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zz19| Twister
Director: Jan de Bont
Screenplay: Michael Crichton, Anne-Marie Martin
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Ian Bryce, Michael Crichton, Glenn Salloum
Cast: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 113
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  May 2008 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) []
Reviews:  "Twister" was a mega-million-dollar blockbuster--helmed by director 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 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.

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