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Following the first shark attack on Amity Island, Police Chief Martin Brody is trapped between his pledge to protect the people by shutting down the beaches, and political pressure to protect tourist dollars. As the shark’s body count rises, Brody must face his greatest fear to eliminate the ruthless predator once and for all.
A marine biologist from the Oceanographic Institute, Matt Hooper arrives at Amity Island to help track the rogue shark. Hooper has been fascinated with studying sharks his entire life, but once he joins the hunt with Brody and Quint, he finally comes face to face with the true terror that dwells beneath the surface.
Despite Police Chief Brody’s warnings of a killer shark, Mayor Larry Vaughn still refuses to close the beaches and lose the revenue of tourist dollars during the island’s high season. Only after the shark attack on Independence Day does the mayor finally realize that by trying to save the town’s economy, he has put all of its citizens in terrible danger.
After surviving in shark-infested waters following the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, Quint acquired first-hand knowledge of the predators that made him the most respected shark hunter in the area. Quint helms the expedition to destroy the killer shark, but soon discovers a monster even deadlier than the nightmares of his past.
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.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 1120918
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 4 minutes
- Release date : August 14, 2012
- Actors : Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Producers : Richard Zanuck, David Brown
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B007STBUHI
- Writers : Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The first time I saw Jaws I thought the shark looked fake. Then I watched it with a friend who told me that Great Whites really do look that way. This led me to pursue more info and develop a life-long fascination with sharks.
I'm also embarrassed to say that I hadn't known anything about the USS Indianapolis. Quint's hard-hitting monologue inspired me to research the ship and what happened to it-- which was beyond horrific.
Getting back to the movie itself, I think the performances of Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw are amazing. They literally become Brody, Hooper and Quint every time I watch Jaws. I think Robert Shaw does the best acting of his career. He's perfect as Quint.
Jaws was made well before CGI came about, and I couldn't be happier about that. It feels so nice not to be clobbered with it.
For me, the movie's two hours just fly by. None of it drags. It jumps in with both feet at the very beginning and doesn't let up until the credits roll.
I think Jaws is a masterpiece, and I never get tired of watching it. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Thank you, Mr. Spielberg and company!
It’s been 43 years since I’ve first seen Jaws, and I find it interesting, I haven’t been in the ocean since. I can’t say that is directly because of Jaws, much more likely just not the geography that trips my trigger, still I wonder.
When one watches this movie, one must remember this is the movie that set the standards as toward this type of “adventure.” Many of the characters may seem somewhat stereotypical, but at the time Jaws was filmed they were all pretty believable. The movie is as incredibly watchable from the opening grim shark attack, until the sharks demise as per this recent viewing as it was the first time I saw Jaws in 1975.
The main characters, Roy Schneider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss are equally compelling and believable in their roles. The fans of Jaws the book by Peter Benchley May be somewhat disappointed as some of his storyline has been paired down, yet as directed by a young Steven Spielberg, the viewer is treated to a rousing 2+ hours of movie.
Bonus features on this Blu-Ray version are treated to a library of bonus features, including the making of Jaws which includes interviews with: the producers Zanuck and Brown; Benchley; Spielberg; Scheider; Dreyfuss; Lorraine Gary; and a host of those behind the technical aspects of sharks, special effects, and the mechanical sharks themselves.
Great movie. I find it a bit puzzling that a few of the scenes are a bit on the horrific side, and the film still contains a PG rating. In that respect, the movie still packs a bite and is well worth the time invested into watching Jaws.
The music by John Williams and the underwater shooting is what really caught the public’s attention. There’s nothing like that music as the camera moves along in the water and then speeds up as the shark focuses upon a victim. It’s one of the greatest combinations of a score and action in movie history.
The hunt for the big fish is just as fun as Quint turns into a modern day Ahab hunting down his white whale.
Overall this movie can still capture a person’s attention and imagination.
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.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2019
Is this worth purchasing? If like me you hear the music and think of the film with fond memories of seeing a true classic then this is a must to have in your collection as the music is crisp and clear and now has the picture clarity that we have all always dreamed it would have on a home format.
As for the extras, you get two full length making of documentary's, one from the 90's and the other made in 2005, the 90's one is over two hours long and the 2005 one is about 1:40 in length. Both offer great insights and information about the making of the film and the trials that the crew had to endure during the shoot.
My only small technical gripe is down to the way you have to sit through 3 or 4 minutes of guff when first inserting the disk before you can start watching the film. Also I don't like the way that if you stop the disk then restart it does not remember your position so you have to sit through the bilge again. I think a lot of Universal DVDs and Blu-rays are like that, annoying.
However the above does not deter me from giving this film 5 stars Universal have done a superb job restoring this film to look better that it did back in the day.