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Jaws: Limited Edition Steelbook (With UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)

Featuring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw & Richard Dreyfuss

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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  IT WAS PERFECT IN 1975 AND IT'S STILL PERFECT!

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Jaws was, is and always will be perfect. Steven Spielberg's second feature, made when he was just 26 years old, remains his leanest and meanest, its power to shock, thrill and unsettle undiminished. The first film to break 100 million Dollars at the US box office and a winner of four Oscars though none for direction or acting ( but if you ask me it should have) Jaws was more than the first modern blockbuster, it was a cultural phenomenon (people really did stay out of the water in the summer of 1975) that forever changed the way Hollywood viewed the summer season.
Now with it's re-release and re-mastered in the cinema any excuse to watch it again is fine by me. Jaws grabs you by the throat from the start when Susan Backlinie's Chrisse goes skinny dipping only to end up as shark bait and doesn't let up. Famously forced to shoot around his mechanical shark due to technical problems with the beast, Spielberg had to rely on the old "what you don't see is more scary" maxim. The result made Jaws less of a monster movie and more a suspense thriller. In this regard, Spielberg was helped in no small measure by John Williams, whose ominous, primal score was, the director graciously contends, responsible for half the film's success. While Jaws is justifiably remembered for its big "boo'"moments such as the Chief Brody chumming/shark rising/"bigger boat"gag Spielberg elevated it far above its B movie origins, proving as proficient in his domestic detailing (witness the beautifully played out scene at the dinner table with Brody's son mirroring his actions) and character building (the legendary scar scene) as he was at masterminding the jumps in and out of the water.
Viewed with the benefit of hindsight, what differentiates Jaws from almost every other summer blockbuster since is the quality of its performances. Roy Scheider's fearful Chief Brody, Robert Shaw's grizzled fisherman Quint and Richard Dreyfuss' sardonic oceanographer Hooper lend the film its necessary humanity. Looking back through today's tinted glasses,it's a masterclass that should be attended more often by most summer popcorn movie pedlars as Jaws will teach them a thing or two.
Almost forty years old and on it's re-mastered re-release the cinema was full, not only of us who grew up on the movie but also taking their kids along. I took my 14 year old daughter and although she has seen it numerous times the movie on the big screen kept her awe struck from the opening sequence to the end.
They have done a fantastic job on the scrub up, the sound is especially crisp and you can actually hear the indervidual conversations on the opening beach party, and John William's score has never had so much menace. The picture has never looked better and I even noticed new things I had not seen prior in my hundreds of repeated viewings. Watch for the shooting star sequence as after the shark rams the boat you can actually see the barrels and the beacon light in the distance.
It's a classic no doubt and although fans will already own a copy on DVD, from what I saw in the cinema the upgrade will be well worth the money.

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  IT WAS PERFECT IN 1975 AND IT'S STILL PERFECT!

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Jaws was, is and always will be perfect. Steven Spielberg's second feature, made when he was just 26 years old, remains his leanest and meanest, its power to shock, thrill and unsettle undiminished. The first film to break 100 million Dollars at the US box office and a winner of four Oscars though none for direction or acting ( but if you ask me it should have) Jaws was more than the first modern blockbuster, it was a cultural phenomenon (people really did stay out of the water in the summer of 1975) that forever changed the way Hollywood viewed the summer season.
Now with it's re-release and re-mastered in the cinema any excuse to watch it again is fine by me. Jaws grabs you by the throat from the start when Susan Backlinie's Chrisse goes skinny dipping only to end up as shark bait and doesn't let up. Famously forced to shoot around his mechanical shark due to technical problems with the beast, Spielberg had to rely on the old "what you don't see is more scary" maxim. The result made Jaws less of a monster movie and more a suspense thriller. In this regard, Spielberg was helped in no small measure by John Williams, whose ominous, primal score was, the director graciously contends, responsible for half the film's success. While Jaws is justifiably remembered for its big "boo'"moments such as the Chief Brody chumming/shark rising/"bigger boat"gag Spielberg elevated it far above its B movie origins, proving as proficient in his domestic detailing (witness the beautifully played out scene at the dinner table with Brody's son mirroring his actions) and character building (the legendary scar scene) as he was at masterminding the jumps in and out of the water.
Viewed with the benefit of hindsight, what differentiates Jaws from almost every other summer blockbuster since is the quality of its performances. Roy Scheider's fearful Chief Brody, Robert Shaw's grizzled fisherman Quint and Richard Dreyfuss' sardonic oceanographer Hooper lend the film its necessary humanity. Looking back through today's tinted glasses,it's a masterclass that should be attended more often by most summer popcorn movie pedlars as Jaws will teach them a thing or two.
Almost forty years old and on it's re-mastered re-release the cinema was full, not only of us who grew up on the movie but also taking their kids along. I took my 14 year old daughter and although she has seen it numerous times the movie on the big screen kept her awe struck from the opening sequence to the end.
They have done a fantastic job on the scrub up, the sound is especially crisp and you can actually hear the indervidual conversations on the opening beach party, and John William's score has never had so much menace. The picture has never looked better and I even noticed new things I had not seen prior in my hundreds of repeated viewings. Watch for the shooting star sequence as after the shark rams the boat you can actually see the barrels and the beacon light in the distance.
It's a classic no doubt and although fans will already own a copy on DVD, from what I saw in the cinema the upgrade will be well worth the money.

