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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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I will not bother reviewing the movie for its plot or production values, that has been done by many others here. But I will say that when the movie was released in 1975, I thought it was a bit overrated after having looked forward very much to seeing it, but upon viewing it recently on TV and then purchasing this Blu-ray and viewing it in even better high-definition quality than on TCM, I enjoy the story itself more, and I'm very glad at having purchased this Blu-ray.
THOUGHTS: Considered a bonafied classic and for good reason, JAWS is first rate crackerjack story-telling that entertains all the way around. If you've never seen JAWS before then you are definitely missing out on a terrific movie-watching experience. This film almost single-handedly defined the terms "popcorn movie" & "summer blockbuster" like few movies before or since ever have. And the acting is superb on all counts. Roy Scheider is terrific as the frustrated, clueless and slightly aquaphobic Chief Martin Brody. A rascally Richard Dreyfus is a great as stubborn shark expert Matt Hooper. And what about our salty shark hunter, Capt. Quint? Robert Shaw's just blows everyone else out of the water. Whew! He was an actor of rare power, intelligence and intensity. His USS Indianapolis monologue should be required viewing for anyone considering getting into acting. THIS is what true acting is all about. All the man does is tell a story for about five minutes. Nothing else. But WOW! he is absolutely RIVETING to watch. You cannot take your eyes off him and you're hanging on his every word. It's worth owning this movie just for this scene alone! It never fails to give me goosebumps, even after 30+ viewings over the decades. And finally, let's not forget our stubborn, rarely in the mood to work villain, "Bruce" the Shark. While not entirely convincing anymore in this age of hyper-realistic CGI creatures, this massive rubber & pneumatic construct nonetheless still retains the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat or jumping out of it. Simply put - JAWS just works, on every conceivable level.
THE BLU-RAY: If you've seen JAWS but only on VHS tape or DVD then you really haven't seen it until you've watched this stunning new Blu-ray edition. WOW! It looks incredible here, probably better than when it first hit theaters back the summer of '75. Everything just pops. Picture clarity is razor-sharp and exposes details not seen since the film played in theaters. Colors are lush and vibrant, soundmix & the legendary film score by John Williams rumble & scream beautifully. Everything about this release is truly impressive. I've had this film in one format or another for decades: taped off a cable broadcast, then a factory VHS, then DVD, then a deluxe DVD, etc. None of those other formats can hold a candle to the uncompromising quality of this pristine hi-def transfer. THIS format/version is the one to own. And as if the restored sound & picture weren't enough, there's a staggering amount (4+ hours' worth!) of bonus material packed in as well, including two excellent full-length documentaries about the making of the movie, a look at the work that went into restoring it, photo galleries, trailers and more, more, more! These top shelf goodies just seal the deal to make this Blu-ray of JAWS an absolute *must-own* for movie lovers. BOTTOM LINE: Pick up this terrific Blu-ray of JAWS ...and be afraid to go into the water all over again! 5 STARS
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