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Don't Breathe! Don't Look Back! Just run for your life when a destructive force of nature comes howling straight toward you, destroying everything in its path--when you're running from a Twister. Academy Award winner Helen Hunt stars as Dr. Jo Thornton-Harding, who as a small girl watched her father sucked to his death from her family's storm cellar by a massive tornado. Now a storm chaser, a scientist who risks her life to study the dark side of nature by taking her data-transmitting instruments directly into the path of a deadly storm, Jo chases the largest tornado to ever strike Oklahoma as her marriage implodes and rival scientists will stop and nothing to steal her breakthrough.]]>
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a fun summer movie to watch.. especially if you like storms!Published 32 minutes ago by Bonbon61
I really enjoyed the movie all the drama that came with it lots of actionPublished 1 hour ago by angee
Decent movie. Just ignore everything you k ow about the weather and physics. :)Published 1 hour ago by D.G.
A little cheesy sometimes, but it keeps you interested mostly. Love Helen Hunt. Bill Paxton is a bit hammy. Jami Gertz is underused. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie to watch if you would like to see how tornadoes and twisters do there damage and how to protect your familyPublished 5 hours ago by Terry L Maker
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