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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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THOUGHTS: Considered a bonafied classic and for good reason, JAWS is first-rate 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. And the acting is superb on all counts. Roy Scheider is terrific as the frustrated, clueless and aquaphobic(!) island's chief, Martin Brody. An intense yet playful 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 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. 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 owned 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
If you only ever saw Jaws when you were younger and still think it is simply a summer blockbuster action/horror movie with no depth to it, then I urge you to revisit the film with an adult mind. The performances in this film are top notch. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and especially Robert Shaw expertly bring their characters to vivid life. There's more going on underneath the surface of this movie than simply a shark terrorizing a resort town. I won't bore you to tears with my thoughts but suffice to say, this movie is an interesting look at the intricate relationships that form between people living in a small town, and specifically the relationship that grows between the three main characters as they embark on a mission against a "remorseless eating machine" that tests them to their very cores.
The Blu Ray video is excellent and the sound is top notch. I would highly recommend upgrading to the Blu Ray for the documentary "The Shark Is Still Working", which is included in this package. Narrated by Scheider, it provides an in-depth look into the trials and tribulations of the making of the film and how Spielberg turned what could have been a complete disaster into a masterpiece.
The Blu-ray edition of this film is absolutely fantastic - and is a "Must Have" for any movie lover. It's "JAWS" like you've never seen it before - with amazingly clear picture and sound, you might even notice some background conversations, sound-effects and details that you've never noticed before in other viewing formats.
I have literally seen the film thousands of times (I tend to watch it at least once or twice a week... sometimes multiple times in one day). I've seen it on Standard TV, HD-TV, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray and in theaters, including in IMAX. This Blu-ray edition, however, is my favorite way to watch it. With the high-quality picture and sound - it truly is the best way to experience this film.
Buy it. You will NOT regret it!