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Quint has seen the brand new Jaws restoration and demands that Universal do a wide theatrical rerelease this summer!


Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Okay, so there’s no more hemming and hawing, no more “I think this is a good idea.” We’ve moved past that stage now. I’m in full on demand mode. I’m Hans Gruber. I’m Moses. I’m not asking anymore. Universal you simply must re-release Jaws wide this summer.

You have no excuses now. You’ve already paid for a restoration that made this Jaws obsessive weep tears of absolute joy. You have a 4k print that premiered to a room full of Cannes badgeholders and people STILL screamed in the film. Still.

This 4k print is the best the film has ever looked, like watching the negative run, and looks like it could have been shot yesterday.

Now, our friends across the pond in the UK are getting a theatrical rerelease this summer and I’m happy for them, but it’s not enough. I’m sorry.

For too long US rereleases have been those horrible limited “one night only” DVD projections. You don’t need to rerelease Jaws in 3D, you don’t need to add in digital sharks and rare new footage… all you need to do is put a little money into advertising and you’re going to see the cash continue to roll in on this title.

Treat it like a real release, not some limited special for-movie-fans thing, and the audiences will come.

I know there’s some mid-level exec reading this right now that could very well be keen to make this happen. Here’s what you do, mystery person… tell your bosses it’s a way to inject Jaws back into popular culture and generate higher Blu-Ray sales. That’s your angle!

Blu-Ray is great and I’m psyched to have this one within arms reach, but there’s nothing like watching this movie big, with an audience. Like I said earlier this crowd, which included press from all nationalities, film buyers, people selling films at the fest and cinephiles ranging in age from about 8-80 laughed, gasped and screamed. They were engaged and I’ve seen this happen every time I’ve been in an audience watching the film.

Jaws is not only my favorite movie of all time, it’s one of the most crowd-pleasing films ever put on the big screen. It still works as a drama, an adventure story and a horror film. It’s not old and stupid.

Steven Spielberg recorded a video introduction where he mentioned that upon revisiting his film he found it has aged less than most of his work. The only other movie of his that I think can claim to be more ageless than Jaws is Raiders of the Lost Ark and that just because it was a period film and doesn’t have ‘70s décor and afros on the extras.

One of the most impressive things to me about this restoration is how the film keeps its filmic look while also being ridiculously sharp. You can see the lines on Mayor Vaughn’s wicked blue anchor-pattern coat. You can almost see the light stand reflected in Mrs. Kintner’s glasses when she dresses down Chief Brody. You can easily see the fast decomposition of the tiger shark, skin getting dried up and even ripping where it’s hanging by the tail. You can make out Quint’s fishing line in some shots you couldn’t before as the smart, big fish goes under the boat.

I found my eye wandering around the frame, looking for new details revealed by this restoration… small things, like what’s going on out of windows, the way Brody plays with the wrapper on the wine bottle at the dinner table… and I noticed something I’ve never seen before.

I think there was more to the scar-sharing scene or else Quint was doing something weird under the table during that scene because right after Brody asks about the scar that leads into the Indianapolis speech it cuts back to Robert Shaw and he’s zipping his pants up, belt buckle undone. It’s barely seen in the lower left corner of the frame, but I’ll be damned if that’s not what he’s doing.

I also never noticed a moment where Quint totally blows off Hooper. It’s when they’re packing up the Orca, just as Quint approaches the anti-shark cage. Hooper picks up his scuba tank and holds it out to Quint as he approaches, expecting him to help load the boat and Quint just breezes past him so he can make fun of his shark cage.

It’s quite possible I never would have noticed these little details even on my 62” HD TV, which is another reason why film fans need to see this amazing print on the big screen.

My biggest question going into this was what was going to happen to the sound mix. Word is they were basing the mix on the horrible 5.1 remix for the DVD, which had needlessly canned splashing sounds added and weak gun pops instead of the heavy awesome gun shot sounds.

The theater was a little echoey, so I can’t give a full opinion of the sound mix, but I can say that if the canned splashing sounds were in there they didn’t stick out like they did in the 5.1 mix and the “bitch” in “Smile, you son of a bitch!” isn’t as covered up by the gunshot as it was in the 5.1 mix.

The surround mostly comes into play with John Williams’ score.

I did notice a little nitpicky thing that no one on this earth would give a shit about or miss except for me. There’s a “Yipee!” from two girls who run to the surf after Mayor Vaughn talks his board member friend and his family into the water during the 4th of July beach scene. At least there was. For some reason it’s not in there anymore in this mix. Again, I’m a Jaws nerd, it’s not offensive that it’s not in there… just oddly absent. Wonder what the story is there.

At the end of the day, I’m over the moon that my favorite movie has gotten one of the best restorations I’ve seen to date and if the 4k print was any indication the Blu-Ray will sit next to the Alien and Aliens transfers as some of the best looking Blu-Rays available.

But I’m telling you… don’t fuck around here, Universal. Make the call. US theatrical rerelease. You can find the screens. Play this digital print for a week, put some money into TV spots and ads and see what happens. I think you’ll be surprised by how much free money you can make here.



-Eric Vespe
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  • May 24, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Nature's Perfect Eating Machine

    by Buddapest

    Needs to consume our money yet again. Agreed.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Watch this with someone who's never seen it

    by Patrick Hines

    Watched this with a girlfriend who had somehow never seen it. She jumped, screamed, asked repeatedly, "He KILLED THE DOG?" The movie still works, still works, still works. Rerelease it!

  • May 24, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I'd see it

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Probably more than once

  • May 24, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Top 5 in everybody's movie list.

    by JP

    If not - get da fuck outta here!

  • May 24, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    It's a ritual to watch it every summer anyway.

    by Katet19

    I'm a 31 year old life long Rhode Islander and Jaws has always hit home. I'd kill for a re-release. It's the only film that gets an immediate response from a room full of nerds pounding Narragansett Beer, mid conversation, simultaneously launching into SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME then dropping right back into conversation. I kick off every summer with JAWS, Summer School, The Burbs, and Summer Rental.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Amen and Amen

    by Blu Gilliand

    This needs to happen. JAWS is one of my favorites, and a personal summer tradition. I can't wait to get my hands on the Blu-Ray. That being said, I've never seen it in a theater, and this sounds like the perfect opportunity to change that.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by smylexx

    isnt it nice to find someone with an uncynical passion for films reviewing on this website? i'm in total agreement regarding the re-release. Star Wars (yes i realise it's ever so slightly better known around the world) made big box office numbers with its release in '97. Sure -some of that was down to the interest in Lucas' tinkering but even so, this is a film that still works and with the right promotion could do really well as a limited worldwide release. heck, i'd buy tickets for this and go see something else if i really wasnt interested just because this is the type of movie that really needs to be supported.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by harry

    Its quite possible you noticed details like this because you were going out of your way to pay attention to things that are not important on the screen. However, I am super excited about this release! If Jaws came into theatres again I would go for sure as well! Can we go home now?

  • May 24, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    USA release?

    by bob_uzumaki

    Fuck that. Just give it a worldwide rerelease. I'd watch Jaws anytime if it were on the big screen.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Autopsy Scene

    by Mat Angelo

    Quint, did they fix the odd cut in the Hooper autopsy scene that's on the current DVD copies? There appears to be a quick cut where Hooper says, "This is what indicates..." That has always bothered me. But I'd definitely go see a re-release.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    End credits

    by spookymulder

    The music that plays over the credits at the end as Brody and Quint finally make it back to shore is nothing short of perfect and always makes me a little sad for some reason.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    One of the best movies ever

    by IceMonkey

    It's such a simple story but done to perfection. I'm not sure if any of the main actors ever had better performances before or after this movie. I love Dreyfuss in most everything he is in but I still think this is his best. Love JAWS!

