Jaws (+ UltraViolet & Digital Copy)

Starring: Roy Scheider & Richard Dreyfuss Director: Steven Spielberg  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Don't go in the water.
Jaws (+ UltraViolet & Digital Copy)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1975
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Spotlight On Location: The Making of Jaws - A Documentary featuring Interviews with key cast and crew
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by , &
Composition by
Cameo:
Produced by &
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
  - Chief Brody (Roy Scheider, who ad-libbed the line) to Quint (Robert Shaw)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1975 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Original Score: John Williams
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Chicago Sun-Times - 08/20/2000
"...One of the most effective thrillers ever made....One of the remarkable things about the picture is its relatively muted tone..."
USA Today - 11/24/1995
"...The phenomenon that invented 'the summer movie'..."
Total Film - 09/01/2000
"...This fishy thriller is still Steven Spielberg's best movie..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...It pretty much rewrote the rules for the modern-day blockbuster..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"[A] record-shattering success..."
Premiere - 07/01/2005
"JAWS is a movie masterpiece, and still a joy to watch."
Uncut - 09/01/2005
"[A] terrific thriller....Perfect film-making."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2005
"[I]ts combination of thrills, suspense and smart characterisation has rarely been matched."

Plot Synopsis:

Steven Spielberg's film is generally considered one of the scariest movies ever made. The frightfest is based on the book by Peter Benchley, son of author Nathaniel and grandson of author Robert Benchley. The plot is simple: The tourist season of a resort island is devoured by a great white shark. The ensuing "fishing trip" to catch the monstrous man-eater is filmed with power and suspense and plenty of scares that has had audiences jumping out of their seats for decades--and staying out of the water.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Adventure | Animals | Blockbuster | Classic | Essential Cinema | High Seas | Killer | Recommended | Sharks | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • 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.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 97,247
  • UPC: 025192126291
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