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Jaws 2 [DVD] [1978]

Release Date:05/22/2001
Often lost in the morass of inferior sequels, Jaws 2 is actually a fairly decent follow-up to Spielberg's masterpiece. Now viewers can take a look for themselves with this excellent DVD edition from Universal. The picture is presented in an exquisite widescreen anamorphic format with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The film retains the soft, postcard look of the first film, and this DVD helps it to shine. Sound is a bit of a letdown, presented in Dolby two-channel mono, but it still sounds pretty good nonetheless. Where the disc really takes off is with the extras. Viewers can enjoy a 45-minute documentary that goes into every detail about the making of the film. Also included is a look at the film from actor Keith Gordon, who has gone on to great things as a director. He talks about what he learned on the film and shares a few anecdotes. There are also four deleted scenes, a still gallery with storyboards and production photos, a collection of shark facts, and the usual trailers, production notes, and bios. While the other two sequels in the Jaws series may not receive similar treatment, the first two have both been given an excellent presentation on DVD and belong in any fan's library.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (63 out of 66)

    Special Features

    • "The Making of Jaws 2"
    • "Jaws 2: A Portrait" by actor Keith Gordon
    • John Williams: "The Music of Jaws 2"
    • The "French" Joke
    • Deleted scenes
    • Production photographs
    • Storyboards
    • Shark facts
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmakers


    Jaws 2
    Despite being a less well-regarded virtual remake of the original film, Jaws 2 earned a tidy sum at the box office by combining its predecessor's winning formula with the popular teen horror craze, helping to spawn the era of blockbuster sequels. Roy Scheider returns as Sheriff Martin Brody, whose small resort town of Amity is poised to bounce back from the economic hardship it encountered after becoming widely known as the site of vicious shark attacks. But at the same time that Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) is welcoming a real estate developer to Amity, two divers disappear and a party of waterskiers is consumed by a shark. The incidents are explained away as accidents, but Brody knows better, tipping his bullets with cyanide and forbidding his sons Mike (Mark Gruner) and Sean (Marc Gilpin) to participate in a teen sailing regatta. Everyone foolishly chalks up Brody's fears to trauma-induced paranoia, and the regatta goes forward, with a hungry great white trailing the youthful contestants and hungrily picking them off one by one. Director Jeannot Szwarc would later helm another sequel, Supergirl (1984). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Roy Scheider
      Roy Scheider - Martin Brody
    • Lorraine Gary
      Lorraine Gary - Ellen Brody
    • Murray Hamilton
      Murray Hamilton - Mayor Larry Vaughan
    • Joe Mascolo
      Joe Mascolo - Peterson
    • Jeffrey Kramer
      Jeffrey Kramer - Hendricks

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