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  J-A-W-S

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I cant believe how well 'Jaws' has established itself as a part of movie history. Around 40 years ago it was released and with a bluray re-mastering and steelbook release right around the corner, Jaws is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012.

Jaws is the story of a great white shark terrorising 'Amity Island'. As 'Chrissie' a young girl is the first to be attacked and killed, Chief Brody wants to close the beaches to protect swimmers. But as the 4th July approaches the town Mayor refuses to loose revenue by closing the beaches, and so the Mayor ensures Amity Island stays open for buisiness.

Unfortunately more attacks follow and a very 'public' attack happens during this time and Chief Brody has no choice but to react finally now with the mayor seeing sense. Matt Hooper (played by Richard Dreyfuss) is from the oceanographical society and an expert in shark studies teams up with Chief Brody and a local excentric fisherman called Quint to precisely hunt and kill this monster to stop the killings.

What follows in the second half of the film is some humourous (not comedy) scenes, alot of fun, some great shark footage as they play cat-and-mouse chasing and being chased in turn by this 25ft apex predator. Although it may seem a little dated from the 70's long hair do's but overall it has actually aged surprisingly well, the shark animatronic that was created (know as bruce) actually looks pretty good still I think. Anyway surely everyone around the globe has seen this, right ??

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  J-A-W-S

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I cant believe how well 'Jaws' has established itself as a part of movie history. Around 40 years ago it was released and with a bluray re-mastering and steelbook release right around the corner, Jaws is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012.

Jaws is the story of a great white shark terrorising 'Amity Island'. As 'Chrissie' a young girl is the first to be attacked and killed, Chief Brody wants to close the beaches to protect swimmers. But as the 4th July approaches the town Mayor refuses to loose revenue by closing the beaches, and so the Mayor ensures Amity Island stays open for buisiness.

Unfortunately more attacks follow and a very 'public' attack happens during this time and Chief Brody has no choice but to react finally now with the mayor seeing sense. Matt Hooper (played by Richard Dreyfuss) is from the oceanographical society and an expert in shark studies teams up with Chief Brody and a local excentric fisherman called Quint to precisely hunt and kill this monster to stop the killings.

What follows in the second half of the film is some humourous (not comedy) scenes, alot of fun, some great shark footage as they play cat-and-mouse chasing and being chased in turn by this 25ft apex predator. Although it may seem a little dated from the 70's long hair do's but overall it has actually aged surprisingly well, the shark animatronic that was created (know as bruce) actually looks pretty good still I think. Anyway surely everyone around the globe has seen this, right ??

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  The first true Summer blockbuster

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I have waited many years for this to come out on Bluray, and with the HD picture and sound its going to be worth it. It will be better than its even been seen before, including the cinema when released. It has had a complete update, with frame by frame enhancement. It wont get better than this.

To all those fans, including me who werent old enough to see it when released in 1975 will be pleased to know that on June 15th its being re-released in Cinemas across the country to celebrate 100 years of Universal, cant wait.

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  The greatest movie of all time.

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The single best movie ever made. An astonishingly accomplished film, outstanding in every way. Has never been bettered. The greatest film, the greatest blockbuster. Just buy it.

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  BEST FILM OF ALL TIME

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HAVE BEEN WAITING ALONG TIME FOR THIS FILM TO COME ON BLU RAY, DEF THE BEST FILM OF ALL TIME.
CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER, AWESOME.

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