Universal Studios Home Entertainment in an announcement to press and retailers has given word that Jaws will invade Blu-ray waters on August 14, 2012 as part of the studio’s centennial line-up. The film features all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture as well as 7.1 surround sound.
Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s motion picture that made people afraid to go into water, was a landmark release that ushered in the summer box office craze. Now, thirty-seven years after its theatrical debut, the film arrives to the Blu-ray format for the first time this August. To be released as a combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Ultraviolet, Jaws is supported by a bevy of extras including “The Shark is Still Working,” a documentary originally produced in 2007 that includes rare footage and interviews with likes of Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and the late Roy Scheider.
With one of the most recognizable scores in motion picture history (next to Bernard Hermann’s suite for Psycho), Jaws would go on to become a pop culture fixture and made Steven Spielberg one of the young visionaries in a cinema, in a decade that also include Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.
As one of the 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements, the studio has spared no expense at researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Months were spent balancing the color, removing dirt, scratches and blemishes, frame by frame. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact.
Among the extras included is the already mentioned “The Shark is Still Working,” plus “Jaws: The Restoration,” a two-hour documentary on the making of Jaws, a “From the Set” featurette, “Deleted Scenes and Outtakes,” an “Archives” section with storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, including an EPK on the Jaws phenomenon, and the original “Theatrical Trailer.”
When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.