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Jaws 4 - The Revenge [DVD]

3.3 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles, Karen Young, Michael Caine
  • Directors: Joseph Sargent
  • Producers: Joseph Sargent
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMSQH8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary) takes her family to the Bahamas after one of her sons is killed by a Great White shark. The fearsome beast tracks them down, however, as it pursues what appears to be a personal vendetta against them. Michael Caine plays the renegade pilot who helps the family ward off the aquatic menace.


One would think that after the aquatic horror of the previous three Jaws movies the remnants of the beleaguered Brodie family would be happily nursing their hydrophobia somewhere in Kansas. However, in Jaws--The Revenge, the fourth episode of the saga, we find that Ellen (Lorraine Gary) is still living on a tiny island, and her eldest son Michael (Lance Guest) has become, of all things, a marine biologist. Even when her younger son is slaughtered by yet another giant shark, all Ellen can do to take her mind off it is go to the Bahamas and gaze at the sea. There she embarks on a romantic affair with salty sea-pilot Hoagie (a nice turn from Michael Caine), but this peace is shattered as the shark begins to target her grandchildren and friends. Where this monster-with-a-grudge comes from, bearing in mind that the sharks in each of the previous movies got blown up or electrocuted, is something of a conundrum. But logic is clearly not a concern in a script that demands only that this film should bear some tenuous relation to its predecessors. The ghost of the far-superior original looms large here--in the form of Ellen's flashbacks (which actually use footage from the earlier films), scenes which overtly refer to moments from the series (Michael's son mimics him at the dinner table, as Michael once did to his own father) and a set littered with conspicuously large photos of Roy Scheider. There are nice touches--Michael and his Jamaican partner Jake (Mario Van Peebles) fit the shark with a heart monitor which lets off an eerie blipping sound when it approaches, it is nice to see a romance between more "mature" characters portrayed so warmly, and when the maternal Ellen forms the resolve to protect her family it even looks like she may briefly become a sort of geriatric Ripley character (a la Aliens). But with a shark that has never looked more rubbery, set pieces which lack suspense and invention and a short running time (only 86 minutes) it is hard to shake off the sensation that this is a made-for-TV film. Those wanting a dose of tongue-in-cheek killer-creature action would be better off avoiding this wet fish and taking in a Jaws rip-off with a little more bite, such as Deep Blue Sea or Deep Rising. --Paul Philpott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jaw is widely held to be a classic film, and an early example of the summer blockbuster. With that music, and the three excellent lead performances. But as with Rocky, and the awful Police Academy films, to stretch the original idea to three further sequels, really was going too far. Roy Scheider, had wisely bailed out by this point. Instead we see the family, of his late character,Brody,being terrorised by a relation of, believe it or not, the original shark. Who said fish only have three second memories. The lack of credibility in this storyline, makes this film a no, no. Michael Caine, has often been asked why he sacrificed his artistic integrity to appear in such a clanger of a film, in his biography he answers the question, it was too buy himself a large house. At least he did not say that he thought the script was the best he had ever read.
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Taken in the spirit of those 50's giant insect B-Movies, Jaws 4 is actually quite enjoyable - just don't confuse it with a proper film, with plausible plots and well-scripted dialogue. The central premise of the film is absurd and unbelievable - a shark is annoyed that the Brody family has been killing other great white sharks, so it decides to eat members of the Brody family, following them to the Bahamas (somehow, not only does it know that it was Brodys that killed sharks in the previous films, it can recognise individual members of the family, and even knows when they're going to be flying to the Bahamas, and gets there ahead of them), so it's important to accept this and just enjoy Michael Caine's cameo as Hoagie (an avuncular rogue similar to his character in Educting Rita, whose name escapes me), and the fact that you're watching a film about a big fish that eats people. Obviously there are no scenes to match Quint's monologue about the "Hiroshima bumb" in the first film, or shocks like the head in the boat, but for dumb thrills it's perfectly adequate.
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After the dire Jaws 3 I was hoping this would re-energise the series. The opening certainly filled me with optimism, as with its excellent camera-work it looks very creepy, and the death of the younger Brody brother is very effectively-handled. But then it all falls apart like a rotten haddock. Mrs Brody (now a widow) goes to stay with her surviving son's family in the Bahamas (laughably fake accents abound). But the new shark on the block has followed her, intends to exact revenge for the death of its relatives. As if that wasn't idiotic enough, we are treated to people being crushed in the shark's jaws and then turning out to be alright after all cartoon-style. Considering this is 15, there's a ridiculously small bodycount. Mrs Brody, meanwhile, has flashbacks of things she never even witnessed, the laughable fake-looking shark (which at one point seems to be floating above the water) strangely roars and the film is padded out with soppy soap opera slush. The illogical, ludicrous ending destroys any remaining credibility the film ever had. At least Jaws 3 had some interesting ideas. This is just a desperate, uninvolving, tedious cash-in. Stick to the classic Jaws and its follow-up Jaws 2.
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There's no new bad things I can say about this film as they are all pretty much common knowledge (like how can someone have flashbacks of events they never witnessed?). But I will say that no collection is complete without this movie. It is so wretchedly bad it's funny.

