Tremors (1990) Arrow Video 12/15/2020
As noted: I am reviewing the Limited Edition UHD version.
Directed By: Ron Underwood
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross, Fred Ward, Reba McEntire, Robert Jayne
Disclaimer: Arrow Video has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Blu Disc: Feature Film/Extras: The following extras are included on both the HD version of the film and the UHD disc. Two commentaries (Both new) the first by Director Don Underwood, Brent Maddock and S.S Wilson. The second commentary by Jonathan Melville featured in Making Perfect and author of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors.
Making Perfection (31mins) This brand new documentary takes a look at the making of the film and its legacy. Includes cast and crew such as Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross Ron Underwood etc.
The Truth about Tremors (22mins) A new interview with co-producer Nancy Roberts. This candid look at the making of the film and just filmmaking in general.
Bad Vibrations (10mins) A new interview DP Alex Grusynski. Alex gives a fascinating look at his visual style and some of the inspirations that he drew for the look and feel of Tremors.
Aftershocks and Other Rumbles (12mins) New interview with As. producer/second unit producer Ellen Collett. Collett talks about her time with Roger Corman and her work on Tremors and some of the challenges of the shoot.
Digging in the Dirt: (20min) The Visual Effects of Tremors A new featurette on the films visual effects with former crew members of Fantasy II Film VFX and 4-Ward Productions VFX. A pretty interesting history on the big FX houses and of course their work on Tremors.
Music for Graboids (13mins) New interview with film score and composer Ernest Troost and Robert Folk
The Making of Tremors (44mins) Vintage 1996 featurette. Anybody who reads my reviews knows I am a sucker for a good vintage featurette. This is a really cool one released six years after its original release. Some wonderful interviews are included.
Creature Featurette (10mins) a complication of on set footage showing the making of the infamous creatures the Graboids. Again, I love on-set vintage featurettes. It offers fans a rare glimpse at behind the scenes footage.
Deleted Scenes (5mins) Four deleted scenes (Formerly released as Outtakes) which includes the original opening scene of the film.
Pardon My French! (16mins) A new complication of overdubs recorded for edited-for-network television. This is one of the fun features that Arrow provides.
Rounding out the features is: Electric Press Kit, Trailer gallery and image gallery
Blu Disc 2) This disc which is exclusive to the Limited edition features the following:
Extended Interviews from Making Perfection. Arrow allows you to select extras interviews with: Ron Underwood, S.S Wilson, Brent Maddock, Nancy Roberts and Alec Gillis.
ArchLight Hollywood 2015 Q&A: To celebrate the films then 25th anniversary this Q&A hosted by Arclight Hollywood on Aug 25th 2015 features sixteen cast and crew members. Filmed from the audience by Tremors expert Jonathan Melville. You have the option here to select the Pre-Film Cast Q&A and the Post Film Crew Q&A or to Play All.
Gag Reel: This gag reel was for the wrap party. It includes the option to play with Original Audio or an Introduction and Commentary.
Early Short Films from the makers of Tremors: Recorded Live, Dictionary: The Adventure of Words, Library Report.
Packaging/Extra Goodies: This LE set is housed in Arrow's hard case and contains: a booklet, six cards and two posters.
Final Thoughts: Arrow has gotten into the UHD game like most labels have (expect oddly enough Criterion) and, they have been making great choices for which titles they are spending the money and time to give this treatment to. Tremors is a big bold monster flick that, while not very visually splendid affair it is one that thrives on it's effects and sound design. As I mentioned in my review of the picture, this really is a much needed upgrade to 2010's HD release. And, of course Arrow has flooded this with everything you`d ever want in terms of extras. If you are a fan of Tremors this is a release you will want to Grab hold of! Arrow has really out done themselves here.