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Britgeek Has An Exclusive Clip From THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING, Available On The Forthcoming JAWS Blu-ray!!


Britgeek here.


It's a good time to be a JAWS fan. We're now in August and JAWSFEST: THE TRIBUTE is running next week over on Martha's Vineyard for a long weekend of JAWS-themed special events. I'm supremely jealous of everyone attending, and it isn't the first bit of JAWS jealousy I've felt this week. Rather insufferably, I've had to endure a deluge of tweets from colleagues here at AICN who have been enjoying their advanced copies of the JAWS Blu-ray, released in the US on August 14.


In the UK, however, we have to wait until September 3 and the anticipation is killing me. Not only am I positively dying to see that 4k restoration of my favourite film of all time, but I'm foaming at the mouth at the opportunity to finally see the feature-length documentary THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING, which by all accounts is utterly fin-tastic.


I think it's safe to say that the JAWS coverage will be running wild over the next month, which can only be a good thing. I've got an interview with screenwriter Carl Gottlieb going up to coincide with the UK release (that's one I can strike off the bucket list). 


If you're as eager to see it as I am, I've got a little something to further whet your appetite. Here's an exclusive clip from THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING, available on the JAWS Blu-ray, looking at John Williams' legendary score:


























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  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Be minr

    by FreeBeer

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I have been waiting to see this Doc for over 5 years now i think.

    by eric haislar

    This Blu is going to awesome.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Great that this is on the blu ray, but it's not anamorphic

    by Samuel Fulmer

    So you're going to have to zoom in to get it to fill out your screen. Seems weird considering it was just made a few years back, unlike the other recycled extras on the blu ray (like the deleted scenes that are apparently just taken from the same non-anamorphic source that was used for the laserdiscs.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Jaws blu ray review

    by Samuel Fulmer

    For those who care

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    About f'n time!

    by kurtisaurus

    Been waiting to see this doc for years. These are some good months to own a bluray player, with the Spielberg heavies hitting the market over the next three months as well as Avengers, Prometheus (yes it had issues, but it'll look great on my 3D tv), and a nice Finding Nemo 3D blu at the end of the year.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Moviemusic=john williams

    by gerry derboven

    I just can't get enough of mt Willams music. At least then movies had recognisable themes. It's a pet peeve of mine: i don't get the same feeling with contemperary orchestral soundtracks. They're not hummable anymore.

  • The documentary the shark is still working that was been shown at film festivals and a couple of conventions clocked in at a run time of about 3 hours 8 minutes and the version on the blue ray is going to be 1 hour 40 minutes. Original Cut = 188 minutes Version on Blue = 100 minutes difference of a 1 hour 28 minutes. still wanna see whatever behind the scenes stuff i can but wtf.

  • No-one has ever accurately or clearly described what is lost or preserved when anamorphic is used or not? I'm sure I'm not the only person who's interested in this info as well? Harry? Anyone? Does anyone actually know?

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    by pj

    most documentaries aren't filmed widescreen so it probably won't take much away from it.

  • Maybe one day...

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I ♥ John Williams. He was the soundtrack to my childhood.

    by Farrokh

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Jaws will always be...

    by Darkness

    fucking legendary. You can watch that film over and over again and never get tired of it. The casting is genius, and the music, don't get me started on the music! Hard to believe old John is still knocking them out at the ripe old age of 80. With "Lincoln" and "Roboapocalyse" on the horizon, there's still no sign of him relinquishing his baton just yet... You have to give credit to a man who will keep your ass out of the water just by playing a two-note motif

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Not sure about image loss but you're getting

    by Samuel Fulmer

    A widescreen image within the old square tv image of your HD-TV screen. You get this a lot when older features are ported over to blu ray from companies like Universal and Fox, and I get it when they're just using the same data files that they did for the DVDs, but when it's a new documentary/movie, I find this a tad baffling.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Criterion is the only company that tries to bump up old supplements

    by Samuel Fulmer

    To 1080i or p and make them anamorphic.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    A disappointing film

    by daniel parker

    Always thought it was just meh. Would love to see someone like Tim Story or Brett Ratner remake this thing. If I want scary sharks, DEEP BLUE SEA is my go-to movie.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    likecrap-the world agrees with you

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I mean really Jaws.....we all know it's just a cheap rip off of Enzo G. Castellari's The Last Shark!!!!

  • Is there anything to prevent them, down the road, from releasing a seperate disc with EVERYTHING on it?