  • May 24, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Impossible to sufficiently articulate my adoration of this film.

    by ClayMatthews

  • May 24, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    NEEDS TO BE IN 3D!!!!!!!!!!

    by Simpsonian


  • May 24, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I love the 'BITCH' being in sync w/ the gun shot . . .

    by Nice Marmot

  • May 24, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Hits cinemas in the UK on June 15th..

    by paul burnett

    Seen an ad for it on E4 an nearly shit meself, couldn't help but cheer when i saw it!! Been wanting this to happen for years. Can't figure out why studios don't re-release fan faves to the big screen more often, Blues Brothers, Die Hard Evil Dead.. whatever...i would think these films would be easy money for any studio.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Make it so!

    by Kevin

  • May 24, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    spookymulder = I know, right? It's weird...

    by ClayMatthews college (some time ago now) I had a bootleg videotape of Jaws / Blade Runner. It would cut from that final moment in the Jaws credits right into the "Sir Run Run Shaw" thing (with the tree) from the opening credits of B.R. (which has fairly mournful music) and it was always a strangely depressing moment. It was the second most valuable tape in our dorm room, right after a tape one of my roommates got from a friend stationed in Europe that contained Heavy Metal, Rocky Horror Picture Show (before it was available on home video in the U.S.), and a particularly excellent specimen of feature-length 1970s European pornography that involved a sorority of some sort. Neither tape survived college - we wore them both out.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Best. Movie. Ever.

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Yes, my opinion. My family dreads the release of this one on Blu Ray, because I will be watching it over and over. And, yes, I would go see this in a theater, without hesitation.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    there's NO WAY i'd go to see this in the theater

    by TheBaxter

    because you just know, right in the middle of Quint's big monologue about the Indianapolis, some idiot fucker's cell phone will go off, or a baby will cry through the whole thing, or some teen girl sitting right in front of me will whip out her phone and start texting, or a bunch of kids sitting behind me will giggle through the whole thing and say shit like "this is so gay" and "duuuuuuuude! he's totally drunk!" and unlike that awesome guy in Washington, i won't have the balls to stand up and turn around and deck them.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I did notice that they smoothed it out so the ADR didn't pop as much.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    In Tribute, I give you this fine link...

    by Karl Childers

  • May 24, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    The word Yippie! has been banned in film..

    by JAGUART

    Since after 1999.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Just once I would like to see this in a crowded theatre before I die

    by DingFriesAreDone

    Universal, it's all psychological. You yell "Jaws blu ray release", everyone says "Huh? What"? You yell "Jaws theatrical re-release", and we've got a goldmine on our hands on the 4th of July.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by zastrow

    Make this so.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Universal is an embarrassment

    by gaygoonie

    What a hot mess of a studio. I dare them to release JAWS. They wouldn't know what to do with a quality movie. BATTLESHIT, anyone?

  • May 24, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by Doc

    I am amazed how many people under the age of 25 have not seen this film. This is how an action/horror/suspense/adventure film should be. It is character driven. Fully fleshed, relatable characters are put in a situation. The film is not just the situation, it is the people involved. This film had such an impact on me as a child, and is so tone perfect. It needs to be seen just to remind us of what the craft of film looks like. I was bummed that Universal Florida tore out the JAWS ride, and I would love for a re-release to show them just how poignant and popular this franchise could still be.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Saw this in a theater...

    by alxorange Clinton, MA. They release an original scratchy print every summer. It's amazing. Looks like shit, which adds to the fun. The crowd was packed and mostly teens who probably never saw it before. I was nervous at first, thinking they'd make fun of one of my favorite movies, but it KILLED! The crowd was screaming, laughing, gasping...awesome. One of the best experiences of my life.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    No actors like around like Robert Shaw today.

    by Tacom

    Brilliant actor who was tough, and hardass but also wrote plays. And he was married to the blonde British agent from WHERE EAGLES DARE.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Now that I think of it

    by alxorange

    Hollywood makes so much awful shit these days....why not stop making new movies and just release all the old classics every few years? Probably make more cash than John Carter and zero marketing risk. Just no 3D conversions.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    They could take advantage of the hole left by G.I. JOE 2

    by Gotta have my Pops

    ...And release it July 29.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by gb

    Blues Brothers was digitally screened at our local cineworld, they do it every once and a while, they also screened the thing & the godfather, was also lucky to see the 25th anniversary back to the future screening.

  • I like to freak out the family members before going out in the water.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Suck on it Yank bia-ches!

    by kingralphuk

  • May 24, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    JAWS screened at a local theater last week

    by D.Vader

    Unfortunately, I was working so I got to the theater just in time to see the last 20 minutes. But like Quint, I heard audible gasps. I saw people sitting on the edge of their seat, leaning forward in anticipation, as if this was their first time watching it. And by the end, when the shark explodes, people clapped and cheered. This truly is a crowd-pleaser.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Listen to Quint, he speaks the truth

    by koie

    I would pay out the nose to have an opportunity to see this on the big screen.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    No more "Yippee!", Quint? Really?

    by D.Vader

    Blame Anakin Skywalker for that one.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Can't Wait!

    by reni

    In the UK, they're giving Jaws a 21 day release window. Be interesting to see how well it does against newer movies.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    It makes all the sense in the world. Make it happen.

    by Proman1984

  • May 24, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    With all the extra detail, does "Bruce" look even more plasticky?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The "gotcha" first appearance of the shark scared the shit out of audiences back in '75, but its the only scene that, IMO, has lost its impact, only because the shark is SO mechanical. Otherwise the movie is 99.999% perfect.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    "that awesome guy in Washington"

    by buggerbugger

    To be fair, everyone in that audience should have taken turns to punch each other in the mouth for paying to see 'Titanic' in 3D.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Saw this at the theater when it came out.

    by Mark

    Was mindblowing then and still is. Star Wars, Superman, and Jaws. Awesome couple years at the movies in the late 70's.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I agree on the idea of a re-release!

    by Chris Moody

    Perhaps a few young film artists can see what a REAL film should look like! The pacing, the story, the acting, the cinematography and the music -- the film is nearly perfect. Besides, I would pay $10 to see it in the theater.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    "a “Yipee!” from two girls who run to the surf"

    by buggerbugger

    Better known as the Wilhelm Yippee, this sound effect has been used in many films through the decades.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    The only film whose tone reminds me of JAWS is...

    by Chris Moody

    ...STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. Both stories share an epic -- almost poetic -- retelling of MOBY DICK and chasing the "white whale" (and the whale chasing the chasers). I do agree with openthepodbaydoorshal: It would be great if they made the shark's skin and jaw line somewhat more natural. If they did it, I wouldn't accuse them of pulling a Lucas on that at all.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Universal Has Nothing But Morons Running The Show

    by THX1968

    Universal is starting to look like the next MGM. Why the fuck wouldn't you rerelease the fucking movie? They hold one of the greatest movies of all time, they put all the work into the restoration, release the damn thing!

  • May 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    This should happen.

    by Yelsaeb

    We (film lovers) would be the only people to see it, but that's the way it is with all rereleases.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    My heart is SOARING right now. You made my day, Quint!

    by gotilk

    Yes, we need this in the cinema NOW!

  • May 24, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I'd See it Twice - At Least

    by wrath 4771

    I was four when Jaws was released. Though I have seen the movie close to 100 times, I never had the priviledge of seeing it on the big screen. So, I'm saying, here is my 20 bucks to see it twice.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    100th Anniversary?

    by Bubba Gillman

    What year is it? How long have I been asleep?

  • May 24, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    @Quint - Re: the pants

    by The Addict

    You can see in the embedded restoration trailer at right around 4:09 that Quint's buckling up his belt. My bet is that what you noticed was a double-action, just a continuity error where he realized late in that take that he hadn't done it yet, or maybe he just changed his timing on the action with each take.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    One of the best Dad scenes ever

    by Alfa Jerk

    "Give us a kiss" "'cuz we need one" and the kids fucked up teeth look like a shark, it's brilliant

  • May 24, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    The Restoration Video

    by magnetoelectric

    I love those elements where they're 'painting' a scratched or damaged frame with a brush that's loaded with the'cloned' element of a 'clean' frame. It's like photoshop 101 for anyone that ever tried to restore an old photograph.Its all very laborious but the tools are there, which is a leg-up. I know there's more to restoring films (the soundtrack) But I love that technically. we're getting to a place where there's really just "Nothing to it , but to do it" It takes a lot of effort and time but ,its working And all props, praise and Love to Universal for getting all over this early. If they didnt jump to do these restorations for Jaws and Shindlers and Dracula, Frankenstein etc etc etc.. I could so easily see "private contractors" offering their digital restoration services to studios and the job ending up sub-par

  • May 24, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST is Universal studios 100th anniversary

    by tritium

  • one theater to another, so John Williams' score could be blasted LOUD. Even with Imax, people today don't know what they were missing. PS..saw Star Wars, Jaws on opening night, Close Encounters, Superman, The Exorcist opening weekend..2001 on Cinerama...meeemories..lah lah lah lah lah lalahh..

