Twister (Blu-ray) (1996)
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Don't Breathe. Don't Look Back.
|The house rips apart piece by piece. A bellowing cow spins through the air. Tractors fall like rain. A 15,000-pound gasoline tanker becomes an airborne bomb. A mile-wide, 300-miles-per-hour force of total devastation is coming at you: Twister is hitting home. In this adventure swirling with cliffhanging excitement and awesome special effects, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton play scientists pursuing the most destructive weather front to sweep through mid-America's Tornado Alley in 50 years. By launching electronic sensors into the funnel, the storm chasers hope to obtain enough data to create an improved warning system. But to do so, they must intercept the twisters' deadly path. The chase is on!|
"...a keeper, a tumultuous love story set against the backdrop of 24 hours of really, really inclement weather... Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It's hard to dislike a picture with flying cows and oil trucks. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind. Mike Clark, USA Today
"...full of marvelous special effects. The story exists only to provide some respite between those marvels... Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
Editor's NoteIn this action-packed disaster film set in America's heartland, an ex-husband-and-wife team of storm chasers rushes to be the first to study the dynamics of tornados with some fascinating new technology. Though Helen Hunt (AS GOOD AS IT GETS) and Bill Paxton (APOLLO 13) star--along with a pre-fame Philip Seymour Hoffman--the uncredited lead roles are the tornados, created with eye-dazzling computer-generated effects. SPEED director Jan de Bont takes the helm for this massive box office hit, while bestselling author Michael Crichton contributed the fast-moving story. TWISTER earned Academy-Award nominations for its achievements in sound and visual effects.
Cast & Crew
|Philip Seymour Hoffman|
|Anne-Marie Martin - Writer|
|Jack N. Green - Cinematographer|
|Jan De Bont - Director|
|Joseph C. Nemec, III - Production Designer|
|Mark Mancina - Original Music By|
|Michael Crichton - Writer|
|Michael Crichton - Producer|
|Michael Kahn - Editor|
|Steven Spielberg - Executive Producer|
Plot SummaryThis special effects-laden blockbuster chronicles one day in the life of a band of gung-ho "storm chasers," who track and follow twisters and tornadoes. The group, led by the gutsy Jo and her macho, soon-to-be-ex Bill, have invented "Dorothy," a tank containing sensors that can provide much-needed info about these mysterious, severe weather conditions.| But in order for Dorothy to work, she first must be swallowed by a twister. So Jo, Bill, and the gang put their lives on the line innumerable times, as getting close to the storm means dodging everything from windswept cattle to flying oil tankers.| For Jo and Bill in particular, making meteorological history means having firsthand experience of the inside of a twister...
|British Academy Awards, Stefen Fangmeier, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects|
|MTV Award, Twister, Best Action Sequence|
|MTV Award, Helen Hunt, Best Female Performance|
|Oscar, Stefen Fangmeier, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects|
|Oscar, Steve Maslow, et. al., Best Sound|