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Twister [Blu-ray] [1996]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (376 out of 386)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by director Jan De Bont and visual effects supervisor Stefan Fangmeier
    • New featurette Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited
    • The histor channel documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes
    • Anatomy of a twister
    • HBO first look: The Making Of Twister
    • Van Halen Humans Being music video
    • Theatrical trailers

    Synopsis


    Twister
    Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of a gigantic tornado. In order to focus on special effects and action, the story is simple and the characters are drawn in broad strokes with little depth. Jo Harding (Hunt) became a storm chaser (a meteorologist who photographs and scientifically studies tornadoes in the field) after a large twister sucked her hapless daddy into oblivion when she was a girl. Bill (Paxton) was a storm chaser too, but left to become a successful weatherman. His change of profession ruined his marriage to Jo. Before separating, the Hardings invented DOROTHY, a gizmo designed to release thousands of tiny sensors when a tornado passes over it. The Hardings hope the information transmitted by the sensors will provide insight into the nature of the whirling windstorms. Backed by a large corporation, the villainous Dr. Jonas Miller (Elwes) has created a similar machine. Neither gadget has been field tested and both groups of storm chasers are anxious to find tornadoes. At the peak of the worst twister season in decades, Bill shows up at Jo's truck with his prissy fiancee Melissa (Jami Gertz) so Jo can sign divorce papers. Suddenly a twister is spotted. With little hesitation, Bill rejoins the mad rush to reach it in time to activate DOROTHY. Jonas and his team are right behind them. Throughout the day the storms become worse and the rivalrous race becomes more intense. As they continue facing incredible dangers together Jo and Bill find renewed love while poor Melissa finds only an intense desire to get away from these storm-obsessed lunatics. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Helen Hunt
      Helen Hunt - Jo Harding
    • Bill Paxton
      Bill Paxton - Bill Harding
    • Cary Elwes
      Cary Elwes - Dr. Jonas Miller
    • Jami Gertz
      Jami Gertz - Melissa
    • Lois Smith
      Lois Smith - Aunt Meg



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 386 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It Doesn't Suck...

      Posted
      JakeInLivnColor
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      Disaster movies usually have large casts, windbag dialogue, tons of spectacle and some groundbreaking special effects. Twister doesn't reinvent the wheel, but instead, it becomes the wheel. It relishes in the tropes of yesteryear, and it works for the most part. There are actors (Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, etc.), there is a screenplay (Co-written by Michael Crichton) and there is direction (Jan de Bont, former DP and director of Speed) but the main draw is the effects. Is there a reason why the original poster has a giant Twister on it with Micro Machine-sized actors in the corner running away? Its not for the exciting plot about Meteorologists launching a data collector in a tornado, and some very bad dialogue thats for sure. Yes, the CG is almost 20 years old but man does it still look good and still draws me in every time I watch it. If anything, just skip the "plot" scenes and relish into the destruction of the Southwest. The PQ and AQ are pretty decent, but the PQ needs a major 4K remaster (20th anniversary Diamond Luxe edition Warner Bros. please?) and a nice sound remaster would be icing on a cake, but sounds just fine right as it is now. The extras are carried over from the 2001 special edition and the 2-disc DVD edition with a nice commentary by Jan de Bont and Special Effects Supervisor Stefen Fangmeier which offers details about the groundbreaking CGI, concepts for the film, acting choices and more. 2 featurettes include the HBO EPK making-of and a retrospective and a History Channel documentary about tornadoes are included along with two trailers and the music video to the awesome Van Halen song "Humans Being" complete this average selection of extras. Recommended totally!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic disaster movie without the soap

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      JakeInLivinColor
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      This 1996 classic is not one to be missed. Bill Paxton & Helen Hunt lead the way as two estranged tornado hunters who attempt to put their tornado predictor in the sky before their rivals do at any cost. Okay, so the plot is extremely stupid and the acting isn't too much better, but this film bests most films in the same category with some great action scenes, CGI that mostly still stands up almost 20 years later and a sound mix that makes you believe that a F5 has just touched down on your yard. The BluRay itself contains a really good 1080p picture, that while not the prettiest gal at the ball, still dances well without stepping on your toes. The audio, as I said before, is top notch and worthy to upgrade your setup to a full-on 5.1 surround sound system! The extras are mostly repeats from previous editions (A nice commentary by Jan de Bont, some EPK filler and the "meh" music video to the awesome song "Humans Being" by Van Halen) with a couple of nice new featurettes, but all in SD. Still, for the right price, this is one is worthy for a space on your shelf.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Mighty Wind

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      DiffrentDrumr
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      Released as a summer blockbuster movie in 1996, Twister is pure escapist entertainment. In that capacity, it does the trick. Twister is the definition of a "popcorn flick". I'm a big fan of Bill Paxton, and Helen Hunt never looked better. This looks pretty good on my 60" Plasma TV -- noting that the picture quality is a little soft and noticeably lacks film grain. The black levels are very good though. Where it really shines is the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack. It absolutely rocks! If you're a fan of this film, or this film genre, this is a definite upgrade from the DVD release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still Holds Up !!

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      MovieNut61
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      I remember sitting in the theatre the first day this movie came out, and I am still amazed that it still holds up as well as it does. It still entertains and manages to shake you a little bit, because it is a cautionary tale as well, as too many lives are still lost because our warning systems are not at their best. They have improved, but honestly how do you predict mother nature with pinpoint accuracy? My only gripe is the blu ray highlights the flaws of some of the special effects that I had hoped had been enhanced.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bluray unleashes the popcorn fun

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      bqaggie
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      This movie is no great prize on the story front, but it's certainly a spectacle that is what every summer blockbuster strives to be...FUN! I remember seeing this in the theater back in the mid-90's & I remember walking out of the theater with a huge grin on my face b/c of the fun I had watching it. Seeing this on bluray, with the excellent sound & picture just bring back those fun memories. It has excellent rewatchability. If that's even a word.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great quality Bluray movie

      Posted
      redtiger777
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      You either like Twister or you don't. So I won't review the movie. You're probably wondering if this is an improvement over the previous DVD releases...and the answer to that is a resounding YES. Surprisingly clear picture considering the movie is 12 years old now. Not quite demo material to show off the best of bluray....but a great catalog release that is more than worth it for a fan of the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Guilty Pleasure

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      Spartacus23
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      We all have those forms of guilt that you'd admit to liking a specific movie. Well this happens to be one for me. I actually saw this movie during a huge thunderstorm at the Drive-In; how ironic! There is just so much fun in this disaster film to see how it plays out and toys with the characters. Nice bits of banter within the dialogue and funny to see some of the actors back then of how some of them got started. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (R.I.P)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Twister hits the small screen in a big way

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      Leftoverchinese

      If you are looking for a fun movie to watch in the rain, then look no further than Twister. It is a fun roller coaster ride from start to finish. The picture and audio on this disc are stunning and easily something any fan will enjoy. This blu-ray has a boat-load of special features, everyone from the previous standard definition release. I only wish they were presented in high definition.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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