Jaws Blu-Ray Review: Need a Bigger TV

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Jaws, the Steven Spielberg film that ushered in the era of the summer blockbuster, is being released for the first time on Blu-Ray. As part of Universal’s 100 anniversary celebration, the studio put its digital restoration team to the test and they have emerged with what is likely to be the best Blu-Ray of 2012.

Jaws Blu-Ray Cover

The film’s transfer is impeccable (check out how they did it in a video below). The color and 7.1 surround sound pop and it's easy to be afraid to go into the water once again, almost four decades after Jaws first terrified audiences.

Featuring over four hours of new features, including the can’t-miss documentary The Shark Is Still Working, fans of the Spielberg classic get to witness how difficult it was to make the classic film. We’ve only heard about the troubles Spielberg and his team had in the summer of 1974 in New England working with an animatronic shark that was revolutionary for its time, but still full of kinks that would be expected of a first generation anything!

Jaws is considered one of the most influential films in cinematic history and is right at the top of Spielberg’s best films. Starring Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider, the film spawned a legion of Jaws quotes, the most famous being, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” Considering the Blu-Ray’s pristine transfer, let us paraphrase: You’re going to need a bigger TV. 

The film also served as the first time composer John Williams worked with Spielberg. It is a relationship that has produced some of the most memorable movie scores of all time and landed Williams an Oscar for Best Score. Try to think about Jaws without having Williams’ haunting theme permeate through your head.

Among the Blu-Ray extras that stand out beyond The Shark Is Still Working featurette is the doc The Making of Jaws, a two-hour inside look with interviews with cast and crew that is simply stellar. Also, not to be missed is the on-set interview with a very young looking Spielberg! Fans of the film will treasure the Jaws Archives feature that takes viewers inside the storyboards and production photos of a classic.

Although it’s small and a regular feature on Blu-Ray releases, the original Jaws trailer is sure to thrill. 

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Jaws Quotes

Little brown eel comes out of the cave... Swims into the hole... Comes out of the hole... Goes back into the cave again... It's not too good is it Chief?


Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycocks. This shark, swallow you whole. No shakin', no tenderizin', down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.