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


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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W4D94I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,829 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2008
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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Siegel on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Deane on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Girl with her nose in a book on 19 July 2009
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 By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2011
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GS Venter on 7 Sept. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leigh J. Odgers on 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 By KRB on 5 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Twister is one of my favourite Movies. It is an adventurous, cliffhanging movie. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton play scientists pursing the most destructive yet fascinating storm to even form on the earth, Tornadoes. They hope to get enough data to enhance the length of the warning system. But to do so, they must intercept the twisters' deadly path. The chase in on!

This is Great movie that has A very good storyline. It has a lot centred around Tornadoes, so I was, at first, worried that the film might be a bit too far-fetched, however, it is not. The movie has good pacing, unpredictable events that lead to a good ending. It really entertains me whenever I watch it. The cast all gave great performances as well, from Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt in particular.

Are there any downsides? - No!

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DVD extras included on the DVD itself:

Commentary with Director Jan De Bont and Visual Effects Supervisor Stefan Fangmeier.
Documtary: Making of Twister.
Featurette: Anatomy of the Twister.
Music Video: Van Halen's ''Humans Being''.
Theatrical Trailer.
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