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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas a Thursday Qctoiw O 8 41 When Nature Strikes Its An Extravaganza By Richard Ashton Copley News Service One of the highestgrossing films of the year Twister has just been released on home video and is blowing into a video store near you Twister marks the return of a genre long considered dormant the natural disaster Its the type of film that insurance companies love because it encourages audiences across the country to doublecheck whats covered by their homeown ers policy Hollywood likes these disaster movies because when they hit big they have tremendous returns at the box office To prove a point 15 years after the release of Los Angelesbased Universal Tours had the bad taste to open an Earthquake theme ride inspired by the film Natural disasters have long been a Hollywood staple Movies are a unique medium to put audiences face to face with the awesome power of nature without having to suffer the consequences Viewers love to be thrilled by such feats of nature and even films in the days of the nickelodeons carried such fare Griffith the pioneer of the modern movies as we know them made his epic 1916 silent which climaxed with the hand of God destroying Babylon Powerful stuff and every bit as expensive to film back then as it is today If Griffith were alive today hed be right up there making million movies In the 1930s the natural disaster was all the rave Tidal Wave fea tured what else a tidal wave San Francisco which starred Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy centered around the earth quake that hit there in the early part of the ceritury 1935s The Last ILANDA STATION Price tlambufger SPECIAL Days of Pompeii was an epic that showed the volcano Vesuvius blow ing its top and In Old Chicago 1938 was about the great fire of Twister has just been released on home video Chicago in 1871 They share with Twister the notion that the natural disaster is the star of the film and the story line takes a back seat to the visual effects Each generation ushers in a new era of stateoftheart special effects and Twister picks up in digital effects where Jurassic Park left off But does all this expertise make the tornadoes any more terrifying Honestly as a child I was just as scared by the tornado that swept up Dorothy in The Wizard of The blackandwhite tornado scenes in this muchloved 1939 classic still look pretty good today and for all the money and technology lavished on Oz will still be remembered long after Twister is forgotten Twister is available at sell through pricing which means you should be able to pick it up for less than The film features a killer surroundsound track and will give your home theater the ride of its life As for the story well thats another thing entirely 1 The following films are all avail able for rent so if Twister is checked out try these classics and see how much special effects have changed Twister starring Bill Paxton Helen Hunt Cary Elwes and Jami Gertz Directed by Jan De Bont 1996 Warner Home Video 113 Paxton and Hunt play newly divorced tornado chasers who are attempting to launch a device that will predict when tornadoes will occur However Elwes as their rival is trying to launch his own device to preempt their efforts They all race across the great Midwest chasing down twisters But Hunt is driven by a personal vendetta because a twister killed her father when she was a child The plot is daft at best and merely an excuse for some killer special effects However after youve seen the first twister youve seen all of them in this movie as it twists on to a predictable climax San Francisco starring Clark Gable Jeanette MacDonald Spencer Tracy and Jack Holt Directed by Van Dyke 1936 Home Video 115 min The film opens as a typical Hollywood romance Gable stars as a club owner who hires singer MacDonald At first the two clash but soon they fall in love But before they can declare their true feelings the great San Francisco earthquake hits and the two lovers are separated Earthquake starring Charlton Heston Ava Gardner George Kennedy and Genevieve Bujold Directed by Mark Robson 1974 Home Video 129 Heston was the king of the disas ter movies in the 1970s starring in Airport 75 and Two Minute In this one hes trapped in a loveless marriage with Gardner and having an affair with Bujold when Los Angeles is rocked on the Richter scale The film follows a series of stories throughout the city as the likes of Lome Greene a pre Dallas Victoria Principal and cop George Kennedy try to save lives Released in theaters in Sensurround but on video this one is pretty dull Daily S3 Lunch I1 to 4 1 Spaghetti 2 Fettttcine Alfredo 5 A Order Cheese Ravioli 3 Angel Hair 6 A Order Meat Ravioli Sub meat Ham Turkey Roast Beef or Salami Incl Swiss Cheese Or choose Tuna or Chicken Salad All SPECIALS include choice of Soup or Salad and Garlic Bread 8O1 New Braunfels 210 6200290 OPEN HOUSE HOME GARDEN SHOW 95 SATURDAY OCT 26 SUNDAY OCT 27 2515 W San Antonio New Braunfels 6094523 See the New Look for an Old Nursery Stroll Among Pines and Palms See Myrtle the Turtle Oldest Turtle in Texas maybe Prairie Dog Village History Trails Gatorless Gator Pool Games Contest Antique Cushmans Rising Stars Performance Group Closest to the Hole Golf Contest Vendor Product Displays Seminars Prize Drawings Consult with Experts for Advice on Home Projects GET FINANCIAL ADVICE FROM RADIO AND TV MONEY MAN DANIEL FR1SHBERG BOB WEBSTERGARDENING HOST FOR KTSA RADIO SUNDAY AFTERNOON SEMINAR TITLES INCLUDE Texas Natives All About Bulbs All About Turfgrass Xerixcaping is an Oasis Not a Desert Perennials for South Texas Texas Parks Wildlife Wildscapes VENDOR DISPLAYS INCLUDE Glasss Block Building and Patio Stone Siding Fencing Landscape Lighting Personal Computers Sprinkler Systems Radiant Barrier Insulations 1 GAL BOXWOODS PREMIUM FINE MULCH 3 CU FT LIMIT NO ADMISSION CHARGE BUT DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT CANYON FFA AND WILL BE APPRECIATED FOR SEMINAR SCHEDULE CALL 18006523263 BUSINESSES OR CRAFTSMEN WELCOME TO DISPLAY Locke Nursery Oldest in Texas Kids under 6 eat from Cltuun b v Olf Kitchen open 1 1 5 Bpm Nljjht Pony All 5 381 Landa New Braunfels DriveThru 210 6293311 Oct Public Invited 1 Door Prizes Costume Contest American Legion Post 179 410 W Coll New Braunfels Acruii from the library For ReKmrioiu Call 6250179 Bingo Every Wed Night a Public Invited Lie H17404836177 Sleepers a First Wives Fri Club MonlW Sal Sun The Ghost The Darkness tonfwr IKES he Long Kiss Goodnikhc H Presented in rhe Chamber LUNAR PARTY AT COMAL BOWL THURSDAY OCTOBER 31 EA Includes 1 Free Soda Unlimited Bowling and SPOOKY Music by Mad Michael 1202 Hulsache 6256263 be gardens Come Celebrate Birthday ct 26Noon til doling t 3pm6pm RICK 6299149 JOHNNY W Hwy 81 PromnMi from Ttm A A Annual Fall Festival Raffle Sponsored by and Benefiting Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School 386 N St New Braunfels TX SUNDAY OCTOBER 27 1996 12 to GRAND PRIZE 1996 FORD RANGER XLT 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