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Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
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Dir: Steve S. Wilson
Star: Michael Gross, Sara Botsford, Billy Drago, Brent Roam
Cert / Year: 15 - PG13 / 2004
Format: DVD R1
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In 1892 and Rejection Nevada is a small frontier town based around a silver mine. However the town is in trouble because subterranean monsters have killed all but one of miners. Desperate for help the few remaining towns folk send for the mine's owner Hiram Gummer. Will he be able to save the town against the underground threat? They may be in for a surprise as this is where the Tremors legend begins.

After three films and a short-lived (yet brilliant) television series you would be excused if you felt that the Tremors stories had run out of steam. Certainly Tremors 3 while very entertaining wasn't quite as good as the excellent first film or the good follow up. Also what's left to tell? We practically know the whole Tremors life cycle, from giant worm to flying ass-blaster. Well the series has done a George Lucas (no not ruined the franchise) and opted for a prequel. So welcome to Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, or alternatively Tremors verses the cowboys.

In true Back to the Future 3 style we travel back in time to when Perfection is known as Rejection, and it is populated with the ancestors of all of the characters that inhabit to valley in the later movies. So which way does this go? Is it a disaster of Phantom Menace proportions, or the success of Back to the future 3? Thankfully it is most definitely the later, with this being the best film in the series since the original. This has been achieved by using the original's formula of big worm action and humor, but giving it some nice twists.

The best thing about the more recent films has been the character of gun toting survival nut Burt Gummer. Well fans of the character are in for a big shock. His great, great, etc Grandfather isn't the man Burt is, in fact he doesn't even own a gun! This single change really makes the film, as it gives the excellent Michael Gross a brand new character to play with. There is fun to be had as we watch dapper city gent Hiram slowly become Burt (just wait until you see the gun he eventually ends up with). Of the new characters the most impressive is Billy Drago's gunfighter Blank Hand Kelly. Drago puts in a great turn as the meanest gun in the west, and Hiram's trainer. He is obviously having great fun with the role and it comes across on screen.

Tremors fans will be in seventh heaven as they get to play spot the characters ancestors, and the series catch phrases. It's all here, from Old Fred, to the wooden Indian. This doesn't mean there isn't much for those new to the series, as after an initially slow start there is plenty crackingly funny giant worm shenanigans to entertain anyone. This must be due to the fact that it is penned once again by Steve Wilson and Brent Maddock ( with the now customary help of Nancy Roberts). It is this continuity of backroom talent that has ensured that unlike many film series Tremors has maintained such high standards.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins is one of the best prequels you are likely to see. It tidies up the few unanswered questions regarding the Tremors background, and builds the perfect history for the town and residents of Perfection. Beyond that it is a funny action packed experience of man verses worm, just how the series originally began. Without a fundamental change it would be difficult to see where any future sequels could go, but if this is it then it is a fine way for the series to end, or is that begin.

Tagline

A Revolution Has Begun...

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

DVD
Picture 1.85:1 Anamorphic Excellent picture.
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 This really in an excellent soundtrack, just you wait until the bullets start flying around.
Features Commentary
Cast/Crew Biographies
Making of featurette
Outtakes
Production Notes
Production Stills
Trailer
Verdict Great transfer epecially the sound, and an interesting bunch of extras. Best of all though is that this film comes with the original Tremors disc for free, making it unbeatable value.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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