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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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If you don't already know this, I wouldn't recommend this for small children. Unless YOU have a terrible fear of the water and you don't want your kids to swim...
Earns my official seal of approval.
It is one of the few movie transitions that closely follows the book from which it was adapted.
The movie itself has lost none of its appeal although the fashion of the time does make for some comical moments. It is rare that a movie can combine the dynamics of three powerful actors and have it work so well together. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss pull it off superbly.
I will not go into the plot as I think the only person that does not know it has probably been living off the grid for the last forty-some years. Instead I will focus on the Blu-Ray DVD.
I have owned the VHS and standard DVD versions of this movie. Not too long ago I had to replace my television which I did with a 4k capable model. The resolution was so good I felt it would be worth getting a compatible Blu-Ray player. When I found JAWS on Amazon, I just had to try with the new setup. I was not disappointed.
Universal Studios has embarked on a project to restore and in some cases improve the picture and sound quality of many of its old films. This version of JAWS is one the results of that project.
The restoration of this movie is excellent. The colors are vibrant and true to life. The sound has also been dramatically improved which greatly added to enjoyment of watching it in a surround-sound environment. In a nut shell the restoration efforts take good advantage of today’s hi-resolution DVD players, televisions and surround-sound systems.
The DVD comes with a number of extras including the making of Jaws, the impact & legacy of the movie, the restoration process and deleted scenes and outtakes to name a few.
This DVD is one any JAWS fan would do well to add to their collection.
Police chief Martin Brody, marine biologist Quint, and fisherman Matt Hooper all set out to track down and kill a almost comically massive great white shark that is terrorizing a New England beach resort right at the busiest season.
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.