Video Release: June 6, 2000
Theatrical Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Studio: Steeplechase Entertainment
- Collectors Edition
- Runtime: 113 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
This special effects-laden blockbuster chronicles one day in the life of a band of gung-ho "storm chasers," who track and follow twisters and tornadoes. The group, led by the gutsy Jo and her macho, soon-to-be-ex Bill, have invented "Dorothy," a tank containing sensors that can provide much-needed info about these mysterious, severe weather conditions. But in order for Dorothy to work, she first must be swallowed by a twister. So Jo, Bill, and the gang put their lives on the line innumerable times, as getting close to the storm means dodging everything from windswept cattle to flying oil tankers. For Jo and Bill in particular, making meteorological history means having firsthand experience of the inside of a twister...
An ex-husband-and-wife team of stormchasers rush to be the first to study the dynamics of tornados in America's heartland. The uncredited lead roles are the tornados, created with eye-dazzling computer generated effects. Michael Crichton contributed the fast-moving story. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound, Best Visual Effects.
Released theatrically in the USA on May 10, 1996, "Twister" created a storm, blowing away the competition with its $41 million gross its opening weekend, breaking box office records in the process. Digitally mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality. Each Warner Home Video VHS version includes a 30-second public service announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about preparing for the kind of natural disaster that is depicted in the film. The tie-in represents an unprecedented partnership between the federal government and a major motion picture studio. Color by Technicolor; in Panavision widescreen; in DTS and SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound). Additional cast: Zach Grenier (Eddie) and Scott Thomson (Preacher). Additional credits: Patrick Sullivan (set design) and Stefen Fangmeier (visual effects supervisor).