Written by: William Davies, William Osborne, Timothy Harris, and Herschel Weingrod
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, David Caruso, and Heather Graham
Released by: Universal
Anamorphic: Alas, full frame only
My Advice: Skip it
Julius Benedict (Schwarzenegger) is the result of a genetics experiment. So is his twin brother, Vincent (DeVito). They were separated at birth. Julius was raised by a doctor on a remote island, and as such, he is incredibly smart, but not very streetwise. Vincent, on the other hand, was raised in an orphanage and has become quite good on the streets with little schooling at all. Julius is determined to find his long lost brother, so he makes his way to L.A. to look for him. He is not exactly ready for what he finds, but he loves his brother just the same.
that’s all it was supposed to be.
The DVD is a real disappointment. First of all, it’s not even available in a widescreen version. You get pan and scan only. Now, granted, Twins is not the first film that comes to mind when you think of the full-blown widescreen treatment, but still: friends don’t let friends watch pan and scan. Once you realize you’re not getting widescreen, it’s pretty much a given that the disc is basically barren. I think it would have been interesting to get Reitman in for a commentary, now that the film is fifteen years behind him, just to get his thoughts. You’re not likely to get DeVito or Schwarzenegger in for a sit-down to record something, but still, we can hope, right?
As it is, we have to live with nothing. That’s why I’m recommending a skip on this one. The movie is just not good enough to buy a DVD with nothing extra-wise to back it up.