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The horror is far from over! Four years after the great white shark terrorized the small resort of Amity, unsuspecting vacationers begin disappearing in an all-too-familiar fashion. Only one man knows the truth.Academy Award-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck (Rules of Engagement, Deep Impact) brings the next installment of this frightening series with Roy Scheider reprising his role as Police Chief Brody.Newly remastered, Jaws 2 contains exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with interviews and deleted scenes and continues to keep audiences out of the water.
Ushering in the age of the inferior sequel, Jaws 2 was essentially a license to print money. Indeed, the film did very well despite blatantly replicating the plot of Steven Spielberg's original, though to lesser effect. Roy Scheider returns as Martin Brody, sheriff of the small island town of Amity. Just as the beachside resort is rebounding from the previous movie's shark attacks, another great white is snacking on divers and water-skiers. Naturally, the town fathers don't want to confront reality and choose to proceed with a lucrative sailing regatta, resulting in a grisly loss of life. Besides the fact that director Jeannot Szwarc takes an impersonal, workaday approach to the film, Jaws 2 manages to be both stylistically flat and openly cynical about its commercial intentions. Of chief interest here is Scheider's performance, which wisely reflects the emotional fallout from Brody's last trauma in his obsessive behavior here. --Tom Keogh
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All the Special Features from the DVD are transferred over to this HD Bluray edition from Universal.
Chief Brody suspects more shark attacks in the days ahead after finding remains of what was believed to have been a "boat accident". Upon further investigation, the evidence suggests another Great White attack in the waters near Amity Island.
His teenage and younger son now are in danger as they go against their father's wishes and take part in a boating expedition to "Cable Junction" with other teens/friends of the older son. Peer pressure sets in when a gal insists that he go along after the older son declares "I don't always do what my parents tell me to do" to one of the gals in the group.
Getting there is a challenge however, as the Great White that attacked Tina and her boyfriend's boat is headed in their direction. There is some great tense moments here in this sequel. I would say it is quite a good follow up to one of the very best summer movies that have ever been filmed and remains so, to this day in 2017.
Picture and sound are great for a Universal 1978 movie. I don't believe it is "Restored" like that of the 1975 original "Jaws", but it doesn't have to be. It looks good in HD. All the usual characters are pretty much back, with the exception of Richard Dreyfuss. Although, Chief Brody did make contact with him via phone call or make an attempt to do so at one point in the movie.
Bonus Features are ~
* Martin, Ellen, Peterson
* At Home with the Brodies
* The Vote
* Underwater: The Shark attacks Helicopter Pilot
THE MAKING OF JAWS 2
JAWS 2: A Portrait By Actor Keith Gordon (CHRISTINE, DRESSED TO KILL, BACK TO SCHOOL)
JOHN WILLIAMS: THE MUSIC OF JAWS 2
THE FRENCH JOKE
DTS HD Audio 2.0.English. ** 16 Subtitles!
Menu is decent, still frame, with background music from the movie.
*** RIP Roy Scheider! **
I hadn't watched this in probably 20 years and was happy to sit down with the Blu-Ray and revisit this film. I'd say it was better than I remember. Roy Sheider is of course a legend and seeing him and Lorraine Gary continue their performances from the first film obviously elevates this sequel substantially. This film lacks most of the charm and personal interaction of the original Jaws but taken on it's own merits its still a very good film and makes for an enjoyable sequel to a film that, quite honestly should not have had a sequel.
Briefly, I've read so many reviews that deride the helicopter scene and, to be honest, I thought it was great! This isn't a documentary about sharks, its supposed to be an over-the-top monster movie! I can't believe all the folks that jump all over this one segment, as though anything in the entire premise of this film is remotely accurate -_- Geez folks, just enjoy the monster shark movie..
If you want to see an intense monster movie with good production values, solid direction, great cinematography and truly great actors this is a great choice! Image and sound were good too, not a lot of down side to this budget friendly Blu-Ray release.
cinematography, another great John Williams score and some really funny humor too. If Jaws 2 had been the only Jaws movie ever made I guarantee it
would be considered a classic today. Only if Richard Dreyfuss would`ve returned that would`ve been the cherry on the sundae but Roy Scheider does an outstanding job of having most of the weight of the movie on his shoulders without Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss this time. If you haven`t seen Jaws 2 you owe it to yourself to atleast give it a watch.
For me, the special features really made this worth the money. The behind-the-scenes featurettes (particularly the mini-doc about the making of this film) is a must-see if you're a fan of this series. It gives you a new respect for the director and the film he was creating.
Of the JAWS sequels and their Blu-Ray releases, this is the one to have if you just had to choose one of them.
In addition to homicidal murderer's, Sharks are highly flammable! (who knew?)
After 4 years as Chief, Brody was fired for his pathetic incompetence on boat operation! (But he did not need "a bigger boat")
The bimbo blonde who can do nothing but scream and cower, does not get eaten ( that was a major disappointment! ).
To a white shark, helo's are just another link in the food chain.
And so many more "Tales of Terror" from the marine world!
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I like this one just as much as the second one.
Only 2 Jaws movies I like.