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Jaws stalks Blu-ray in August - CLIPS ADDED!

By Patrick Luce Apr 12, 2012, 18:34 GMT

Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller Jaws is set to arrive on Blu-ray fully restored and digitally re-mastered on August 14th as part of Universal’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, and will be packed with more than four hours of bonus materials.

The landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water will arrive on Blu-ray in 7.1 surround sound, and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet – to give fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.

Synopsis: Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

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 history and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster. 

Jaws is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally re-mastered 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 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 best 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.”

Blu-ray Combo Pack is available in collectible Universal 100thAnniversary 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

DVD Bonus Features:

Spot light on Location: The Making of Jaws:  Highlights from the full-length documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.

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Further Reading on M&C

Richard Dreyfuss Biography - - Richard Dreyfuss Movies -
Steven Spielberg Biography - - Steven Spielberg Movies -

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