Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, ”Jaws” set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry.
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.
The ”Jaws” restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced colour, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic JAWS soundtrack to DTSHD Master 7.1, optimising the sound on the Blu-ray for the latest home theatre technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s postproduction team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact.
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“The JAWS” log is the expanded edition of the acclaimed bestseller and only book on the making of the landmark Steven Spielberg movie Jaws, timed to coincide with the film’s Blu-Ray release August 22nd , digitally remastered and fully restored in honor of Universal’s 100th Anniversary Celebration — Over 2,000,000 copies sold internationally
Steven Soderbergh, Bryan Singer, Rod Lurie, John Landis, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, and Rob Reiner are among today’s top filmmakers who rave about Carl Gottlieb’s THE JAWS LOG, calling it a must-read of anyone interested in how movies are made and the people who make them.
Winner of three Oscars® and the highest grossing film of its time, JAWS was a phenomenon, and this is the story of how, in 1974, 26-year-old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley’s #1 bestselling novel into the classic film it became. Hired by Spielberg as a co-screenwriter (with Benchley), Gottlieb was on the set with the director throughout the often frantic production. Soon after, with Spielberg’s and Benchley’s cooperation, he chronicled the extraordinary adventure in THE JAWS LOG, beginning in 1971 when Doubleday signed up the book for $7,500 from a four-page outline, its pre-publication monster paperback sale to Bantam two years later, which immediately triggered the sale to Hollywood producers, the adaptation process, pre-production, casting, principle photography on location in Martha’s Vineyard, editing and post-production in Hollywood, and its Universal Studios launch.
Fast-paced, eye-opening, even comedic at times, Gottlieb describes in detail such crucial aspects as the never-before-seen special effects, the creation and secrecy surrounding the mechanical sharks, the filming of the hair-raising real shark footage, the pressures from the studio, the townspeople, the impact of the weather and the frigid Atlantic ocean waters, the early screenings and reactions, and the unexpected unprecedented results.
A fascinating look at people passionately committed to their craft, Gottlieb has created a riveting portrait of a book-to-movie in process, of the writers, producers, cast and crew, including actors Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfus — and, most of all, of young director Spielberg at work on the second feature film of his career.
This expanded edition includes introductions by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb, with endnotes added by Gottlieb on events and people involved in JAWS twenty-five years later. Also includes a 22-page Photo Album.
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“JAWS” is out on Blu-ray August 22