Movie Review: TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL was directed by Don Michael Paul and stars Tremors patriarch Michael Gross who reprises his iconic role as Graboid-hunting Burt Gummer along with Jamie Kennedy as Burt’s son Travis Welker in this all-new terrifying yet hilarious movie filled with even more quick-witted humor, screwball antics and action-packed thrills than ever before. Tanya van Graan, Jamie-Lee Money, Greg Kriek, Jay Anstey, Jenna Upton and Stephanie Schildknecht also star in the sixth installment in the Tremors franchise.

The graboids are back…again! Burt Gummer (Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the perfect companion piece to 2015’s entertaining fifth installment, Tremors: Bloodlines and I believe that this is the fastest turn around that we’ve ever gotten for Tremors sequels. This sixth installment follows Burt and Travis to the arctic where a Graboid has been awakened from its frozen hybernation and it’s terrorizing the locals. Burt is still a little hesitant in dragging Travis along with him but he gives in and the two set off on their new adventure up north.

At first Burt is skeptical because he thinks Graboids can only survive in warm conditions but he’s quickly corrected when they make contact with an Ass-Blaster before they even land at their wintery destination. This is where things get really scary for Burt because he’s been living with some Graboid venom inside him for years and it’s finally taking its toll on him and if he doesn’t get some anti-venom he will die. What Travis and their new friends have to do to save Burt is capture the Graboid live and milk it but they find out that doing this isn’t going to be so easy. They do ultimately come up with a way to capture and milk the giant worm for its venom and end up saving Burt’s life. In the end, Burt realizes that Travis came through for him and is glad he let his wingman come along for the ride.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell was another fun installment in the long-running franchise that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The concept for this sixth installment was interesting because it put the Graboids in a location that we’ve never seen them in before. Each sequel has always evolved these prehistoric worms in some way and this movie is no different because these creatures look more terrifying than ever. The cast did a great job with their characters and the always entertaining Michael Gross returns once again as the fan favorite Burt as well as Jamie Kennedy who returns for round two as Travis. Director Don Michael Paul did a really good job capturing the horror and comedy that this fun creature feature possesses and the fact that it’s a low budget production is really impressive because it plays like a box office big boy. There’s a lot of action that’s complimented by some fantastic looking Graboid and Ass-Blaster mayhem that’s a mixture of old school practical effects and CGI. It gets really gross at times! Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on May 1st and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080pHigh-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish DTS Digital Surround

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The exclusive bonus features take audiences deeper into the outrageous world of Tremors, with special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, an up-close look at the very first underwater Graboid attack, and commentary from the filmmakers.

  • The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell: Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss whyTremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the most bone-blasting Tremors movie yet. (14:06)
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Watch as we break down the various elements that need to come together to film the first underwater Graboid attack. (04:01)
  • Inside Chang’s Market: Chang’s Market is an iconic location in Tremors history. See how it was recreated and updated for this installment of the franchise. (02:47)
  • Digital Copy

 

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