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Twister [Blu-ray]


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W4D94I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,455 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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A mile-wide, 300 miles-per-hour force of total devastation is coming at you! In this adventure swirling with cliffhanging excitement and awesome special effects, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton play scientists pursuing the most destructive weatherfront to sweep through mid-America's Tornado Alley in 50 years. By launching electronic sensors into the funnel, the storm chasers hope to obtain data to create an improved warning system. But to do so, they must intercept the twisters' deadly path. The chase is on! Special Features • Commentary by Director Jan DeBont and Visual Effects Supervisor Stefan Fangmeier • Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited featurette • The History Channel Documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes • Anatomy of a Twister • HBO First Look: The Making of Twister • Van Halen Humans Being Music Video • Theatrical Trailers

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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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