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Tremors 5: Bloodlines Blu-ray Review

Tremors 5- Bloodlines Blu-ray

“Tremors 5: Bloodlines” is the best sequel since “Tremors 2: Aftershocks.”

After an 11 year hiatus, the “Tremors” franchise is back with a brand new installment dubbed “Tremors 5: Bloodlines.” And yes, before you ask, Michael Gross does indeed return as the beloved bad-ass Burt Gummer. After all, it wouldn’t be a “Tremors” film without Michael Gross.

Anyway, the story begins with Burt filming a monster hunting reality show out in Nevada. Filming is interrupted when a new camera guy/extreme sports enthusiast (Travis) crashes the shoot. Not long after, another uninvited guest shows up and claims to be a South African Wildlife official named Erich. Erich informs Burt that there has been certain worm sightings in South Africa. As you can probably guess, Burt and Travis venture to South Africa to find out what is going on. Upon arrival, Burt, Travis, an a few locals (namely Dr. Nandi and her daughter and Baruti) become attacked by Assblasters and Graboids, but these are not of the normal variety.

After the last 2 subpar sequels, ‘Bloodlines’ feels like a return to form for the franchise. Granted, the story is pretty standard and the humor is often hit-and-miss (what is with all of the urine jokes?), but there’s something comforting about seeing Burt Gummer back in action. As I mentioned above, this time Burt has a new sidekick in the form of Travis (played by Jamie Kennedy). As with virtually every Kennedy performance, he is essentially the comic relief here, but his character is actually pretty major. I won’t spoil who he is, but suffice to say, he could wind up in future sequels provided there will be more sequels. As for his performance, Kennedy walks the line of being annoying and charming, but he manages to make it works thanks to some memorable one-liners and a superb chemistry with Michael Gross.

Now, I’m sure many fans are yelling at the computer screen and asking “What about the Graboids and Assblasters?” I’m confident fans will be be pleased by the bloody Graboid and Assblaster action sequences. While there is very little practical creature F/X, the CGI is actually quite impressive. In fact, the production values in general are rather strong for a home video release.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Surprisingly pretty great. The desert exteriors are gorgeous in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Loud and active.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* Universal trailers.
* 7 minutes of outtakes.
* 10 1/2 minutes of deleted/extended scenes.
* “Tremors 5: Behind The Bloodlines”- The best extra on this disc is this featurette that contains set footage, interviews, film clips, and discussions about the franchise, cast, location shooting, and more.

Overall Thoughts: If you love the “Tremors” series, ‘Bloodlines’ will be right up your alley.

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October 3, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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