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Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard Paperback – September 25, 2012
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"There are bookshelves stuffed with behind-the-scenes memoirs and photos from the making of movies, but few are as comprehensive (and interesting) as Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard. The oversized book, packed with thousands of images, tidbits of trivia, and interviews, tells the story behind the making of one of the 20th century’s most iconic movies, but, in a unique twist, from the perspective of the locals." – Wired Magazine
"The volume is so impressive that Spielberg himself penned the foreword, in which he seems truly grateful for the anecdotal history provided by Taylor." – Kirkus
"The book is chock full of anecdotes and is bursting with more than 1000 pix shot by residents that have never been seen before. If you’re a JAWS nut, then you’re going to need a bigger book shelf, because this behind-the-scenes beauty is an absolute must have. I’ve got the paperback edition, but there’s also a killer deluxe boxed Limited Edition hardcover with a DVD containing 8mm behind -the-scenes footage of the JAWS production, which was shot and narrated by Islander Carol Fligor, plus a 1″x1″ piece of the fiberglass hull of the Orca II (a.k.a., sinking Orca) used in the movie with a note of authenticity from owners Lynn and Susan Murphy (how freaking cool is that!)." – Library Journal
"It’s a treasure trove of riches for those of us who love the movie Jaws, and the many stories told by the people who were there make for a brilliant package – gorgeous to look at, informative and enlightening to read, and surely a pleasure to revisit in the years to come." – Film Score Monthly
"this fantastic book provides an unprecedented all-access pass to the creation of some of the most memorable and terrifying scenes in film history!" – Nerd Locker
"This is by far the best film book in the Guide this year...the way this book is laid out is incredible. It details an almost day to day accounting of the famously troubled production and has some of the most incredible on-set photographs ever. It’s a brilliant book for a brilliant film" – aintitcool.com
"The wealth of behind the scenes photos is astonishing and the level of detail still blows my mind. An amazing making of book." - Ain’t It Cool Holiday Gift Guide
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Fast-forward to 2011: After years of hard work, Matt and Jim's book - no, their 296 page treasure chest -- is released and, finally, my fifteen year thirst for JAWS pictures and stories is quenched. Never before has there been a film, book, or article to encapsulate all there is to know and see about JAWS. This brilliant book is a dream come true for movie lovers, fans of JAWS, Spielberg enthusiasts, appreciators of New England history, and history buffs in general. So, when I think of Matt and Jim's book I think of brilliance and hard work, and I think of both of those things existing on every page of their book.
We used to visit the Vineyard every summer and living in New England, the beaches in the movie looked like the beaches I spent my summers at. In fact, we were on a visit to the island when it was being filmed but didn't pay any attention to the production, just remember being told they were filming a movie at the time.
I am a huge fan of the films of David Lynch and John Waters and many others, but for me, JAWS will always be #1.
What a great idea the author had to go around and ask the people who were there on the island for memories and photos they took of the making of the film. It seems he was expecting a few people to have maybe a couple somewhere if he was lucky. Instead what he got was a treasure trove of never before seen pics and stories and compiled them into the BEST book about the movie JAWS yet. A day by day shooting of the film and much more is in these these pages. The book is over sized, printed on high quality paper and almost 300 pages long. The cover price may seem high, but the people who put this book together made it a top quality, coffee table style book printed on gloss, heavy paper. It justifies its cost with no questions.
If you are a fan of JAWS, then you need to see this book. Buy it with no doubt that it is incredible, but if the price is too high see if a library has one (at which point you will start saving up money for your own copy, I promise).
I wish this book had come out years ago, but its here now. And its amazing.
The resulting book enables the reader to experience the making of the film from the eyes of the locals. It also exposes to reader to HUNDEDS of on set candid shots taking during the filming that have NEVER been seen/published before. And if that's not enough: the writer also chronicles the making of the film in the order that it was actualy shot, day by day, starting with the first day of production. For ANY JAWS fan, this book is an engrossing read and a must-have volume.
Is it worth its steeep $45.00 price tag. You better believe it. I'd pay twice its price for this invaluable book.
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What a beautiful book!!!! High quality, wonderful photos, excellent stories, I can't say enough of how much I like this book. It is great for any Jaws or Movie fan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dolce M
GREAT book for those who love the movie and want to see and read new behind the scenes info!Published 4 months ago by Deb A.
One of the greatest books and purchases I have made. This was for my sister, who has always been a huge JAWS fanatic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christina Biondo
This book every Jaws fan has been waiting for. This is the re-issue version without the DVD. Amazing and HEAVY! Will take me a LONG time to get thru it. I'm in Jaws heaven!Published 6 months ago by John Brune
Absolute treasure trove...in 40 years of Jaws mania, this is the best gift a Jaws fan could ever have!!!Published 6 months ago by Shoebox Film Critic
Excellent book love the stories and pictures from the locals who called Amity their home during filming. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sam I Am
My husband LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. He's a Jaws fan but the book has now taken him to a whole other level! He literally read it cover to cover over 4 months of time.... Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Curtis