Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has something fun on Nov. 28.
It is a bit of a surprise as how often does a direct-to-video sequel get a 4K film restoration from its original camera negative? Don’t worry if such a thing doesn’t immediately spring to mind. That is exactly what is happening with writer/director S. S. Wilson’s Tremors 2: Aftershocks.
In 1990, the first Tremors was launched theatrically in the dead of winter — it’s a summer film; a fun film — and only did so-so at the box office. The sequel got a green light, but when Kevin Bacon was busy with other productions at the time, Universal shelved the project.
No Tremors 2? The original budget was revisited and with the tremendous success of Tremors on home video, a down-scale production for the direct-to-video marketplace was given a go … the results were beyond expectations.
Tremors 2: Aftershocks was not only a worthy sequel, but a hit in the final year (1996) of the VHS-only world. The DVD format would be launched the following year and both Tremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks would make their respective DVD debuts in 1998.
Here we have a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack presentation from Arrow Video, and it comes loaded with extras. Note, Tremors 2: Aftershocks will also be available on Nov. 28 as a stand-alone Blu-ray edition.
Bonus goodies include two newly-prepared commentaries. The first features director/writer S.S. Wilson, who is joined by co-producer Nancy Roberts, while the second commentary option is with author Jonathan Melville (“Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors”).
There are also outtakes, an extensive image gallery and a trio of featurettes — “Graboid Go Boom,” “Critical Need-to-Know Information” and “The Making of Tremors 2.”