  • May 24, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Guys my age...

    by Captain_Ridley

    I have a theory that geeks my age (44) saw one of two films that made them what they are; Jaws or Star Wars. I consider myself lucky that it was Jaws for me. I saw this as a seven year old and I honestly don't think that I've ever quite recovered. I see it at least twice a year even now, and if anything, love it even more than I did back then. It's a perfect film. I think if there was a fire at my house, the thing I would grab as I fled would be my framed Jaws poster. For a whole generation their first 'high' was the Imperial Star Cruiser roaring over their heads in that opening shot of Star Wars. For me it was Chief Brody roaring, "smile you son of a bitch!" at a great white shark. I'll be there on opening day when they re-release this back into theatres in the UK, and I hope Universal is smart enough to re-release it worldwide.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I'll join the throngs...

    by Brian

    I'd see this immediately and probably twice with different groups friends that don't get along... you know how that is... right? Anyway, yeah, I'd go at least once. Make it happen, Spielberg.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Universal: I Will See This Movie

    by Riley Harrison

    Put it out now, I will see it in theatres, and I know a ton of others that would too.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I dont like sharks

    by ajit maholtra

    They have sharp teeth and they are always trying to eat people. Munchie munchie munchie.

  • ...some genius at Universal will probably come up with some market research bullshit that shows 14-28 year olds won't see anything that old unless it's in glorious REAL 3D. I can't wait for 4K HD televisions and the 4K Blu-Ray players.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Agreed, seriously.. down with conversions... BRING ON 4K!!

  • May 24, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I remember seeing Outland in one of the last undivided dome theaters in California on opening night, and I have honestly never heard a better audio presentation since. I'm not sure why it was so memorable but I think it has to do with what you said... no concern with the audio bleeding over into another screening room. There was sound coming from everywhere. Loud when it needed to be, silent when it needed to be. Same with Blade Runner opening night. Same screen. Man I miss those theaters more than almost anything else. And I was a wee lad. Even at that time most cinemas had been split up into tiny rooms with tiny screens. IMAX and XD do not make up for it. It will probably never be the same.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Universal bashing ,fucking retarded :

    by magnetoelectric

    Lets get some perspective here folks. Universal has been one of the few studios that have remained consistent since 1975. I can guarantee you , One, if not more of your all-time-favorites is a Universal Picture Apollo 13, Twelve Monkeys, Gladiator, Erin Brockovich, The Bourne franchise, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Jarhead, King Kong, Serenity, Children of Men, United 93, Shindlers List, The Back to the Future Franchise , Jurassic Park , The Blues Brothers, The Thing ,Airport , Everything Hitchcock.. etc etc etc etc. It sure the Fuck aint Fox as far as straight up boneheads running the joint

  • May 24, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    re: Quint Buckling His Pants...2 Theories...

    by Cheif Brody

    1. They had just finished dinner (not shown)...and like any old salt, Quint had unbuckled his belt to make room for his bloated belly. Or... <p> 2. More likely, perhaps a "scar" was shown on his hip, or rear end and he had to pull his pants down a bit to show it to Hooper. It might have blown the tenor of that scene and was edited out. But you would think after all the re-re-re-releases of Jaws over the years, and all the deleted scenes we are already aware of, that Quint's "hip scar" reveal would have seen the light of day by now. <p> It could have been an old Navy scar he had to drop trow to show...but it was decided that Quint's military background shouldn't be revealed til he got around to his "Indianapolis" tattoo removal scar. Just a theory, as Hooper might say. <p> Glad you finally got around to posting this restoration video, Quint! I am looking forward to this Blu-Ray release more than ANY theatrical release coming out this summer...that includes Dark Knight Rises. <p> As someone who saw JAWS 16 times in 1975 at the theater...even as a 10 year the 8th or 9th viewing, I noticed the glitches in the film's quality...the scratch lines dancing across the scenes, or the dust specs dotting the picture. I can't wait to see this classic film in its most pristine version yet. And if Universal should heed yer pleas for a full scale theatrical release this summer...introducing this film to a whole new generation of 10 year olds...You can count on my ass being in a seat opening night. <p> "In Amity... One man CAN make a difference!"

  • May 24, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I will put my vote in for the Theatre

    by D o o d

    C'mon Universal, don't fuck us over!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by Brian Hopper

    C'mon Universal... let us see this work of cinematic genius again in all its restored glory IN THE THEATER! I will absolutely go at least twice if they take it theatrical this summer. One of the greatest moviegoing experiences of my life was seeing this as a kid in the theater in 1975. It's fair to say the film swallowed me whole... a little shakin', a little tenderizin', and down I went. Please!!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Here's hoping for a Jaws 2 bluray

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Hey, it's a decent sequel!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    If a shark tries to eat me, I will kill him

    by ajit maholtra

    I will be like, why you want to eat ajit. Ajit is not for you to eat. Then I will punch him in the head. Bop!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Please! Jaws is overrated garbage!

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Just kidding! Add me to the list of wanting this screened nationwide!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Yes, re-release this

    by ballyhoo

    I will pay money and go. I will pay money and make my wife go. Seeing Jaws with my wife's reactions is always an extra bonus.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal...Stand Alone Theaters Rocked!!

    by Cheif Brody

    I saw JAWS, Superman, Star Wars & Close Encounters at The Plaza Theater here in St. Petersburg, FL. It was a dual theater, but the two huge auditoriums jutted away from each other and didn't share a common wall. The sound was always so loud and crisp! John Williams' scores never sounded better. <p> Cut to last weekend...Just saw Avengers for the 2nd time in a 2-D auditorum at a 20 screen theater...after watching it the first time in 3-D IMAX. I almost got up several times this last viewing to tell someone to turn the fucking sound up!! It's no fun watching Hulk SMASH "quietly". The IMAX experience was much better sound levels...but that film didn't need the 3-D to be enjoyed to it's fullest. And the 3-D glasses over my own personal Glass caused distortion. Wish I could have seen a 2-D print with the IMAX sound. <p> The Plaza Theater closed down in the 80's...and reopened as a church. I now call it: <p> The 1st Universal Church of JAWS.

  • I will use the mental justification that I only buy those movies I deem truly epic in scope and worthy of best viewing possible on blu-ray.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Jaws on Blu? we gonna need a bigger TV!

    by Gorgomel

  • Even though I've seen JAWS 10 times, including the original theater showing. I own JAWS on DVD and I am going to buy it on BLU-RAY. I'd STILL go see this fucker again. I agree with you QUINT - - - - - EVERY WORD.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Here's Some Audience Reaction for Jaws

    by Mission Code Z

  • May 24, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Was Drew McWeeny also at the JAWS screening?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • May 24, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Astronut, HEAR HEAR!

    by reaper28

  • May 24, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

  • May 24, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Re Autopsy Scene

    by Ind3h

    Here is Spielberg's response: "I remember this very well. I had cut out a line of dialogue and inside the line of dialogue I manufactured artificially a new line: 'This is what happens.' Originally, he said more than that. I can't remember what he said exactly. (Editor) Verna Fields and I pieced together, 'This is what happens,' from other words he was saying because the scene was too long. I was able to cut a huge -- maybe 30-second -- part of the scene out, simply by cutting to the insert of the arm coming up and putting the words, 'This is what happens,' over it. I give Bryan Singer tremendous credit for catching it. That's amazing anybody caught that. This is the first time anybody's ever talked about it!

  • May 24, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to Quint's report from the award ceremony...

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    ...when he realises he hasn't seen a single one of the major award winners. Yes seeing a restoration of Jaws on the big screen would be amazing but you're not there purely for your own gratification. Any professional reporter doing Cannes duty should make the effort to see all the films in the main competition as a bare minimum.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Thanks for postin that link, Mission Code...

    by Cheif Brody

    Universal....are you watching?

