Back in 1990 Universal Pictures brought the creature feature into the modern era with the release of Tremors in movie theaters far and wide. Inventive, and different from past films of this type, the story revolved around a subterranean massive worm called a graboids; something that will swallow anyone who dares walk on the earth whole.
Starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, and Reba McEntire, the film was up against other big hits of ’90 including Born on the Fourth of July and Tango & Cash. Considered a failure in terms of revenue, it still did pretty darn well for a monster flick, and earned itself a place in the hearts of many viewers. In fact, so much so, that in 1996 Universal Pictures put out a sequel, Tremors 2: Aftershocks.
Released on April 6th of 1996, Tremors 2: Aftershocks is dubbed by many one of the best direct-to-video releases ever. Taking the wildness of the first film a step further, returning to the rodeo was Fred Ward as the rugged Earl Bassett and Michael Gross as the survivalist Burt Gummer. Joining them were Tremors newcomers Christopher Gartin as a bright-eyed Earl Bassett fan named Grady Hoover, as well as a lovely geologist named Kate Reilly portrayed by Helen Shaver.
So, what is the significance of Tremors 2: Aftershocks? Well, for starters, it is one entertaining ride of monsters and comedy that is not to be missed. Second, you could argue if it had not been as successful as it was, there would never have been the four sequels or television series that came in the years to follow. That is why it is really exciting to see Tremors 2: Aftershocks make its way to 4K in 2023.
Previously released on VHS and Laserdisc back in 1996, it made a quick jump to DVD in 1998, and then Blu-ray in 2021. However, Arrow Video are upping the ante with the 4K limited edition release that hit the market on November 28, 2023. This time you get the film in a new 4K restoration from the original negatives that were approved by the director himself, S.S. Wilson.
Beyond this, unlike prior home video releases, this limited edition has a slew of extra content. This includes a The Making of Tremors 2 on-set featurette, interview with CG supervisor Phil Tippett, a newly filmed interview with special effects designer Peter Chensey, plus a bunch of other really interesting commentaries. Bring it all together, and making it even more appealing, the packaging is beautifully put together with original and newly drafted artwork by Matt Frank, a small fold-out poster, plus a double-sided fold out poster. Had enough yet? Let’s hope not, because there is also a solidly bound book that includes scripts that never got made.
All of these matters put together, this is hands down the absolute best release of Tremors 2: Aftershocks to date. Additionally, for those who do not own a 4K player yet, there is also a Blu-ray edition of this available for purchase as well. Overall, all of this gives fans more than they have ever had before, and it is a must have to add to your collection. That all in mind, while the 2021 Blu-ray imagery was really no different than the older DVD copies, this 4K transfer is substantially more clarified and bright. A great gift for Horror and monster fans for Christmas, Cryptic Rock gives Arrow Video’s Limited Edition 4K release of Tremors 2: Aftershocks 4.5 out of 5 stars.