Jaws

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Overview

Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on fictional Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns. When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody Roy Scheider suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn Murray...
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Overview

Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on fictional Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns. When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody Roy Scheider suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn Murray Hamilton, mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. After the shark dines on a few more victims, the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the culprit. Satisfied with the shark they find, the greedy Mayor reopens the beaches, despite the warning from visiting ichthyologist Hooper Richard Dreyfuss that the attacks were probably caused by a far more formidable Great White. One more fatality later, Brody and Hooper join forces with flinty old salt Quint Robert Shaw, the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White--especially since the price is right. The three ride off on Quint's boat "The Orca," soon coming face to teeth with the enemy.
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Special Features

Blu-ray Exclusives*; The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws; All-new feature length Documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and Interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider; ; Pocket Blu App; BD-Live; ; Bonus Features; The Making of Jaws 2-hour documentary featuring Interviews with key cast and crew; ; Jaws: The Restoration All-New in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie; ; Deleted Scenes and Outtakes; ; From the Set - An Insider''s look at life on the set of Jaws; ; Storyboards; Production Photos; Marketing Jaws; Jaws Phenomenon; Original Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
Displaying a flair for suspense worthy of Hitchcock, young Steven Spielberg terrorized a generation's moviegoers simply by showing a fin in the water. Adapted from Peter Benchley's bestseller, Spielberg's first major hit earned an Oscar nomination for best picture, spawned multiple sequels, and changed Hollywood forever by making the action-blockbuster a summer staple. A triumph of superb craftsmanship, enhanced by John Williams's menacing, Oscar-winning score, Jaws serves as a showcase for three outstanding performances. Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider star as the marine biologist and landlubber sheriff, respectively, who join forces with a grizzled fisherman Robert Shaw to hunt down the man-eating shark that is terrorizing a summer resort. There are echoes of Moby Dick in Shaw's obsessive, Captain Ahab-like sailor, as there are in the film's theme of the struggle between man and nature. There is also an element of gallows humor "I think we need a bigger boat" that punctuates the terror like drops of demented glee. As viewers will see in the outstanding "Making of Jaws" documentary included on both the DVD and double-cassette VHS Anniversary Collector's Editions, this fish story succeeded because of its rich storytelling and characterization. A shock film with heart and soul to match its grit, Jaws remains a true American classic.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Shooting on Martha's Vineyard with a mechanical shark dubbed "Bruce," 27-year-old Steven Spielberg wanted to shoot Jaws on the open water for as much terrifying realism as possible. Between rewrites of Robert Benchley's and Carl Gottlieb's script, the unruly ocean, and the glitch-laden shark, the shoot went way over schedule and the budget ballooned to $10 million, leading everyone to believe that they had a B-movie disaster on their hands. However, Spielberg and editor Verna Fields turned the liability of an obviously fake Bruce into a potent source of fear by leaving the shark unseen until the final battle. Instead, swift cuts between swimmers above the surface and underwater shark's-eye views of helplessly dangling legs, combined with John Williams's pounding score, create a relentless atmosphere of primal horror. With an ad image of a giant shark aiming for a tiny female, Universal Studios aggressively marketed Jaws as a thrilling "event," especially in primetime spots on TV, a then seldom-used advertising venue for movies. Bucking the old practice of using wide releases for stinkers, Universal opened the heavily-anticipated film in over 400 theaters in June 1975, and it shattered box office records. Tapping into an abiding dread of the unknown, made scarier by the reality of Great White sharks and corrupt bureaucrats as well as by Spielberg's effective orchestration of excitement, Jaws became the first film ever to return over $100 million to its studio. Producers David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck received a Best Picture Oscar nomination, but wunderkind Spielberg was passed over for Best Director. The film's technical achievements were rewarded with Oscars for Editing, Sound, and Score. With the lines at the box office, the proliferation of Jaws products, and a rash of reported shark attacks, Jaws became a cultural phenomenon and the first bona fide summer event movie, leading the thrill-packed and profitable way for summers to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • UPC: 025192128882
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 2,582

