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Twister [Blu-ray] (2008)

Philip Seymour Hoffman , Helen Hunt , Jan De Bont  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz
  • Directors: Jan De Bont
  • Writers: Michael Crichton, Anne-marie Martin
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Laurie Mac Donald, Gerald R. Molen, Walter F. Parkes, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W4D94I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Twister [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by Director Jan DeBont and Visual Effects Supervisor Stefan Fangmeier
Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited featurette
The History Channel Documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes
Anatomy of a Twister
HBO First Look: The Making of Twister
Van Halen Humans Being Music Video
Theatrical Trailers

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

A mile-wide, 300 miles-per-hour force of total devastation is coming at you! In this adventure swirling with cliffhanging excitement and awesome special effects, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton play scientists pursuing the most destructive weatherfront to sweep through mid-America’s Tornado Alley in 50 years. By launching electronic sensors into the funnel, the storm chasers hope to obtain data to create an improved warning system. But to do so, they must intercept the twisters’ deadly path. The chase is on! Special Features • Commentary by Director Jan DeBont and Visual Effects Supervisor Stefan Fangmeier • Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited featurette • The History Channel Documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes • Anatomy of a Twister • HBO First Look: The Making of Twister • Van Halen Humans Being Music Video • Theatrical Trailers

Customer Reviews

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Dolby 5.1 sound and Visual Effects October 31, 1999
This is the best sounding 5.1 channel DVD that I have heard so far! The thunderstorms sound like the real thing and the dialog is always crisp and clear. This disc includes both widescreen and full screen versions of the movie. Unfortunately, there aren't any good special features on this disc (thats why only 4 stars instead of 5). I would have liked to have seen some behind the scenes info. This film has stunning visual effects and it would be nice to watch the computer art gurus in action! Even without special features, this disc is worth the money. It will squeeze every drop of performance out of your home theater!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twister March 10, 2008
Probably the best disaster movie made about tornadoes/twisters. The special effects were really exciting if you can overlook the inaccurate scenes enhanced for dramatic effect. It was a good balance between the story and the action. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton were really good - actually the whole cast was wonderful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Disc Special Edition Review February 13, 2009
This a review of the DVD, not the movie. There are as many opinions of the movie as there are people to watch it.
The newest DVD is a vast improvement over the first two releases. The image is cleaner with stronger colors, better matched to the theatrical print. It also has few in any visible mpeg artifacts. The sound is essentially a match to the second DVD release, without the DTS track. The big improvement in sound is on the commentary track. In the previous release, the movie's audio wasn't reduced enough in volume and would often overwhelm the commentators, to the point that one couldn't understand a word they were saying. This is corrected in the new version.
The second DVD in the set is largely made up of previously released material. But there are two documentaries added that make it worthwhile. "Twister Revisted" is an interesting anecdotal look back on the production. Also included is a History Channel documentary that gives viewers a look at the reality of tornado research.
For those of you with whom this is a guilty pleasure, it's defintiely worth the investment.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hang on! April 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If ever a film was made to perpetuate the stereotype of Oklahoma as a state mercilessly and relentlessly ravaged by tornadoes, TWISTER is it. As a resident of Oklahoma, I can assure the readers of this review of two things: 1) tornadoes do on occasion occur here; and 2) tornadoes do not come in endless waves, one after another, like some sort of demented assembly line.
Having said this, TWISTER is a remarkably entertaining film. It's a fasten-your-seatbelt, get-ready-to-duck, leave-both-hands-inside-the-car rollercoaster ride, complete with eye-popping, hair-raising special effects. This movie is a vivid feast for the eyes: menacing, swirling tornadoes of various shapes and sizes; flying cows; and an endless assortment of storm debris to block the path of our protagonists, from tractors to tanker trucks--even houses.
