JawsDirector: Steven Spielberg
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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 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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Cast & Crew
|Roy Scheider||Chief Martin Brody|
|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|
|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|
|Allison Caine||Voice Only|
|Joe Alves||Production Designer|
|John R. Carter||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michael Chapman||Camera Operator|
|John M. Dwyer||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robert L. Hoyt||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Tom Joyner||Asst. Director|
|Robert Mattey||Special Effects|
|Valerie Taylor||Special Effects|
|Ron Taylor||Special Effects|
|John Williams [composer]||Score Composer|
|Richard D. Zanuck||Producer|
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]
Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
From the Set
Spoken Language: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spoken Language: English 2.0 Mono
Spoken Language: English 5.1 DTS
Spoken Language: Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spoken Language: Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
Side #2 -- Disc 2
The Making of Jaws
Jaws Archives: Storyboards
Jaws Archives: Production Photos
Jaws Archives: Marketing Jaws
Jaws Archives: Jaws Phenomenon
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
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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.
it is a classic the best shark movie I have ever saw I hope it makes 100
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A great film. The film still scares you to this day.
Psycho made you afraid to take a shower. Jaws makes you afraid to go in the water. This is the best film from Spielberg.
WITH great suspense, action, and plenty of gore, jaws packs a punch for a 1975 movie.
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”.
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.
One of the best thriller/horror movies of ALL time. Do yourself a favor and read the book also.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I HAVE SENE THIS MOVIE OVER 100 TIMES AND STILL SEE THINGS I MISSED IN PREVIOUS VIEWINGS. SUCH AS THE SHOOTING STARS BEHIND THE ORCA DURING THE NIGHT SCEENS. THIS MOVIE HAS SOME OF THE BEST HOROR SCEENS OF ALL TIME. ONE LAST THING 'WE NEED A BIGGER BOAT'
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.
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!!
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!
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.