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    We REALLY need a definitive documentary on John Williams

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    The man's not getting any younger. I wish I had the funds to pursue a project like this. Somebody please step up to the plate and make it happen!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by Mike Soiseth

    Speilberg re-makes/re-boots his own masterpiece-THAT would send heads spinning and set all box office records for the next 30 years.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Richard Dreyfuss...

    by Cameron Harrison

    Can not sit still! I feel sorry for that camera operator.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    One of the 800 great things about Jaws is

    by Brian Hopper

    how Williams' score -- while it has all those indelible pulse-pounding elements -- is actually fairly uptempo and "light" (think of all those flutes), and so evocative of a New England summer at the beach. Can't wait for the Blu-ray.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, m6y

    by Mugato5150

    There's a scene where they're chasing the shark and the music is like, =Hey, we're chasing a shark, we're on an adventure!!= and it's light and Hooper is taking pictures and it's very fanciful, largely because of the music. Then later of course, the shit gets real and it's a great contrast.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    BAMBI did it first, in 1942

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    They never show Man, just use three notes that sound a whole hell of a lot like the theme from JAWS to suggest he's out there, somewhere, coming to get ya. Spielberg is (or was) a big, big Disney fan, and it can't be a coincidence.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Yeah if only we had a children's chorus singing

    by Samuel Fulmer

    During a montage of Jaws eating people as the season's change.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Oh God, sharks are coming!!!

    by ajit maholtra

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    MAN'S FIRST ATTACK (start at 3:00) DEATH OF BAMBI'S MOTHER (start at 1:40) MAN RETURNS

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Same idea

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Three notes, endlessly repeating, instead of the two used in JAWS, but in both instances, the "music" becomes the mindless unseen threat coming closer and closer and closer...

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    It is coincidence. Spielberg always wanted to show the shark. But because the thing never worked he was forced to not show it. as far as the score he never heard it till Williams played it for him. In fact he went that's all? because it was so simple.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Where's my Moon Over Parador documentary Dreyfuss

    by Samuel Fulmer


  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Even better

    by MJAYACE

    At the end of the video there is a link to a sneak peak of Lil Wayne's new song. "All over the bread (like Sesame Seeds)"!........ I don't know if that isn't the most f'd up algorithmic link ever: John Williams to Lil Wayne.... I guess there are W's and L's in both.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Lil' Wayne/John Williams/Dewey Cox

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'd be there!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Eric Haislar

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    I've heard that story, too, that doesn't mean Williams wasn't inspired by the score for BAMBI...Spielberg and Williams then put Pinocchio score references into CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, and then Spielberg and Zemeckis placed several nods to Disney in 1941.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Spielberg claimed "Disney" was the first word he thought of...

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    ...when reading the galleys of JAWS, obviously thinking about the Squid Fight in 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. I don't know why people have no problems accepting that Spielberg would pay homage to John Ford, Hitchcock, Orson Wells, David Lean and other directors throughout his work, but when you point out some rather overt Disney references in his films (they sneak in "When You Wish Upon a Star" as Roy walks towards the open ramp in Close Encounters in the original cut), people have such a hard time accepting it.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    When You Wish Upon A Star - Close Encounters

    by Flexfill

    Yes, Frank... that music cue is definitely there. Also, Martin Scorsese used a music cue from Somewhere Over The Rainbow in Raging Bull. It's the part where Jake LaMotta is approaching the ring for the championship, and as he enters the ring you here that music from The Wizard of Oz film. Many directors have done this, be it a Disney reference or otherwise.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Yes, but people believe you when you mention Scorsese, for some reason, certain people refuse to believe their own eyes and ears when you start rattling off all the Disney references in Spielberg films. JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, 1941, E.T., LAST CRUSADE, HOOK, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, A.I., THE TERMINAL, etc.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    He loves Disney and James Bond...

    by Flexfill

    that much has always been clear.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    ok, that was funny

    by Flexfill

    see if it bends it's funny... if it breaks, well you know.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Always down with Crimes and Misdemeanors references

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Mussolini and Talking Horse inserts are comedy gold, says I.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Alan Alda plays such a great prick

    by Flexfill

    and he does the good guy roles just as well. Bill Hader does a mean Alda impression on SNL... gonna miss Hader.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Dvorak's work to me

    by David

    Listen to the opening of the fourth movement of Dvorak's 9th symphony and tell me that doesn't sound incredibly familiar.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    But there's that one idiot Aussie who hears the siren and says

    by tangcameo

    "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind?" CHOMP!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Jaws vs. Dvorak

    by David

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Jaws theme in New World Symphony

    by jaymrobinson

    Of course it sounds alike. John Williams "borrows" a lot from classical music. But so did Dvorak. Compare the beginning of the 3rd movement from the save symphony to the beginning of the 2nd movement from Beethoven's 9th symphony.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    save = same

    by jaymrobinson


  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Schumacher's upcoming Jaws reboot . . .

    by elmo

    Nipples on the Shark suit. Made you look.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by David

    Yeah; I guess it's just weird to "borrow" and say "I wrote..."

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Nice story about Australian beaches but utter bullshit

    by Carl's hat

    But I did hear that police cars in America use the theme from "Murder She Wrote" when they're out patrolling.

  • Yes, the cancer movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. I've never been so moved and aroused at the same time. Movies truly are a transformative experience.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    I meant to write that in the thread for Harry's new video.

    by brokentusk

    This is awkward.