Tremors

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Overview

In the popular horror-comedy Tremors, it's not what's under the sun you've got to look out for -- it's what's under the ground. Universal has done a fair job on this 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. While it's disappointing that this film wasn't given anamorphic treatment, this is a still a very nice transfer with sharp colors and well-defined black levels. The picture is crisp and detailed with a minimum of grain, dirt, and edge enhancement. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround and is only ...
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Overview

In the popular horror-comedy Tremors, it's not what's under the sun you've got to look out for -- it's what's under the ground. Universal has done a fair job on this 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. While it's disappointing that this film wasn't given anamorphic treatment, this is a still a very nice transfer with sharp colors and well-defined black levels. The picture is crisp and detailed with a minimum of grain, dirt, and edge enhancement. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround and is only moderate. Tremors is a film that could have easily benefited from a 5.1 remix. Sadly, fans are stuck with this lackluster Dolby Surround mix that has some channel separation, though the bulk of the soundtrack is still filtered mainly through the center speaker. Also included on this disc are Spanish subtitles, English captions, and Dolby Surround soundtracks in French and Spanish. What Tremors lacks in the technical department, it makes up for in its supplements. This edition of Tremors starts off with an almost hour-long documentary on the making of the film. This is a great retrospective that features lots of behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews with much of the cast and crew from the film. A collection of deleted scenes and outtakes are featured in a rough full-frame version that should please fans. A short production featurette is basically one large promotional trailer for the film, though it does include a few insightful interviews with some of the cast and crew. Finally, there are some production notes, some interview profiles on select cast and crew members, a short gallery of production stills, two full frame theatrical trailers for Tremors, and a theatrical trailer for the sequel Tremors 2: Aftershocks.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Tremors is a refreshing, energetic, genre-bending farce which pays homage to 1950s B-movies the likes of The Blob (1958), Them! (1954), and Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954). Working from a clever script, director Ron Underwood perfectly captures the dim, pulpy tone of the horror-adventures, without ever resorting to patronizing parody. Tremors retains enough of the genre's conventions to make the film work on a genuinely suspenseful level -- he elicits effective B-movie thrills while poking fun at them. A good deal of credit for the wry tone should go to Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, who deliver marvelously whimsical, "straight" performances as the film's bumpkin heroes. The special effects and stunts are impressive: despite their intentional preposterousness, the giant worms are appropriately scary. The film was enough of a cult hit to warrant a direct-to-video sequel in 1995, named Tremors II: Aftershocks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1998
  • UPC: 025192021824
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Valentine McKee
Fred Ward Earl Basset
Finn Carter Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire Heather Gummer
Bobby Jacoby Melvin Plug
Victor Wong Walter Chang
Pam Dixon
Charlotte Stewart Nancy
Tony Genaro Miguel
Ariana Richards Mindy
Richard Marcus Nestor
Sunshine Parker Edgar
Michael Dan Wagner Old Fred
Conrad Bachmann Jim, The Doctor
Bibi Besch Megan, The Doctor's Wife
John Goodwin Howard, Roadworker
John Pappas Carmine, Roadworker
Ernest Troost Conductor
Technical Credits
Ron Underwood Director, Original Story
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Ellen Collett Associate Producer
Debra Combs Set Decoration/Design
Ivo Cristante Production Designer
Pam Dixon Casting
Robert Folk Score Composer
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Gale Anne Hurd Executive Producer
Gary Jensen Stunts
Brent Maddock Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Donald Maskovich Art Director
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Schaer Cinematographer
The Flying Fabrizi Sisters Makeup
Ernest Troost Score Composer
Gene Warren Jr. Special Effects
S.S. Wilson Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles: Stampede, Earl! [4:09]
2. That's Supposed to be a Girl! [2:43]
3. Perfection [1:36]
4. Beneath Perfection [1:16]
5. Less Than Perfection [2:47]
6. High and Dry [2:17]
7. Bad Things from the Garden [2:27]
8. Road Kill [3:28]
9. Some Kind of Mutation [1:51]
10. The Dead of Night [3:58]
11. Who's Best on a Horse? [3:41]
12. Where's the Golden Oldie Coming From? [1:13]
13. They're Under the Ground! [1:40]
14. The Worm and the Wall [1:13]
15. We Really Caught Something Here! [2:33]
16. On the Rocks [4:18]
17. You Guys Know How to Pole Vault? [3:09]
18. Where Do They Come From? [1:24]
19. One Long Smorgasbord [1:56]
20. The Pesky Parasites Invade Perfection [1:40]
21. Get Off the Pogo! [:55]
22. Get Out of Your Pants! [2:49]
23. The Monsters Go to Market [2:37]
24. Uzi 4 U [5:25]
25. We Killed It! [1:28]
26. Bringing Down the House [1:38]
27. Nestor's Wild Ride [2:03]
28. A Hell of a Long Walk [2:05]
29. Going for the Cat [4:10]
30. Armored Transport [1:37]
31. Going Prepared [1:59]
32. Heading for the Mountains [2:17]
33. A Run for the Rocks [3:44]
34. Goin' Fishin'-Like [2:07]
35. The Worm Wises Up [1:17]
36. The Last Bomb [1:53]
37. The Worm Turns [1:56]
38. Working Up to It [2:08]
39. End Titles: ("Why Not Tonight?" -Reba McEntire) [3:58]
0. Chapter List
1. How It All Began... [4:05]
2. Building Perfection [4:32]
3. The Mechanical Effects [2:17]
4. The Cast [3:48]
5. Photography and Editing [1:42]
6. The Creatures [15:06]
7. The Miniatures [6:39]
8. The Cliff [2:15]
9. The Ending [2:44]
10. Creature Featurette [10:26]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      The Making of Tremors
         Play
         Languages
            Spoken Language: English Only
            Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
            Subtitles: Français
            Subtitles: Español
            Subtitles: None
      Outtakes
      Featurette
      Production Notes
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Kevin Bacon: Valentine McKee
         Fred Ward: Earl Basset
         Finn Carter: Rhonda LeBeck
         Michael Gross: Burt Gummer
         Reba McEntire: Heather Gummer
         Directed by: Ron Underwood
      Theatrical Trailers
      Kevin Bacon Profile
      Michael Gross Profile
      Reba McEntire Profile
      Production Photographs
      Tremors 2: Aftershocks Trailer
   Language Selection
      Spoken Language
         English
         Français
         Español
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
         Subtitles: Español
         None
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was an entertaining movie

