Well known as one of the greatest director’s of our time, Steven Spielberg is a man who clearly puts a great deal of effort and care into the later director’s cuts, re-releases, and restorations of his films (just look at the impressive Close Encounter Of The Third Kind Blu-ray box set, and the quality of the Jurassic Park Blu-ray release); something which should please anyone interested in the Blu-ray release of a true cinema classic, Jaws (on September 3rd).
Coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever, courtesy of a brand new 4K master; lovingly restored frame-by-frame to ensure the quality was not only far better than full high definition, but nigh-on perfect; Jaws is not only a truly iconic piece of cinematic history (it’s amazing just how influential it became, and how everyone and their mother knows what a Great White shark is simply because of this film; the first ever summer blockbuster), but a fantastic looking, and sounding, Blu-ray.
With the restoration process taking a full four-to-five months to complete, this 1975 film now looks more pristine than a number of big budget modern releases, sounds simply breathtaking (thanks to a new 7.1 audio track), and, being one of Spielberg’s most acclaimed releases, is the perfect addition to any Blu-ray collection; thanks in no small part to the plethora of special features included (exploring the making of, restoration, and legacy of this true classic).
Following a police chief (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) as they attempt to track and kill the Great White beast that’s been terrorizing the sleepy seaside community of Amity, Jaws is easily one of the most recognizable films in history, was amazingly advanced for its time, features a truly unforgettable score, and makes just about every “movies you must see” list ever written, and as it’s now coming to Blu-ray with a restoration approved by Spielberg himself, and via a variety of editions (including a standard Blu-ray with digital copy and UV copy, as well as a Limited Edition Steelbook), it really is the perfect time to pick up this piece of iconic, and truly brilliant, cinematic history.
This article was sponsored by Universal Pictures.