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
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Actors: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Directors: Jan de Bont
Writers: Anne-Marie Martin, Michael Crichton
Producers: Gerald R. Molen, Glenn Salloum, Ian Bryce, Kathleen Kennedy, Laurie MacDonald
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
VHS Release Date: October 1, 1996
Run Time: 113 minutes
Used VHS video with cardboard case, in very good condition.
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