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Jaws [Blu-ray/DVD] [Canadian; Universal 100th Anniversary; Includes Digital Copy]

  • PG
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • From the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, Steven Spielberg directed this thrill ride of terror. During the height of beach season, the Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island is terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark. Three unlikely partners team up to hunt down the rogue and destroy it: the new chief of police from New York (Roy Scheider), a young university-educated oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss), and a crusty old-time fisherman (Robert Shaw). The film shoot was notoriously difficult for the young Spielberg, who had directed only one feature film before JAWS. The mechanical shark seldom operated correctly, and Spielberg was frequently forced to create the idea of terror without actually showing the shark. However, after the film premiered it went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time--surpassing THE GODFATHER and becoming the first film to gross more than a hundred million dollars. Composer John Williams created the score to JAWS, which has since become a well-known theme of impending doom. Ron and Valerie Taylor were responsible for filming live sharks in Australia; their sequences were later mixed with footage of the mechanical shark.

    Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1975
    Academy Awards Best Sound 1975
    Academy Awards Best Original Score 1975 John Williams American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)

  • Credits
    Roy Scheider, Roy R. Sheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Lorraine Gottfried, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jay Mello, Lee Fierro, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie, Jonathan Filley
  • Critic Reviews
    "...One of the most effective thrillers ever made....One of the remarkable things about the picture is its relatively muted tone..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...The phenomenon that invented 'the summer movie'..."
    USA Today

    "[A] record-shattering success..."

    "JAWS is a movie masterpiece, and still a joy to watch."

    "[I]ts combination of thrills, suspense and smart characterisation has rarely been matched."
    Sight and Sound

    "...This fishy thriller is still Steven Spielberg's best movie..."
    Total Film

    "...It pretty much rewrote the rules for the modern-day blockbuster..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] terrific thriller....Perfect film-making."

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