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on 3 October 2011
Absolute classic film. One of my all times favourites. Everything about it is just right.
The transfer to Bluray isn't the best I've seen, I know its an old film but is a bit grainy in places. You soon stop noticing it though and I don't think it detracts from the film in any way.
The only let down for me was the terrible "Muthahumpers" dubbing (two instances of dubbing out the word muthaf**ker). I was really hoping that seen as this was the Bluray they would have left the original dialogue but it seems unfortunately they went with the TV edit.
I know its only a small thing but it may swing some peoples decisions on buying it (its the only reason I didn't put 5 stars).
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on 5 February 2016
TREMORS [1990 / 2015] [25th Anniversary Special Edition] [Blu-ray + Digital HD ULTRAVIOLET] They Say There’s Nothing New Under the Sun! But Under the Ground!

Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward star as two country handymen who lead a cast of zany characters to safety in this exciting sci-fi creature comedy. Just as Valentine "Val" McKee [Kevin Bacon] and Earl Basset [Fred Ward] decide to leave Perfection, Nevada, strange rumblings prevent their departure. With the help of a shapely seismology student Rhonda LeBeck [Finn Carter] they discover their desolate town is infested with gigantic man-eating creatures that live below the ground. The race is on to overcome these slimy subterranean worm monsters and find a way to higher ground, in this cult classic co-starring Michael Gross and Reba McEntire. The 25th Anniversary Special Edition of this iconic movie includes a Digital HD Copy of the movie for your Digital Collection.

FILM FACT: The creature designs for Tremors were done by Amalgamated Dynamics. The full-scale graboid, that is seen after Valentine "Val" McKee digs it up, was cast in lightweight foam. It was placed in a trench, then buried, and dug up again to achieve the desired "used" effect. Burt Gummer's elephant gun, was an 8-gauge Darne shotgun, was rented from a private collector for use in the film. It "fired" dummy cartridges custom made from solid brass rod stock.

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire, Robert Jayne, Charlotte Stewart, Tony Genaro, Ariana Richards, Richard Marcus, Victor Wong, Sunshine Parker, Michael Dan Wagner, Conrad Bachmann, Bibi Besch, John Goodwin, John Pappas and Tom Woodruff Jr. (Grabboid monster) (uncredited)

Director: Ron Underwood

Producers: Brent Maddock, Gale Anne Hurd and S. S. Wilson

Screenplay: Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson

Composers: Ernest Troost and Robert Folk (uncredited)

Cinematography: Alexander Gruszynski

Video Resolution: 1080p [Color by Deluxe]

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 DTS, Italian: 5.1 DTS, German: 5.1 DTS, Spanish [Castilian]: 5.1 DTS and Japanese: 5.1 DTS

Subtitles: Japanese, English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish and Japanese

Running Time: 96 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Universal Pictures UK

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: ‘TREMORS’ [1990] is one of those rare motion pictures that fails during its theatrical run but finds new life on video. Examples of this can be found dotted throughout the VHS/DVD era of cinema post-1983, but few are as dramatic as in this case. It's not hard to see why ‘TREMORS’ ultimately became a massive cult film success. It's a decent monster film with tolerable special effects and a fair amount of tension during the action scenes. It also has a strong sense of humour and never takes itself too seriously. Horror/comedies often tread too far to one side or the other of that fine line; ‘TREMORS’ walks it like a tightrope. We jump when we're supposed to jump and laugh when we're supposed to laugh and not the other way around. Perhaps the biggest question about this film is why it took a video release before the public embraced it? With three sequels and a short-lived television series, and I had forgotten just how fresh and exciting ‘TREMORS’ was. Currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release, of this monster film has been given the high-definition treatment with a new Blu-ray release and ‘TREMORS’ has come out smelling fresh as daisies.

The ‘TREMORS’ franchise series deals with the small Nevada town of Perfection and its killer earthworm infestation. The giant subterranean monsters that stalk the land surrounding Perfection are called Graboids and they propel themselves through the dirt and snacking on as many desert-dwelling bumpkins as they can wrap their prehensile tentacles around and shove them down their palate. Eventually, the townspeople realise 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 Gummer [Michael Gross] and Heather Gummer [Reba 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...

