In the vastly overrated 1998 book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
, author Peter Biskind puts the blame for Hollywood's blockbuster mentality at least partially on Steven Spielberg's box-office success with this adaptation of Peter Benchley's bestselling novel. But you can't blame Spielberg for making a terrific movie, which Jaws
definitely is. The story of a Long Island town whose summer tourist business is suddenly threatened by great-white-shark attacks on humans bypasses the potboiler trappings of Benchley's book and goes straight for the jugular with beautifully crafted, crowd-pleasing sequences of action and suspense supported by a trio of terrific performances by Roy Scheider (as the local sheriff), Richard Dreyfuss (as a shark specialist), and particularly Robert Shaw (as the old fisherman who offers to hunt the shark down). The sequences on Shaw's boat--as the three of them realize that in fact the shark is hunting them
--are what entertaining moviemaking is all about. --Marshall Fine
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.