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Chief Martin Brody
Robert Shaw Quint
Richard Dreyfuss Matt Hooper
Lorraine Gary Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton Mayor Larry Vaughn
Carl Gottlieb Editor Meadows
Jeffrey Kramer Policeman Hendricks
Susan Backlinie Chrissie Watkins
Jonathan Filley Cassidy
Ted Grossman Estuary Victim
Lee Fierro Mrs. Kintner
Jeffrey Voorhees Alex Kintner
Craig Kingsbury Ben Gardner
Dr. Robert Nevin Medical Examiner
Chris Rebello Michael Brody
Jay Mello Sean Brody
Peter Benchley Interviewer
Allison Caine Voice Only
Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director
Joe Alves Production Designer
Peter Benchley Screenwriter
David Brown Producer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
John R. Carter Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Chapman Camera Operator
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Verna Fields Editor
Carl Gottlieb Screenwriter
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Joyner Asst. Director
Robert Mattey Special Effects
Rexford Metz Cinematographer
Shari Rhodes Casting
Valerie Taylor Special Effects
Ron Taylor Special Effects
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jaws
1. Main Titles [1:49]
2. Chrissie''s Last Swim [5:44]
3. A Feast For The Crabs [3:46]
4. If You Yell Shark [2:15]
5. Blood On The Beach [4:35]
6. The Town Meeting [6:18]
7. The Shark & Sunday Dinner [3:10]
8. The Expert [5:04]
9. The Wrong Shark [12:30]
10. The Dead of Night [8:12]
11. July 4th [7:57]
12. Predator In The Pond [4:42]
13. The Shark Hunters [8:57]
14. Face-To-Face [5:53]
15. Scars [5:21]
16. The Chase [9:58]
17. Hooper Goes In [13:35]
18. Quint''s Last Stand [6:45]
19. Brody & The Beast [1:05]
20. End Titles [4:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Jaws
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   Scenes
   Bonus
      Spotlight On Location: The Making Of Jaws
   Setup
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         English 2.0 Mono
         Español 5.1
         Français 5.1
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Español
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forget SHARK WEEK, it doesn't get any better than this!

    JAWS is probably one of the greatest films ever made. I have seen it over 220 times and I never get tired of it. Robert Shaw's Quint is the best character in the film and his monologue describing the sinking of the Indianapolis is one of the greatest in film history.

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    Posted November 2, 2011

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this movie is amazing from begining to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    JAWS!!! num num num sharks are eating you!

    Jaws is an excellent movie! very bloody and stuff. I loved it! dont show it to a small child, they will pee themselves.or spend more than 1/2 the movie hiding from the sharks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    DONT GO IN THE WATER!

    The movie JAWS was filmed mainly in the Cape Cod area (Martha Vineyard,etc)....A real thriller from 1975.....It was and still is horrifying to many people - viewer discretion advised, particularly for young persons......It has a great plot, a superb director in Steven Spielberg, great actors and a terrific sound track by John Williams, also available on CD...the double DVD with extras makes it all the better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jaws, Terror of the Deep!!

    This movie is moderately terrifying! Sure it might seem boring,but that's only because of the suspence! The shark itself looks completely fake, but that's why he's scary. The characters are great, and the special effects are great! Don't worry, there is some blood! So if you like shark movies, then this is the movie for you! And one more thing: Stay out of the water!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie was phenomenal

    Steven speilburg did benchley an honor by directing this film. Quint was my favorite character aside from brody, and hooper was very helpful to both of them. Very sympathetic charachters and great portayals, will make you want to see it over again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stay out of the water!!

    Newly elected police Chief Martin Brody is sucked into a situation not wanted on a typical summer morning. Called down to the beach, he finds the mangled body of a young vacationer washed ashore. With Fourth of July approaching, he is pulled between facing the truth about a great white shark in their waters, or by going with what the influential mayor states with the cause being from a boat propeller. The truth can only be kept so long when another boy named Alex Kintner is killed by the same man eating shark. Fishermen line up bidding prices to go kill the shark, but when police chief Brody finds out it will cost 10,000 dollars to kill it, he finds letting it go to be the best choice. Having two sons Michael and Sean, he realizes the dangers of the ocean waters but decides to let the shark roam free. The Fourth of July holiday brings in hundreds of tourists, shpashing, swimming, and playing in the haunted waters, encouraged by Martin and the Mayor himself. When a vacationer is attacked by the great white and loses his leg, they start taking things a little more serious, also influenced by Michael witnessing the dreadful event. Hiring fisherman Quint to find the shark, Police Chief Brody and shark expert Hooper assist him on the unforgettable journey of hunting. Overcoming obstacles, and setbacks, the three men accomplish their job and come home safely only hoping no more sharks will haunt their waters at home. The suspenseful thriller Jaws in still bringing screams to people today being over 30 years old. Reviewing the thrills, and well played actors, it has successfully gained what it was set out to accomplish, even coming out with many sequels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ULTA-EXTREMLY FANTASTIC!!!

