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Jaws on Blu-ray - Everything You NEED to Know





We've waited patiently. The barrels have popped up in the distance. A huge fin is speeding at us like a torpedo. The original classic film Jaws is headed to Blu-ray. Smile, you sonovabitch!

From the Press Release
JAWS – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-ray 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-ray Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet 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[1] 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-ray 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-Live™ functions 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-Live™ Center 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.

    Jaws on Blu-ray - Everything You NEED to Know

    Jaws on Blu-ray - Everything You NEED to Know

    Jaws on Blu-ray - Everything You NEED to Know

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    Genrewriter's picture

    Cue my drooling with anticipation. I might just be more psyched for this than Buz.


    Submitted by Genrewriter on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 1:56am.
    The Buz's picture

    http://its.impossibru.com/


    Submitted by The Buz on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 3:28am.
    Cinemascribe's picture

    Gah! What the fuck was that? That damned thing would give Belial nightmares!


    Submitted by Cinemascribe on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 3:50am.
    Cinemascribe's picture

    I love that there's excitement over this film again. The same thing happened with the 25th anniversary DVD (which I own a pristine copy of and still watch once a year) the 30th anniversary DVD..and it deserved the attention every time.

    This may actually compel me to finally make the leap into Blu ray this year. There are some players on the market more within my price range now and I can't think of a better film with which to launch a Blu Ray collection .

    What can you say about Jaws? With the exception of Spielberg's follow up Close Encounters of the Third Kind, it's as close to absolutely perfect as I have ever seen a movie get. This is a film that can literally never be remade because the magic of it wasn't merely something that happened on purpose. Oh,don't get me wrong, there was all kinds of skill involved, from Spielberg's innate talents, to John Williams' musical brilliance right down to the guys who actually operated Bruce. But in the end, no one could have counted on the finished film being the exquisite marriage of suspense, drama, terror and extraordinary performances that swam onto movie screens in 1975. I've even seen an interview with Richard Dreyfuss who acknowledged that at the original screening they had no idea how the audience was going to receive the film. It was a matter of lightning striking . To paraphrase another legendary Spielberg film : "Most movies are passing through history. Jaws IS history."

    To put it another way, whenever I hear someone going off on a tangent about how foreign horror is always superior to American horror, I just mention "Jaws". That pretty much ends the conversation.


    Submitted by Cinemascribe on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 11:40pm.
    Mr. Gray's picture

    "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."

    Please, PLEASE let the Universal Monster flicks be among that number.


    Submitted by Mr. Gray on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 8:32pm.
    Debi Moore's picture

    From our previous story here: http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/49779/universal-restoring-some-classic-...

    The horror highlight is definitely the upcoming restoration of The Birds, Dracula (1931), Dracula Spanish (1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, and Bride of Frankenstein.


    Submitted by Debi Moore on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 8:35pm.
    Mr. Gray's picture

    Oh, that's fantastic. Thanks!


    Submitted by Mr. Gray on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 2:24pm.
    WANT. NOW.
    Rottenjesus's picture

    WANT. NOW.


    Submitted by Rottenjesus on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 7:46pm.
    Terminal's picture

    Wow, "The Shark is Still Working" is included. I'm so happy. That documentary is incredible.


    Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 3:39pm.
    ChaosWeaver's picture

    And somewhere, Buz is masturbating furiously in anticipation...

    Cannot wait for this, that film is as good as preordered!


    Submitted by ChaosWeaver on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 3:11pm.
    The Buz's picture

    Panty splashing like a 13 year old at a Justin Beiber concert.

    My overwhelmingly nerdy thoughts- http://www.sameshitdifferentshow.biz/2012/04/11/jaws-on-blu-ray/


    Submitted by The Buz on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 12:28am.

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