Kevin Bacon playing Valentine "Val" McKee and Fred Ward as Earl Bassett, lead the cast, and two boisterous handymen determined to finally leave this dirt trap of the small Nevada town of Perfection. Unfortunately, the day the two finally work up the drive to leave town is the day the Graboids decide to make their presence known. Soon, Valentine and Earl find themselves trapped in Perfection with the rest of the town’s residents and forced to hide on rooftops or on top of giant rocks for fear of their footsteps in the dirt causing vibrations that will alert the Graboid’s sharp ears.

Also included in the cast is Rhonda LeBeck [Finn Carter] as a college student in town studying the unusual seismic activities and starts to record some very strange readings underground that are caused by the Graboids presence and Reba McEntire and Michael Gross act as a pair of gun-loving survivalists whose militia training and ammo hoarding behaviour help ensure the town’s survival. Well unfortunately a few people go missing and a few dead bodies are discovered, and then the alien Graboids stick their ugly heads up from the ground and start attacking the townsfolk.

Like all redneck kaiju type films, ‘TREMORS’ effortlessly combines low-key country humour with monster film spectacle. While some horror comedies tend to pick an area that they will direct most of their efforts and leaving the other genre to shrivel up and fall off like a Doberman’s tail during docking. ‘TREMORS’ pays equal respect to both the scary and the silly, and jokes come as fast and appreciated as jump scares with the characters going from classic comedy banter to survival mode within seconds. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward’s chemistry is the thing of any kind buddy movie legend and with the two bickering like an old married couple as they attempt to stay alive without looking like total pansies in front of the hot college student in their presence.

The film’s special effects are appropriately down-to-earth and managing to work around the film’s relatively low budget and use the creature’s subterranean nature to the film’s advantage. Despite this subdued approach to effects, the film never feels like anything but a Hollywood blockbuster. Blissfully large in scale and featuring monsters with a real bite, the films effects fire on all cylinders. Taking a page out of the book of Steven Spielberg’s ‘JAWS.’ The Graboids are gradually revealed throughout the film with each new scene offering an increased glimpse at the creatures’ true nature. It's a credit to the way the film was assembled that we never once question the reality of the creatures. There's never an instance when we're pointing at the screen and laughing at something that is obviously a bunch of rubber monsters, especially when there's a lot of action during the film's final third as the characters become the hunted. The film as a whole is like that: a little action, a little gore, and then a joke to ease the tension.

