Tremors Attack Pack (Tremors / Tremors 2: Aftershocks / Tremors 3: Back to Perfection / Tremors 4: The Legend Begins)
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In the original 1990 "Tremors", you have Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as the leading characters. Their performance together is (almost) on par with John Travolta and Sam Jackson in Pulp Fiction; the dialogue between these guys is priceless. They truly come across as buddies for life.
The story is simple: a B-movie-esque scenario where giant man-eating subterranean monsters (big wormlike things called aptly named Graboids) start plucking man and animal from the surface in a remote desert town. Bacon and Ward are trapped by the underground beasts with little known Finn Carter and mercenary neighbors (Michael Gross) and his wife (Reba McEntire). The result is a fun story of everyone saving themselves and finding a way to kill the monsters before the monsters eat them all.
Tremors 2 is very entertaining. Another fun movie and an above par sequel. But gone is the realistic notion that the original movie carried with "these-people-are-trapped-and-have-no-choice-but-to-fight-the-monsters-themselves". Instead remnant cast members Ward and Gross (instead of the military or some superior entity) are commissioned to dispose of the reappearance of the Graboids. Kevin Bacon is a huge loss to the the comradery factor that the original held. The flick moves a long well, has a good story, it's still scary and suspenseful, and has a great surprise twist when the Graboids mutate making this somewhat of an original in its own right.Read more ›
I'm sure that the majority of you have approached this release with some trepidation just as I have. Universal Studios has shown that it is completely unconcerned with the quality of its home video releases as long as they bring in a few bucks with a minimum of cost to the studio. The 2010 Blu-ray release of the original "Tremors" was a sad victim of this trend, with an appallingly filtered video transfer, decent audio and no new special features. Well, three years later, Universal has reissued the first film along with its three direct-to-video sequels. How does this release fare, you ask? As a seasoned fan of the "Tremors" franchise since the late nineties, I will attempt to shed some light on this issue. I assume that you have some knowledge as to the nature of the films in question so I'll spare you plot synopses.
1990's "Tremors" is the ultimate cult classic; a film with decent critical repute and a loyal (if limited) fanbase. It's the rare gem of a genre film that manages to blend horror and comedy elements into one cohesive and effective package. Despite it being one of my all-time favorite movies, you'll get no argument from me if we're dissecting its flaws. The film doesn't have much in the way of character development and frequently violates its own rules regarding the graboids (the not-so-friendly antagonists of the franchise). That said, director Ron Underwood's film is still one of the most genuinely likable films I've ever seen and its merits far outweigh its flaws. The characters, each perfectly casted and well-performed, are all likable. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are great as Val McKee and Earl Bassett respectively and Michael Gross gives it his all as fan-favorite Burt Gummer.Read more ›
- You get all 4 movies in one box, a great value at about ~$5 per movie!
- The first movie is the best but you'll probably also like the fourth (which is a prequel) and either the 2nd or 3rd if you haven't seen any of them yet.
- Inside is a coupon for $10.50 off a ticket to Peter Jackson's King Kong which opens in theaters 12-14-05 (valid until 1-1-06).
- Despite the claims on the packaging for 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, all four movies are presented in 1.78:1 NON-anamorphic widescreen. In fact, the video transfers are exactly the same as those on the previous DVDs.
- All 4 movies are on TWO discs - which of course means both discs are double-sided. ARGH. If you're not the type of person to handle optical discs carefully, forget buying this, you'll probably scratch everything up right away, no offense.
- To make matters worse for two double-sided discs, the DVD case Universal came up with is absolutely atrocious. It's one of those double-inset ones, where you've got sub-impressioned spaces for the discs, so you can actually see both discs simultaneously, but in order to remove the disc on the lower inset, you have to remove the disc on the upper inset first because it's on top. And doing that without touching the lower disc is easier said than done. Universal couldn't use one of those convenient double-flip panel DVD cases instead? This approach is just plain aggravating.
- The cardboard slip case that houses the actual DVD case is designed backwards, so the DVD case slips out from the left, instead of the right!
- Four movies on two discs screams cheapness. Why didn't Universal just put together all four DVD sets to make a four-movie mega-package?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the Tremor movies and here you get 4 for the price of one !Published 3 days ago by Wayne Davis
We enjoyed watching these movies they are great for a quiet Sunday afternoon.Published 15 days ago by Carol M
I am a Tremor Junkie through and Through, I just wish Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward would jump back into one like Tremors 6.Published 24 days ago by Always Buying Something
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