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Release Date: December 15th, 2020
Movie Release Year: 1990
MPAA Rating: Parental Guidance Suggested
Release Country: United States
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Tremors - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (2-Disc Limited Edition)

Review Date February 4th, 2021 by
Overview -

One of the best films ever made - Tremors, has received the ultimate release from Arrow Video in an astonishing new package that included the film in a newly mastered 4K UHD image and over 10 hours of new and old bonus features, not to mention, posters, a book, and lobby cards with new artwork. This is what every movie release should strive for. MUST-OWN!

 

OVERALL
Must Own
  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p HEVC/H.265
    Length:96
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    1.85:1
    Audio Formats:

    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0
    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
    Release Date: December 15th, 2020

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

5 Stars out of 5

When I first saw Tremors in the theater back in 1990, Kevin Bacon immediately became my favorite actor. He wasn't the smartest of the heroes, nor was he the quickest or the strongest, but it was his average-Joe way of dealing with an unfavorable situation and coming out on top of things that won the day. It was a reminder of Bruce Campbell's character Ash from The Evil Dead series. The most likable element about Tremors isn't the monsters, but rather it's the characters. They're all very funny and absolutely crucial to the story, which makes this classic monster film still one of the best out there.

When Kevin Bacon is headlining a film right out of the 90s with Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross (the dad from Family Ties), Reba McEntire, and Victor Wong (Egg Chen from Big Trouble in Little China), it culminates in a well-rounded film full of thrills, comedy, action, and fun, which is just a perfect storm of excellence still to this day as it was in 1990.

The film centers on a small rural desert town called Perfection, which is near Vegas. Two hillbilly handymen, Valentine McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Basset (Fred Ward) are trying to make a quick buck by doing odd jobs around the area. As they're heading into town to see if any work needs to be done for the day, they stumble upon a graduate student named Rhonda LeBeck (Finn Carter) who is studying seismology and starts to record some very strange readings underground. Well a few people go missing and a few dead bodies are discovered, and then the aliens stick their ugly heads up from the ground and start attacking the townsfolk.

Eventually, the townspeople realize these underground giant worm aliens' "vision" is based on movement and vibrations from the ground. This sends the townsfolk to the top of their houses to avoid making any noise. With the help and ammunition from Burt and Heather Gummer (Gross and McEntire), the townsfolk seem safe, but when the aliens start destroying the houses, they all decide to make a run for the hills, which ends in one final showdown.

One aspect that is loved about this movie, is that none of the characters are as stupid and brainless as initially led to believe. Instead, once they all learn about these ferocious creatures, they start planning and thinking about their fight for survival in a calculated way. The dialogue is hilarious and is still quoted today amongst cult film fans. The acting is fun and at times over-the-top, but oddly, never cheesy. Most of these actors are remembered for their roles in this film and for good reason.

The camera work is pretty spectacular as it mixes in some good horror movie pans and even pays homage to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead now and again. Tremors have everything any movie fan would want in a film, being genuine thrills, scares, a romance, great practical special effects, a wonderful cast, fun monsters, and tons of laughs. This is one of those rare films that never gets old.

 

Vital Disc Stats: The Ultra HD Blu-ray

Arrow Video grounds Tremors to 4K UHD in a two-disc set. The discs are housed in a hard, black, plastic case with a hard cardboard cover, featuring new artwork of the film. The 4K case itself has the same artwork, but reversible art of the original poster of the film. There are posters, lobby cards, a coupon, and a 60-page book included as well, which is described in detail below. There is no 1080p Blu-ray version or digital code included. 

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p HEVC/H.265
    Length:96
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    1.85:1
    Audio Formats:

    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0
    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
    Release Date: December 15th, 2020

Video Review

5 Stars out of 5

Arrow Video brings Tremors to 4K UHD with Dolby Vision and HDR in a new 2160p transfer and in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This is the ultimate way to watch this iconic film by far, as it surpasses the previous releases in its visual presentation. Arrow spared no expense in delivering a tip-top visual performance on 4K with upgrades in the detail and color palette. 

The entire image looks more natural this time around while looking crisper, cleaner, and keeping with its nostalgic filmic roots. The colors are all more organic and a bit more nuanced in this dry, dusty desert setting. The green little plants and shrubs showcase a fantastic array of different greens that contrast nicely with all of the sandy browns, yellows, and oranges that litter the scenery in the background. This is all complemented by a nice blue sky above.

The town of Perfection has that rustic, old ambiance with worn-down wood that is painted red amongst other primary colors. The blue jeans and red wardrobe look excellent as well here. The graboids themselves have significant orange blood that oozes perfectly out and looks bright and bold when spewed out. Black levels are deep and inky always and the skin tones are always natural. The film grain is intact and can fluctuate at times, but it feels natural and keeps with its original ascetic. Nothing seems harsh or overly done.

The detail is impeccable, now being able to see the rubbery lines in the graboids, along with their skin textures and fluids that spill out from time to time. Facial features on the actor's faces look incredible with facial pores, individual hairs, and textures in the wardrobe standing out nicely. Wider shots look incredible as well, never giving way to softer spots, but instead, some crystal clear locations and props in the background. There were zero instances of any video problems like aliasing, banding, or other video noise, making this the ultimate way to watch Tremors

Audio Review

4 Stars out of 5

This release comes with a few different audio options, including a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, a 4.0 mix, and a stereo 2.0 option.