There's a lot of action during the film's final third as the characters become the hunted. They have bombs and guns at their disposal, thanks to the Michael Gross and Reba McEntire characters, and a recognition that while Graboids can collapse houses, they can't get to anyone who has reached the safety of a rock outcropping. The dilemma: how to achieve the safety represented by the nearby mountains which don't seem so near when there's a massive, smelly, ugly thing giving chase from beneath, poving he's good for more than a smile and a quip, Valentine "Val" McKee puts his life at risk in a suspenseful sequence where we're sure he's a goner. The movie as a whole is like that: a little action, a little gore, and then a joke to ease the tension. One aspect I loved about this film is that none of the characters are as stupid and brainless as we're initially led to believe. Instead, once they learn about these ferocious creatures, they start planning and thinking, which most people automatically do in the same situation in the event of this catastrophe on this scale, which is what see happening in these types of films. The dialogue is hilarious, and is still quoted today amongst us 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 very good reason.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Universal Pictures UK has released this Blu-ray with a stunning 1080p encoded image, with an even more spectacular 1.85:1 aspect ratio and it looks pretty dang smooth with a crisp image and stunning vivid colours that pop out off the screen during the many scenes of the film that take place under the bright desert sun. The colours are pretty great, they shine vibrantly throughout, with the blacks running fairly deep and the flesh tones are also very natural. Luckily this release has been given a far more superior image transfer than its inferior 2010 release and definitely far superior than the inferior DVD version of the film. For the most part, though, the image is totally impressive than it was when the film was released twenty five years ago. That is why this film is amongst one of my favourites as is cult film fans among you and this upgraded image makes it well worth owning this 2015 Blu-ray remastered release and well worth the wait.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – Universal Pictures UK has released this Blu-ray with a very impressive soundtrack that is presented in a stunning audio experience of a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and uses the various speaker channels to their full extent. The ambient noises of people screaming, rocks falling, and the aliens attacking are all loud and flow nicely from the surround speakers, especially with the rushing and grumbling of the earth coming at you from all sides of the room as the Graboids attack. The music score is also great and never drowns out dialogue or the sound effects. When the aliens pop out of the ground, and gun shots go off, the bass rumbles and the speakers pack a powerful punch and is a solid audio presentation. The Blu-ray is well worth an upgrade for anyone that already own the inferior DVD.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Special Feature: The Making of ‘TREMORS’ [1990] [480i] [1.33:1] [53:38] Here we have a lengthy behind-the-scenes documentary divided into ten chapters which are "How It All Began…;" "Building Perfection;" "The Mechanical Effect;" "The Cast;" "Photography and Editing;" "The Creatures;" "The Miniatures;" "The Cliff;" "The Ending" and "Creature Featurette." You can either Play All or watch them individually. What you get to see is in-depth interviews with the filmmakers, who are Ron Underwood [Director]; Brent Maddock [Screenwriter/Producer]; Steve Wilson [Screenwriter/Producer]; Tom Woodruff, Jr. [Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.]; Alec Gillis [Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.]; Dennis Skotak [4-Ward Productions, Inc.]; Robert Skotak [4-Ward Productions, Inc.]; Fred Ward [Actor] (archive footage); Kevin Bacon [Actor] (archive footage); Reba McEntire [Actress] (archive footage) and S.S. Wilson [Screenwriter] (archive footage). You get to see loads of behind-the-scenes shwing the tricks of the trade, especially with the Graboid monster, but what makes me laugh is how Americans whoop and cheer when an effect has been seen to work, which I find a very strange situation. We also get a lot of talking about different aspects of the film with Ron Underwood [Director, as well as the casting of the actors, seeing the monsters in action, the editing, and much more. We also get to see the rare “Original Ending” that was not in the film released in the cinema. If you are a fan of this film, be sure to check this out, as it is a must view. Additional Music by John R. Graham. This is a MCA UNIVERSAL Home Video Production.

Special Feature: TREMORS Featurette [1990] [480i] [1.33:1] [3:52] This is a long promotional film from Universal Pictures, where we get to see lots of excerpts from the film, lots of behind-the-scenes filming, also of very short interviews with the cast on the set, that includes Kevin Bacon; Michael Gross and Reba McEntire. The unknown narrator makes it well worth viewing. This was actually quite funny. This is more of a Universal Pictures studio promo feature to promote the film ‘TREMORS.’

Special Feature: Kevin Bacon Profile [1990] [480i] [1.33:1] [2:54] This is basically an extension of the “TREMORS Featurette,” but where we concentrate on the actor Kevin Bacon and his involvement on the film, and we especially see Kevin actually in action in excerpts from the film ‘TREMORS’ and we also see in depth interviews with Kevin throughout the promo. This is more of a Universal Pictures studio promo feature to promote the film ‘TREMORS.’

Special Feature: Michael Gross Profile [1990] [480i] [1.33:1] [2:22] This is basically an extension of the “TREMORS Featurette,” but where we concentrate on the actor Michael Gross and his involvement on the film, and we especially see Michael actually in action in excerpts from the film ‘TREMORS’ and we also see in depth interviews with Michael throughout the promo. This is more of a Universal Pictures studio promo feature to promote the film ‘TREMORS.’

Special Feature: Reba McEntire Profile [1990] [480i] [1.33:1] [1:56] This is basically an extension of the “TREMORS Featurette,” but where we concentrate on the actor Reba McEntire and his involvement on the film, and we especially see Reba actually in action in excerpts from the film ‘TREMORS’ and we also see in depth interviews with Reba throughout the promo. This is more of a Universal Pictures studio promo feature to promote the film ‘TREMORS.’

