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Jaws (Universal 100th Anniversary) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

Jaws (Universal 100th Anniversary) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
Studio: Universal Studios
List Price: $29.98
Street Price: $19.99
Amazon.com: $17.99
Release Date: Aug 14, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running Time: 124 minutes

4.2 Stars (out of 5) - Rated PG

Synopsis

When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town's chief of police, a young marine biologist and a grizzled shark hunter embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again.

Starring:

Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Susan Backlinie, Jonathan Filley, Ted Grossman, Chris Rebello

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Blu-ray Release Date:

August 14, 2012

Subtitles:

English SDH, French, Spanish

Rating

Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 3.5 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 3.0 Stars

● Dialog – 5.0 Stars

● Surround Effects – 2.0 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 4.0 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English: DTS Mono, French: DTS 5.1, Spanish: DTS 5.1

The front heavy presentation does a great job of presenting the dialog with crystal clarity. Even though the surround speakers are hardly noticeable, the front speakers pan from left to right often adding some depth to the movie. The subwoofers get a little action with bass strings the booming drums from the famous soundtrack. Some of the action also brings the low end to life when there’s some banging against the boat and of course the one explosion. The rear channels are quite most of the movie, but every once in awhile you can hear seagulls, splashing waves, and the beeping of the shark tracker.

Video 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 4.0 Stars

● Clarity – 4.0 Stars

● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.36:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Jaws has been restored as looks the best it possibly could. Colors are natural and alive.

In some scenes it seems like a slight haze was on the camera lens but it doesn’t ruin the picture. Film grain is very high, but doesn’t take too much away from the sharpness of the picture. Dark scenes loose a few details in the shadows, however the film doesn’t have lots of scenes at night. Clarity is good enough to see lose hairs, clothing textures, beard stubble, wrinkles, and ripped bloody flesh.

Bonus Features 5.0 Stars (out of 5)

● The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws (SD; 1:41:21). A great documentary about the trials and tribulations of making Jaws.

● Jaws: The Restoration (HD; 8:28) A look at the efforts made to restore Jaws.

● The Making of Jaws (SD; 2:02:48) Another documentary that looks at the making of a classic.

● From the Set (SD; 8:56) is a vintage (1974) A short making of featurette with a very young Steven Spielberg.

● Deleted Scenes and Outtakes (SD; 13:33)

● Jaws Archives

● Original Theatrical Trailer (SD; 3:15)

Movie – 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

Review

There are very few movies that change how the entertainment industry operates, Jaws defined what we now call the summer blockbuster. Jaws is a movie based on the primal fear of man versus animal. This story has been told several times in movies such as Moby Dick, The Grey, and Anaconda, but none have ever been as cinematic as Jaws. Watching this movie on Blu-ray takes some of the magic away, because the mechanical shark looks faker than it did on DVD. It’s amazing that this movie is PG, because it’s still considered one of the scariest movies ever made. Even though this movie is over 30 years old, my 8 year old son loves to watch it (don’t worry he can handle it). I’m amazed that he still likes to swim at the beach after seeing it. I saw it when I was his age, and I didn’t go swimming for weeks.

Posted by The HT Guys, October 1, 2012 7:45 AM

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