First of all, hardly anybody gets eaten. After Jaws gobbles up the youngest Brody son Mom goes on a holiday to get away from Amity Island and it's the Bahamas! Total change of scenery huh? Jaws follows. How? Don't ask me. And he gets there in a day when it would take any ordinary shark about a week minimum.

Her elder son works as a marine biologist (surely being attacked by sharks in the first two movies would put him off going in the ocean) and is studying sea snails (presumably he got fired from Sea World after Jaws 3). By pure coincidence (or contrivance), Jaws shows up and pokes his nose into the sea snail research.

The shark looks sooooooooooooo fake. It's very obviously nothing but foam rubber with plastic teeth. And it's incredibly stupid. The shark in the first film (and in the surprisingly good second) seemed to be kind of smart and cunning. But now it's just a big lumbering idiot.

Why on earth Michael Caine agreed to be in this is beyond me. He even couldn't get to the Oscars to accept his award for Hannah and her Sisters because he was too busy filming this turkey. And the story with him dating Mom Brody takes up a tremendous amount of the film's running time and ends up turning it into a soap opera.

The worst thing tho, isn't the elder Brody son's beard or Mario Van Peebles' Jamaican accent. It's the ending. Let me explain what happens...

Jaws stands on his tail!
On the Water!!
Roars like a Lion!!!
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Roy Schieder didn't return after part 2, so he is dead in the film, so its up to Ellen this time to fight the fish.

Sean Brody is now the deputy of Amity, and his job involves shifting rubbish in the ocean. On one fateful rubbish removal, a vengeful shark seems to recall to actions of the Brody family of the last 15 years on sharks, and gobbles up poor old Sean.

After a funeral, and many flashbacks, Ellen decides to to stay with Michael, and meets up with a pre comeback Michael Caine and Mario Van Peebles.

Not wanting to miss a trick, Jaws four decides to join the family and kill a few people on the way.....

Jaws is a phenomenal movie. It started the summer blockbuster legacy, but it should have stayed as a singular movie. Number 2 was literally that, 3 was amiable but too Quaidy, and the fourth part is beyond the borders of rational, and this is what makes it so watchable.

Don't get me wrong, its terrible in many ways, but for heavens sake, its laugh out loud funny, never boring, and if your a shark enthusiast, there must be a wonderful drinking game to play every time the makers make an error.

Suspend your belief for nearly ninety minutes, and you will enjoy the fact that sharks do have a voice, sharks do seek revenge and follow people halfway across the world, and the best one of all, Caine playing it straight and actually being watchable and the best thing about the film.

The rest of the cast are almost autonomous, especially Grey, but this is one of those films that I can go back to again and again, and never get bored of.

Essential viewing for the bad movie connoisseur ....
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