Home Video Title of the Week: JAWS (1975) on Blu-ray review and info

Home Video Title of the Week: JAWS (1975) on Blu-ray review and info
It's almost hard to believe JAWS came out in 1975, especially after seeing the amazing new transfer on the Blu-ray being released this week - you can order it online HERE Often labeled as the first official blockbuster summer movie, the Steve Spielberg classic was definitely not an easy film to make. The cast and crew encountered hardships almost the entire time, primarily with the mechanical shark named "Bruce", which hardly worked at all. But I'm getting ahead of myself. The true beauty of this release is the clarity of the utterly amazing transfer and painstaking restoration of the print. JAWS will almost look like it was shot yesterday when you watch it, with the town of Amity (in actuality Martha's Vineyard) popping with brilliant colors. The blood is more red than ever, and even the underwater moments look crystal clear. The process of cleaning up the original negative was not an easy one, with experts going in and removing scratches (in some cases) from individual frames. In fact, it's such a stunning restoration, one can't help but wonder why certain films from the last 10 to 20 years don't look nearly as good these days. The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is immaculately clean as well (which is impressive since the original soundtrack did not have the benefits of today's sound technology, and was essentially recreated), which shouldn't come as a surprise considering the care taken with all other aspects of this release - let's just say John Williams never sounded better. All of the previous bonus features from the 2-disc 30th Anniversary DVD release are included here, so you won't miss out on anything by upgrading this time around - big thanks to Universal for that. But the real treat of this highly-anticipated release is the inclusion of the new feature-length documentary THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING, which is perhaps one of the most in-depth behind-the-scenes features ever produced for a film. You'll also see some footage on the restoration process, which details just how much work went into this beauty. [caption id="attachment_15207" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Click on image to see it full-size."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_15207" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Click on image to see it full-size."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_15207" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Click on image to see it full-size."][/caption] If you're on the fence as to whether or not this Blu-ray is worth picking up, I'll just say the new documentary alone is terrific, and well worth the cost of upgrading to the latest release. You can see examples of the work that went into the restoration above, but to see it for yourself in your home theater is the ultimate treat. Universal is putting out some great home video releases for their 100th Anniversary, but this may be the title to beat for 2012.
Academy Award Winner Steven Spielberg’s Iconic Summer Classic Comes to Blu-Ray for the First Time Ever, Digitally Remastered & Fully Restored in Honor of Universal’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

JAWS

on august 14th, own the blu-ray combo pack with dvd, digital copy, ultraviolet & over 4 hours of bonus features including an all-new documentary “the shark is still working”

JAWS – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-rayTM for the first time ever on August 14th, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the JAWS Blu-rayTM Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraVioletTM gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller. One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award®, JAWS stars Oscar® winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar® nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw.  Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar® for composer John Williams’ instantly recognizable minimalist score, as well as Oscars® for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, JAWS smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary.  Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster. JAWS is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration. The JAWS restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced color, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic JAWS soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimizing the sound on the Blu-rayTM for the latest home theater technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact. JAWS holds a unique place, not just in Universal Pictures’ history, but in global pop culture,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It is only fitting that this phenomenal film should be given the extensive restoration needed to ensure that long-time fans as well as newcomers can enjoy this unforgettable cinematic achievement for generations to come.” The JAWS Blu-ray Combo Pack is available in collectible Universal 100thAnniversary packaging for a limited time.  The Combo Pack also contains a Digital Copy of the film for a limited time, compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or online retail partners, as well as an UltraViolet™ copy.  UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.
Blu-ray Bonus Features: · 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. · JAWS: The Restoration: An all-new, in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie. · The Making of JAWS: A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew. · From the Set:  An insider’s look at life on the set of JAWS, featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg. · Deleted Scenes & Outtakes · JAWS Archives: Take a peek inside the JAWS archives, including storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the JAWS phenomenon. · Original Theatrical Trailer · UltraViolet: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Currently available in the United States only. · Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices. · pocket BLU App: The popular free pocket BLU app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
    • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Livefunctions with ease.
    • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
· BD-LIVE: Access the BD-LiveCenter through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more! . DVD Bonus Features: · Spotlight on Location: The Making of JAWS: Highlights from the full-length documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew. . Synopsis Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.   CAST & FILMMAKERS Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton Directed By: Steven Spielberg Produced By: Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown Music By: John Williams Based on Novel By: Peter Benchley Screenplay By: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb Director of Photography: Bill Butler Production Design By: Joseph Alves Jr. Editor: Verna Fields .

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

BD Street Date: 8/14/2012 Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Selection Numbers: 61121167 (US); 61121267 (Canada) Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes Layers: BD-50 Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1 Rating: PG Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1/DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish .

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD Street Date: 8/14/2012 Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Selection Numbers: 61120918 (US); 61121268 (Canada) Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes Layers: Dual Layer Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Screen 2.35:1 Rating: PG Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Mono, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish . In honor of its Centennial anniversary, Universal Pictures proudly salutes 100years of unforgettable films that have entertained audiences and touched the hearts of millions around the globe. In celebration of our first 100 years,Universal Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present a selection of ourmany beloved movies as part of an extensive year-long program that underscores the studio’s rich cinematic history and indelible cultural impact. Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is apart of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading televisionstations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

About the Author

Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.

1 Comment

  1. StickStickly

    I can really appreciate a film that’s been beautifully restored. A couple of years ago I was reading somewhere that there are thousands of movies that have been lost forever because they weren’t played. Restoration would have solved that issue and I’m glad that Jaws got the royal treatment for Universal’s 100th Anniversary. I decided to get Blockbuster @ Home because I couldn’t find this movie for rent anywhere and I wanted to wait for a great re-release of the film. Since I work at Dish I knew that it offered movies, TV shows and games but when I saw that Jaws was available I was ecstatic. Yes, I am a true lover of the movie! Jaws should be arriving shortly in the mail and when it does, I’ll sit back and watch this great movie come to life all over again.

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