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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, October 24,1996 □ 8 H e r a I d Z e i t u n gAttractionsWhen Nature Strikes, Ifs An Extravaganza By Richard Ashton Copley News Service One of the highest-grossing 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 double-check what’s covered by their homeowner’s 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 “Earthquake,” Los Angeles-based 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. D W. Griffith, the pioneer of the modern movies as we know them, made his epic 1916 silent “Intolerance,” which climaxed with the hand of God destroying Babylon. Powerful stuff and every bit as expensive to film back then as it is today, lf Griffith were alive today he’d be right up there making $100 million movies. In the 1930s the natural disaster was all the rave. “Tidal Wave” featured - what else? - a tidal wave; "San Francisco” (1936), which starred Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, centered around the earthquake that hit there in the early part of the century; 1935’s “The Last LANDA STATH* Vt I*rift' Hamburger SPI C IAI, w I purchase ut regular hamburgr i ( trill < ills • \ 11 ll Sr Citizen U.iy /« Kitchen open I 1 lpm S H| J .im Niqbl P,unlet! 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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 state-of-the-art 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 Oz.” The black-and-white tornado scenes in this much-loved 1939 classic still look pretty good today, and for all the money and technology lavished on “Twister,” “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 $20. The film features a killer surround-sound track and will give your home theater the ride of its life. As for the story, well that’s another thing entirely. The following films are all available 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 minutes). 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 pre-empt 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 you’ve seen the first twister you’ve seen all of Daily s3 I mull Portion Specials I I to I p.m. t I. Spaghetti    4. Ziti I. Fettucini Alfredo    5.    ii    Order    Cheese Ravioli 3. 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Music by “Mad Michael’ AL. 1202 Huisache 625-6263 NC* •HAUMI’CIA 4k he gardens Com* Celebrate Johnny's Birthday Od. 26- Noon til closing • DJ-*Bo~ 3pm-6pm RICK 629-9149 JOHNNY 125 Hwy 81, Ne** Braunfote • Across from Th* Adob« Coit 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 W.S. Van Dyke. 1936 (MGM/UA Home Video - 115 minutes). 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 (MCA/Universal Home Video - 129 minutes). Heston was the king of the disaster movies in the 1970s, starring in “Airport ‘75” and “TVvo Minute Warning.” In this one, he’s 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. T OPEN HOUSE HOME & GARDEN SHOW 9-5 SATURDAY, OCT. 26 A SUNDAY, OCT. 27 2515 Vt San Antonio St,New Braunfels • 609-4523 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 FRISHBERG BOB WEBSTER-GARDENING HOST FOR RTSA 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 I GAL BOXWOODS $1.50 • PREMIUM PINE MULCH 3 CU. FT. $3.25/NO LIMIT NO ADMISSION CHARGE BUT DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT CANYON FFA AND WILL BE APPRECIATED. Ak FOR SEMINAR SCHEDULE, CALL 1-800-652-3263 BUSINESSES OR CRAFTSMEN WELCOME TO DISPLAY. Locke Nurseiy “Oldest in ” A Annual Fall Festival a Raffle Sponsored by and Benefiting Sis. Peter and Paul Catholic School 386 N. Casted St • New Braunfels, TX SUNDAY, OCTOBER27,1996 12 to 5 p.m. GRAND PRIZE 1996 FORD RANGER XLT Donated by Bluebonnet Motors, inc. ☆ IMtwiMmmmM ☆ ©swum VSp&jpm '    Mom?    ti    v 5K Run Sunday, October 27 8:30 a.m. I* *000 Start: Sts. Peter & Paul • Finish: Sts. Peter & Paul Packet Pickup 7:30-8:15 a.m. For more Information, call 620-1379 J ;