Cruel Jaws (1995) (Blu-ray Review)

Cruel Jaws (1995) (Blu-ray Review)

Cruel Jaws (1995) (Blu-ray Review)

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Cruel Jaws (1995) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Bruno Mattei
Starring: David Luther, George Barnes Jr., Scott Silveria
Rated: UR/Region A/1.85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

A tiger shark bred by the Navy as a killing machine is wrecking havoc in the sleepy tourist town of Hampton Bay! In the meantime, the mafia is involved with sleazy real estate investments, and send their thugs to keep a lid on the fact the residents are destined for clam chowder… Sea World owner, Dag, and his dolphins come to the rescue to save Hampton Bay from both the mob and military covert operatives!

Cruel Jaws has a pretty big build-up if you take into consideration how long people have been waiting on it on Blu-ray. It started with a botched announcement from Scream Factory and now has found a home with Severin where it comes out not only with the regular cut but the jokingly named “Snyder cut”. From what I gather the Snyder version is the Japanese cut with a little more gore but it comes with a different scan than the normal version. But fear not, both look good. As far as the plot goes, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but a shark is killing people on the beach and the locals in charge won’t shut things down due to the loss of income that would come with it. Only here in this killer shark movie, we have a leading guy that is just about the spitting image of Hulk Hogan if you put a little more hair on his head and shrink him in the dryer.

Of course, Cruel Jaws isn’t just a rip-off of Jaws with the subject matter despite even being released in some parts of the world as Jaws 5. It tosses in some mafia stuff, some other things going on like needing money to save their place, and more. It’s not the all-out gorefest I like to have with my Italian movies but it’s so weird and strange in spots that I can’t help but still enjoy it even if it might be a movie you are best to see with a group of friends having a little fun with the movie as it unfolds. It is far from a perfect movie, I don’t know if you can really call it a good movie at the end of the day, but it is something. And that counts to me as something you might still want to check out regardless.

Extras

  • NEW REMASTER OF THE FULLY UNCUT VERSION OF THE FILM
  • The Snyder Cut – Unreleased Japanese Extended Cut
  • The Great White Way – A Study in Sharksploitation with Rebekah McKendry
  • These Things Got Made! – Interview with Actor Jay Colligan
  • Trailer
  • Exclusive Slipcover
  • REGION-A “LOCKED”

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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