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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss


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Though it makes up for some of the previous edition's mishaps, the Jaws: 30th Anniversary Edition is an almost-perfect DVD that suffers only from a bit of laziness on the part of Universal. Released in 2000 as one of director Steven Spielberg's first blockbusters unveiled on DVD, the Jaws: Collector's Edition was a big seller in the stores, yet still managed to fall


Though it makes up for some of the previous edition's mishaps, the Jaws: 30th Anniversary Edition is an almost-perfect DVD that suffers only from a bit of laziness on the part of Universal. Released in 2000 as one of director Steven Spielberg's first blockbusters unveiled on DVD, the Jaws: Collector's Edition was a big seller in the stores, yet still managed to fall short thanks to the studio's unwillingness to include the full two-hour documentary from the laserdisc, long thought of as the definitive look back on the troubled production. So now here comes this two-disc set celebrating the crowd-pleaser's pearl anniversary and the good news is that the documentary has indeed been reinstated to its full glory. Those who have only seen the previous hour-long cut are in for a big treat here, thanks to the incredible detail that was culled from the various sources in the production, including John Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Peter Benchley, production designer Joe Alves, and, of course, Spielberg himself. Another bit of good news involves the inclusion of a never-before-available nine-minute interview on-set with the director from 1974 that gives the audience a rare glimpse of the young director on just his second day of shooting, no doubt already feeling the constraints of the sea-bound production. For aficionados, it's the kind of engaging footage that is endlessly interesting, given the kind of Vietnam hell that followed Spielberg on the rest of the shoot. Other new bits of goodness involve the inclusion of both 5.1 DTS and Dolby tracks (previous versions included either one or the other) along with the infamous original theatrical mono audio track, which will please the hardcore fans out there to no end (many were not happy with the enhanced 5.1 tracks). What isn't pleasing about this edition is the exclusion of the famed theatrical trailers that figured prominently into the success of the film. This lone exclusion will prevent most customers from getting rid of their previous version, which makes little sense in the grand scheme of things given that the rest of the still archives were carried over, including other marketing pieces such as posters, books, T-shirts, and much more. This, along with the fact that no new menus were designed for this edition, just makes Universal look bad. It's like they listened to the gripes about the documentary on the last one, but didn't feel the need to dedicate more money into an anniversary edition of one of the biggest films of all time. The result is yet another DVD that gives the same "play all" feature to the deleted scenes, with the added annoyance of outtakes being thrown into the same feature as well. Though no one will miss the trivia game or the shark facts from the previous version, there will be those who will resent the silliness involved with the loss of the very integral trailers. Still, with the full documentary and the reinstated original mono mix, many will pony up for this release, which comes with a nice commemorative booklet and the same fine fullscreen transfer carried over from the Fullscreen Collector's Edition.

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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Jaws feature in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 audio and includes original theatrical mono audio track; Deleted scenes and outtakes; From the Set: A never-before-available interview with director Steven Spielberg; The Making of Jaws: A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, and Roy Scheider; Jaws Archives: Production photos, storyboards, marketing Jaws, and the Jaws phenomenon; Exclusive limited edition 60-page commemorative photo journal

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
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

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Main Titles [1:50]
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 [3:11]
8. The Expert [5:05]
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 [14:49]
14. Face-to-Face [5:21]
15. Scars [9:58]
16. The Chase [13:36]
17. Hooper Goes In [6:46]
18. Quint's Last Stand [1:05]
19. Brody & the Beast [4:42]
20. End Titles [1:24]


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Jaws 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is a classic the best shark movie I have ever saw I hope it makes 100
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies of all times gets even better on dvd. The only problem with the dvd version is is does not work on many dvd players, so keep your receipt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know how many times I've seen this movie, but it still remains one of the greatest films of all time, in any genre. Even the highly edited tv versions are great! I can't wait to see all the extras that come with the dvd version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great film. The film still scares you to this day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Psycho made you afraid to take a shower. Jaws makes you afraid to go in the water. This is the best film from Spielberg.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WITH great suspense, action, and plenty of gore, jaws packs a punch for a 1975 movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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”.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best thriller/horror movies of ALL time. Do yourself a favor and read the book also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was really scary. i found it to be very suspensful right from the get go! it is like a fish story.(Not like that!) it grabs you and hooks you till the end. this movie definitely deserves five stars. watch it and see what you think about it. personally, i found it to be a scary, suspensful, but really fun exciting movie. i would not let someone under eight years old watch this though. and beware if you are sqeamsish at all, do not watch this film there is a lot of 'blood loss'. AWESOME FILM!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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This film is brilliant and unlike most films it gets better each time I see it. After seeing this film you won't want to look into, or even go near water, ever again. The whole cast is exellent and I certainly couldn't think of a better monster movie than this, it's stunning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.