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Jaws [DVD] [Anniversary Collector's Edition; Dolby 5.1 Surround]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: June 20, 1975. The film was shot on location on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Estimated budget: $12 million. The film grossed more than $260 million at the domestic box office and nearly $475 million worldwide. JAWS was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and John Williams won an Oscar for his original score. For the scene of Richard Dreyfuss fighting the shark from inside a cage, the crew used a very short stunt diver to make the shark seem abnormally large. The famous shot of a head popping out of a hole in a sunken boat was shot in editor Verna Field's pool and was inserted by Spielberg after the film was completed. JAWS is number 48 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. One early title for the film was STILLNESS IN THE WATER. The film was supported by an enormous public-relations campaign. According to Newsweek, "Like the novel, the movie was launched with an almost unprecedented promotional campaign, complete with cross-country tours by stars and $700,000 worth of prime-time TV time to trumpet the release in 450 theaters throughout the land." The film became the highest-grossing film of all time until STAR WARS surpassed it two years later. JAWS spawned three sequels: JAWS 2, JAWS 3-D, and JAWS 4--THE REVENGE, as well as countless imitators.

    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)

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20912

  • 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

    "...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] record-shattering success..."

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

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

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

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