Now Jaws is another review where I feel a movie review isn't essentially required. I can't imagine anyone who is going to purchase this who hasn't seen it already.
Suffice to say it's a 5/5 classic.
So my review will be purely on the Blu-ray transfer.
I'll be honest Universal are not my favoured film company when it comes to HD transfers from the classics archives. They appear to bow to the uneducated who believe that the point of Blu-ray is to make every film look immaculate and appear as if it was made last year. To achieve this they will subject older movies to a number of digital enhancements such as grain removal (DNR), edge enhancement etc.
The idea of Blu-ray is to enable us to witness movies as near to the original source material as possible and in-keeping with the directors intentions.
So I was initially apprehensive and worried that one of my all time favourite films was going to be digitally butchered and lose all evidence that it was ever shot on actual film all together.
So here we go.......................................
Universal have granted Jaws with an MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p, 2.36:1 transfer on a 50GB Blu-ray disc of exceptional quality. Thank GOD!
Speilberg himself was heavily involved in the restoration process for this movie and I reckon he was also in attendance when the transfer was processed, lets face it this movie gave him a career so I would imagine he would not allow this to be released unless it was tip top.
We have an extremely fine grain structure which is never obtrusive and as a result picture sharpness is exceptional and object detail is extremely strong.
Skin tones appear warm and natural. The colour balance has been restored and the contrast is also exceptional, one of the first things you will notice is how vibrant the colours look compared to previous releases on DVD.
I did not detect any edge enhancement either and blacks do not appear to crush either.
The sound is probably the biggest improvement overall with the Mono soundtrack given a 7.1 surround overhaul which makes John Williams score sound all the more impressive.
The extra's are a direct port from the 30th anniversary DVD gatefold edition but you are given a Blu-ray exclusive 2 hour documentary which is an absolute must for any Jaws enthusiast.
I was slightly worried that the entire package was put onto just one Blu-ray disc but the film does not fall foul of any compression issues.
I would recommend the steelbook edition as the packaging is cool if that kind of thing matters to you, I know it does to me.
This is only just shy of reference quality. You're gonna need a bigger Blu-ray collection.