Finally, this Universal Pictures UK release of ‘TREMORS’ was not a box office success upon its originally theatrical release. It took time and cult fan enthusiasm for the film like this to gain as much attraction as it eventually ended up achieving. Thanks to a solid performances and some genuinely funny comedy, the film managed to achieve a timeless feel that makes it a perfect catalogue title to release on Blu-ray, which helps with the stunning camera work is pretty spectacular as it mixes in some good horror film puns and even pays homage to Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' now and again. ‘TREMORS’ is, after all, the type of popcorn entertainment that was meant to be purchased and enjoyed with a six-pack of cheap beer and a big bag of sweet popcorn. People remember ‘TREMORS’ fondly because, while the film has enough edge-of-the-seat moments, it also gives viewers an opportunity to relax. The characters are all likeable; there are no uncomfortable factions, power-struggles, or two-legged villains. The humans don't do stupid things in the name of greed; survival is their lone goal and ‘TREMORS’ remains a fresh and engaging experience. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on 10 July 2005
A very cool film, a real gem of a film. This is no hollywood blockbuster with a big budget and top of the line special effects, but this is pure fun. This feels like a B horror film from bygone years but has plenty of humour in it too and doesn't take itself seriously.
This is actually a collectors edition and comes complete with production notes, trailer but best of all over 50 minutes making of with interviews with the director, producers and special effects teams. Which leads a good insight into the movies idea and special effects shots.
So if your a fan or yet to experience this great film I suggest you get this now, as this shows how films can be fun on a low budget!
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on 7 April 2006
Quite simply a classic.
A horror comedy master class. If you enjoyed shawn of the dead then you will love this, very much the definition of horror comedy.
It could of gone horribly wrong when a group of executives got together and decided to do a land based version of Jaws, but the idea is saved by a fantastic script, awsome acting and jaw busting effects, well they were then, but in an industry over populated by cringe worthy computer effects, Tremors hold its own beautify with some plush modle effects.
Set in the fictional town of Perfection, nevada, the film follows a day in the life of two handy men (Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon) eaking out an existance in the bad lands of America, until they decide they have had enough and head for the nearest city, only to find that something horrible is eating its way through every one they've known, and is eyeing up the residence of Perfection valley for afters, their only hope is to make a stand with the help of Burt Gummer, a gun crazed militaria fanatic and the owner of the local shop, played by John Carpenter staple Victor Wong (Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness).
seriously if you like horror and enjoy a laugh, get this one on your shelf.
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on 10 January 2005
When I was a kid Tremors came on TV and my mum lept at the chance to show my sister and I one of her favourite films. We sat, terrorized, waiting for the worms that my mum had fore-warned us were about to burst through the earth and start eating people.
The terror wore off almost instantly as the first worm appeared, big and rubbery, but the laughter and pure enjoyment I get from watching this film has never worn off.
The perfectly cast Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward lead the cast as the handy-men Val and Earl, who become entangled in the feeding antics of the giant 'graboids', the film goes on from there.
A further 3 films are evidence to the popularity of the original, although I feel that they are best ignored.
If you haven't watched this film, watch it.
If you don't own it, buy it.
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on 5 January 2006
This is absolute Classic B movie action. It's just fantastic, it has everything that it should have, hammy acting, silly story, silly monsters, slightly dodgy effects... but then it has more, some of the creature effects are actually really really good, and some of the actin gis actually excellent character acting. So long as you have a sense of humour you can not go wrong with this film or any in the series (four and a tv series so far) get it and enjoy.
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on 28 May 2007
hi, i'll start by saying it may be quite old but the sound and even picture makes it seem it's a new film. this isn't the same old cheesy action/horror you've seen all the time but is a well made film. not that scary but has enough action in it to keep you intewrested with some funny parts also. i recommend you buy all 4 in the box set though. very good film. thanks.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 September 2011
Finally deciding to break free of their small town existence, handymen Val and Earl find that it's easier said than done. The reason? Giant underground worms are attacking the place and they are now needed more than ever.

The 50s ream of sci-fi schlockers and creaky creature features are, depending on your persuasion, either genius fun or tacky nuisances. Since I belong to the first group, Tremors is possibly one of the finest homages to a most wonderful time in cinema. What is often ignored is that those 50s film's deal with the paranoia of the time, nuclear testing and wondering appertaining to Roswell like alien visits, were very prominent in honest Joe's thoughts. So it be that Tremors is ideally set out in the desert, a place from where all manner of terrifying things have come forward to announce its threat to the American way of life.

