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Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.
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Jaws is pretty much a perfect movie in every way possible. The casting and acting are perfect. The actor's and actressess in this film all seem like normal people you would see walking down the street and you can really realate to (the average Joe), and I think it really help's the movie quite a bit. Their performances are not too over-the-top, and not only do the actor's give great performances but you actually start to care and feel for them unlike many movie's nowaday's. Personally I think I know too much about big Hollywood actor's personal live's now to actually take them seriously (if I just seen Brad Pitt on the cover of People magazine the day before crying about his fight with Angelina Jolie, how am I supposed to beleive his role as a bad-a** secret agent? Nothing against Brad Pitt, just an example). It's not necessarily the actor's or actress's fault, it's just how pop-culture and Hollywood is nowaday's.
The dioluge in Jaws is perfect but not too perfect, there is awkward pauses, sometimes character's are uncomfortable, and don't alway's say the 'right' thing.......like real life. Not like actor's now with corny catch phrases, perfectly timed scentences, and that ALWAY's know the 'right' thing to say. My point is, Jaws is a realistic film that, like real life, is not alway's perfect.
Now I will talk about my favorite thing about Jaws; THE SPECIAL EFFECT'S! Speilberg uses a mixture different technique's to pull off a real (and very angry) killer great white. Mixing shot's of real life footage of shark's, puppetry, prosthetic's, and editing to make a very scary and beleivable shark. That's right folk's...no GGI here, the actor's and special effect's are actually on screen with the actor's and actresses, they are not in front of a green-screen reacting to something that is not even there like so many movie's now. In other word's....it actually took some talent to create realistic special effect's.
My other favorite thing about Jaws that I think help's a lot is the music. It add's a lot of suspense to an already suspenseful movie and is some of the best music in movie history.
On a last note, one of the greatest thing's about Jaw's is that it can either be veiwed as a horror film, an action film, or a thriller and there is not many film's you can say that about. It is in the eye of the beholder and personally, I veiw it as horror.
* I notice a lot of people complaining about this 30th anniversary edition because of the realease of the 25th special edition a 5 year's ago with basically the same special feature's, except for the DTS audio track's and a 2 hour documentary. STOP WHINING, they are alway's going to re-release movie's with more and more extra's as they come along. For myself (a person who has not purchased Jaws until now), why would I buy the 25th annivarsary edition when I could buy the 30th anniversary edition with DTS (better audio), and more features? It's a no brainer. If you already purchased the 25th edition then this release has nothing to do with you and that suck's for you, but for people like myself who have not purchased it yet, of course I would like to have the 2 hour documentary and best audio of one of the greatest movie's ever made. So stop whining about a release that has nothing to do with you and please stop writing bad reveiw's for it. It can be very misleading to people like me who have never purchased it and are looking to, or people who have never seen it.
SCREAMING with the LEG HITTING THE BOTTOM FLOOR-THE MAN WITH
THE LOOSE EYE AT THE HOLE OF THE BOAT-and who can forget
the KIPNER BOY WHO BOB'S UP AND DOWN WITH THE BLOOD LOOKING
LIKE A FOUNTAIN IN VEGAS!!!(that scene was so intense I bet
RUGGEROcannibal holocaustDEODATO would look away..."OH!CLINT!
I KHANT VOTCH)This to me was the FIRST EPIC HORROR FILM! By
that you have a BIG director,a BIG budget and a very BIG
shark! This movie has everything you could want in a HORROR
film. Great script,acting drama suspense COMEDY! And of
course good all fashion HORROR! There are so many classic scenes
to this to list them all will be a AMAZON record of the longest
review the music is classic too,so own JAWS....BUY IT! WATCH IT! LIVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THAT NEW KARATE SCHOOL THEY ARE CHOPPING DOWN(makes hand motion)
THE PICKET FENCES...CHIEF BRODY'S OFFICE!
MY GRANDSON COMING IN JUNE! YOU DID NOT GET ME ONE THING I ORDERED!
NOT A SUNLOUNGER BEACHBALL BEACHUMBRELLA..IF I CAN'T GET SERVICE!
ARE YOU GOING TO CLOSE THE BEACHES??? YES WE ARE. ONLY 24HRS.
I DID'NT AGREE TO THAT..ONLY 24HRS. 24hrs.is like 3 weeks!!!!
HOOPER!!!!!!STARBOARD AINTCHA WATCHIN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now, I haven't seen this version (at the time I'm writing this, it hasn't been released), but I did buy the LAST "Special Edition" of 'Jaws'. Little did I know that it wasn't the REAL "Special Edition".
I guess the studios think we're all stupid. Perhaps we are. After all, we end up shelling out the extra cash to buy the latest edition. Here's an idea: let's stop buying initially released films on DVD. Let's wait a year or two for a "Special Edition".
The most recent egregious example was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". It was released in a single disc edition, only to be released again a few MONTHS later in a two-disc edition. Of course, I'd already bought the first disc. Scandalous!
Please stop, studios. We all know you're losing money, but that's because of the overall poor quality of your product. Stop sticking it to those of us that are the biggest movie fans--those of us that are creating a DVD library. It really needs to stop.
"Jaws" gets 4.5 stars. Studio money-grubbing gets zero stars.
Edited to respond to those who say "get over it". Sorry, not made of money. I would love to have every single version available. Calling me cheap is wrong and silly. Why not debate the facts rather than resort to name calling?
The sound mix in this film is awful. Remastered in 5.1 with new effects added. Effects that are just plain bad. Effects that sound like they were taken from free MP3 clips on the web bad. Poorly excuted, muting the effect of the intended scenes, screwing up or altering how well dialogue can be heard and just plain ruining the film. Avoid this DVD version at all costs.