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Tremors

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 92 mins . G . PAL

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Cult and B-grade are all that matters with Tremors. If you've seen this movie and loved it, you know why. If you hated it, it's because you just expected too much from a movie that is as bad in the making as it is as good in the way it hits that hilarity mark.

Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) are your everyday shmoes in the small town of Perfection where their collection of ordinary skills make up for their lack of one good skill. As the population gets smaller and the odd-jobs less satisfying, they decide to leave the town for greener pastures.

It's not long before their trek comes to an end as giant worm monsters have made Perfection their home and aren't letting anything get out. Soon our heroes are stuck on the roofs of their residences and have to find a way to either get rid of the worms or get out of town alive.

An interesting collection for a supporting cast ranging from Michael Gross (the father in Family ties) as the weapons laden Burt with his wife Heather (Reba McEntire) to a young Ariana Richards of Jurassic Park fame.

There are some classic lines, some classic laughs and some classic scenes that make this one of the all-time popular B-grade movies of recent times. A pity about the sequel Tremors 2 according to Andrew.

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Despite being a semi-recent movie and the following that it has attracted, the transfer is not enhanced, as is the region 1 disc, yet it does not really suffer to that extent. The desert rendering is pretty damn good with the bright sunlight providing excellent lighting to produce some great detail and sharpness.

Colors are rich given the dusty surrounds they are filmed in and provide an image that looks like it was filmed yesterday. I guess Kevin Bacon has aged nicely or he didn't look that great to begin with.

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Audio also lacks a full 5.1 soundtrack but who cares as the original 2 channel surround mix is enough to give your system a deserved workout. The bad dialogue comes up trumps here and is supplemented by a deep bass presence when called upon.

Surround channel usage is very active and the original musical score provides a somewhat entertaining companion to the hilarious action onscreen. To talk anymore about the audio would only produce bad dialogue on my behalf so let's leave it at that.

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A handful of extras are included on this disc that should entertain the true fans of the movie.

  • The main feature is a Making of featurette that runs for just under 54 minutes and covers alot of the film with a focus on the special effects used to create the worms and their impact on the surrounds.
  • Making up the rest is the usual suspects in a Theatrical Trailer, a collection of Production Notes and Cast & Crew Biographies.

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I remember seeing this film on VHS years ago and fell in love with it. The DVD is a great archive for such movie favorites yet the lack of 16x9 enhancement is one reason that deters me from recommending it. The region 1 disc misses out on the same kind of enhancement so don't expect to see another re-issue in the next decade.


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