  • May 24, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by batfunk

  • May 24, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I was there... as an adult

    by Kelleytoons

    Back in the summer I had delayed seeing it with my wife because it seemed "hokey". "Who wants to see a movie about a shark?". Plus I was real put off by all the hype about Benchley's book (which, truth be told, isn't very good and has Hooper dying at the end, which he deserves because he cheats with Brodie's wife). So I waited about two months (can you believe films ran that long back then?) and *finally* we went and saw it... and saw it, and saw it. I saw it at least 12 times, the first (and last) time I've ever done that with a movie I had to pay for. I saw it every single weekend for three months (yep, it hung around in theaters for six months or more) and couldn't get enough of it. To say I was obsessed was putting it mildly -- I thought it was the best film I had ever seen, the best time in the theater (I LOVED the audience reaction), the best actors (Richard Dreyfuss became my hero, and I started dressing in denim like he did), the best director (I predicted big things for this Steven guy :>)... So now, as a much older adult, I'm very psyched to see it on blu-ray but... I wouldn't go back and see it in theaters again. Sorry, Quint, but theaters have changed SO much since I was a young man. It's no longer much fun, even for truly great films (like The Avengers, which was sort of ruined for me by the kids texting and talking). For me the best theater is at home, on my 9' 1080p projection system (where I won't screw up the projection like they also do at my local cinema). Sorry, kids, but those of you who are under 30 have NO idea how great films were back when people respected them, when theater owners took care of their place, and when going out to the movies was a wonderful (and cheap!) was to spend an evening.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I saw this aged nine in 1975 and I've loved it ever since!!!

    by batfunk

  • May 24, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    A virtually perfect film

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Name a flaw. The only *possible* issue could be with some of the shark effects, but as a friend and I just discussed today, that shit was state of the art for 1975 and is still better through sheer ambition and craftsmanship than any amount of stupid CGI you want to throw onscreen.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Never understood why more studios ...

    by bigsexy75

    Don't release their historically great movies every 10-20 years instead of remaking them. Film's in the can, you have decades of nostalgia as free marketing, you drop 20-30 million additional in new advertising ... who wouldn't rather see that than a crappy remake (how many remakes are worth a damn? 10 percent of them? Less?). I'd pay to see Jaws on the big screen twice before I'd pay to see Battleship. I was one year old when Jaws came out ... I was a toddler for the original Star Wars and a kid for Indiana Jones. For my generation, I've never even had a chance to see these flicks on the big screen. Make it happen, Hollywood.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Tree of life looks insane

    by UltraTron

  • May 24, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Only an idiot...

    by mintoncard

    wouldn't re-release this masterpiece in US theaters again. With the right promotion this could be one of the biggest earners of the summer. "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... again."

  • May 24, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Good ol mono

    by UltraTron

  • I am!!! OHH, yeah.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Thank you.... Mr. Quint....

    by HalJordan2814

    We'll um... take it under advisement. lol

  • May 24, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I'll take some DIGITAL SHARKS myself!


    Sorry but that shark could do with a makeover in some shots.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone pay just to see a "better picture"


    It looks good enough on dvd so I'm not forking out just to see Shaw zipping up his pants.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I'd fork out to see the Shark improved though.


    Ok there ain't many shots where that could be done but there's a few.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    All this stuff about Blu Ray and HD is overated.


    Sometimes restoration like that can bring out the bad bits too and this constant drive to get people buying the same thing over and over is fuckin ridiculous. I've seen Jaws a million times on a good dvd picture so fuck Blu Ray etc......unless we get some shark improvements.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    HD will make the rubber shark look even more obvious.


    and fake!

  • We'll never get something that cool though. At least the Blu-ray should be great.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    "Like watching the original negative run"

    by beamish13

    Err, you mean it's in monochrome and is indecipherable? I believe you meant to say that it looks like a beautiful answer print or a 70mm blow-up (both of which I doubt, as they would both look much better than a 4K print).

  • May 24, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • May 24, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    kelleytoons - you made me sad

    by antonphd

    but thanks for sharing your experience kids these days aren't just rude in theaters. look around this movie lover website at how rude the kids are on here. it's not about loving film. it's about being little dicks. i think it's time i picked up a 1080 projector myself

  • May 24, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Adults have ruined many film-going experiences for me

    by beamish13

    Try watching a movie with an audience filled with bluehairs who have no idea as to how to silence their cell phones and loudly ask questions about key scenes.

  • May 24, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Jaws is amazing!!!

    by Kakii

    Jaws is in my top 5 movies of all time, cant wait to get it on blu ray. The whole scene inside the boat about scars etc is better than any dialogue Tarantino has ever written! Jaws as a movie works on so many levels and is the best film Spielberg has ever done

  • Best home video format ever by a mile.

  • May 24, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I used to hate the water

    by Mugato5150

    Heh. I can't imagine why.

  • May 24, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray and HD overrated?

    by ufoclub1977

    What? How is it overrated? Forever I'd wished that stuff at home could look as good and sound as good as in the theater. I've wished this since the 70's as a child, I loved seeing the film grain and hearing the rumble. TV at home sucked compared to that. Sure DVD's were a vast improvement to vHS and laserdiscs ( I was laserdisc all the way when that was the good stuff), but they still don't look like the resolution of what you see in the theater. These days, it's finally approaching that kind of quality with HD and surround sound (with subwoofer) in the home. I have no idea how this could be considered overrated if you love going to the movies, or loved it as a kid. Movies in the theater were the only way to get deeply immersed into the detail and sound of a movie, until big HDTV's, surround, and their media hit the consumer markets.

  • personally - my absolute favorite moment in the film. You can only really understand it if you're a parent. No matter how life beats you up and down, it all just dissolves away with a hug and a kiss from your little kid. great, great moment in film.

  • May 24, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I was three when my parents took us to see it.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Cool, but what the hell was wrong with them taking little kids to frightening movies?

  • May 24, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Every good parent needs to show their child Ben Gardner's head.

    by Friendoh

    Make sure you tell them little Nemo's in the boat first.

  • May 24, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    To all the 'Rubber shark' haters

    by Wesley Skelly

    FUCK YOU! The shark in Jaws will NEVER be bettered. No other film has done the creature justice and no film ever will.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    "Blu vs DVD made simple" What????

    by ufoclub1977

    Denying that making the movie more like it is in the theater by matching the visual and sound quality is worth it is so wrong! I still remember people complaining about how VHS was fine for them when DVD's first came out. It's going to be the same with every improvement.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Re:Blu vs Dvd made simple

    by Friendoh

    I bet you complained when DVDs replaced VHS? It's only extortion if you NEED to buy it. Who the hell's forcing you? Now Lucas.. that's another story

  • I'm neither really, but I like Jaws much more than SW, which if any of you jawa loving doofusses were actually honest with yourselves is rather campy and shitty barely being above Ed Wood's work.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    why toronto is the greatest city in te

    by redsox1

  • May 24, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    why toronto is the greatest city in the world

    by redsox1

    TIFF LIGHTHOUSE TORONTO: Prior to its release on Blu-ray in August 2012, we present the exclusive Toronto theatrical engagement of Universal Pictures' director-approved digital restoration of Steven Spielberg's legendary thriller, which quickly became the highest-grossing film of all time and ushered in the blockbuster era. When a Great White shark begins to terrorize a summer resort community, the aquaphobic sheriff (Roy Scheider) enlists a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a piratical sea captain (Robert Shaw) to hunt the beast down. Crossing Herman Melville with Roger Corman, Jaws remains one of the most terrifying films ever made.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    redwhitenegro for the love of GoD give it up & buy a blu ray player

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    A ps3 is 250.00 new. The amount of shit you can do with a ps3 is ridiculous - great games, plays blu rays, plays DVDs, you can watch netflix couldn't ask for a better deal. Oh you want a better deal? You can buy a ps3 used on Amazon for as low as 174.00. Oh you want an even better deal? Okay just buy a cheap blu ray player. I'm talking 80.00 fucking dollars also on amazon. Anyone of those options beats going onto the internet in 2012 and whining about being extorted for something that has been on the market for years and is now very reasonably priced. If companies thought the way you do we'd all still be rewinding VHS tapes and playing with the tracking button to make the picture stop jumping.

