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[REVIEW] Tremors 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray - ManlyMovie

[REVIEW] Tremors 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray

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You have to wonder sometimes why a movie that is clearly a cult classic could have a ’25th Anniversary’ Blu-Ray release, where practically no-one is aware that it even exists.  That is until you find that it’s one of the most disappointing Blu-Ray releases since 2007 and then, you start thinking that maybe they didn’t want this cash-grab to get too much promotion, lest some sour home video reputation gets out of control.  I have the original Blu-Ray of this classic, wasn’t impressed.  I’m not going to say I’m less impressed with this one, because since this is 2015, angry is probably a better description.

Anyway, I have been in love with this film since the first time I seen it, I can’t remember when, but likely over 20 years ago.  I knew I loved it even before I’d gotten halfway into it.  Fred Ward versus giant man eating worms?  Who the hell thought of that?  Give him a medal. The right blend of comedy, writing and direction had the balls to resurrect the old creature feature and it paid off.  And this is from a time when full-scaled Graboids were used in production, real props, not writhing computer animations were the eye can clearly discern that something is not natural.

The film has also aged better than most.  There are few descriptors to indicate a 1990 production, given the baron locale and you know, pretty shitty vehicles and such.  But better than that, the dialogue and chemistry between all involved is truly something special.  I just wish the sequels were even half as good as this movie.  Kevin Bacon thought his career was over, how wrong he was.

tremors25thblurayThis is one of the worst and most cynical Blu-Ray releases ever, however.  To outline how bad it is, we have to go back to the original release in 2010.  That movie had a gruesome transfer (a lazy job from the year 2007, possibly ’06).  It also had three lazy 4:3 ‘VHS’ extras, a trailer and some outtakes.  Well, wait until you hear what is on this disc.  The identical contents of the previous disc, minus outtakes and a trailer.  So not only are they blatantly repackaging a release that was deemed lazy by 2010 standards, they’ve actually removed features that it had!

The transfer here is horrible, one of the worst, if not the worst Blu-Ray transfers I’ve ever seen.  It’s at least eight years old.  It’s muddy, vague and with noticeable sharpening overkill that tries to compensate for the mess that it is.  The features are also extremely old, although the main one at 50 minutes+ might be new to some, if you didn’t see it when it first appeared in the 1990’s, or if you didn’t see the other four minute one, when it first appeared in 1990.  Hell even the menu is lazy, still that old interface Universal was using back when they first got into this format. Oh, there’s also a UV copy, so maybe if you watch that on a tiny screen, the movie might appear better for some who watch their movies that way.

Don’t get me wrong on the movie when I rate this lowly.  That, the movie itself, I would give a rare 10/10, but this home release is low and dishonest.

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8 Comments

  1. jim

    May 14, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Just wanted to say I’m really pleased to see this site is so annoying for twinks and harpies.Confirms all the good work being done here.

  2. Mucho Macho

    May 14, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Great classic movie
    obviously the sequels are not as good as the
    original but I find a couple somewhat
    entertaining to watch

  3. Mucho Macho

    May 14, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Btw..fuck ’em for the blu-ray treatment

  4. Yusuke Urameshi

    May 23, 2015 at 6:38 am

    It deserves a more well-crafted edition.

  5. AstroNerdBoy

    October 22, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Thanks for the review. I’ve never gotten the BD release of the film, and I’ll certainly be passing on this 25th anniversary edition. I will probably go ahead and get the 2010 one though, since I don’t seem to have the DVD of the movie any more.

  6. Franco

    April 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks for the review. I normally check Blu-Ray.com but there isn’t one for the 25th Anniversary Edition. Clearly we’ll have to wait for a properly done ‘Remastered’ version, if that ever happens. It’s quite funny in a way that they re-released this as the exact same abysmal transfer from the original blu-ray release, yet managed to remove extras that were in the previous version. Even if those extras were crappy, it’s still adding insult to injury. Shame on you, Universal.

    • The Night Rider

      April 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Well said my friend.