After Steven Spielberg confirmed that a Blu-ray of Jaws was in the works, Universal have now officially announced that Bruce the shark will be terrorising the swimmers of Amity Island in high definition on September 3, 2012.
Along with 12 other landmark films including Frankenstein and The Sting, the remastered Blu-ray release of Jaws will form part of Universal’s 100th anniversary celebration, with each of the films having been digitally restored and remastered from their original negatives. Jaws itself has been painstakingly restored frame-by-frame to remove dirt and scratches, with its Oscar winning soundtrack rejuvenated with a 7.1 sound mix and optimized for home theaters.
The entire restoration process has been supervised by Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, while the beard has promised fans that Jaws won’t feature any digital enhancements or disputable changes – presumably having learnt his lesson from the controversial re-releases of Close Encounters and E.T.
Perhaps the most exciting news is that the Blu-ray of Jaws will also feature the magnificent ‘The Shark Is Still Working’ – a comprehensive fan-made documentary, which has been sitting on the shelf for several years. Alongside the long awaited release of TSISW, new features include a featurette on the restoration process and ‘The JAWS Archives’ which will include a “special segment on the JAWS phenomenon”.
The release also carries over previous DVD features including Laurent Bouzereau’s classic 2hr ‘Making Of’ and an on-set interview with a young Spielberg, who is remarkably composed considering the fact that the difficult production still gives him nightmares.
Fans will also be able to get their hands on a collectable Combo Pack, which will include both digital and UltraViolet copies of the film in limited edition packaging. Here in the UK, we’re also being treated to a rather tasty looking limited edition Steelbook, which appears to be a UK exclusive but may be announced in other territories soon.
It’s certainly looking like a comprehensive release for fans of Spielberg’s seminal classic, and should make up for the disappointment following the closure of the Jaws attraction in Universal Studios Florida earlier this year. However, anyone wanting to experience the terrible Jaws sequels in HD will have to wait a little longer, as Universal have yet to confirm any additional release dates.
- The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws - All-new feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.
- The Making of Jaws: A feature-length documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew
- Jaws: The Restoration: An all-new in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie.
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- From the Set: An insider’s look at life on the set of Jaws
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- Original Theatrical Trailer
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