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Jaws [DVD] [1976]

Roy Scheider , Robert Shaw , Steven Spielberg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Carl Gottlieb, Peter Benchley
  • Producers: David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLXNE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 realise that in fact the shark is hunting them--are what entertaining moviemaking is all about. --Marshall Fine

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in transfers ! 7 Sep 2012
By Julian
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've broken a golden rule with myself as I vowed never to buy a Blu-ray at its full price if I'd already owned the film on a multitude of different formats (VHS , Laserdisc , DVD) , but some films are just worth paying that extra for and I honestly couldn't wait for the price to drop as this is one of my all time favourite films.
Its going to be hard not to quote lines from the film or make any corny puns writing this review , so will do my best not too.

After the disappointing picture quality of Spielberg's Jurassic Park box set on Blu-ray , I was more than a little wary of this transfer , but I'm pleased to say that all is excellent with Jaws.
The 7.1 remastering is just incredible through my AV receiver! It was like being sat in the middle of a 94 piece orchestra and has now topped the best sound on any of my Blu-rays.
The scene where the shark attacks the guy in the estuary is a good example of a subtle change in sound. There's a nice deep bass thud through the subwoofer when he is pulled underwater from his upturned boat , and although its a tiny tweak to the sound , it really makes all the difference and now that scene appears more violent than it already was.
The night time attack on the Orca has a similar effect of making a scene more potent , with more bass thudding punch to the sound coming from every direction around your front room when the shark repeatedly hits the boat , and by NO means is the new sound overpowering to these scenes , its just the right touch.

The picture restoration is just fantastic , although I nearly spat my drink out at one point ! Not through being made to jump at a scene but at one stage , I thought Mr Lucas had broken into the editing lounge with his trusty laptop and tweaked about with Spielberg's masterpiece...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All Time Classic Movie 10 Dec 2003
Format:DVD
As i am sure you will agree, Jaws is undoubtedly one of the greatest movies of all time, and aways will be. Jaws also did several other things. It made everyone who watched it re-think there next holiday by the seaside, and it spawned three other sequels, which unfortunatly were not quite as good as the original. It is also the only horror film where closing your eyes or hiding behind the sofa doesn't make any difference, as you can still hear the music, and that is probably the most terrifying thing about it. Wether it can be called the greatest horror film of all time though, i am not quite sure on.
The storyline of the film is very simple. When a twenty foot Great White Shark decides to make Amity its new hunting ground, the Cheif of Police (Schneider), a shark specialist (Dreyfus), and a shark hunter (Shaw), go out on small vessle and try to kill it, at the cost of a life.
I have to say that the actors and actoresses chosen for this film, are probably the best choice of people i have seen in any film. All of them are on top form especially the three main characters, Robert Shaw (Quint), Richard Dreyfus (Hooper) and Roy Schneider (Brody). It may sound stupid but lets have a small amount of sympathy for the shark that ultimately only wanted somthing to eat, and then got killed for it.
This great 25th Anniversary DVD also has loads of cool extras including photo galleries and an amazing fifty minute documentary, 'The Making of Jaws' which is much better than the BBC production, 'In The Teeth Of Jaws'. The picture quality has been made much more sharp and crisp and the sound has been enhanced to Dolby 5.1 as oposed to the original Mono, which the film was released in.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic 16 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you have not seen it - please go out and get it now. Action films simply do not compare to movies like this. Jaws is subtle, clever and at times hilarious, and unlike most blockbusters does not rely on special effects and trifling acts of sensationalism to sell. The film is about a killer shark, but for the first half of the film we do not see her - this is what makes the film great - we are able instead to concentrate on the way humans react to this unseen force. The scheming town mayor is an accurate satire on the self-important local busy-body who thinks only of the financial ruin the shark could cause. Don't miss the on going duels between the rich college boy Hooper and the working class hero Quint - it is here where some of the best dialogue appears. The first half of the film is so good one almost forgets about the shark as a physical entity, more of an abstract notion which is only conceived by the way the islanders behave. The second half is where all the action happens as far as seeing the shark up close and personal. All in all, a film of two halves which compliment each other exquisitely. Get it - you can watch it again and again and you will always pick up a witicism that you had not heard before. It will never die
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women!" 3 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Dum dum. Dum dum dum. Dum dum, dum dum, dum dum, dum dum. What else springs to mind but the sound of that foreboding cello when one talks of Jaws.
Spielberg's classic movie finally comes to DVD. The plot, just in case you didn't know, is simple. Three men, one working class, one middle class, and one upper class all go fishing! Sounds simple enough, in fact it sounds a bit boring, but the end result is far from the truth. Jaws is an all-time classic film.
The casting choice was superb, utilising extremely credible actors to portray the main roles of Chief Brody, Matt Hooper and Quint from Peter Benchley's book. The character development is fantastic, drawing the viewer ever closer to each of the three protagonists respectively.
The attention to detail too that Spielberg places in his movie is second to none. If an example is needed just look to the human element that Spielberg focuses on. One need only look to the scene with brody and his youngest son at the dinner table, or Quint relaying his story of the USS Indianapolis, and one will quickly see just how Spielberg uses these fine actors to good effect.
The film is a true masterpiece in every sense of the word. The fact that the "monster" in this thrilling epic is not seen for a considerable amount of time only adds to reinforce it's menacing effect and impact upon the audience. Indeed, the reality that the shark looks a tad dated by today's standards matters about as much now as it did then. You simply won't care. If the end doesn't have you cheering, then nothing will.
Classic imagery, outstanding music, memorable characters, unforgettable dialogue (We're gonna need a bigger boat!), and a great big mechanical rubber fish; this coupled with the added features and improved sound and picture quality that can be expected from DVD makes this a must for any serious film buff's home cinema collection. Buy it - it bites!
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