Conclusion: 'Tremors' was one of my favorite films growing up, and it remains one of my favorites today. The characters, the absurdity, and the thrills make this a truly timeless cult classic. Heck it spawned several sequels. Despite the horrible video transfer, if you're a fan, and you can find it for a good price ( It's currently $7.99 on Amazon ) I definitely recommend picking this up. The audio is top notch and the vintage extras are quite funny and worth the watch.
Excerpt: Val McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Basset (Fred Ward) might live in Perfection, Nevada, but to them, even Perfection isn’t an ideal place to reside. The town is remote and isolated, which to Val and Earl makes life feel like one dead end after another, so they plan to leave once and for all. Just when they finally get the gumption to actually leave Perfection, they run have a run in with some giant carniverous worms, which have devoured a squad of road workers.
Excerpt: The people of Perfection are awesome. They know grad student Rhonda (Finn Carter) should know everything about the underground critters, affectionately dubbed “Graboids.” The genre staple scientist knows all, right? But she doesn’t. It takes what seems to be a contrivance, the seismologist who just happens to be working the desert when the creatures make their presence known, and flips it upside down.
Conclusion: Despite its age, Tremors retains the charm and charisma that's made it a not-so-cult favorite for twenty years. Its wit and comic timing are infectious, its performances a true delight, and its underground menaces as effective as ever. Unfortunately, its Blu-ray release does show its age. Though Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio track is a blast, its outdated video transfer is undone by a variety of fatal flaws and its DVD-era special features are a letdown.
Excerpt: Blu-ray Review: Tremors (1990) Studio: Universal Directed by: Ron Underwood Starring: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire and Victor Wong Review by: Robert Saucedo Tremors is a movie whose legacy has been somewhat tainted by direct-to-video sequels with ever-decreasing production quality.
Conclusion: Tremors 's solid narrative and excellent "old school" effects hold up surprisingly well, and the HD DVD offers a strong if not quite flawless transfer accompanied by some good if badly dated extra features. Recommended. Film historian Stuart Galbraith IV's most recent essays appear in Criterion's three-disc Seven Samurai DVD and BCI Eclipse's The Quiet Duel . His audio commentary for Invasion of Astro Monster is now available. What Do You Think?