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Jaws is back, and the old shark’s gnashers are looking sharper than ever thanks to a painstaking remastering job by Universal’s backroom boffins. The title is being released as part of the studio’s centenary classics program for Blu-ray, which also includes E.T The Extra Terrestrial, The Birds and Frankenstein. The timing couldn …

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Anonymous Coward

Great that it can be done, but on this film?

Is there anyone who will rush out and buy it, just to see the rubber shark at the end of the film?

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@AC 07:08

"Is there anyone who will rush out and buy it, just to see the rubber shark at the end of the film?"

Dunno. If your appreciation of a film is based solely on the quality of the effects, I've got this copy of Transformers over here you can have.

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Phew!

I'm very, very relieved they didn't pull a Lucas and replace the shark with a CGI monstrosity.

Smile you son of a b*tch! ... ... BOOOOM!!

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Re: Phew!

And, even better, no Jar-Jar Binks!

Misa-shoulda-takah-bigger-bombastic-boat!

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Re: @AC 07:08

Exactly: the shark ISN'T the story, it's the journey Brody takes, and the people he meets on the way, that make this a brilliant classic film.

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Re: Phew!

"I'm very, very relieved they didn't pull a Lucas and replace the shark with a CGI monstrosity."

Or do a Spielberg and replace the shark with a nice friendly dolphin that won't scare the kiddies.

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I bought this over the weekend. I was hung over and just wanted a film otherwise I would have waited until it was cheaper.

But it certainly looks nice and was still fun to watch so I think they did a good job. It's certainly better than Jurassic park's blu-ray release which is kind of ugly, imo.

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Stills and photographs bonus extras

Why do the disc authorers so often have to put original artwork, stills & photographs in fake frames with borders round the edge - do they really think we don't want to see the detail in the pictures by shrinking them smaller to cater for the crappy 'artistic' border?

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Re: Stills and photographs bonus extras

Bit like instagram then...

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Whatever.

It's still one of a largish handful of films I've walked out on.

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Re: Whatever.

Let me guess... Piranha 3DD is more your cup of tea?

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@Mike Bell (was: Re: Whatever.)

No, Mike. Crap fish tales are crap fish tales. I grew up commercial fishing out of Noyo Harbor on the California coast. I've met Great Whites in the wild. They bear absolutely zero resemblance to the critter portrayed in the film. The actors trying to look like fisher-folks are even more of a laugh; not a one of 'em shows any sign of on-the-water working boat experience. It's a sad best-guess, at best. And it fails. Miserably.

As a side-note, "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!" and "Humanoids From The Deep" don't exactly portray the local Noyo population in their best light ... But I'm still getting residuals for my bit-parts ;-)

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Re: @Mike Bell (was: Whatever.)

I felt the same way about Swordfish and the 'This is Unix - I know this' bit in Jurassic park, but I try not to let it spoil the movie completely.

Then again I have a huge tolerance for shit films. I still watch Bad Taste every 10 years or so :)

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UNIX in film, part two.

Waynes World 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjjydz40rNI Check out Garth's Video Toaster T-shirt!

"That's a UNIX book."

"Yeah."

"Cool."

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Re: @Mike Bell (was: Whatever.)

Quint, is that you?

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Re: Whatever.

Only because you were scared....

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Maybe

If and when I get blu-ray I might go for it. The crappy shark aside, I thought it was a very good film - first half developing the characters and the second half getting them eaten.

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I saw this when I was a kid.

I wouldn't put my feet to the bottom of the bed in case there was a shark there.

The shark looking crap was the making of this film. Much more tense without seeing it.

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...erm?

I thought this was El Reg, not Den of Geek.

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Re: ...erm?

yeah, but vultures feed off sharks or summink

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Re: ...erm?

Here's your IT angle:

http://www.dennis.co.uk/about-us/dennis-worldwide

After winning an appeal to verdict of the infamous Oz obscenity trial, Felix Dennis published some magazines including 'Jaws'- the still images of the film had not been copyrighted. He then created Mac User and in the States Mac Warehouse, a hardware and software mail order retailer.

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Re: ...erm?

Presumably you think techies don't watch movies on their computers, tablets, tellies and such?

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That's some bad hat...

Harry.

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I saw the 4k version at the cinema over the summer

and it is truly stunning (my own personal bugbears with some of the lighting aside): even with half the pixels, the restoration renders any other copy you have utterly outdated.

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Love the scene of this film where Dreyfuss, Shaw and Schneider are drinking in the Orca's cabin and sharing scar stories. 'Show me the way to go home....'

Dya falla?

@FartingHippo, you mean the one where the shark has been installed with a LASER?

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"Few would argue that the film deserves its legendary status."

Can't tell if you've phrased this badly or are saying it doesn't deserve legendary status? I'd be ony of many to argue that the film deserves its legendary status.

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You wouldn't have to argue very hard.... "Daah dah, daah dah, dahdahdahdah, dahdahdahdah, dun de DAAH!" would do it.

John Williams... composed the soundtracks to my childhood!

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scareist bit

is the bit on the sunken boat. no shark to be seen!

awesome film. the charecter development is almost 2nd to none.

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"You're gonna need a bigger boat"

Still one of my favourite movie quotes!

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Shark still looks fake

That's all.

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Find it hard to forgive my mother

I was 8 years old when she dragged me to see this. Scarred me for the rest of my life. I'm still scared to put my feet all the way down to the end of the bed. And don't get me started on swimming.

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Excellent

Me and my fishing buddy watch this film every spring, ahead of Salmon season. Last year we watched it on his boat, at dusk, with my 12 year old in tow. It was epic.

Try this for funL

Every time they say water, take a drink.

Every time they say shark, take a drink.

But don't do them both in the same viewing!

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Restoration

Hmm, I don't remember the terrible quality "before" frames on my DVD or even when I had it on VHS or the numerous times it's been on TV.

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Re: Restoration

I am guessing those "before" frames are taken from the 35mm print in the vaults which have presumably deteriorated quite badly since they were last taken out to master the VHS/LD/DVD releases.

Quite possibly, given that broadcast sources were already higher definition than broadcast *reception*, the VHS, LD and DVD masters were all taken from a broadcast source master, way back in the 70's or early 80's, explaining the dramatic deterioration in the archived print since it's previous home-video format release. i.e. not 5-10 years worth of deterioration but 20-30 years.

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im a bit tired

digitally restored from an old VHS cassette or something. Cant wait.

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