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
happy inspite of the delivery being delayed a few days, the disc is in great operating condition and the special features is awesome. I'm very thankful that there was a working tracking info to tell me the delivery was delayed even though I was a little disappointed about it. I know though life happens. Thank you again :)
"Twister" is a guilty pleasure. CGI tornadoes of increasing severity reek havoc on the lives of storm chasers, all while Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton attempt to act. The blu-ray quality is decent enough, but could be better.
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!
Brings tears to my eyes to see favorite actors who have long passed -- Bill Paxton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and their contributions to make this story captivating. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton were convincing as a couple in distress denying their love and attraction even with the threat of danger by tornadoes. lOVED THIS.