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
by Balkin Flabgurter
Quint, did you get Gottliebs opinion on the Avengers...?
Aug. 19, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST
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
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
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 should have done Jurassic Park.
Aug. 19, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST
Aug. 19, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST
Aug. 19, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST
Aug. 19, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST
Sounds like someone needs to calibrate their gear.
Aug. 19, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST
sounds just like the reboot to me.
Aug. 19, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST
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
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
Aug. 19, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST
Quint.......you 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
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
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
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, 3:52 p.m. CST
It sounds like uncompressed 7.1 at 24fps. It's even better than that old Klipsh horn mono speaker behind the screen in '76.
Aug. 19, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST
Aug. 19, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST
If so that's extremely disappointing.
Aug. 19, 2012, 5 p.m. CST
In "The shark is still working" clip at the end of that Youtube vid, the segment with John Williams is great
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.
Aug. 19, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
Aug. 21, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST
Still, great guy.
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