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Twister [Blu-ray] [1996] [US Import] [Region A]

Helen Hunt , Bill Paxton , Jan de Bont    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Directors: Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Anne-Marie Martin, Michael Crichton
  • Producers: Gerald R. Molen, Glenn Salloum, Ian Bryce, Kathleen Kennedy, Laurie MacDonald
  • Format: Dolby, Colour, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W4D94I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

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

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun film 4 May 2009
Format:Blu-ray
This movie dazzled me when it came out. There is plenty of action, the special effects sequences are incredible, and the acting is very good, Helen Hunt does a great job. It's alot of fun and action. I am from the USA and I own the Blu-ray already available here, which has a Dolby True HD soundtrack. This UK version will have DTS Master Audio, which regardless of what some say, is just a more ruch lossless format and has a higher bitrate. Dolby True HD Blu-rays are usually around 1.5-2.0 mbps, where most DTS Master discs are 4-5 mbps (megabites per second). I am going to sell my copy and order this one. As far as the movie, the Blu-ray quality is very good but the soundtrack is fantastic, the tornados swirl all around your room, whoever did the sound mix for this film did one of the best jobs I've heard yet! Highly recommend this Blu-ray!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class 21 May 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Well I'm sure you have all seen this film before.
This is the first time I have seen this, and I must say that on blu-ray I thought it was amazing.
The picture quality was immense and the sound was brill.
My sound system is only a 3.1 but it was amazing
Would highly recommend this blu-ray.
5 out of 5 for picture quality and for sound.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
A great film got even better when it came out in blu-ray. We have a really good speaker system (B&W) and the sound and picture quality was so much better than the original dvd, we definitely heard some sounds that we've never noticed before on our well-watched dvd version. Well worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Thunder of God" 28 Nov 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The film that kicked off the 90s disaster movie revival, Twister is a spectacle, pure and very simple, with just enough plot to propel you to the next big set piece of destruction as ex-stormchaser Bill Paxton finds himself swept up in the thrill of the chase as he tries to get Helen Hunt to sign their divorce papers. Don't look for anything profound - Cary Elwes' villainous better-funded rivals even drive black vans while, after the film goes to enormous lengths to stress how all-powerful the twisters are by throwing oil tankers and even houses at them, the heroes survive by, er, tying themselves to some pipes and holding on very tight. Yet the special effects are suitably apocalyptic while the film has a real sense of speed and motion thanks to some great helicopter and driving work, and even the presence of two of the most irritatingly mannered supporting actors in the business, Philip Seymour Hoffman (in the Jack Black role) and Jeremy Davies, doesn't dampen the dumb fun. And no doubt about it, the cow is definitely the star of the show.

Universal haven't exactly put much effort into the UK DVD. Whereas the European releases have some featurettes, the UK just gets a trailer and a decent widescreen transfer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi Def storm approaching ! 7 Sep 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Was a bit nervous about buying such an oldish movie on blu ray, but for the price I paid I thought what the hell, the worse it could be is good quality dvd. Anyway, it arrived and we popped it into the player and cranked up the sound. About a minute in and I was grinning like a cheshire cat. The transfer is almost perfect and the audio is fantastic. It actually felt like we were storm chasing while we watched the movie !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisting the night away 10 Dec 2011
By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Jan de Bont's direction of Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz and Philip Seymour Hoffman in this somewhat predictable 1996 film is generally good and the film moves along at a cracking pace. Although I may be deluding myself, I like to think I would have been a storm-chaser had I lived in the mid-west and this film certainly captures the intelligent madness involved and the risks many take to produce Discovery programmes and/or scientific data for future study.

The CGI is stunning and combined with surround-cinema sound on the big screen, will have audiences holding firmly to their armchairs. Inevitably, unless readers have invested a lot of money in a home-cinema system, much of this is lost at home.

A few hours of harmless fun in a predictable but enjoyable and visually exciting film, the ultimate stars of which are the twisters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars just for the audio 24 Aug 2010
Format:Blu-ray
if you loved this film before.... you wwill love i tmore now!!! DTSsound is fantastic and at times i had to try to pulll myself out of the film as i thought there was a storm outside.... great film anyways but the the translation to blu-ray and the DTS ausio makes it another experience better than the first.... must have in any collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bye video 12 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
bought to replace the video copy as i am finally accepting the digital age.great film which i happily watch over and over
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars gift for family member
I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. She was very happy, it is of very good quality. She watches it regularly
Published 2 days ago by Rosemarie
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
because i like the the film so does my grandson and mine family and my brother hello good ok a
Published 1 month ago by suger
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Published 1 month ago by G. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Twister
Excellent disaster movie! I never get fed up of watching it and is suitable for all ages apart from the very young.
Published 1 month ago by sj
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad hair days all around
Helen hunt is lovely. Jeremy Davies is delightful. Bill Paxton is always watchable. But the sfx make the film. Poor cow.
Published 2 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I like twister, full of action. Great special effects. Chase scene, with storm chasers chasing huge twisters across the area.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Andrew A. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Rabbit is wise....
TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars a good film
i bought this film as i have seen it so many times, but its the kind of film that you never get tired of watching, good storyline. delivery was prompt and packaging was excellent.
Published 3 months ago by priscilla cairns
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
This is a very good movie, from the Steven Spielberg stable, with brilliant special effects, The title tells it all..
Published 3 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
quick delivery and a great price, this is a brilliant film and so much clearer in blu-ray then in dvd form
Published 4 months ago by tracey semple
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