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Twister [Blu-ray]  [US Import] [Region A]
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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 the DVD edition.
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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.
Bill Paxton plays 'Bill Harding', an ex storm-chaser who rolls up to his ex 'Jo's (Helen Hunt) science experiment site in a field with his new fiancee in tow, to try to push her into signing their divorce papers. Unfortunately Jo's obsessed, with her job and Bill and fiancee get caught up in the day's events as she chases down tornadoes - twisters - to try to launch an experiment that could gain enough data to save lives.
That's it. The entire plot of Twister essentially fits on a post-it. Now, as a film, that's not essentially a bad thing, but if the rest of the film's going to be action events (and it is) to fill out the story, then the characters and the writing have to be very good indeed. Here they get very patchy.
Although we get actors as diverse as Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Carey Elwes, they're all reduced to awful 'soundbite' dialogue that sounds like it was written to help children understand science and emotions. Even when talking about relationships, they spout trite pop-psychology lines that make you cringe as often as they work.
Elwes is also reduced to a snarling, cocky charicature with no depth who acts only as competition to spur on Hunt and Paxton.Read more ›
VC-1 BD-50 / Advanced Profile 3 / AACS
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Running time: 1:53:01
Movie size: 30,795,786,240 bytes
Disc size: 39,466,464,601 bytes
Total bit rate: 36.33 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 24.19 Mbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 5156 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 5156 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Japanese 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Chinese (Traditional)
Number of chapters: 34
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I have seen this film over a dozen times and never tire of it. Well acted with great tornado effects. Best of its kind.Published 1 month ago by Rosalind