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Here’s the full video interview between Quint and JAWS screenwriter Carl Gottlieb!


Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the better late than never final Jaws video interview, with screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, I promised early in the week.

A few things of note here: One, I’m sorry the sound is low. Not sure what’s up with that, but it’s how the interview imported off the card. I’m not very well educated in the technical world (especially when it comes to video, as you can tell by these non-deinterlaced clips) and don’t know how to fix it all, so you’ve gotta live with it this way, unfortunately.

But, if you can get past that it’s a fun chat where we discuss the infamous log cabin writing meetings and he tells that great Robert Shaw needling Richard Dreyfuss story you might have glimpsed in the most recent episode of Harry’s Nerdist show.

Enjoy the video chat! We began by talking about Gottlieb being very nice to a teenage me at the Austin Film Festival way back in the day and continue on the Jaws geekout.



Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to watch the Blu. Incredible, isn’t it? I couldn’t be happier! Oh, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, be sure to check your local Best Buys. They have a digibook Best Buy Exclusive version that’s a little pricier than the regular edition on Amazon, but comes in super sweet packaging.

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  • Aug. 19, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Ant-Man is going to be awesome..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    Quint, did you get Gottliebs opinion on the Avengers...?

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Blu-Ray MONO vs 7.1

    by Glenn

    Oh boy, you should check out sound editor Stephen Altobello's site on what is wrong with the old DVD 5.1 track, which has been upconverted to 7.1. You can tell, too; I've checked the various locations in the film and yup, the surround mix has replaced a bunch of significant sound FX! The mono, though coming from only 1-3 speakers (depending on your tuner's setup), sounds full bodied if contained. Usually I like many old films being remixed for 5.1 -- Carpenter's seem to have solid remixes that balance the fronts with the surrounds rather nicely and not overblown.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    It's always great to hear Carl Gottlieb's Jaws anecdotes. I must have read the Jaws Log about 50 times over the years. :)

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST


    by cornponious

    Why was I thinking Gottlieb died earlier this year? Well, I'm glad he's still around. Anyway, the Blu looks fantastic. I'm so used to watching it from my signature series laserdisc that I didn't realize how much better it could look. And The Shark is Still Working has now topped the making-of doc on the laserdisc set. I've been waiting to see that for years, and it was worth it.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    If this was just a popcorn flick there never would have been the

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Indianapolis speech by Quint. There would have been just teens girls in bikinis on the beach, and Roy Scheider's character would have been single, and hooking up with Dreyfus' character who would have been a woman.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    He turned a crappy book into a classic film.

    by Mugato5150

    He should have done Jurassic Park.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I love the way the mono track sounds but this blu is the winner

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Sound problems my ass

    by Logan_1973

    Sounds like someone needs to calibrate their gear.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    grammaton cleric binks

    by iampain

    sounds just like the reboot to me.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Stop saying "Yeah" all the time.

    by Shaun1138

    Nice interview Quint, but please for the love of God stop saying "Yeah" on top of his every sentence. Comes across as unprofessional.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    How much can be possibly not know about JAWS!!!!?????

    by MainMan2001

    Dude, everything that we need to know is known already. It's like what more can he tell me about the shark not working?! I get it! It's a great film. One of my favorites but can we please move on already. Jesus.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    How much can we possibly not know about Jaws!!?!?!

    by MainMan2001

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by Shaun1138 said "yeah" 19 times in 7:50 min. Please come up with another word, or just let your guests finish their answers in full before you chime in.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Embarrasing interviewing skills...

    by Philip

    I'm sorry, but to be uttering the word "yeah", along with just repeating things like that just sounds unprofessional at best. It really annoys me sites like this have people who technically aren't qualified to be interviewing true professionals of their craft, but for some reason that's become more widely accepted in recent years with the booming of popular websites. "um, yeah, yeah, um"... I could and would do a much better job interviewing people. Heck, a month ago, I ran into Robin Curtis, aka Saavik from Treks 3 and 4 in a Wegmans supermarket, and did a much cleaner job asking her questions spur of the moment for roughly 20 minutes. Clean up the speaking skills people!!

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Like everything on AICN, that video could use some editing.

    by Brian Hopper

    If it was 3 minutes instead of 7:50, maybe it wouldn't have only 46 views. And nothing would be lost if you trimmed out stuff (mostly the stuff where Quint talks about himself).

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by scoob

    Whatever video app/program you are using should have a Normalize setting in the audio somewhere. If not you can export if to Audacity or something similar to fix it.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Import into iMovie, normalize audio

    by skoolbus

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Did they really remove the Jaws ride in Orlando?

    by SithMenace

    If so that's extremely disappointing.

  • I'm always happy to catch a video and marvel at what a humble, classy, mild mannered, gentlemanly and all around likable person John Williams is.

  • If you're gonna have fire and explosions behind your interview subject, there had better be a reason for it, lol.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Looks like the ducks have the ride figured out...

    by VanGoghX

    Tram shows up, back off 20 feet and avoid the fire. Tram takes off and the go back towards the dock. Oh, the interview? That was cool, too.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    "Sound problems my ass" by logan_1973

    by Glenn

    No, sound configuration is top notch: I'm staying with a friend in L.A. who also has his own sound mixing/editing studio in-house, so everything is setup perfectly. Besides, I was complaining more about the updating of SFX for the 30th DVD that is now part of the 7.1 mix. I prefer the mono, it sounds robust and clean. If you want the best example regarding my complaints, go to the following scene: Near the end, the Orca is sinking; it topples and all its gear slides off the deck into the ocean, followed by the shark crashing its nose into the wheelhouse, where Brody throws the tank into its mouth. Now do an A/B comparison between 7.1 and mono tracks. (This is on YouTube too, btw.) The 7.1 barely has any SFX for the Orca's gear sliding over, and when the shark punches through the glass, it sounds like somebody clinked a small pane with a spoon, rather than powering through like a bulldozer. I will admit, the score sounds tremendous in the 7.1; it's just a shame Universal did this to the FX track.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Wasted opportunity

    by 3rdrate

    Dude - the parts of an interview where you're gushing/thanking a subject for what he's meant to you and all of geekdom? EDIT IT OUT!!! In general (as others have pointed out): don't ever, ever make an interview about yourself. Even if you're going to mention its impact on you, don't end the statement unless you turn it around into something about THEM.

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    It's almost like a Mel Brooks sight gag...

    by The PimpDragon

    When the fire starts exploding behind Gottlieb while he talks about staying on top of what could've been an out of control production! Gottlieb's a class act - met him at JawsFest in '05. Funny, cool guy!

  • Aug. 20, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Iron Balls McGinty!

    by top_cat_james

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Jesus what a piss poor interview

    by Mugato5150

    Still, great guy.