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Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell Blu-ray Review


“Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell” is a low point in the franchise.

In the sixth installment in the Tremors franchise, Burt Gummer and his son Travis travel to a Canadian Arctic research outpost after learning of an alleged Graboid sighting. Upon arrival, they soon learn that the sightings are indeed true and that there are also Ass-Blasters on the loose. Things become even more complicated when Burt discovers he has a deadly parasitic infection that requires antibodies from a live Graboid. Expect to see a few other subplots involving the shady DARPA company and a thrown in romance.

After the entertaining and fun “Tremors 5: Bloodlines,” the sixth film (“Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell”) sadly takes a big dip in quality. First of all, the movie is one big false advertisement. The cover and the title suggests we’re going to see Tremors in the snow and ice. Aside from a quick opening scene and a few shots of snow, that is not the case at all. The film (which was shot in sunny South Africa) largely takes place at an Arctic outpost where the snow has melted due to a heat wave. Why bother setting it at the Arctic if you can’t even deliver on that promise? The rest of the cheap sequel is equally underwhelming. The plot is largely uninvolving, the new characters (aside from Valerie) are dull, the one liners are atrocious, the runtime is mostly comprised of explosions and characters running around a small patch of land, and the extreme close-up filled cinematography by Hein de Vos is maddening to say the least. Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of this sequel is that everything feels so underdeveloped. Why wasn’t DARPA a bigger part of the story? Why wasn’t the underwater Graboid touched upon more? Why wasn’t the infection element explored more?

Like any Tremors movie, ‘Cold’ does have its moments. The appearance of Chang’s Market was an especially nice touch. There are a few other easter eggs and throwbacks that will undoubtedly please including the inclusion (and reveal) of a certain character’s daughter who could potentially be a future franchise character. Michael Gross (Burt) and Jamie Kennedy (Travis) once again stand out as the leads It was nice to see a further exploration of Travis’ character as it allowed Kennedy to have more to work with this time around.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Awful cinematography aside, this is a solid transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality track all around.

Extras: * DVD copy * Digital copy * “Inside Chang’s Market”- A set tour of Chang’s Market. * “Anatomy Of A Scene”- A behind-the-scenes look at the water attack scene. * “The Making Of Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell”- A 6 part extra that covers the cast, setting, graboids, etc.

April 28, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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