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Steven Spielberg's terrifying blockbuster is one of the most brilliant, enduring action-suspense movies of all time. Relive the hunt for the great white in this special 30th Anniversary Edition, packed with exclusive bonus features and an all-new Commemorative Photo Journal. Amity's waters will never be the same again. Rediscover this timeless classic that continues to make generations afraid of the ocean.
It's odd that the cornerstone of the new edition is a 10-year-old documentary. Shot for the laserdisc release (the unofficial 20th anniversary edition), the 2-hour "The Making of Jaws" is an excellent telling of how this film was made and became the top grossing film (and launched the career of extras filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau). An hour-long edited version appeared on the 25th anniversary DVD. Here's what else different from the 25th anniversary DVD: an interesting a 9-minute vintage featurette shot for British TV that has never been seen in the States; a few additions to the extensive "Jaws Archives" (production stills, storyboards and the like), and a few new fragments in the deleted scene roll. The image is the same excellent transfer as before but this time you can get the DTS and Dolby sound on the same disc plus a nice 60-page photo journal. A seaworthy set but hardly worth trading in your old DVD. --Doug Thomas
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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!
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.
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.
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