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Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018) - Blu-ray Review

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Big guns. Big traps. Bigger worms.

I absolutely love it when a franchise switches it up and still delivers a rocking affair. This is the case for Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell. Instead of the desert vistas, we get the chills and spills of the artic tundra. Something wormlike is attacking researchers from under the ice. Sound familiar? That’s right. Tremors, you know that free-spirited homage to 1950s B-movies, has gone north.

The creature feature thrills are exactly the same. It’s the location that has changed and the team. This time, we are headed for the Canadian arctic. Trust me, it’s quiet exciting when a graboid worm punches up from the snowy surface like a whale does in the ocean and then has its way with its human target. 

"Is it perfect? Nope. But if you’ve stuck with the franchise this far, you’ll be pleased with some of the changes."


 To say that this flick doesn’t miss a beat with the change in scenery is an understatement. Sure, the film is cheap. The acting isn’t the best, but the fun is still there – even if it is stretched to its limits. Forget what you know. Graboids are subterranean worms, weighing over 20 tons, who normally are roughing it in the desert, but not anymore.

Director Don Michael Paul’s Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is definitely NOT a disappointment. It might be cheaply shot, but the film works. Starring Michael Gross, returning as Burt Gummer, and Jamie Kennedy as Travis Welker, his son, the sixth film in the long-running franchise sees our heroes called to action up in Canada to do battle with the graboids.

Co-starring Jamie-Lee Money as Valerie McKee and Tanya van Graan as Dr. Rita Sims, it becomes all too obvious that the government is breeding these graboids as part of a bio-weapon program. And soon enough, their only hope is Gummer and his son. With lots of guts and one-liners, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell fixes a lot of the problems of the fifth entry and restores a bit of the fun, too.

Is it perfect? Nope. But if you’ve stuck with the franchise this far, you’ll be pleased with some of the changes. Written by John Whelpley, this goofy flick has some good one-liners. It’s effects are a bit gamey, thanks to the paper-thin CGI, but the flick knows its way through the guts of these graboids and their venom.

Assblasters in the artic? Batter up! Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell delivers more of the PG-13 fun. After all, it’s not every day that you get to milk a graboid.

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for creature violence, gore, crude humor, and language.
Runtime:
98 mins
Director
: Don Michael Paul
Writer:
John Whelpley
Cast:
Jamie Kennedy, Tanya van Graan, Jamie-Lee Money
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:

Memorable Movie Quote: "How'd you get this number? You from the government?"
Theatrical Distributor:
Universal Studios
Official Site:
Release Date:
May 1, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
May 1, 2018
Synopsis: The sequel finds Burt Gummer and his son Travis at a remote research station, where they must go up against Graboids that have been converted into living weapons.

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018) - Blu-ray Review

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Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Universal Studios
Available on Blu-ray
- May 1, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
Subtitles
: English SDH; French; Spanish
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Spanish: DTS 5.1; French: DTS 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set (1 BD-50, 1 DVD); Digital copy; Movies Anywhere; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment presents Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell on 1080p with a solid transfer. With an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, this is a solid release. It's crisp and detailed and features a bevy of strong shadows and dense blues. Digitally shot, there is a smoothness to the whole production that cheapens the whole thing, though. The 1080p transfer does not disappoint. Lines are clear and the depth is like a rippling wave extending down some pretty lengthy hallways. Flesh tones are perfectly saturated and the soundtrack – presented here on a standout DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack – is flawless.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

There are only a handful and those are pretty slim. We get a standard making of featurette, a look at one of the scenes, and a peak into the set design. A digital copy and DVD is included.

  • The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell
  • Anatomy of a Scene
  • Inside Chang's Market

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