  • Ever!!

  • May 24, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Uh! People are complaining about HD & Blu-ray, now?

    by Jay

    We can own Blu-rays of restored classic movies that often look better than how the original theatrical showings did. When a film is properly restored and prepped for Blu-ray/HD, it is the closest thing to owning your own personal archived print. I'm not saying it's as good, but it's pretty damn close. Get your fucking eyes checked if you can't tell the difference. I did, and now I'm wearing contacts! (True story) And if you can tell the difference, but don't respect it? I don't know, you're probably the same people that consider grain to be dirt. I just can't fathom being a film nut, and not being ecstatic that we live in a time when this is possible. How can you claim to celebrate film and be against this? We are finally able to properly see films the way the directors truly intended them to be seen on home video. Home video has caught up to the theatrical experience. And you're against this? I don't even know what else to say, really. Shouldn't viewing such restored classic on Blu-ray like Ben-Hur, Taxi Driver, Third Man, Wizard Of Oz, etc simply scream "you're fucking wrong!"

  • May 24, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    *made simple* (translation: I AM A SIMPLE PERSON)

    by gotilk

    Which is fine. Happiness is what matters.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    80 dollar blu ray player? HA!

    by gotilk

    Try 39.99 at the WalMart. There is no excuse now. I know that a lot of people never, ever set up their TVs right, even with *professional installation*. My sister just got a 60 incher in her family room and they installed her satellite system at the 480p setting. ROFL!!! Idiots. It was probably the direcTV guy being lazy so he didn't have to adjust the position of the dish for optimal reception. But I'm sure that happens all the time. They tried to plug my HD cable up with rgb cables. I made him go back. He *didn't have any HDMI cables with him*. Oh fucking well. Ha!!

  • dies of cancer in a week. SO sick of that minimizing, passive-aggressive bullshit I could puke.

  • Also, I plan to buy the Blu-ray on its first day of release. Thanks for including THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING documentary.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I love Jaws.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Bill Butler

    by Glenn

    I used to work in the film industry, and got to spend a bit of time at the lab with Bill Butler on one particular movie. We became friendly and he told me many an anecdote about Jaws, Capricorn One, Spielberg, and Friedkin (they worked together/became friends in Chicago). If anyone wants to hear some fun, non-sensational stories about any of the above, lemme know. I find you get the most knowledgeable stories from the below-the-line people.

  • Am the only one who has the Jaws steelbook on pre-order from I'm getting the North American edition as it comes out at least a month earlier. But there's no way I can pass up a Jaw steelbook. And since it's Universal, it's guaranteed to be region free!

  • May 24, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Saw this on the original release...

    by maxjohnson1971

    at our local single screen theater. I was 6 or so I guess and I can't believe to this day, that my mother allowed me to watch it. BUT... to this day, along with Star Wars, it remains one of the true reasons I am a film buff. Jaws is, and forever will be, one of the few examples of a truly perfect movie. Yes, we may place others above it as favorites, but if we truly analyze our favorites, Jaws comes out head and shoulders as one of the greatest ever. I had the pleasure of insisting that a co-worker (male, 44, can you believe that?) watch Jaws a few weeks ago. He had never seen it. I envied him. I only wish there were a few movies as perfect as that that I could see again for the first time. Universal. Put this out in the theaters for a bit and I guarantee, I will see it at least two times. And I'll bug my friends to come with me!! I'll talk to my cousin in a couple of weeks and urge her to urge Universal!!

  • May 24, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    If they have remixed from mono....

    by Mickey The Idiot

    ...what's happened to the six-track mix that was used on the original 70mm roadshow prints? Since we're talking about restoration, makes me wonder a bit about preservation. Though he could have been referring to a series of mono elements, but it didn't sound like that to me.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    'Lend me the money Fat Rancor'

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Sure no problem random stranger on the internet who I've never spoken to up until tonight! I'll get right on that just as soon as I'm through writing my email to a Nigerian prince.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    On Topic..........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I cannot fucking WAIT to watch this flick on blu. I love the fact that so much time, attention and care is going into this. As a film fan this is the sort of effort that you always want to see.......especially when it comes to classics.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    2012 - The Year of Spielberg

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Empire of the Sun - coming to Blu in June E.T. - coming to Blu this year Schindler's List - coming to Blu this year Catch Me If You Can - coming to Blu this December Raiders of the Lost Ark - coming to Blu this Fall Temple of Doom - coming to Blu this Fall Last Crusade - coming to Blu this Fall Crystal Skull- coming to Blu this Fall Lincoln - owning the planet in theaters this Winter.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Bless your soul, Quint

    by Lucky13

    Release this damn thing in the theaters, NOW!!!

  • May 24, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Didn't we go through this with Donner's SUPERMAN 11 years ago?

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Everyone on this site was all gung-ho for the national re-release for Superman: The Movie, and the amount of discussion it received led to the impression a re-release would be huge. So Warner's put it in two theaters to test the waters. I drove to San Antonio to see it, and guess one was there. We all love JAWS, but I don't think the market is there for a national re-release of a movie everyone already owns (probably in multiple formats by now). The only rationale for putting it into theaters would be revamping it as a 3-D experience. James Cameron even mentioned JAWS in 3-D just recently (maybe he even let the cat out of the bag - maybe that's exactly what is going to happen) but releasing the version everyone already has, and plays on TV with great frequency, I just don't see it. It was great to see Superman on the big screen again, by the way. Too bad no one else went to see it.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Brodie Shot First!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!

    by Ted

    In order to sell more 'friendly' shark toys, the film has been altered. Brodie now attacks the shark first, so that the case can be made that the 'friendly' shark [as it would appeal to the 5 to 10 demographic] is simply defending itself. oh, wait.... wrong director! [Sorry!] I just didn't know you could touch up and re-release a film without significant alterations. My bad.

  • May 25, 2012, 1:15 a.m. CST

    RE: dvd & blu ray

    by Baragon

    People bitching about being "forced" to upgrade. You don't have to upgrade to anything. Nobody is requiring you to but to outright lie and say some invisible "majority" is fine with dvd is not the way to go. Just be truthful and say it isn't in your budget to upgrade but don't sit there with a case of sour grapes. I didn't switch to blu until December of last year and I'm currently having a blast rediscovering older films.

  • May 25, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    The government is only giving you $800 a month...

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Fine - but Blu-Ray players are crazy cheap now, and no, you don't even need an HD TV to watch Blu-Ray content. If you have an older HD TV without HDMI, component cables work almost as well as HDMI (you have to settle for 1080i...shocking, I know), and even if you don't have an HDTV, you can still watch Blu-ray content via RCA cables, meaning, you can watch Blu-Rays on TVs made TWENTY YEARS AGO, you just don't get the full resolution. But you know what? Even playing on a 20-year-old TV via RCA cables, you can still see a pronounced difference in PQ because of the mastering and the resolution. All your old DVDs will play on the $40 blu-ray player you can pick up at any Target or Wal-Mart, and if you have a DVD player hooked up to your TV, there's no reason in the world you can't do the same with a Blu-Ray player. When your DVD player breaks, what are you going to do? Go looking for another DVD player? When a blu-Ray player costs about the same and also plays your DVDs and also works on your 20-year-old equipment?

  • May 25, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Speaking of STAR WARS, today is its 35th anniversary.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    And yes, I would love to see JAWS on the big screen.

  • Just an amazing, wonderful movie. About the undone belt of Quint's. I've certainly been aware of this, although I'm not sure on which viewing (there have been so many) but I have a simple theory. I've seen people unbuckle belts, even undoe the top button of jeans when eating a table. Sure, it's not common, and it's certainly only something done in the company of family, but that's Quint for you, I suppose. He doesn't care what people think. He's on his boat, he's relaxed, and he more comfortable sitting down with his belt unbuckled! However, I believe it was probably a mistake. Having shot the scene several times, the buckle is probably undone from a previous attempt at the scene. Or was simply missed during editing. Either way, I'm sure no one cares. I'm more distracted by the blood pellet Shaw bites between his teeth when he's being attacked by big blue! I agree with Quint (the writer's) sentiments that everyone should get a chance to watch this at the cinema. However, if that's considered to be a less profittable prospect in the US than in other countries that would be a sad and ironic twist of fate. Maybe time to book a holiday to the UK!