    I don't know what movie can beat this master piece. Every single shark moment blew me away. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss are very, very Incredible. I have to say no movie can possibly win over this Amazingly awsome piece of work. It must have been hard to make such a totally amazing piece of valuable work. I think it's the best movie of the century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beaches Closed

    One of the best thriller/horror movies of ALL time. Do yourself a favor and read the book also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My all time favorite movie after Star Wars

    A classic film directed by Steven Spielberg based on the book of the same name by Peter Benchley about a huge Great White Shark that terrorizes a small New England Town during tourist season. Roy Scheider is Chief Martin Brody, who has recently relocated his wife and two young sons to the town of Amity after serving as NYPD Officer and having enough of life in the big city. In the opening scene we see a girl skinny-dipping in the ocean and get mercilessly attacked by something under the water. The next day the young man she was with reports it to the police and Brody goes down to the beach to investigate. His deputy stumbles upon the remains of the girl and Brody is determined to shut the beach down so no one else gets killed. The town fathers try to stop him and Martin reluctantly agrees, but decides to call in an expert from the Oceanographic Institute. Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) is an independently well-to-do shark researcher and comes to Amity to help Brody. What he finds is probably the biggest Great White Shark in recorded history (at the that time). The town fathers and mayor (Murray Hamilton) refuse to let Brody shut down the beaches and Brody is left all alone to coordinate a massive effort to patrol the waters to keep bathers from getting attacked. Great performances are given by Scheider as Chief Brody, Robert Shaw as the salty Captain Quint and Richard Dreyfuss as the Marine Biologist Matt Hooper, who would later star in two other films by Spielberg “Always” and the sci-fi classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true classic!

    Spielberg's version of Jaws is the ultimate in creature horror in my own humble opinion. 2nd is Ridley Scott's Alien. 3rd is James Cameron's Aliens. You could write dissertation on the relationship between Quint, Brody and Hooper and I'm sure someone probably has to graduate film school, but this is a great film that never gets old no matter how many times you watch it! I still get scared each time I put it on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hehe.. don, don, don, don, don......

    hahaha... JAWS has got to be my favorite shark movie! don don don don don don.. i can play that song on my piano. lol. i loved Robert Shaw in this movie as the crazy boat captain with the yellow teeth. all the actors were great. and, for the 70's, that mechanical shark was looking real! THE RIDE IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE MOVIE IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!!!ride the ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!

    this really was a great movie, and scared my little bro outta his pants! the acting was teriffic, and the begining sequence where the first victam dies is creepy, cause you just see something pulling her down into the water! recomended to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Summer Thriller that is still #1 in my book!

    My friend Elizabeth and I watched this movie in the balcony of the State Theater in Ann Arbor, MI and screamed our 14 year old selves hoarse! I still love this movie. The score is great, and the screen chemistry between Dreyfuss, Shaw, and Scheider during the chase is perfect. Buy it and watch it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A thriller masterpiece!

    Yeah sure Jaws probably exaggerates a sharks killer instinct... but so what. This is a true American classic that still keeps you on pins and needles after all these years. The DVD is done very nicely... sound and picture are outstanding for a movie almost 30 years old. Buy and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In the top 50 of the greatest movies of all time.

    This is Spielberg at his best. The point-of-vie shots are the best i ever saw besides Halloween. So many movies (including the sequels) try to gain the success that this movie has received but they never will and they dont deserve to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tribute to Our Time

    JAWS will forever reign supreme over the summer blockbuster genre. This movie,alone, kept an entire generation out of the water and is still frightening us to this day. Based on the bestselling novel by Benchley, The movie captured the hearts of many movie-goers. It was ahead of its time in 1975 and still keeps up with films today. The production crew did something never before concieved and delivered one of the greatest films of all time. JAWS is truely a tribute to our time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    Excellent movie

    Jaws is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I think they did a good job acting and making the shark. It looked real. I encourage everyone to see Jaws.

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