UK PAL laserdisc review
originally published on London Calling Internet.
Distributor Pioneer LDCE
Cat No: PLFEB 35411
BBFC Certificate PG
Director Jan De Bont (1996)
Starring Assorted CG tornadoes
(oh yes, and Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes)
Running Time 108 min
(4 sided CAV version also available for £34.99)
Trailers (Twister – two different ones, Jurassic Park)
A twister, as lovers of The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) will know, is a tornado that snatches up objects in its path into the air and then dumps them down again. The one that snatched Dorothy into the air was a cheap special effect in a wonderful film. The current movie, on the other hand, is the other way round: basically, it’s a rotten movie with awe-inspiring special effects. The cast here is not so much the workmanlike group of American actors playing uninspired characters as the incredible series of tornadoes which appear one after another, each seemingly darker and by inference more evil than its predecessor.
This may also be one of those rare movies (I can’t think of another) that requires a big (cinema) screen, with all the resolution that a projected celluloid image can give these tornadoes, to really work its magic.… Read the rest