All of them sound wonderful, but the favorite is the 5.1 track, which has been featured on previous releases. The 5.1 track is boisterous and loud when it needs to be. The sound effects of the graboids traveling underground are loud and move smoothly from one speaker to another. The explosions and gun blasts all sound great and come with a nice punch. It's not as loud as a Michael Bay film where it could pierce eardrums, but it's a fantastic sounding effect that has a nice low end of bass with rumble.

Ambient noises in the desert, such as wind, shrubs rustling or water dripping from the water tower all sound great and full. The rear speakers have enough noises to make the soundscape immersive too. Dialogue is clean and clear and free of any audio issues. The 4.0 and 2.0 options all sound great as well, but it lacks the bigger oomph that the 5.1 track comes with. 

Special Features

5 Stars out of 5

A whopping 633 minutes of bonus features are included here. That's over 10.5 hours of bonus content, plus two commentary tracks.  There are tons of new extras and most of the older bonus features from previous releases. All of the extras are remarkable and some of the best extras. This should be the standard for all home video releases. There are posters, lobby cards, a coupon, and a 60-page book included as well. 

  • Audio Commentary #1 - Director Ron Underwood and writers/producers Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson deliver a great commentary track that discusses the production, fun on-set anecdotes and stories, filming on location, creating the town of Perfection, and coming back after all these years to rewatch the original film and how the fans have reacted to it. 
  • Audio Commentary #2 - This commentary track is by superfan of the film and author of the Tremors Guide - Jonathan Melville, who talks about general information about the film and gives a big fan's take of the film and why it's so beloved so many years later. This is a fun one to listen to. 
  • Making Perfection (HD, 31 Mins.) - This is a brand new documentary about the making of the film with new interviews with the cast and crew, talking about how the film got made, shooting on location, and even some undergarments that were made for the film. This has behind the scenes footage and new clips of people visiting the site where it was filmed. This is such a joy to watch and how a bonus feature should be made. (Take note Scream Factory.)
  • The Truth About Tremors (HD, 22 Mins.) - A new, longer interview with producer Nancy Roberts as she discusses her time on the film.
  • Bad Vibrations (HD, 11 Mins) - Another new, longer interview with cinematographer Alexander Gruszynski as he recalls shooting the film in the desert which was more difficult than anticipated. 
  • Aftershocks and other Rumblings (HD, 13 Mins.) - A couple of producers discuss their roles in the production of the film and offer some insight and funny stories from the set in this brand new interview. 
  • Diggin The Dirt: The Visual Effects of Tremors (HD, 21 Mins.) - This is an AMAZING, new bonus feature that tackles the practical visual effects of the film, from how they made the graboids ravel through the desert and the monsters themselves and how everyone got them to move around. 
  • Music For Graboids (HD, 14 Mins.) - Ernest Troost and Robert Folk talk about composing the music for the film all the years later in this new interview. 
  • The Making Of Tremors (HD, 45 Mins.) - This is a 1996 documentary on the making of the film, which is a lot of fun to watch.
  • Creature Featurette (HD, 11 Mins.) - This older extra features a camera going around set and capturing the making of the graboids themselves and all that went into the construction. 
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 5 Mins.) - A couple of deleted scenes are included here. 
  • Pardon My French! (HD, 17 Mins.) - A hilarious montage of dubbed over lines that were used in the made-for-tv versions of the movie. 
  • EPK (HD, 12 Mins.) - An old EPK reel of the film from 1990 that features very brief interviews and snippets from the movie that is separated into four segments, one being an overall general feel about the film, and the other three focusing on the main actors themselves. 
  • Trailers (HD, 17 Mins.) - A collection of trailers, TV spots, radio spots, VHS trailers, and franchise trailers for all of the films. 
  • Image Galleries (HD, 11 Mins.) - A slideshow of images from the film, including promos, screenplays, storyboards, posters, and art for the film. 
  • Extended Interviews (HD, 301 Mins.) - Yes that is 301 minutes of the extended interviews from the above Making Perfection documentary in their entirety. There are five interviews with different members of the crew. Sadly, the extended Kevin Bacon interview, nor the other actor interviews are available here. 
  • Arclight Hollywood 2015 Screening (HD, 71 Mins.) - At the 25th-anniversary screening of the film, most of the cast and crew showed up for a fun Q&A on the film. This is separated into cast and crew segments. 
  • Gag Reel (HD, 11 Mins.) - The gag reel was made for the film's wrap party and can be viewed here in its original take or with writer/producer commentary and intros. 
  • Early Short Films (HD, 49 Mins.) - There are three different short films from the filmmakers that deal with stop motion and more. 
  • Booklet - A 60-page book with essays, tech specs, cast and crew information, images, and more.
  • Poster #1 -  A fold-out poster featuring the original artwork of the film and new artwork on the reverse side.
  • Poster #2 - There is also a smaller fold-out poster featuring an X-Ray of a Graboid, detailing their gooey insides and entrails. 
  • Lobby Cards - There are six double-sided lobby cars with artwork and information from the film. 
  • Coupon - A faux coupon for Walter Chang's Market is included. 

 

Final Thoughts

Tremors is still one of the best films to ever be released in theaters or home video. Full Stop. It continues to be as fun now as it was back in 1990. It's the perfect movie. Arrow Video should win an Oscar for this amazing release. The video and audio presentations are both phenomenal, the bonus features are simply amazing, grande, and made extremely well. Lastly, the new packaging, artwork, and bonus schwag are excellent and will satisfy any fan of the film. MUST-OWN!

 

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p HEVC/H.265
    Length:96
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    1.85:1
    Audio Formats:

    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0
    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
    Release Date: December 15th, 2020