Has it really been 37 years since Jaws was unleashed onto an unsuspecting public? That’s longer than I’ve been alive, which is testament to the timelessness and power of Spielberg’s classic thriller.
We all know what Jaws is about, and we all know the theme tune (duh nah… duh nah…duh nah duh nah duh nah duh nah!) used to frighten friends and siblings in the sea. Now, after having successfully scared audiences away from the sea and introducing an world-wide phobia, Jaws is being restored, re-mastered and re-released on to Blu-ray.
The re-release is part of Universal Studio’s 100th birthday celebration, a yearlong well-earned self-congratulatory pat on the back which sees Universal re-mastering some of it’s most loved titles.
Jaws has been fully re-mastered to full HD (1080p, apparently 6x the resolution of the DVD) and 7.1 surround sound. It’s also packed full of special features including the making of the film and exploring the legacy Jaws has left behind. The above video shows the special extras in more detail.
The Blu-ray has already been released in other countries to an admiring public who are very complimentary about the restoration.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quietly 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.
As if you need any facts about Jaws, I am going to tell you some anyway. The film was a phenomenon when it was released. It became the first ever summer blockbuster and was #1 at the box office for 14 consecutive weeks becoming the first film to gross more than $100 million (eventually grossing over $470 million). Thanks fully, producers decided against training a live shark (which they were seriously considering) before settling on trouble blighted mechanical sharks. The shark models were named “Bruce”, after Spielberg’s lawyer and weight more than a ton each. They were so heavy that as soon as one was put into the water, it sunk. So Spielberg opted for implied terror which luckily worked like a charm.
Jaws on Blu-ray is released 3rd September 2012 in the UK.
This post has been sponsored by Universal, but all my ramblings are my own.