  • People would be absolutely stunned what an amazing picture they're old TVs could have produced had we all been given BluRay quality images back in the 70s, 80s and 90s! Of course I'm not suggesting those TVs were anywhere near the quality of current technology, but they were far better than you'd have imagined. Sadly, for various reason, right now I'm using an old-style TV, and I'd still choose BluRay over DVD without any hesitation. Saying that, regardless of the image, I still have a surround system, that, as anyone with such a thing will comfirm, BluRay is the superior medium for sound too.

  • lol I noticed that silyl comment too............didn't even have the energy to call him on that complete bullshit. Glad you did. Also - just wanted to say I also would support the hell out this classic getting a re-release. LET'S GO UNIVERSAL MAKE IT FUCKING HAPPEN!!!!!!

  • May 25, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    JAWS in 3-D...actually could work quite well.

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Swimming scenes, tooth scenes, Quint standing on the prow of the Orca at his incompetent crew...just thinking about it makes me realize how much the qualities of depth and distance are a major factor in the staging and direction of JAWS. Spielberg was so good in the 70's and 80's (still is great, just great in different ways today...Munich is amazing)

  • May 25, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Quint - I love the "scar sharing scene"

    by Squeege96

    Dude, you hit on one of my favorite moments of the film - Quint and Hooper are comparing scars, and Brody starts to show off his appendix scar and then thinks better of it - has always made me chuckle. Very subtle, but has a big impact on showing how Brody is out of his element. BTW - first saw this movie when I was 4, and it has been on my top 5 movie list for the past 35 years. I will be first in line if this flick comes back out in the theatre. And yes, I will be a total dick to anyone who doesn't show this movie the respect it deserves.

  • May 25, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Spielberg hasn't made anything as good since. FACT!

    by marineboy

    He's come close, but no - JAWS is still his finest moment.

  • May 25, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    JAWS and SCHINDLER'S LIST, I'd say

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    It's a bit of a curiosity for me why SCHINDLER'S LIST isn't as commonly respected and adored today as it was in 1993. The film gene-splices THE THIRD MAN, THE BICYCLE THIEF, CASABLANCA, and post-modernist sensibilites and makes it look easy - and Zaillian's screenplay is one for the ages. Spielberg was on his A game, he only stumbles with that awkward "coulda got more" business at the end. Of course, JAWS has a goofball ending, too, but Spielberg knew that everyone wanted to see the shark blown to bits, and he gave it to us.

  • May 25, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Showed it to my kids.....

    by DangerDave

    I rememeber seeing the movie when I was a kid on HBO 1000X (this was back when HBO was only on 6 hours a day). I am now 39 and showed it to my kids about 2 years ago....I didn't hype it, but I did tell them this is scary. My kids (10 and 8) went batshit. When the shark ate Quinn, my kids were screaming. I smiled for a week.

  • May 25, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    by DangerDave

    Quint that is...

  • Jaws and Jaws:2 with the disco version of the theme recut into a Grindhouse film works so unbelievably well!

  • May 25, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Would love to see in the theater

    by charlie frown

    I first saw it at a drive in when I was 10 or so. I still won't swim in the ocean 33 years later.

  • May 25, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Just found out JAWS is out in the UK on the 15th of JUNE

    by RocketFuckingMan

    Of all the films this summer thats the one I've got to see on the big screen...good day to be a geek..That and the Dredd comic creator loves the new film...great day.

  • May 25, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Re: The Problem With Blu-Ray ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Here's the deal: I JUST got a Playstation 3 like three months ago. I got it so that I could still buy and play new videogames, which, as a Playstation 2 owner up to that point, meant upgrade or play an antique. I didn't get rid of my PS2 or anything; I still own an awesome library of perfectly playable games (until I can no longer find PS2 replacement controllers). Anyway, I'd been hearing from my brother, who owns a 62" 3D 1080i plasma set, about how kick-ass Blu-Rays are in comparison to DVDs. My set, on the other hand, is a cheapie 740p LED 32" number with a fairly average refresh rate. The PS3 is also an upconverting DVD player, so it was almost no problem popping in a DVD of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA or an AVATAR DVD, then comparing it to my brother's Blu-Ray discs of the same. And that's the problem ... there was virtually NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER. In other words, while the resolution of Blu-Ray may be significantly different than DVD and you may be able to see it if you just plunked down the price of a used car on a monster 62" 1080i set, the average Joe who can't afford such a luxury will notice NO DIFFERENCE. In addition to the investment of $250 (really, still closer to $300, if you factor in the Bluetooth remote, which is sold separately and will cost you an additional $25, plus tax) for a PS3, the best Blu-Ray player on the market, plus however much you're willing to shell out to BUY Blu-Rays to begin replacing your allegedly inferior DVD collection, you will still be forced to buy at least an acceptable-sized 1080i television (let's say 42" or better), which hovers right around $800 for one that won't explode on you in three days, up to $2,500 for a decently sized one (and/or one with a 3D feature) and, yes, around five-fucking-grand for the creme-de-la-creme with the "my eyes are gonna need some time to adjust to this" refresh rates ... and even the bottom-of-the-line digital shemp surround sound costs around an extra $300. Don't know if you've been paying attention to the news or not lately, but many, many people just can't afford that level of commitment. Meanwhile, everybody who can't, do yourselves a favor: if you have any sort of digital television set that can accept HDMI inputs, invest $35 in a Sony upconverting DVD player (which, yes, produces the same exact picture as a PS3 upconverting DVDs), $26 in an HDMI cable and enjoy your fucking existing DVD collection all over again. DVDs are cheap, plentiful and, despite what everybody who owns Blu-Ray players tells you, they ain't going anywhere anytime soon.

  • May 25, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Fix this Universal!!

    by JamesT

    The only Jaws features that I've seen theatrically are Jaws 3D and Jaws The Revenge. This is quite possibly the greatest movie of all time and is probably my favorite Holiday movie ever.

  • May 25, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I was 10 years old in 1975...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...and my Dad (in his Charles Bronson-ish Dad logical) took me to see this in the theater. I have never...ever....been as scared as I was in that theater. Old Ben Gardner did me in and we left early. But then, the next week, I begged my Dad to take me to see it again and he did. I made it through the whole movie then. Everything I love about movies is in Jaws... One of the few perfect movies.

  • May 25, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    1080p playback is also available on most computers with a decent graphics card, but you need a 1080 or more monitor (and a blu-ray drive if you are trying to play off a disc). It's not that blu-ray itself is the good stuff, it's 1080 content. A blu-ray is just a vehicle to see a 1080 movie file. Like movie trailers in 1080 look better than smaller formats of the same clip. But you did say you have a 720p tv, you need to upgrade to 1080!

  • What exact relevance does it have? If it was up to the average joe, we'd abolish widescreen and still use pan & scan. It's telling that this is the only argument anti HD people use (It's the only one you don't have to make up!) We're currently fighting a similar fight, but with grain. The average joe thinks it's dirt. But that's because the avergae joe has no fucking idea what they're talking about. Should we dumb down and cater to the masses, or reward the knowledgeable? Nobody wants directors & writers to dumb down their movies to cater to idiots. Why should home video be any different? Again, it's understandable if you can't afford it. I couldn't afford Laserdisc, but I clearly saw it's benefits. HD & Blu-ray are incredibly important to the preservation of film because of what it allows. And if you're against that, than fuck you.

  • May 25, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Make sure you put it at Imax and i'm bringing in my nephews/nieces

    by chien_sale

  • It's like Trumbull said, these things were MADE to be seen on the big screen (or the biggest screen in the case of 2001.)

  • May 26, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Uk theatrical release

    by Jon

    In the words of Doctor Sheldon Cooper, "Neener Neener!"

  • May 26, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST

    The Problem With Blu-ray...

    by lick_my_rebel_dick

    Is that it's too awesome for tramps.

  • May 26, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Did they change the Whale sound back?

    by Summer Gink

    On the mono it was rhythmic and haunting, the 5.1 completely changed it to a quieter more high pitched squawk, much less eerie, so what's the deal with the re-up version?

