Jaws

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider

Universal Home Video | January 6, 2004 | DVD

Jaws is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
 

Directed by a 27-year-old Steven Spielberg, this film redefined the action/adventure genre. Jaws is a landmark film. Chief Brody, played with chain-smoking flair by Roy Scheider, is in charge of keeping the peace on the resort island of Amity. The summer months are the community’s bread-and-butter, so when a series of shark attacks threaten both the idyllic milieu and the all-important tourist dollar, the mayor orders the town’s officials to keep it quiet. The authorities hire crusty old Quint, played to absolute perfection by Robert Shaw, to destroy the big fish. Quint, Brody and oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) embark on a classic showdown with one of the greatest terrors ever spawned from the deep. Guess who wins? This anniversary edition contains a special ‘making of’ featurette and lets you see several deleted scenes.

Video Release: January 6, 2004

Theatrical Release: 1975

Runtime: 125

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Home Video

UPC: 025192091322

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still great --despite DTS The movie has aged very well. Print copy is excellent and will be a nostalgic favourite for decades. Scheider, Shaw and Dreyfuss are still very credible. For a 25th anniversary version the DTS sound was a disappointment, certainly compared to others. DTS was used almost exclusively for the sound score. The sound quality of the dialogue lacked audio enhancement and you might as well have been listening to a mono track coming from the centre speaker. Shame about that.
Date published: 2000-07-26

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Jaws

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider

Video Release: January 6, 2004

Theatrical Release: 1975

Runtime: 125

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Home Video

UPC: 025192091322


Edition Description
  • DTS Digital Surround
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Mastered
  • Runtime: 125 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

From the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, the Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island is terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark who starts preying on the inhabitants and vacationers alike. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it: the new chief of police from New York, a young university-educated oceanographer, and a crusty, old-time fisherman.

Description

Based on the book by Peter Benchley, son of author Nathaniel and grandson of author Robert Benchley. The tourist season of a resort island is devoured by a Great White Shark. The ensuing "fishing trip" to catch the monstrous maneater is filmed with power and suspense and set to a thrilling score by John Williams. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Original Score.

Notes

Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision on location in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Titles and opticals by Universal Title; cosmetics by Cinematique. Ron and Valerie Taylor were responsible for filming actual sharks in Australia, and their sequences were later mixed with footage of the mechanical shark. They filmed these scenes using a small diver to make the sharks seem abnormally large. However, this effect was undercut when the role of the diver in the film went to the diminutive Richard Dreyfuss. Released in the USA on June 30, 1975 with an enormous public-relations campaign. "Like the novel, the movie was launched with an almost unprecedented promotional campaign, complete with cross-country tours by stars and $700,000 worth of prime-time TV time to trumpet the release in 450 theaters throughout the land." (excerpt from Newsweek) The film became the highest-grossing film of all time, until "Star Wars" surpassed it two years later. Spawned three sequels, "Jaws 2" (1978), "Jaws 3-D" (1983), and "Jaws: the Revenge" (1987). Additional cast: Jonathan Filley (Cassidy). Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.