Jaws (1975)

Description[from Freebase]

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history. In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town, prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife, Ellen. The screenplay is credited to both Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography. Shot mostly on location on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, the film had a troubled production, going over budget and past schedule.

Review

‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat.’

It was the beast that launched a thousand monster movies. It was the film that sparked Spielberg’s fame. The low strings on the soundtrack still strike terror in the hearts of millions. It has some of the most memorable lines of dialogue in the history of the movies. It’s Jaws, and it’s back with a 25th anniversary VHS and DVD. The consummate motion picture of any number of genres (monster, horror, fishing, etc.) Jaws is a true classic that should be owned and loved by any movie lover.

The DVD is especially memorable, as its hour-long making-of documentary is as good as any I’ve ever seen, tracing the Jaws project from Peter Benchley’s inkling to write a shark book to the final test screenings and its ultimate success. Steven Spielberg’s comments about the film (and sadly, there is no commentary track) regarding this extremely troubled production are especially telling.

The new 30th Anniversary DVD includes a two-hour documentary about the making of the film, plus deleted scenes and a commemorative photo album. We’re expecting a three-hour documentary for the 40th anniversary.

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