  • May 26, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Redwhitenegro and lordoflight - can't see the difference with HD?

    by irishraidersfan

    Get some new eyes or just don't call yourselves movie fans.

  • May 26, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and you too armageddonproductions...

    by irishraidersfan

    You need new eyes, you assclown. No difference? Why not fuck off back to the land of VHS. Idiot.

  • May 26, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    by noitscompletelybaked

    Here's how to sell it to the execs -- it'll be just like those remakes or sequels that don't change the name, but with a much smaller budget.

  • Sorry for the duplicate -- I'm a rookie here.

  • May 26, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Jaws was summer '75

    by mister death

    I was one of those kids dragged to the theater by my older annoying bigger brother hoping to scare the ever living shit out of me. He saw Jaws the night before and he was back with me for the matinee. He was right it did, I jumped back into my seat until I was bruised when Ben Gardener floated into view. I looked over at my brother and noticed he jumped too, this was the 2nd time in less than a day since he saw the same scene. I knew it was a movie version of a roller coaster. It was like an 9 year old seeing a horrific nightmare come to life. As the Orca sunk my feet was sharing my seat with me. Of course there was no way I was leaving, I sat glued and marveled at what a ride it was. Did I go back to see it again that summer? Uh no, I read every book at the school library about sharks that fall. None of my friends were allowed to go near Jaws by their overly protective parents, I didn't realize until years later that I was lucky to see it in theaters. It was on tonight when I came home, it was half way through and I watched it until Hooper has the last line "...I can't imagine why?"

  • May 27, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST

    jurassic parks blu- ray fail....

    by teamneedle

    the transfer on the jp blu-ray is a joke- a rehash of the 2000 dvd transfer with a contrast boost- the hdtv version I have looks better, which is still from the same source, just minus the filters.... we need to demand a jurassic park restoration.... if they use the old transfer for the 3d release..... they should be pooped on.

  • May 27, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Fart_Master_Flex

    That is all

  • May 27, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    UK release is a shame.

    by daglesj

    When I saw this news I looked it up and seems that it's only showing at about about 6 cinemas. The closest in London (100 miles away). As a 41 year old that never saw it in the cinema I'm still tempted to hop on the train. I think all cinemas with more than 4 screens should have at least one day a week where one screen is devoted to showing older classics. Missing such a trick. I remember about 15 years ago the local art cinema showed a old print of The Good The bad and The Ugly. It hadnt been re-released in a restored widescreen format at that time and most had only seen the old scratchy pan&scan version on TV. It was packed out. People sitting on the floor. The film even snapped or jammed in the Blondie in the Sun bit and we all cheered as it felt even more authentic.

  • Schindler's List was great but the more I look back on it and the more I look at other films and documentaries about the Holocaust the more I think SL lacked real bite. Stanley Kubrick famously said: "The Holocaust was about six million Jews who died. SCHINDLER'S LIST was about a few hundred who didn't." Damn right. Schindler's List has the feel of "oooh, wasn't that horrible what happened?" but it didn't kick us in the throat quite as nastily as i could have. I don't mean that it should have been excessively graphic. It captured the horror of the event but not the terror. Does that make sense?

  • HAte movies that are mixed as such - Can't hear anything. All dialog comes from shit center mono speaker. Then action kicks in an WOOSH! They need to turn the bass on to remind you you have a woofer... Sparkle the surround speakers to remind you you have them... Then go right back to that crap everything being played on the center speaker. I can not STAND most non 2.0 mixes. They are so gimmicky and crap - just to show the system off rather than to make it sound right. All speakers should have a little blead over from everything else - there should never be times when only 1 speaker is doing something. If you have 5 mics and you record everything live on them - it should play back the EXACT SAME WAY. That means if there is a bird flying over, you will hear it louder on one side and fainter on the other but there will never be a time when you can ONLY hear something on 1 speaker. They mix the crap unrealistically just to give people the gay thrill of knowing they have 5 independent speakers. REAL LIFE DOESN'T SOUND THAT WAY. Fucking kids and their toys. Digital technology has ruined more shit.

  • May 27, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Saw a print of it about 5 years ago

    by Deep Roots

    at the AFI Silver in DC. In their huge Silver theater. One of the most magical experiences in a movie.

  • Spielberg's best - JAWS Raiders of the Lost Ark (Only the 1st one, all sequels are retarded.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind A.I. (Totally under-rated!) Munich (Average but decent) Spielberg's most over rated trash - Jurassic Park (Can't stand any of these over-rated shit fests) All of the stuff mentioned in the subject of this post War of the Worlds (Absolutely terrible and pointless) E.T. - What is it with this movie? It sucks. Spielberg has such an uneven body of work - most of it is poor to bad but the stuff that is good is fucking excellent and on my top list. He needs to get away from unrealistic preachy kiddie fare like War Horse and make some more classics like in the old days.

  • May 27, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    trevian- I saw a few Leone westerns on the big Screen

    by chien_sale

    a few years ago and it was one of the best experience i've ever had watching movies. you're right it's meant to be seen on the big screen. even the openings were sensationals. Hell it was movies I had on television already but seeing it on the big screen was like seeing them for the first time.

  • May 27, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    I noticed Quint's pants-thing years ago

    by Logan_1973

    He was probably loosened up to relive pressure on the ol' beer gut. I remember my pop doing the same thing...

  • May 27, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    If you don't hear sounds from behind you, try q-tips.

  • May 27, 2012, 7 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    I'm on board with mentaldominance in that the mixing on a lot of these releases are not always right; the dialouge tends to vanish while the action scenes are overpowering. No arguement there. But I disagree in that 5.1 is a gimmick. The idea is to recreate immersive sound as if you were in that environment. In a real environment sounds come from all directions; that's what they try to replicate. I'm not saying they always succeed but the idea is sound (no pun intended)

  • May 27, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    logan: Fair enough but you have to ask - (Read post)


    Since ALL sound is mixed internally by our 2 ears into stereo, what is the difference bet The final sound going into our brains is still stereo. Either we surround ourselves with lots of speakers, take the risk that a mixer will fuck it up (trust me, he/she will), and still make our ears mix the shit down to the stereo that we really hear OR... We just mix the fucking shit in stereo so that we avoid the process of the human ear having to do the mixing and we gain full control over exactly how we want it to be heard as we mix it down in stereo for 2 ears to begin with. It seems to me it's still kinda pointless considering we only have 2 ears. Also mixing is a preference - the style of mixing today is to have lows and clear highs but no power and no punch. Old school stereo mixes have the power and punch. And like I said before - it's all illusion anyhow. In real life, if you surround yourself with 5 microphones, each microphone is still picking up a bit of the other... Just either louder or softer... Understand? And your ear figures that shit out anyhow. That's how we can tell if shit is behind us or in front of us. It's still stereo (Remember, we only have 2 ears!), but depending on the loudness of the individual item, we determine if it is in front or back. People keep acting like we have more ears than 2. It's a sickening gimmick that has ruined sound as well in theaters. NOTHING is mixed correctly and even if it WAS, it would still only accomplish the feat of providing basically the exact same thing a decent stereo mix does. And another thing... Whatever happened to big ass power speakers? Today we have all this cheap plastic GARBAGE - it's digital, yeah. It's 7.1 or 5.1 or whatever... Yeah... But it's fucking powerless garbage. I have 2 titanium horn concert Yamaha speakers. Get something like that. Or Cerwin Vegas old school in a wooden case that takes 2 people to move. Hook it up to an amp with balls. NOTHING today sounds like that. Shit today isn't even designed to sound like that. It's been pussified and people think it's better to chuck all of what rocks about old school sensibilities in favor of the latest whiz bang gimmicks.

  • May 27, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    When done right it works....

    by Logan_1973

    Try watching RAIDERS in 5.1, specifically the scene in Marion's bar. When the firepit is in frame, the fire-crackle is heard thru the front-speakers. When the scene cuts away, the crackle switches to the rear speakers, as if the fire were behind you. Immersion is what surround is all about. I agree with your preface that it is not always technically executed right. But despite having just two ears, if someone snaps thier finger behind your head your brain tells you where that sound came from.

