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Tremors: Limited Edition 4K Restoration

When worms attack!

Welcome back to Perfection, Nevada!  There’s not a lot to do or see here in the desert sands.  But none of it prevents the few who do live here from being super paranoid.  There is something out there in the swirling sands and acrid heat.  Which is why Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) want to leave the area so badly.  The town, for all intents and purposes, is completely dead and the people here are beyond the breaking point.

"packs a mighty B-movie sized punch of horror AND comedy"


But just wait until the 30-feet long Graboids start their attack!  Then the whole town is going to come alive . . . until they are hunted dead with only their half-eaten remains as reminders of who and what they once were.

All of which makes leaving the town very hard for these two handymen.  Upon a series of bizarre deaths and the discovery of very large and very pissed off sandworms tunneling just below the surface, Val and Earl find themselves teaming up with seismology student Rhonda LeBeck (Finn Carter) and trying to bring an end to their mutated reign of destruction.

Tremors, quite literally, is the horror movie that in 1990 broke a lot of NEW ground.  Forget about Scream, baby.  Tremors is where it was REALLY at and Universal, well aware of their legacy in horror history, knew it.

And now it is Arrow Video’s turn at revitalizing this classic B-movie with a brand new 4K scrub and sheen. Tremors: Limited Edition 4K Restoration

Trading ocean waves for sand dunes, Tremors, directed by Ron Underwood (City Slickers, Speechless, Mighty Joe Young, The Adventures of Pluto Nash) and written by Brent Maddock & S. S. Wilson (who also wrote Heart & Souls which Underwood directed), pulls off a successful retooling of JAWS and makes it very unsafe for travelers to cross the sandblasted southwest to this day.  I mean, when I first saw this B-movie masterpiece, there was no way you could get me to step foot on the dry desert floor.  There be monsters here!

Sure, Tremors is much more lighthearted (in a good way) than Spielberg’s classic, but the threat of these oversized beasties are there and, truly, felt with every step upon the sand the good people of Perfection, Nevada make.  The unseen thrills are there and, as these slimy bags of guts are everywhere, proves to be unrelenting in its ability to score BIG with its use of sound and vibration.  Hell, even the militarized might of Burt and and Heather Gummer (Michael Gross and Reba McEntire) aren’t slowing these bags of flesh down . . . yet.

Tremors STILL packs a mighty B-movie sized punch of horror AND comedy.  It is clever, tightly edited, loaded with chunky guts, and dynamically realized . . . which makes this DELUXE release from Arrow Video very much prized and appreciated for Cult Cinema lovers like myself.

Get this collector’s edition of Tremors NOW!

5/5 beers

 

Tremors: Limited Edition 4K Restoration

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Arrow FIlms
Available on Blu-ray
- December 15, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0; English: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0; English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

A pulse-pounding love letter to 1950s creature features that delivers horror and humor in equal measure, Tremors is a bonafide cult classic that has grabbed audiences’ affections ever since its release and spawned a successful franchise that continues to this day.

Good-ol’-boy handymen Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) are sick of their dead-end jobs in one-horse desert town Perfection, Nevada (population: 14). Just as they’re about to escape Perfection forever, however, things start to get really weird: half-eaten corpses litter the road out of town; the phone lines stop working; and a plucky young scientist shows evidence of unusually strong seismic activity in the area. Something is coming for the citizens of Perfection… and it’s under the goddamn ground!

Bursting with indelible characters, quotable dialogue and jaw-dropping special effects, Tremors is back and bigger than ever in this 4K-restored and fully loaded collectors’ edition.

Video:

Presented with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the new 4K restoration is a spitfire of never-before-seen cinematic fury.  Crackling with fine details, you will feel the sand in your mouth and the grit in your teeth when these oversized worms attack.  Start running now!  Black levels are intense and full of layered details and the sub-bleached setting will have you sweating in no time thanks to the crisp locales and blasted enviros.  The effects are practical and retain their grit and the fine details in the faces of the character actors are deep and edged.  Fabrics in the costumes are textured and robust.  

Audio:

REJOICE! There is a restored DTS-HD MA original theatrical 2.0 stereo, a 4.0 surround, and remixed 5.1 surround audio options to choose from for your preferred Graboid attack.  Dig in and HEAR the chomping.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There are two.  See Special Features for those details.

Special Features:

So along with the new 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films, approved by director Ron Underwood and director of photography Alexander Gruszynski, fans get a 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing by Kim Newman and Jonathan Melville and selected archive materials, a large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank, a small fold-out double-sided poster featuring new Graboid X-ray art by Matt Frank, six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards, and limited Edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank, as well as the following supplement items.

DISC 1 – FEATURE & EXTRAS

  • New audio commentary by director Ron Underwood and writers/producers Brent Maddock & S.S. Wilson
  • New audio commentary by Jonathan Melville, author of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors
  • Making Perfection, a brand new documentary by Universal Pictures interviewing key cast and crew from the franchise (including Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross, Ariana Richards, Ron Underwood, Brent Maddock & S.S. Wilson, among many others) and revisiting the original locations
  • The Truth About Tremors, a newly filmed interview with co-producer Nancy Roberts on the film’s rocky road to the screen
  • Bad Vibrations, a newly filmed interview with director of photography Alexander Gruszynski
  • Aftershocks and Other Rumblings, newly filmed on-set stories from associate producer Ellen Collett
  • Digging in the Dirt, a new featurette interviewing the crews behind the film’s extensive visual effects
  • Music for Graboids, a new featurette on the film’s music with composers Ernest Troost and Robert Folk
  • Pardon My French!, a newly assembled compilation of overdubs from the edited-for television version
  • The Making of Tremors, an archive documentary from 1995 by Laurent Bouzereau, interviewing the filmmakers and special effects teams
  • Creature Featurette, an archive compilation of on-set camcorder footage showing the making of the Graboids
  • Electronic press kit featurette and interviews with Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross and Reba McEntire
  • Deleted scenes, including the original opening scene
  • Theatrical trailers, TV and radio spots for the original film as well as trailers for the entire Tremors franchise
  • Comprehensive image galleries, including rare behind-the-scenes stills, storyboards and two different drafts of the screenplay

DISC 2 – INTERVIEWS & SHORT FILMS (LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE)

  • Extended hour-long interviews from Making Perfection with Ron Underwood, Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson, Nancy Roberts and creature designer Alec Gillis
  • Outtakes with optional introduction and commentary by S.S. Wilson
  • Three early short films by the makers of Tremors, remastered in high definition, including S.S. Wilson’s stop-motion horror/comedy classic Recorded Live (1975)

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 5/5 stars
  Extras 5/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

5/5 stars


Movie Details:

Tremors: Limited Edition 4K Restoration

MPAA Rating:
Runtime:
96 mins
Director
: Ron Underwood
Writer:
Brent Maddock
Cast:
Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter
Genre
: Comedy | Horror
Tagline:
They say there's nothing new under the sun. But under the ground....
Memorable Movie Quote: "Roger that Burt, and congratulations. Be advised, however, that there are two more, repeat, two more motherhumpers"
Theatrical Distributor:
Universal Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
January 19, 1990
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 15, 2020.
Synopsis: Good-ol'-boy handymen Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) are sick of their dead-end jobs in one-horse desert town Perfection, Nevada (population: 14). Just as they're about to escape Perfection forever, however, things start to get really weird: half-eaten corpses litter the road out of town; the phone lines stop working; and a plucky young scientist shows evidence of unusually strong seismic activity in the area. Something is coming for the citizens of Perfection… and it's under the goddamn ground!

 

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