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5 stars and the dvd is a bargain,
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This review is from: Jaws (25th Anniversary Widescreen Collector's Edition) - DTS (DVD)
Well, I bought the DVD dts and I think you'll like the extras such as the outtakes, deleted scenes, and especially an excellent documentary. You'll get the behind the scenes from Spielberg, the actors, photographers, and the producers. In today's film world this movie could be made rather easily, but back then you'll see the tremendous undertaking that went into this production. The movie itself, of course, is just amazing. At one point Spielberg says that the shark is the star, but the scenes on the boat will show you 3 stars at the top of their game. The sound quality is outstanding and exact, but I do have one complaint.... on the 5.1 DTS their isn't much activity from the back 2 speakers. The sound coming from the front 3 is great, but they could have done more. This movie is just as suspenseful as when I saw it in the mid-seventies. I hadn't really watched it in awhile and I had forgotten the outstanding acting performances by Scheider, Dreyfuss, and Shaw. Shaw's USS Indianapolis speech is about as good as it gets, while Scheider's everyman performance really rings true. You'll enjoy this DVD and it's at a good price. A good bargain. Buy it!
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Initial post: May 25, 2012 7:21:10 AM PDT
I think we'll all be 2 points happier with the newly confirmed 7.1 Mix on Bluray
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 10:21:08 AM PDT
Steve Douglas says:
I do wonder if the new release will make use of the rear channels. Just because it is being mastered with a 7.1 audio, doesn't mean that they will re edit the audio to make use of those channels. I have seen this on many blu ray dvds and hope that they do re-edit the audio with discreet channeling to the rear and sides.
Posted on Jan 10, 2014 11:51:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2014 3:27:01 PM PST
Irena Dubrovna says:
Ever wonder what Jaws would be like if Elvis Presley was in it?
I doubt Steven Speilberg would direct such a vehicle however,
since his movies seem to be marked by centering around objects,
such as a spaceship, a shark, a dinosaur, etc. In other words, the
actors are always secondary to the phenomenon under consideration.
His movie concept is usually tailor-made for the widescreen (landscape)
approach to film-making, as such I cannot see him making a movie where
the main focus of attention is a person, such as Elvis, and his music...
So, I guess if Elvis was going to be in a movie such as Jaws, it would be
directed by someone else, say, John Waters. And would of course include
such hits as "shark-a-hula" or "rock, rock, rock'n shark bait". And being a
John Waters movie, I guess the police chief's wife would be played by
Angie Dickinson. I can sort of picture Elvis on that boat (playing the part
of wayward Marine Biologist slash drifter,.. Jack Larson) saying something
like, "OK Skipper, now you keep tossing that Jambalaya overboard and when the
shark appears, I will take out his eye with this here harpoon gun. And you Chief,
get ready with that stick of dynamite, and be sure and toss it when you see the
white of his teeth... We're going to leave that shark, blind and toothless.
That'll teach him for chomping down on my guitar... Ah-hoo.." That said, I think
it is admirable how Richard Dreyfuss manages to outshine the shark, or that
spaceship (see, Close Encounters) - a testament to his acting ability - to soak up
the camera, like Elvis or James Dean. Although, movies like Mr.Holland's Opus, or
Stakeout do cast some doubt on his ability to sell movie tickets through charisma
But realistically, a movie like Jaws starring Elvis would never
get made. For the Colonel (Elvis' manager) would be like,
"I don't care. Not going to allow him to be upstaged by a
monkey, even if it is a fish... We're going with this here
Clambake script instead... Tell Angie, Elvis sends his regret.
Maybe next summer."
And that is how I feel about Jaws -
I would have liked to see the John Waters treatment, starring
Elvis, and featuring Angie Dickinson, as the wife of the Chief. Nevertheless, this is pretty good, too.