  • May 27, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    I don't see standard DVD making it past the next decade. Blu is the way to go or you might as well be buying cassettes.

  • it flip flops with Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, but what's strange is that I didn't consider it a possibility as one of all time best until the last few years I watch it and just can't get over how good it is. Maybe because the best shouldn't be this much fun or this funny or this nail-biting or adventurous, but damn, when you're the best at EVERYTHING, why the hell not? Pacing, music, depth, character... JAWS is absolute cinematic perfection.

  • May 27, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Oh, and count me among those who watch it...

    by SK229

    every summer at my family's house at the Jersey Shore. As a matter of fact, THAT is how we start the summer, by watching this the first night it feels like summer is finally here. Fucking NEVER gets old, EVER.

  • May 28, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    Jaws on the big screen

    by cornponious

    I own this film on laserdisc. Signature Series box set. It's beautiful. I had never seen it on the big screen (I was four years old when it was released). I finally saw it in a theater last October. The Kentucky Theater in downtown Lexington was showing an actual 35mm print. Saw it with what must have been ~150 other people and the auditorium was alive throughout the presentation. Yeah, it needs a wide rerelease.

  • It won't be the same without it!!!!

  • May 28, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I'm watching that in Sheffield

    by Neil Flavell

    Were getting that in my local cineworld in sheffield looking forward to it as saw this when it came out 1st time!!!

  • May 28, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Yes, what's up with extra features ONLY on Blu Ray?

    by DoctorWho?

  • May 28, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    doctorwho...because standard DVD is on the way out

    by Logan_1973

    For goddsake why is everyone against progress?

  • I'm very interested, as I'm sure many others in here are! Also can't wait to see the Jaws restoration! And I'm pretty sure I will get to to see it on the big screen, cause I live very near to the dutch film museum(just reopened in a huge new building!) and they have four screens and have been showing all the latest 4k rstorations, like Taxi Driver and Spetters(dutch Paul Verhoeven flick!). Best thing about it is I have a cineville pass, which means for 18 bucks a month I can see all flms in 18 different theaters, including the fimmuseum, whenever I want. Sometimes I love living in Amsterdam! other tidbit, regarding redwhitenegro's anti Blu-ray stance. I think most people own Blu-rays now and only buy them(myself included). that being said I do think he has a point. Why can't the dvd releases feature the same extra's as the blu-ray ones? I get it with stuff like picture in picture commentary and the sort. But these days making off's, featurettes etc. are often Blu ray only, which I do think is a scam.

  • May 28, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Ha, not "against progress"...

    by DoctorWho?

    Just dreading having to re-purchase shit to get the goodies.

  • May 29, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Blu is great if they don't fuck with the film grain.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Though I still have a VCR as there are things on video, at a shop like Scarecrow Video, that haven't made it to disc yet.

  • May 29, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    i'd bring my family for sure!

    by FleshMachine


  • May 29, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    easily in the top 10 best films ever

    by FleshMachine


  • May 29, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    a flawless film.

    by FleshMachine


  • May 29, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    not til august?? should it open summer?????

    by FleshMachine


  • May 29, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by FleshMachine


  • May 29, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    fucking dorks!!!

    by andy kaufman

    wow, theres people getting mad over HD in here. get a fucking life. youre going to threaten people over picture clarity. lmao fucking dorks. p.s. i'd pay to see jaws again in the theater.

  • May 29, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Another reason AICN needs to ditch this antiquated Talkback System.

    by Cheif Brody

    Almost every MODERN chat forum has an "Add Poll" function, which would have allowed Quint to create a JAWS Poll question... like "If Universal released the restored version of JAWS in theaters this year. Would you pay to see it?" <p> Then he could have given us options to select: <p> 1. Most definitely would see it in theaters again! (x) <p> 2. Probably would see it in theaters again. (x) <p> 3. No, I'm happy to watch the Blu-Ray at home. (x) <p> 4. I am a loser and have no interest in seeing it at all. (x) <p> Our votes would have gotten automatically tallied and Quint could have sent the results of our voting to his contacts at Universal...almost like an online petition drive. <p> As it is, any Universal exec he sends the link of this talkback thread to, has to sift through thousands of off topic nonsense rants about DVD vs BluRay, and Sergio Leone films. <p> Please, to Harry. It's sad that a site dedicated to GEEKS...has such early 90's technology driving it's fan base. This, after a HUGE site overhaul... wherein little or NOTHING was changed for the better.

  • May 29, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Absolutely must do.

    by bartronic

    I brought my ladyfriend, who had seen it many, many years ago, to a 35mm original print at the Hollywood in Portland. I could tell she was placating me in going but I knew she'd learn quick how wrong she was. It scared the hell out of her, she loved the tone and feel, the characters were as rich for her as they still are for me, and it remains a must-have theater experience with other people. Ben Gardner's boat remains one of the strongest scares in film history. My daughter is 6, and a year or two too young, and will be going with me in the future. My lady thanked me afterwards.

  • May 29, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Sweet! I just moved back to the UK!

    by cgh123

    The timing couldn't have been better.

  • May 29, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Not that its in any way a competition but....

    by Peter

    I've seen this movie on many, many occasions, both in the cinema and outside and if this remastered print was released in theaters, you can bet I'd be there with a bag of Quint's cracker snacks, ready to go!

  • May 29, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Just got word....

    by Blu Gilliand

    ....that our local independent theater will be screening JAWS next week as part of its "Summer Classics" series. This will be my first opportunity to see it in a theater - can't wait!

  • May 31, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    The very first film I remember...

    by Toby Wan

    seeing in a theatre. Ever. I was 4 or 5 years old. I still say it was the reason I love going to a theatre and watching a film. I remember being almost in tears from the terror of NOT being able to see what was in the water. I remember the excited screams by the crowd. I remember the joy of watching that bitch blow up....Come on, Universal, make this happen. It will surely help your street cred with film lovers. Remember when you cared about that??

  • I agree it can work but it's done so rarely I just stick to 2.0/2.1 mixes because I know they won't let me down. Get me behind one of those mixing boards and I guarantee I'd make a 5.1 or 7.1 mix that rocked. 8)

  • June 2, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    ReRelease JAWS Nationwide!!!

    by horrorheadfred

    I cannot agree with Quint more on this. Heck, when I went to JAWSFEST on Martha's Vineyard a few years ago they had an outdoor screening of JAWS in It wasn't a 4k print; it was the 30th Anniversary DVD offering. It was big deal. Got to meet Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb, as well as many of the townsfolk from the movie. This led to Carl actually friending me on facebook, but that's another story. The crowd for the evening feature was massive, as we all sat on the grass on JAWS towels and blankets, and watched the greatest film of all time unfold just off the water where Bruce one time fed. Young and old were in attendance. Throngs of those who'd seen it numerous times, as well as those who were seeing it for the first time. The result: A captivated audience filled with laughter and screams. Kids with wide eyed wonder at what they were witnessing. Really man, it was as close to love as you can get. JAWS is the greatest cinema event of all time. It is a treasure trove of greatness. It is the ultimate thrill ride that you want to take again and again. So come on, UNIVERSAL. Crank up the Orca and get the boys back on the big screen. Because people need to see it before they go swimming.

  • June 2, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    cervantes you do realize

    by MurderMostFowl

    You do realize you're typing into the subject line, right? You don't have to "continue" it on another post... just type it into the body. You'll get to type your whole message and look less like a douche

  • Seriously. I mean it. I'm not trying to be a dick. I have a 22" 1080p TV in my bedroom and a 60" 1080p TV in my living room. I can easily tell the difference between Blu-ray and DVD on both of screens. There's absolutely no contest. Blu-ray is SO much clearer (and I'm not talking about stupid DNR either). If you can't see the difference, you really need to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

  • But I admit I probably wouldn't see it. I agree with a few of the posters here: Theatres are not the same as they were even 10 years ago. I hate going to the theatre now. I'd much rather wait for a film to come out on Blu so I can watch it in my QUIET house with no interruptions are cell phones to piss me off.

  • June 5, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    are = or

    by Kremzeek

  • July 1, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    by Randy Walden

    if they released it for a week I'd at least go see it twice...maybe three times...

  • July 1, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I'd see it twice if not three times in the theater

    by Randy Walden