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JAWS Blu-ray Announced

A Bigger Boat for Jaws

By Robert T. Trate     April 10, 2012
Source: Universal Studios

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 history1 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

1 Adjusted for ticket price inflation.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 100th Anniversary 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 BLUApp: 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.



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iceknight52 4/10/2012 10:24:11 AM

Not interested. Let me know when they are ready to release Jaws 4 on Blu-ray. Now that's a work of art.

jedibanner 4/10/2012 11:26:32 AM

Can't wait for this and I like what I heard when Steven said it will be crystal clear.

I was so disapointed when I bought the Godfather box set on BluRay, the image is not crystal clear and the colours are very old and yellowish (but apparently that's what the director wanted, to keep the ''old'' aspect of the movie so I can understand that part).

For me, I love bluRay and I want crystal clear, no grains, great pictures. Not all BluRay gives the same quality so, this one for sure is a must.

Wiseguy 4/10/2012 12:51:30 PM

Spielberg needs to re-master the film, converted to 3D and re-release it. I'd love to see JAWS on the big screen.


RobertTrate 4/10/2012 1:14:13 PM

 Jaws is playing in LA April 22nd at the Archlight Cinema (in 35mm too). They are showing Raiders too this month but uts a digital projection. My little theater in Philly (the Colonial Theater) shows it every summer to a packed house. Hopefully they won't put an embargo on it with the August release. 

mike10 4/10/2012 1:40:23 PM

As long as we don't get any of the crazy George Lucas changes like adding a digital shark or Chief Brody's gun turning into a flashlight I will be buying this Bluray.

RobertTrate 4/10/2012 2:19:42 PM

 At the 30th Anniversary screening of Raiders he said he won't touch a thing. Just clean it up.  Same for Raiders and ET. Actually he is giving us ET back the way we originally saw. Check out my Geek Life column on it here on Mania.

Miner49er 4/10/2012 3:52:54 PM

Day one buy for me!

als72653@aol.com_home 4/11/2012 4:57:06 AM

shame on universal for takeing out the JAWS ride at their park in orlando for more harry potter crap.



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