WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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This is the Signature Collection edition of Tremors and features 1995 video interviews with director Ron Underwood, writers/producers Brent Maddock and Steve Wilson, and the two special effects teams who, through rare footage, show the making of the creatures. Outtakes from the film are included along with the original ending, plus production photos.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42781
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $77.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 4/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ron Underwood
(Screenplay/Written By): S.S. Wilson & Brent Maddock
(Story): S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock & Ron Underwood
(Music): Ernest Troost
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ivo Cristante
(Visual Effects): 4-ward Productions, Inc., International Special Effects, Illusion Arts & Fantasy II Film Effects
(Costume Designer): Abigail Murray
(Editor): O. Nicholas Brown
(Supervising Sound Editors): Steve Flick, MPSE & Richard Anderson, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gale Ann Hurd
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Brent Maddock & S.S. Wilson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tremors stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as Valentine McKae and Earl Bassett, two country handymen who discover that their desolate town of Perfection, Nevada, is infested with gigantic man-eating worm-like creatures, dubbed “Graboids,” that live below the ground. The slightest vibration provokes the creatures to attack, exploding out of the ground with jaws open to devour with deadly precision. The two team up with a group of zany characters to find a way to destroy the subterranean creatures.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1 and image quality is exemplary in all respects.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has good surround envelopment with effects in stereo that are often complemented when the music is expansive and enveloping. But bass extension is not as deep as one would want, especially when the Graboids attack, and dialogue is poorly ADRed.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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