The plot plays second fiddle to the action and special effects. Thank goodness: if the plot had to carry this film, the movie would have collapsed into a sappy and contrived love story. From the very beginning of the film, when meteorologist Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) locates his estranged stormchasing wife Dr. JoAnne Thornton-Harding (Helen Hunt) out on the northern Oklahoma plains and asks her to sign divorce papers, the viewer instantly realizes: the couple, eventually, will get back together. Thankfully, Mother Nature takes over and the film takes off. Paxton and Hunt are solid in their performances, yet Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the show, as techno-goofy, slightly off-center Dusty Davis, a member of JoAnne's stormchasing team. If anyone can have a good time in the face of oncoming disaster, it's Dusty (who refers to a tornado's swath of destruction as "the suck zone").
Director Jan de Bont delivers nonstop action like a swirling wall cloud; TWISTER is nervous energy unleashed, a cacophony of sights and sounds that keeps the adrenaline flowing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action, including the tornado FX July 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Was this a 5 star movie, all in all? Some think not, but the worthy parts are extremely worthy, and bear watching over and over again -- one of my top criteria for a 5-star flick.
The acting is good, and occasionally excellent. I have to say that while Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton are good, the most memorable characters in the show are members of Hunt's support team. You may be wondering, do people like them actually exist in the world? You bet they do!
I spent long enough in graduate school to know that individuals like those portrayed in Twister do exist -- maybe not exactly like the ones in the movie, but the American graduate student crowd includes extremely intelligent, creative, driven, talented, and sometimes eccentric individuals.
The story line was not totally original, but it is timely, especially if you happen to live in the tornado belt (I grew up in Kansas and now live in Indiana -- both prime tornado habitats). While the basic storyline may have left something to be desired, the character development was great (again, especially among the supporting cast).
Finally, the special effects are awesome! The FX gurus who worked this film did a super job of recreating tornados. Just watch this movie and see for yourselves.
I have watched this video several times, and I know that I will come back to it again and again.
5 stars in my book -- for fun, FX, and interesting characters.
Alan Holyoak
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I hate buying used
I could not actually watch the movie. It came in a broken case and scratched up. Its one of my favorite movies, just do not buy it used.
Published 1 day ago by HINKLETOWN101
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining!
While it's a little hokey seeing a cow fly
through the air. You get caught up in
the chase for the perfect storm.\
Enjoyable movie!
Published 4 days ago by dogsRtheBEST
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I own this in VHS, still watch it every time it is on TV and now I own it in DVD so I can watch it in more than one room. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Patricia Ciccone
5.0 out of 5 stars OU Fan
If you live in Tornado Alley, you've got to love this movie. The acting is great. Miss you Hoffman, you were a genius and phenomenal actor. Read more
Published 9 days ago by BPR
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining actioner w/ thrills
Twister on blu-ray is great: the picture quality is better than the dvd version (which i already own) There are 2 featurettes on making the film, a Van Halen music video, a History... Read more
Published 9 days ago by William Chong
5.0 out of 5 stars Twister is a great movie & the blu-ray is even better
This is a great movie. I already owned the DVD version, but I got to have the blu-ray version as well. The sounds are amazing on my really cool surround system. Read more
Published 14 days ago by C. Amaral
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Gets Old!!
This is one of those movies that never gets old. The action sequences are amazing and even though some of the writing is a little cheesy, it's good cheese. ;)
Published 18 days ago by B. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
no matter how many times i watch this movie it is still exciting, thrilling, and entertaining. bill paxton and helen hunt are awesome
Published 21 days ago by Rachel Murry
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pass time
It's a good movie, alot of curse words but other then that it was full of action and very interesting.
Published 22 days ago by Renee Lupe
4.0 out of 5 stars BluRay was a little better than regular DVD
Expected a little more out of the BluRay version. Still a great movie, COWS, WE'VE GOT COWS... Blu Ray indicates it has Dolby True HD sound - for me, it did not decode to that... Read more
Published 24 days ago by D. Burk
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Blu-ray or HD DVD
Buy whichever one is cheaper - they are both the same - just different format discs.
Jul 30, 2008 by Rich86 |  See all 4 posts
audio problems?
Make sure DRC isn't enable on your Blu-ray player. That limits the soundtrack. After you disable it, it is 100x better.
Oct 3, 2008 by Marcus L. Rivera |  See all 2 posts
Twister Blu-ray - Special Features in HD?
I doubt it, most special features on 'already on dvd' releases only have standard definition special features.
Apr 2, 2008 by H. Towgood |  See all 2 posts
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