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Action - Twister - Blu-ray

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Twister
Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes
Directed by Jan De Bont
Originally released 1996
Warner Blue-Ray 2008

Though I doubt you can play Pigs on the Wing when the cow flies by rumor has it you can sync the beginning of Dark Side of the Moon to the beginning of Twister in a Wizard of Oz tip of the hat.

This is an easy movie to figure out and just as easy to get captivated by. It is a science based cowboy style good guys versus bad guys disaster action flick with tornadoes as the center of attraction.

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Twelve years later the special effects still hold up just great and the sound kicks ass.

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The good guys are a ragtag bunch of scientists headed by tough cookie Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) who chase twisters for science and other real good reasons.

The bad guys, headed by Cary Elwes, are scientists who sold out to a major corporation and drive after tornadoes for the money the information can make them. They, of course, ride in black trucks.

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Jamie Gertz plays Bill Harding's fiancée and valiantly tries to fit in with the good guys. Her job is to ask all the questions the viewer may have, provide some continuity and humor from time to time. Her character is also the reason why Bill (Paxton) goes to meet his soon as she signs the papers ex-wife (Hunt) and gets involved in the chase.

Director Jan De Bont may also be responsible for garbage like Speed 2 and Lara Croft Tomb Raider but in Twister he certainly knew how to put together a fast-paced, interesting, and definitely easy to understand so just kick back flick in Twister.

Everything works in this movie.

Still, you got to wonder why Bill and Jo do not get nailed by the picket fence or other debris in the killer storm scene.

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The Blu-ray edition comes with director's commentary, a featurette titled Chasing the Storm Twister Revisited; a Making Of;  The History Channel documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes; Anatomy of a Twister; and a Van Halen Humans Being video.

Not much interesting there aside from the History Channel

These are also available on the second disc of the two DVD special edition of the movie.

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Fun factoid about Twister: This movie was supposedly playing in a drive-in theatre in Ontario when a real twister hit it. This may be just urban legend, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader reports it as fact, but it is still cool.

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