    I thought Tremors was a good movie. Before watching it I thought it would be a dumb flick. Come on now, man-eating worms, it had all the makings for a really bad movie. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the movie was actually very entertaining. The story line was unique and the acting added to the suspense. Tremors is not just a regular scary movie, it also hadsome pretty humorous scenes.I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for an entertaining flick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tremors is one of the best movies I've seen

    The movies ''Tremors 1 2 and 3'' are some of the best movies on TV. Though its been a while since I've seen the movie, I have been watching the series on SciFi at 8:00 pm on Fridays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top Quality!!!!

    Top Quality! If your considering buying Tremors, then do it right now. It's got everything comedy, horror and top quality characters. Not much more to be said really except, watch it right now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, Clever, A Little Scary

    What a funny, cleverly-written film this is! The old genre of those wonderful old monster films has been revived in ''Tremors'' written by Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny in places, as they say. The whole story seems almost bizarrely plausible -- wormlike creatures threaten an isolated desert community of somewhat oddball characters. Is this a commentary on our Age of Anxiety? An environmental comment as Nature strikes back? Who knows and who really cares as the characterizations are right-on and the dialogue is funny. The portrayals of desert rat characters are the best part of the film. ''Tremors'' has become something of a minor cult favorite. And, it's not so scary young people couldn't enjoy it although the slimy grossness of the characters gets a little . . . umm, gross and intense at times. The best thing I can say about ''Tremors'' is that unlike most low-budget films, you can watch this a second time and really enjoy it. There's a sequel, ''Tremors 2,'' also on video which is nearly as good. Rent it, buy it, enjoy it in a dark room with a big ol' tub of buttered popcorn.

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