“Tremors” is a movie that’s well worth being restored and given the deluxe edition. It’s been one of the longest running monster movie series’ even including a short lived TV show. It’s great that Ron Underwood’s action horror movie finally gets the credit it deserves, as “Tremors” hasn’t aged much at all since 1990. And shockingly, neither has Kevin Bacon. How the hell does he do it?
Buddies Val and Earl are freelance repairmen in the town of Perfection, who happen across the body of a friend who was chased on to a tower by a hidden menace and died waiting out the danger. Confused and shocked, the two bickering best friends try to figure out what’s causing a rash of murders around the town. They learn too late that their small town is being consumed by speedy gargantuan, burrowing, underground monsters with an appetite for anything that moves. Now, the pair have to figure out how to survive as the monsters close in on them and their friends.
Ron Underwood’s film is still a fun and briskly paced action horror movie that packs in a lot of narrative in such a short time. It’s a mystery, a Western, a buddy comedy, an action movie, a monster movie, and you know what? It all fits in so well in the end. Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon have such excellent chemistry on-screen while everyone is so brilliantly cast. I especially love Michael Gross and Reba McIntyre as the survivalist married couple whose first experience with the monster includes them and a butt lode of fire arms. “Tremors” should whet the appetites of monster movie lovers if you haven’t had the pleasure of watching it, quite yet. It’s proven to be quite timeless, and still incredibly exciting.
Arrow Films stuffs the UHD to the gills with so many bells and whistles that fans of the movie will love after so many years of sub-par Blu-Ray and DVD ports. In one audio commentary, director Ron Underwood joins producers/writers Brent Maddock and SS Wilson. Author Johnathan Mellville is on board for the second commentary offering a fans perspective on the film. “Making Perfection” is a behind the scenes retrospective running around 30-minutes. It offers new interviews, and looks back at the production. Nancy Roberts speaks for a 22-minutes interview on how the movie came to be in “The Truth about Tremors.” Director of photography Alexander Gruszynski chats for 10-minutes in “Bad Vibrations.” Associate producer Ellen Collette is interviewed and remembers set stories for 12-minutes in “Aftershocks and Other Rumblings.”
The effects team is brought together with a 21-minutes round table in “Digging the Dirt.” In “Music for Graboids,” Ernest Troost and Robert Folk, the co-composers, take 13-minutes to speak about their work. “The Making of Tremors” is an older documentary (dating to 1996) runs 44-minutes and is pretty good. “Creature Featurette” is footage taken from the effects set, 10-minutes in length, for fans. There are four Deleted scenes, “Pardon My French!” is a newly assembled compilation of overdubs recorded for the network television version of the film, there’s the EPK material with a profile on cast members Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross and Reba McIntyre. There are two original theatrical trailers, two radio spots, TV Spots, and the VHS Promo. There are trailers for the film’s many sequels, and of course an exhaustive image galleries (including both screenplays!) which finish the 4K disc.
The Blu-ray ports all of the aforementioned content over to the format, and comes with an additional Blu-ray, beginning with a slew of extended interviews, most running near or well over an hour. There are Pre and post-screening Q&As come from the 25th anniversary showing at the Arclight Hollywood in 2015, which clocks in at 71-minutes total. There’s a great ten minutes gag reel, offered with an optional commentary/introduction. Last, but certainly not least there’s the inclusion of three of director Ron Underwood’s early short educational films.
Additionally this comes housed in a nicely designed slipbox that also contains a 60 page “perfect bound” book with new writing by Kim Newman and Jonathan Melville. There’s a large fold-out 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 art cards (housed in the keepcase containing the two discs). There’s a great novelty “coupon” for Walter Chang’s Market, just in case you want to rent a video (also housed in the keepcase); and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank.