Jaws (1975) (45th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Jaws (1975) (45th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Jaws (1975) (45th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Jaws (1975) (45th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
STARRING: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Rated: PG/Region O/2:35/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

It’s a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn’t sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy’s mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they’re going to need a bigger boat. Jaws was released a bit before my time. I wasn’t born until 1983 and as a child I don’t think I truly got Jaws. Now older I can see why people did take to this film as much as they did back in 1975. Steven Spielberg is a master behind the camera and that comes through in spades in Jaws. We a horrific story that is told in a manner that makes it watchable for people of all ages, yet it packs drama, suspense, and some cool little gore scenes. The characters (who are all acted perfectly by their respected actors) seem real and are very likeable. You really need these elements to make a great movie and they are all delivered here in great ways.

If you could have a real complaint with this movie it might be some of the musical score. I’m not talking about the classic theme song that everyone loves. A little over an hour into this movie our main men who are on their way to kill this great white are on the boat when this shark first attacks. Now this is a serious moment. Our characters do keep some black forms of humor in their words and actions, but its serious business. The music that plays during this scene isn’t very tense at all. It’s almost light hearted in tone and style. If I had to complain about anything in this film that poor choice of music for that scene would probably be it. Jaws doesn’t use a lot of bells and whistles to make its point. It’s just good storytelling and superbly shot. Horror purist of the world will be able to appreciate this movie for it tension and brief moments of gore. Some of the more gore whore audience might look at this film with the same loving eyes as the rest, but with the new transfer and master it will at least look appealing to them. This is a classic release for a classic film. If you love Jaws already you will love it even more now. And if you were iffy on it in the past, this might even change your mind.

Extras

  • HDR10+ PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
  • The Making of JAWS
  • The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS
  • JAWS: The Restoration
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
  • From the Set
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Booklet: 44-page booklet with introductions, rare photos, storyboards and more from the archives.
  • Optional English, French Canadian, and Latin American Spanish subtitles for the main feature

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 99%

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