I think FULL SCREEN is definitely better... That way you can
"get up close" with the shark... People who like widescreen,
are the kind who like to watch sports, or otherwise gaze at
the landscape. They are more interested in the wallpaper,
the background, rather than persons.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 8:58:08 PM PST
Star Bux says:
I think the shark represents carnal, earthly desires, and mammon too -
it symbolizes everything that is a distraction in life, from love.. In the movie
the chief of police expresses a desire as well as a reluctance to go to New
York - which is not safe, but desireable in terms of "opportunities"... Beware
of the land shark, is the subtle message here, I think. The shark has a voracious
appetite, and sees the people as a resource - as does the mayor who is worried
about what the "shark scare" might do to their local economy. Hence, he cares
not for the welfare of the tourists, viewing them as a resource.
Elvis. Jaws, as Kitsch art - well, when horror becomes apparent, can the parodies
be too far behind? For comedy is s coping mechanism to deal with trauma.
Posted on Jan 29, 2014 10:25:13 AM PST
Star Bux says:
It is written, make not a graven image for yourself. A graven image, is 3-d.
The shark on the dvd cover looks very 3-d. It is also written that one is to
abhor creepy crawlies. If you think about it, if you abhor the sight of snakes,
or bugs, upon the ground, you tend to look up, towards the sky - which is blue.
And if you did not draw an image of a shark, you would not look upon the
oceanic waters with fear - soo much, I think. Moreover, if the shark becomes
very very frightening, then will the ground you walk upon seem soo abhorrent?
"oh... that's just an ant". As opposed to... "quick, somebody, step on it!"...
Jesus walked upon the water... See, Psalm 34:2, kjv. Fear no evil. For you fear
the one you love, and you serve the one you fear. "Oh, relax, it's just... no need
to be nervous.."
Aside from this primal fear of the water, and of the unknown, that is to say,
what lies underneath... and the analogy drawn to a community of "good folk"
and their "hidden intentions" or "agendas" which the audience becomes aware
of by observing their manner of speech.. there is a biblical theme here - one
of cursed Canaan, being placed in the tent of Shem with Japheth, to be their
servant - for Canaan's sake. Noah blessed Canaan, and did not curse him,
seeing how he was already cursed because of the wicked household he was
growing up in, the household of Ham. In the movie, Ham's household is the
Mayor, and they who keep his agenda. The person in authority, the coroner
who called it a "boating accident", he helped convince the chief to "look the
other way". Do not children obey their parents? Or are they rebellious by
nature? Canaan, "the good one" was cursed because of the type of person
Ham, his biological father was. And his brethren were unlike Canaan, seeing as
how Noah did not bless them likewise. The Mayor liked to surround himself with
"yes men". The Japheth character, I think, would be the Richard Dreyfus one.
And he seems reluctant to join the sea-voyaging captain, the Shem character,
for the ship is his tent. And then chief will serve the two of them. And the
brethren of Ham will not be able to discern the Chief from the other servants,
seeing that they are all on the same "close the business of bringing tourists
to the seashore" side of the argument...
If you faint easily, then you tend to avoid movies about sharks (Jaws), or
state-sanctioned acts of mass murder (Schindler's List) ... Nevertheless, there
is a similar message to be found in both of those movies - namely that regardless
of what persons in positions of authority say, you have to do your own thinking.
The chief, he knew, that there was a shark in those waters, but he chose not to
warn the people, because of the mayor, and his "yes men" - specifically, the
elderly male, with the white hair, calling himself a scientist, and claiming his report
would conclude her death was "a boating accident"... The chief chose to "follow orders"
and a boy lost his life, needlessly.
The first few minutes of this movie, if you do not faint, the rest of the movie,
is easier to watch. A woman. A child. Magnificat by Botticelli - know that
painting? Virginity. The man chasing the girl, pretending to be "safe". And when
the boy perishes, you feel the mother's loss. And see the horror of the distance
of the crowd of survivors, from her. The gentiles - a cruel people - they invented
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