Twister
Universal / 1996 / 108 Mins / Rated PG


MOVIE
Once Hollywood finds a genre that's popular, they really milk it for all it's worth. Twister was one of the first big disaster movies released in the mid nineties and after it's huge success everyone followed.

Directed by Jan de Bont fresh from his success of Speed, twister is the story of a group of storm chasers who chase Tornados in a effort to get a device called Dorothy up into the funnel to measure the effects of a Tornado.

Bill (Bill Paxton) is visiting his estranged wife Jo (Helen Hunt) in order to finalize their divorce. Jo is still in love with Bill and quite conveniently, Jo has brought along Dorothy who is Bill's invention.

After sucking Bill in to spending a day with her, the story really begins as the wonderful special effects kick in.

Throw into the story an ex colleague who has stolen Bills invention and is chasing storms for the money, and a really bad love triangle you could be forgiven that you would think this is quite a weak story. At times it is, but is redeemed by sensational effects and pace that stops you thinking about the plot at all.

VIDEO
A reference quality transfer adorns this disc and I wouldn't expect anything less considering the type of movie this is. The picture and sound are so good, it could easily be classed a demo disc to show off to the friends when the come around.

This transfer is razor sharp throughout and there is not any hint of softness.

Colors were perfect throughout and really held up in a way that only DVD can. It certainly shows the VHS version up, although that isn't hard.

There were no MPEG or film artifacts visible at all.

Twister is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at 48:30.

AUDIO

Demo quality Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is encoded on this disc that really assaults your senses and your speakers.

This disc is a perfect example of 5.1 surround use with perfect integration of the split surrounds throughout the movie. In fact they are so well placed that you forget that they are there and that you are actually inside a Tornado.

Even when there are no storms around, the surrounds are still used very well to immerse you into the current scene.

The .1 channel rumbled my floor constantly.

Dialog was easy to hear.

EXTRAS

Even though this is a Columbia/Tri-Star disc, it is essentially a copy of the R1 Warner Bros. version. 

Theatrical Trailer: An excellent trailer framed at 1:85:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 surround sound. Pity it's not in 5.1.

Other extras include:

Cast Notes

Subtitles: Closed Captioned, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Danish

FINAL THOUGHTS
A wonderful demo disc that is sadly short on extras. Lookout for the cow!

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 09 Dec 2000 14:44:14 +1000 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 108 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 9/6/1999
Catalog Number: DU29744
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 34
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:




English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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