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JAWS 40th Anniversary on the Big Screen June 21 and June 24

To celebrate the 40 anniversary of JAWS, TCM is presenting two days of special screenings of JAWS at your local theater!

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On June 21 and June 24 ONLY, JAWS will have showings at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM at local theaters across the USA. Look up your theater and pre-order your tickets today:

http://www.fandango.com/tcmpresentsjaws40thanniversary_184218/movieoverview

See JAWS in a Theater – One Night Only – August 23 at 7pm

Cinemark theaters are showing JAWS on the big screen, for one night only.  The showings are on August 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.   Details are on the Cinemark website.  Just enter your zipcode there to find the theater that is closest to you!  Let’s get out there and see it!

http://www.cinemark.com/movie-detail.aspx?node_id=75927

 

JAWS and TSISW on Blu-Ray TODAY!

Today (August 14) is the official release date of JAWS on Blu-ray. In the US, Best Buy has an exclusive 42-page Digibook edition that features essays and rare photos. You can order it here: The Blu-ray features the home video debut of documentary I produced with J. Michael Roddy, James Gelet, Erik Hollander, and Michael McCormack, The Shark is Still Working. Also featured is the Laurent Bouzereau documentary The Making of JAWS, which originally appeared on the JAWS laserdisc. Other features include a look at the JAWS restoration, storyboards, production photos, deleted scenes and more.

In the UK, an exclusive Steelbook edition is available here for preorder: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Limited-Edition-Steelbook-Blu-ray-Digital/dp/B007RM66GG. It will be released on September 3, 2012.

Hi-Def Digest Interviews at the JAWS Blu-Ray Junket

To celebrate the August 14th Blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s horror classic, ‘JAWS’, Universal invited High-Def Digest to the Universal Studios backlot in Burbank, California to chat with the film’s co-writer and production designer, the producer of a Blu-ray exclusive documentary, and a Universal executive who oversaw the film’s 35mm restoration alongside Steven Spielberg himself.

HDD: I’ve been reading about ‘The Shark is Still Working’ for many years. It was a pleasure to finally see it. How exciting is it for you, setting out to make a “fan documentary”, to have it be an exclusive special feature on the 2012 ‘JAWS’ Blu-ray Disc?

J. MICHAEL RODDY: When the producers and I set out to make this documentary, we wanted to make the ultimate fan documentary. That’s why we did it. We wanted it to be for the fans, from the fans. And, you know, it’s interesting that’s become its own genre now. We really kinda started that ball rolling and it took a long time to get here [7 years!]. The road here had many potholes like the original ‘JAWS’, which took a long time to get to the theatre after many trials and tribulations. We are so absolutely thrilled to now be a part of the Blu-ray and it now gives us, a small part in our minds, we’re part of the ‘JAWS’ mythology.

HDD: Take us back to the beginning. How did you guys go from fans to documentary filmmakers?

JMR: It’s interesting. We were all inspired by ‘JAWS’. It was our favorite film. And we were in different areas of the country, working in different aspects of production. We had the opportunity to interview some of the locals on Martha’s Vineyard and realized there were really compelling stories we had never heard before. So as we started to capture that, we realized no one was really talking about the impact. We all know the shark didn’t work, but the reason we named our documentary ‘The Shark is Still Working’ is because the shark not working then means the shark still works 35 years later. So as we really started to define what that could be, the impact, and talking about the legacy of the film, we realized there were so many people positively influenced by this film: shark researchers, conservationists and, most importantly, some of our most amazing filmmakers working today — Brian Singer, Robert Rodriguez, Stephen Soderbergh, Kevin Smith. They all cited ‘JAWS’ as the film that made them do what they do. And we said, that’s a great story, and everything else fell into place.

Read the rest of this interview as well as interviews with JAWS screenwriter Carl Gottlieb and production designer Joe Alves here:

Hi-Def Digest Interviews

JAWS and TSISW Blu-Ray Review

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/3214/jaws.html

The Shark Is still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws (SD, 101 min) — Another fantastic documentary, which can be watched sequentially or individually in ten parts, from the point of view of the movie’s impact on the filmmaking industry. The entertaining retrospect comes with a variety of interviews from those involved with the film and those greatly inspired by it, such as Kevin Smith and M. Night Shyamalan. From the script’s story and special effects to the music and marketing, the doc is a great breakdown of the production and an in-depth look at the different areas that went into the movie’s making, giving an impression of how it has influenced the industry in that respect. This is a worthwhile and recommended watch.

Quint Recreated for JAWSFest

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Quint has been recreated for JAWSFest: The Tribute! Nick Marra created this silicon likeness for Greg Nicotero’s JAWS display at the upcoming JAWS event. For the first JAWSFest, Nicotero created a life-size bust of the shark. The creation and unveiling of the shark was documented in The Shark is Still Working, out August 14th on the JAWS Blu-ray.

Nicotero, of
KNB EFX, is a life-long JAWS fan. Be sure to check out AMC’s The Walking Dead to see Nicotero’s zombies in action.

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JAWS Gets Theatrical Re-Release in UK – Why Not US?

JAWS is getting a theatrical re-release in the UK and Quint of Ain’t It Cool News has seen the 4K restoration print. Quint discusses how phenomenal it looks and argues for a US theatrical re-release as well. Why not? Would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to enjoy JAWS on the big screen this summer? Leave your answer in the comments!

Read all of Quint’s article at the AICN website.

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New JAWS Blu-Ray Trailer!

Universal has released a new trailer for the JAWS Blu-ray and it looks amazing. JAWS fans, prepare to get goosbumps.
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The Shark is Still Working on the JAWS Blu-Ray

Finally! We can finally announce that our Jaws documentary The Shark is Still Working has a release date – 8/14/2012 – as a exclusive on the JAWS Blu-ray! Check out Universal’s new JAWS Blu-ray website: http://jawsonbluray.com

You can PREORDER it here: Jaws [Blu-ray]

Congratulations to my fellow producers on a job well done!

Destruction of the JAWS Ride

The sad destruction of the JAWS Ride at Universal Studios Florida continues. The Ride was closed on January 2nd, presumably to be replaced by a new Harry Potter attraction.

Check out the aerial photos of what was the JAWS Ride here:

Source: Jaws Ride Destruction

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