Twister [Special Edition] [DVD] [1996]

Jan De Bont's special effects spectacular Twister comes to DVD in a package sure to please fans of F/X films. The transfer provides a clear widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1 image. English soundtracks are available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital 5.1. This disc will answer the burning question of whether or not flying cows moo differently in French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Extra features include a music video for Van Halen's "Humans Being," production notes, and the theatrical trailer. The best feature is the commentary track by the director and visual effects supervisor Stefan Fangmeier. Give the filmmakers credit for understanding what audiences find most interesting in this film and giving them a clearer understanding of the work involved in that aspect of the production.
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Twister [Special Edition] (DVD)  (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV)  (English/French)  1996 - Larger Front
  • Twister [Special Edition] (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French) 1996
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Rating 4.65 out of 5 stars.
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Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes documentary "Anatomy of the Twister"
  • Feature-length audio commentary by director Ian De Bont and visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeter
  • Interactive menus
  • Languages: English & Français
  • Music video: Van Halen's "Humans Being"
  • Production notes
  • Scene access
  • Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
  • Theatrical trailer


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

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