Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on fictional Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns. When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert. After the shark dines on a few more victims, the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the culprit. Satisfied with the shark they find, the greedy Mayor reopens the beaches, despite the warning from visiting ichthyologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) that the attacks were probably caused by a far more formidable Great White. One more fatality later, Brody and Hooper join forces with flinty old salt Quint (Robert Shaw), the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White--especially since the price is right. The three ride off on Quint's boat "The Orca," soon coming face to teeth with the enemy.~Lucia Bozzola
The shark is still working: the impact & legacy of Jaws
Excellent quality on the 4K disc over a standard Blu-ray edition.
You will see, hear and feel a difference. Many times an older film like Jaws doesn't really look all that great in 4K. But not with this edition. They took much time and energy to make it have the look and sound of a new release. So, that's why you should get this one. Here's why you should pick up a steelbook copy of anything from Best Buy at curbside or in store: They ship steelbook editions in a bubble envelope. No cardboard slats on each side, no bubble pack. This won't be very cool if Grandpa's heavy Betamax is getting shipped right beside it, and lands on it. It could really be damaged easy with what they use to ship.
Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster masterpiece has never looked better. Sublime 4k restoration! This is the definitive release of JAWS and a must own. The simple, clean SteelBook design is gorgeous as well.
The true mark of greatness in a motion picture is its rewatchability and this film is as great now as it was when released in theaters in 1975.
John William's score is legendary and instantly recognizable.The music for this film is astounding and perfectly sets the mood of every scene.
Though it was hyped as a horror movie it's really an adventure drama as 3 very different characters come together to hunt a great white shark that's terrorizing a fictional New England resort island of amity.
All the actors were fantastic from Roy Schieder in the lead role as police chief Brodie to Murray Hamilton as the smarmy mayor who only see's $ and not public saftey.
Dreyfuss was the weak link of the 3 leads,but,he actually did pretty good in this as Matt Hooper the oceanographic institute shark expert brought in by Brodie to verify the obvious.
It is now that I mention what makes this movie great and not just very good,Robert Shaw as Quint.
His character is larger than life and he dominates every scene he's in,it is a performance so grand so mesmerizing and ultimately so memorable that I often forgot about the shark.lol
There is a scene in this film near the end,that imo,remains both magical and heartbreaking and I'm referring to the USS Indianapolis speech Quint gives explaining to Brodie and Hooper(and the audience)the real life events of its sinking and the gruesome week long shark attacks that occurred to the men in the ocean.
It is the films scariest moment,it involves no gore,no jump scares,or cgi effects,simply a great actor delivering the greatest monologue in cinema history.
I don't know what histories greatest film is,its a subjective judgement but,clearly Jaws is amongst them.