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Jaws (Dolby Digital) - 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition

review by David G.

 

Rated PG

Running Time: 125 Minutes

Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Studio: Universal

Screenplay : Carl Gottlieb and Peter Benchley from his book

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Retail Price: $26.99

Features: Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailers, Documentary, Outtakes, Photos, Storyboards, Production Photos, Shark Documentary, Trivia Game, DVD-ROM: Screen Saver, Weblinks

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, French Subtitles, English Subtitles, Chapter Search

The story begins on a summer night in Amity Island with a beach party gathering some young peoples, a girl decides to take a swim in the sea when she is attacked by something very powerful swinging the poor girl like a toy, this "thing" is of course a shark. The day after, the body cut to bits is discovered on the beach and the new sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) is in charge of the case. He believes in a shark attack but the mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), influenced by the economic disaster for the island forbids Brody to close the beach. Obviously, the shark comes back again to make a feast. The authorities decides then to rent Quint (Robert Shaw), a tough shark hunter in order to bring back the peace on beaches. Brody decides to go with him accompanied by Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) a shark specialist sent by the oceanographic institute. The hunt begins but who are the hunters and who are the hunted?

There is some films which print the collective unconsciousness, Jaws is a part of them : who can say that he never thought at the John Williams theme during a sea bath ? if you do I don't believe you. With a simple plot, Spielberg managed to make a real terrific movie because of realistic characters, a directing without useless effects, the unforgettable score of John Williams.The first scene could be a model for every filmmakers : the night, a woman the sea and an invisible but powerful monster : the woman screams, is swung up and down, left and right with a impressive strength then.nothing but the silence. In a word, it's shocking!

This movie is one of the very masterpieces of Steven Spielberg, it could be compared to his first movie "Duel" : a simple plot, a powerful enemy, the road or the sea and men with their fear and their intelligence : that is real cinema and this needs a authentic director like Steven Spielberg who also gave us "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the powerful "Schindler's List".

In a word: perfect, I saw nothing which could justify a reproach. The movie is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic. At no moment you can tell this movie is 25 years old

Some could regret the absence of the original mono track which won the Academy Award. Don't expect a total surround show but some discreet and efficient effects.

Wow! A documentary (very interesting), some deleted scenes and outtakes (more and less interesting), a trivia game (a bit useless since there is no prize when you answer correctly to all questions), a documentary on sharks, a lot of production photos, storyboards, the original theatrical trailers and some DVD-ROM features such as a screen saver. A little regret: no commentary by Spielberg.

At last, Spielberg seems to be interested in the possibilities of DVD. Jaws is the perfect movie to star with this great director. Don't miss it!

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