Tremors 5: Bloodlines (Blu-ray) (2015)

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Released 3-Dec-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Tremors 5: Behind the Bloodlines
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 99:02
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Don Michael Paul
Studio
Distributor
Universal Sony Starring Michael Gross
Jamie Kennedy
Natalie Becker
Emmanuel Castis
Brandon Auret
Daniel Janks
Zak Hendrikz
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $24.95 Music Hyesu Yang


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish dts 5.1
French dts 5.1
German dts 5.1
Italian dts 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Spanish
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Arabic
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
Hindi
Icelandic
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, One more clip is shown during the credits

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Plot Synopsis

††† 2015ís Tremors 5: Bloodlines should be a lot worse than it is. The fifth instalment in a franchise that also spawned a short-lived television show in 2003, this is also a straight-to-video effort, overseen by veteran B-movie director Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2, Sniper 5, Lake Placid 4, Whoís Your Caddy?). Perhaps owing to low expectations, Tremors 5 is an entertaining enough sequel, sporting decent production values and even bringing back franchise mainstay Michael Gross. Itís not all good news, however - despite a polished presentation, Paulís movie is unable to escape its low-budget origins, with a slipshod screenplay and dull plotting, not to mention occasionally risible dialogue.

††† Now a minor celebrity with his own survivalist television show, Burt Gummer (Gross) has carved out a career based on his Graboid-hunting skills, even releasing his own line of food and drink products. Out of the blue, heís approached by Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), who wants to join Burtís team and help the old man fulfil his potential. Negotiating a mutually beneficial deal, Burt and Travis travel to South Africa, where Graboids have started attacking the locals. Erich Van Wyck (Daniel Janks) seeks to enlist Burtís assistance to capture an ďAss-BlasterĒ variation of the Graboid, but, as to be expected, things do not exactly go to plan, leaving the veteran hunter to clean up the infestation.

††† With a screenplay credited to four writers, Tremors 5 falls victim to a common pitfall of direct-to-video creature features: overcomplicating a simple narrative. This should be a story of Burt simply kicking butt in South Africa with help from Travis, but forgettable, generic ancillary characters are thrown in as well (no names ever stick), and other pointless subplots are added, including a futile detour involving Burt being locked in a cage that only leads to a lion urinating on him. A minor human antagonist is introduced as well, whose sole purpose is to get eaten. No real imagination is presented in Tremors 5, which is also highly derivative, liberally borrowing from Aliens and Jurassic Park, while the script also takes inspiration from 2013ís Pacific Rim. The original Tremors was a very funny tongue-in-cheek horror-comedy, but unfortunately this fifth entry is not nearly as successful on the humour front. The actors try to mine laughs, but it only leads to a handful of awful improvised lines from Kennedy, and other horrendous attempts at comedy, including the aforementioned scene of a caged Burt. Dialogue is expectedly standard-order, in need of a spark of wit to liven up the enterprise. Also, itís borderline embarrassing to see Kennedyís stunt double doing BMX stunts during the opening credits.

††† Tremors 5 does contribute to the mythology of the franchise to an extent, even opening with a segment from Gummerís TV show which discusses the Graboids and Ass-Blasters at length for anybody who isnít familiar with the franchise. And upon arriving in South Africa, Burt finds that the monsters have evolved somewhat differently, which allows the movie to shake things up a little bit. The location switch to Africa was likely done for budgetary reasons, but it does add new scenery to the series, even though the cinematography is exceedingly workmanlike. On a more positive note, Tremors 5 does boast reasonably convincing special effects for a direct-to-video effort, and director Don Michael Paul doesnít make the mistake of keeping the digital beasts front and centre for the entire movie. Rather, glimpses of the creatures are fleeting, relying more on sound design and practically-achieved sprays of dirt to establish the presence of the Graboids. However, there is a particularly woeful attempt to mimic the raptors in the kitchen scene of Jurassic Park that only serves to underline how much Paul pales in comparison to Steven Spielberg.

