Tremors 2 Aftershock – LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY

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Released in 1990 Tremors, with its old school practical effects and entertaining camaraderie between its two lead actors Kevin Bacon and the late Fred Ward had enlivened what was an unashamed B movie but drew a legion of fans. Yet it would be 6 years before the first sequel appeared this time without Kevin Bacon whose career now saw him appearing in Oliver Stone’s JFK and starring opposite Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men, Meryl Streep in The River Wild and Tom Hanks in Apollo 13. It was not quite the same for Fred Ward who instead returned to lead the Tremors 2 Aftershock alongside fan favourite Michael Gross as gun happy Burt Gummer as they faced off once more to the monstrous man eating Graboids who were back with a vengeance

Tremors 2 Aftershock  saw Earl Bassett (Fred Ward)’s celebrity proving short lived after defeating the Graboid attack against the town of Perfection, until he’s recruited by a Mexican oil company whose workers have found more than they bargained for under the soil. With the help of a scientist (Helen Shaver) and a new sidekick (Christopher Gartin) – not to mention the return of his gun-toting survivalist pal Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) – Earl is about to learn the Graboids have evolved and are deadlier than ever!

The sequel kept the same horror comedy mix again with mostly practical effects but by 1996 CGI was on the increase after Jurassic Park has stunned the world with what was achievable with the digital box of tricks. That CGI is not used as much as might be/ although the graboids have evolved from underground into what look like satanic chicken nuggets on legs due.  Director and co-writer SS Wilson, who had written the first film and from this sequel onwards would helm what was to become a franchise that would include five sequels in all that went straight to video and perhaps understandably so never quite capturing the charm of the original film.

 Tremors 2 Aftershock - the Graboids return in the first sequel

So this second film is out as a limited edition blu-ray with a bonus features that include:

  • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films, approved by director S.S. Wilson
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
    • Original lossless 2.0 and 4.0 surround audio
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • Brand new feature commentary by director/co-writer S.S. Wilson and co-producer Nancy Roberts
    • Brand new feature commentary by Jonathan Melville, author of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors
    • Graboid Go Boom, a newly filmed interview with special effects designer Peter Chesney
    • Critical Need-to-Know Information, a newly filmed interview with CG supervisor Phil Tippett
    • The Making of Tremors 2, an on-set featurette with the cast and crew
    • Outtakes
    • Trailers for Tremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks
    • Image gallery
    • Illustrated perfect bound booklet featuring new writing by Jonathan Melville on the Tremors 2 scripts that never got made, and Dave Wain & Matty Budrewicz on the history of Universal’s DTV sequel division
    • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank
    • Small fold-out poster featuring new Shrieker X-ray art by Matt Frank
    • Limited Edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank

Fans  will love the array of bonus features which make up for a, not bad but not great, sequel and the commentaries are good as is the featurette with special effect designer Peter Chesney but the franchise adhered to the law of diminishing returns as the franchise progressed and this first sequel is adequate and this limited edition disc is really for the die hard fans

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Here’s the Tremors 2 Aftershock trailer ……..

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