We are in the small town of Perfection, a place that may be small on residents, but very much large on character. We have dim wits, annoying kid, cutesy single mom types, Mr and Mrs Rambo and courtesy of Finn Carter's seismologist Rhonda LeBeck, a romantic and charmingly fun filled thread. Containing dashes of gore and reams of cheeky suspense, Tremors proudly wears its B movie heart on its sleeve. While in Fred Ward {Earl} and Kevin Bacon {Val} the genre possibly has its greatest pairing. As male buddy buddy combos go, these pair take the cake. Funny and full of devilish derring do, Tremors deserves to be watched for this partnership if nothing else; yes they are that good! The creatures are well designed and prove to be a scary and enjoyable foe, whilst the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California location is perfectly utilised by cinematographer Alexander Gruszynski. Directed by Ron Underwood on his feature film debut, Tremors also sees Reba McEntire, Michael Gross and Victor Wong also along for this fun packed ride. 8/10
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Classic monster movie from the 1980's, Tremors features two handymen played by Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon who work in the very small town - population fourteen - of Perfection, which is absolutely in the middle of nowhere in midwestern america.

Seeking to get out of town and move on in life, their plans are disrupted when they find a local man up a plyon who has died from dehydration. Something like a giant snake stops their truck. And rockfall blocks the roads.

Meantime a geology student has detected strange readings under the ground.

Creatures are lurking under the surface. And they can hear everything above. Thus the ground you stand may not be and you could be eaten by them at any moment.

Can the residents of Perfection survive?

Played rather light in tone to begin with, and also taking a short while to get going, but this is fine because it sets the mood and introduces the eclectic and slightly eccentric cast of characters, the kind of people who might cling on to a place like this when everyone else has left.

But once the monsters make their presence known it really is a thrill a minute ride as danger can strike at any moment and nobody is safe. You are really caught up in the whole experience, wondering if anyone is going to make it through.

Fun film making and an entertaining roller coaster ride of excitement, it's a cult movie and deservedly so.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English French German Italian Spanish

Subtitles: English French German Polish Czech Hungarian Turkish Swedish Finnish Dutch Norwegian Portugese Danish Bulgarian.

Extras;

Short text pieces about five of the cast and the director.

A short text piece about the production.

And a fifty four minute long making of documentary. Most of which is clips from the film interdispersed with interviews with the production staff, but there are almost nine minutes worth of films of the production and some of the special effects shots at the end.
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on 20 June 2003
I first saw this film when I was young, and then it terrifed me, with its giant worms and scary special effects. As I got older and watched it again and again I became less scaried and more and more amused. The film is so sharp and funny you can't help but be amused by it. What helps it in spades is that the cast seem to be having a ball in making it. If they were taking their situations seriously then it wouldn't be half as enjoyable, but because the cast seem to be haming up their situations it makes it all the more funny and enjoyable.
Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are prefectly cast as heros Val and Earl and the chemistry between them is riveled only, for me, by Gibson and Glover. You really believe these two are best friends and they play of eachother so well. Little looks they give eachother and their Rock, Paper, Scissors game they play whenever they have a disagreement will always bring a smile to your face. Its their tounge and cheek take on everything thats happening to them that will really make you enjoy the film.
Kevin and Fred are backed up by a great cast of supporting actors, who again, just seem to be having a complete ball with the film and the energy they release in the film makes for a much more enjoyable viewing. Gun mad Burt and wife Heather. Annoying Melvin and local shop owner Walter are just some of the characters that will make you laugh and laugh as they deliever their lines with true wit and humour.
There's nothing truly special about the film. Its about a small community that is cut off from the main town they are neighbours too and then become the targets of Giant worms who live under the ground and hunt by sound. So begins the battle as this small community beings to be hunted down and eaten by a giant worm, soon to be revealed as more than one. The characters work to battle their smart and very deadly enemies, giving us laughs aplenty as the film progresses.
For me Tremors is a true underrated classic. Its fast, funny, dry, hurmours and has a cracking cast. Its a film you will never be bored with.
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