††† The only actor to appear in all the Tremors movies as well as the TV show, Gross continues to have a lot of fun in his iconic role, emerging as the best thing in the entire movie. When Tremors 5: Bloodlines observes Gross battling the Graboids, itís solid fun, even if the rest of the movie is not nearly as successful. Kennedy, who was so amusing as the film buff in the Scream series, mugs the camera too often, while the rest of the cast members fail to make an impact. Still, for what it is, Tremors 5 provides a certain degree of entertainment in spite of its shortcomings, and the fact that itís not irredeemably awful is a big deal.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† For a low-budget, straight-to-video production, Tremors 5: Bloodlines looks exceptional on Blu-ray. Universal presents this latest Tremors sequel in 1080p high definition, framed in the filmís original aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Shot digitally with Arri Alexa XT Plus, Canon C500, and Red Epic cameras, the video looks incredibly refined, as eye-catching as any recent theatrical release.

††† Vivid, sharp and consistently detailed, the transfer captures every wrinkle, pore and hair on the actors in close-up, while textures on clothing are stable. You can literally count the hairs in Jamie Kennedyís stubble, and the video has great depth to it. Colours pop, with a rich colour palette, while blacks are deep and inky, beautifully showcasing the South African locations. Luckily, there is no black crush or aliasing, with the image looking excellent from start to finish.

††† There are some slight artefacts on the edges of titles, and some shots are noticeably smeary, most notably footage from Gummerís show in the opening scene and a few shots that look to have been lensed on a GoPro or another action camera. But none of this is overly bothersome, as these issues are far too fleeting. Say what you will about the quality of the movie itself, but Tremors 5 is a winner on Blu-ray from a visual standpoint. The video certainly looks a hundred times better than the DNRíed-to-death Blu-ray presentation of the original Tremors film.

††† As to be expected from Universal, the disc is packed with a whole heap of subtitle options. The English track is well-formatted and easy to read.


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Audio

††† Chief among the audio options on this Blu-ray is a lossless English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, which is mightily impressive for a movie that wasnít even produced for the cinema. Itís a loud, immersive track, benefitting from crisp dialogue, great subwoofer use, and effective use of the surround channels to create exactly the type of experience you would want for a movie of this ilk.

††† Tremors 5 is heavy on the sound effects, from the rumbling in the ground to the screech of the Graboids and Ass-Blasters, as well as the gunshots and the attacks. Luckily, all of the sounds are enormously impactful, with subwoofer and bass which creates a badass rumble from time to time. Dialogue is easy to hear, never becoming drowned out by the ambience or the music. As for the music, itís effectively mixed into the track for maximum impact, as chintzy as it often does sound.

††† This is a robust audio track, ably standing alongside theatrical action movies. A number of other language options are available, encoded in lossy DTS 5.1.

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Extras

††† A meagre selection of supplements.

Deleted & Extended Scenes (HD; 10:21)

††† A series of deleted and extended scenes, played in one big chunk with no title or chapter markers. Itís unclear why some of these were cut, as thereís an extension of the opening that makes more sense, and a bridge chase sequence that might have looked impressive with finished VFX and sound. Perhaps they ran out of money to finish the latter. Puzzlingly, bits of the bridge scene are in the montage during the end credits of the movie.

Outtakes (HD; 6:48)

††† Nearly seven minutes of flubs, jokes, laughter and on-set faux pas. Jamie Kennedy seems to enjoy improvising, much to the amusement of his co-stars. This blooper reel is occasionally funny, but itís never laugh-aloud hilarious.

Tremors 5: Behind the Bloodlines (HD; 8:10)

††† A standard EPK-style behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie. Director Don Michael Paul talks about his approach to the project, including the use of practical effects as well as CGI, while the cast and crew discuss the franchise, the characters, and the production. Worth watching, but itís not the most illuminating extra.

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† † The local release is a direct port of the Region A disc. Draw.

Summary

††† I didn't hate Tremors 5: Bloodlines, but I didn't love it either. It's an enjoyable addition to the franchise, with enough creature action to keep me happy. And trust me, I've watched some of the Lake Placid sequels which clearly used Microsoft Paint for the VFX - this movie could have been far worse.

††† Universal's Blu-ray benefits from a top-flight audio/visual presentation, while extras are in short supply. Worth buying on sale.

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© Callum Knox (I studied biology)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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