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Jaws (30th Anniversary Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual)

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The digitally remastered 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition features a Steven Spielberg retrospective on the making of Jaws, with exclusive footage, behind-the-scenes takes, and rare interviews. Also included are photos, storyboards, production drawings, and the original theatrical trailer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars We're gonna need a bigger boat Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Jaws (1975)
Thriller, 124 minutes
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw

As I continue working on this 100 movies project, I am realizing that my tastes are all over the map. It ranges from 50's black and white dramas set in one room, to foreign language films, to recent blockbusters. In a way, I'm happy to find that I'm open to all types of film. Today's entry falls into the blockbuster category and was the highest-grossing movie ever made in its day.

I remember a conversation with friends when I was 13 telling me that I had to see Jaws. They talked about the shark more than anything, and people being torn apart. I caved and ended up seeing the movie and then I read the book. There are plenty of people who have never lost that fascination for deadly creatures. Would we have Shark Week without Jaws? Why do we want to watch such a creature?

Actually, that's not why I like Jaws.

Jaws works for me because of the quality of the acting and the suspense created by wondering where the shark will strike next. The first hour of the movie sets everything up. Although there's nothing particularly bad about the first half, it's far from remarkable. We see a few attacks and meet the main characters.

Chief Brody (Scheider) is my favorite character. He's intelligent, sensible, practical and calm under pressure. Hooper (Dreyfuss) is a marine biologist who thinks the problem can be solved through the use of modern equipment. The most colorful character is Quint (Shaw), who is experienced and outspoken. This group ends up tracking the shark on Quint's boat and it's here that the movie really takes off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jaws--This film has bite! Feb. 13 2006
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Based on Peter Benchley's bestseller Jaws tells the story of Chief of Police Martin Brody's attempts to convince the Mayor to close down Amity Beach after a teenager is attacked and killed by a Great White Shark. A second deadly attack on a little boy compels new Chief of Police Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) to force the Mayor (Murray Hamilton) to sign a contract that will allow Quint, a crusty old sailor (Robert Shaw), along with himself, and shark expert Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) to hunt the Great White down and kill it.
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This film is a masterpiece by Steven Spielberg, who in only his second feature film, (his first was The Sugarland Express) blends moments of humour, suspense, and horror perfectly. The shark attacks are graphically realistic. It's moments of horror are truly shocking, such as the shark attack at the film's beginning. One would be remiss not to mention John Williams's terrific and classic score for Jaws, as it sets the tone perfectly for the scenes with the shark. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, and Murray Hamilton turn in excellent performances.
As for the DVD itself, the picture is flawless, the flesh tones are perfect, and the sound is excellent. The film is in Anamorphic Widescreen (designed for Widescreen TV 's) with a 2:35:1 ratio, which only adds to the enjoyment of the film as you are seeing it as the director intended it to be seen.
The extras on Disc One of this 30th Anniversary Edition include Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, and From The Set: A Never-Before-Available Interview with director Steven Spielberg.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deep and personal Nov. 20 2004
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When director Steven Spielberg set out to create the motion picture "Jaws", he had no idea how much trouble the film would cause him nor just how incredible, exciting, and important it would eventually become.
The film ventures into the world of Amity Island, which is feverishly awaiting its July 4th holiday weekend to create quite a business for the town. But when a flesh-eating Great White shark enters the town's beaches, it is up to the town sherriff (Roy Scheider in perhaps his best performance outside of "The French Connection"), a geeky graduate scientist (the always admirable Richard Dreyfuss), and the town fish gamer (played by Robert Shaw, the film's best performance by far) to save the day.
Spielberg plays the tension like a sneaky household cat ready to pounce on a silly toy. He knows exactly when his temptations will take over and when he will strike, but the audience is left to guess in fear as the shark terrorizes the small island. What makes "Jaws" so great is not just the fine soundtrack by John Williams, the special effects and the lovable shark machine "Bruce", but the fact that it allows the childish fears in all of us to creep up on us and still make the hair on our necks tingle.
Spielberg would later create even more popular and elaborate masterpieces such as "E.T" and "Saving Private Ryan", but for those who truly enjoy film and its impact on an audience, "Jaws" can certainly bite with the best of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something to chew on Nov. 6 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Steven Spielberg's second feature film (and one of his most challenging projects), Jaws was THE blockbuster event of 1975. Based on Peter Benchley's novel, this very effective thriller set box office records higher than any previous film....and made beachgoers ask themselves if that dip in the ocean was really necessary.
Screenwriters Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb (who also have roles in the movie) wisely jettison the melodramatic aspects of the source novel and focus on the core of the story.
It's summer in Amity, a sleepy Long Island town that depends on "summer dollars" from thousands of tourists who come to stay in seaside cottages (the summer dinks, they are called). When a young girl goes skinny dipping in the nearby sea and is fatally attacked by a shark, Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is coerced by the mayor and town council to keep the incident under wraps. He reluctantly does so, though he will regret it, for a few days later, the shark claims another victim, a young boy named Alex Kintner.
Finally convinced that there is a shark out there, Amity's politicians and citizens take action...but not wisely. When shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw) bids for a contract to catch and kill the shark, the town elders "take it under advisement" and the shark hunt becomes a wild free-for-all seagoing circus.
When shark expert Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), called in by Chief Brody to help in the investigation and shark hunt, arrives and sees the shark (which he identifies as a tiger shark) caught by local fishermen, he examines the remains of the first victim. What he deduces is chilling: the deadly creature prowling out to sea is a great white shark.
Jaws is one of those rare movie adaptations that is better than its source novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun time and an oldie but a good view
Fun time and an oldie but a good view. Its one of those movies you can watch over and over again. Classic and a great rainy Saturday viewing time
Published 1 month ago by Judith Grad
5.0 out of 5 stars A good "keep you awake" movie.
There probably aren't too many out there who haven't seen this one at some point in life. It was well done for it's day and ours so still enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tammy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movies I had the first one on vhs but had to complete the set on dvd so I decided to get them all
Published 9 months ago by Fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A classic - it's a great collector video
Colour seemed to be more clear enhanced
and my boys loved it!!
Published 14 months ago by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A classic! I love this movie. I'm really glad I have it to ad to my movie collection. Came just as described. :)
Published 19 months ago by Suze-Anne Bencharsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I think this movie has a lot of suspense. And I looking to get Jaws Part 2, both are excellent movies of suspense.
Published 20 months ago by Sofia Khrystyne Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars this monster is real!
this is a great movie but watch it at your own risk of going back into the water yea yea the shark looks kinda fake but the monster is real.
Published on Aug. 7 2011 by paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay out of the water!
Love this movie! My parents showed me this when I was WAY too young - but who doesn't like being scared!?! Classic!
Published on April 3 2009 by Gia
5.0 out of 5 stars did for swimming what psycho did for showering (4.5/5)
this is the movie that ushered in a whole new era for movies.the
original shark movie.the movie quickly became part of pop culture
history, and has inspired(and i use... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless!
Simply the best movie i have seen in my life!
Published on Dec 15 2006 by Eric Simard
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