed millions of dollars, thankfully, no sequals were made, as I think some films should stand on there own.In the summer of 1996, this was my fave flick! Never boring, always exciting, with a theme(tornados) not previously used for a "summer blockbuster" intended flick.And the icing on the cake?The great soundtrack(Van Halen, Rusted root, Goo Goo Dolls) which is highlighted by the song, "Twisted," written for this movie by rock legend, Ms. Stevie Nicks, and performed by Stevie Nicks her ex lover(and re-united Fleetwood Mac member), Mr. Lindsey Buckingham!!WOW! A GREAT movie and STEVIE NICKS as well!Like I said, this movie is a TWIRLING, rockin' good time!
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