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But the real gem is the more recent doc: a group of Jaws fans set out to make a tribute called The Shark Is Still Working and ended up getting interviews with everyone from Spielberg and Scheider (who also narrates) to celebrity fans like Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez. Only available as an extra on this Blu-ray, it’s astonishingly good and clearly fuelled by love, with the crew even tracking down the guy who voiced the original trailer, the artist who drew the iconic poster and — maddest of all — Quint’s gimpy little friend, whose interview is longer than his Jaws screentime. Plus deleted scenes and more, as seen on the DVD.
Supplements also go the extra mile. We get the full 2-hour, and excellent, The Making of Jaws documentary as found on the 2005 Anniversary DVD. It is worth re-watching – even in 480i. I also liked the 10-part The Shark is Still Working: the Impact and Legacy of Jaws that runs a lasting 1 3/4 hour.
The massive legions of Jaws fans will be very pleased with this incredible Blu-ray – highly impressive a/v and bonus extras. One of the better packages of the year to date. Strongly recommended!
The extras on this set can be measured by the ton, led by three documentaries: “The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws” may have some interviews that are a few years old (from the mid-2000s), but it’s a great examination of what the film has meant to pop culture from fellow filmmakers to the everyman movie fan. In a bit of unfortunate timing, the “in memoriam” dedication at the end doesn’t include producer Richard D. Zanuck, who died July 13. However, he appears multiple times in the documentary’s interviews. “The Making of Jaws” is a bit repetitive if you already watched “Shark Is Still Working,” but it has plenty of other material to make it insightful and worth watching. Finally, “Jaws: The Restoration” is more for the movie and tech geeks, but very well done and it offers far more than — as is often the case with such restoration features — merely showing the “Before” and “After” split screens. And there are more extras, all worth checking out.
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.
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
In the original Jaws film, the titular great white shark killed numerous swimmers before ultimately meeting his demise. However, the shark is coming back for vengeance this year in Jaws: Ultimate Predator.
Set 35 years after the events of Jaws, Majesco’s Jaws: Ultimate Predator will be released on Nintendo systems the Wii and 3DS this fall. The 3DS version of Ultimate Predator is currently in development at n-Space and will be produced by MicroProse.
As for its content, Ultimate Predator for the 3DS has gamers taking on “an army of shark hunters” by using the system’s touch screen to perform attacks and to dodge.
The Wii version of Ultimate Predator is in development at Tectonic Studios and takes a similarly violent route. It also has players assuming the role of the great white shark while hunting and killing prey with 20 unique attack combinations.
Gamers will take on bosses like the Tiger Shark, Killer Whale, and Sea Serpent, which are creatures that Majesco says “match Jaws in strength and size.” Further, the game will be set in Hawaii and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as Amity Island, the setting of the iconic attack from the film.
Fans of JAWS ripoffs and cheesy SyFy movies won’t want to miss “Dinoshark“, premiering March 13th 9:00/8:00 Central on the SyFy Channel. The “film” stars Eric Balfour (“Six Feet Under”, “24”) and Iva Hasperger and was produced by the legendary Roger Corman. Check out this plot:
A frozen Plesiosaur-shark baby is released as a glacier falls into the sea, and the freed fish grows to epic proportions, heading from Alaska south to Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Dinoshark wreaks havoc on coastal dwellers and meets his match with American Trace McGraw, a pleasure boat captain working in the Mexican resort.
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According to Corman, “Dinoshark” will be followed soon after by “Sharktopus” (with Eric Roberts), then “Dinocroc vs Supergator,” and then maybe “Dinoshark vs Sharktopus.” “The chances are 100% that you will get ‘Dinocroc vs Supergator.’ We’re working on that right now,” Corman said. “If people like it, we’ll probably do ‘Dinoshark vs Sharktopus.'” Corman explained that Dinoshark made sense; it is a prehistoric dinoshark whose sperm got trapped in ice. The ice melts after many years and dinoshark attacks. Sharktopus, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.
He explained: “There are Somali pirates or terrorists operating in local waters in small boats. The Navy has the assignment to wipe out these Somali pirates and/or destroy the boats of these terrorists, but they cannot send in a Navy ship, because that would be a violation of territorial waters.”
“So [fictional company] Blue Water has been given the assignment to create a super-deadly but controllable â€” through electronic implants in its brain â€” creature that’s half-shark and half-octopus and can go in the waters where we’re not supposed to be. The creature can use its tentacles to grab the boat and overturn it, and the shark eats the pirates or the terrorists.”
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
One of the best things about Pat Jankiewicz’s new book Just When You Thought it Was Safe: A JAWS Companion is that has a reprint of the proposed movie poster for JAWS 3, People 0, the JAWS comedy/parody sequel that never happened.
In 1979, JAWS Producers David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck partnered with National Lampoon of Animal House fame, commissioned a script and signed on as Executive Producers. Joe Dante (Piranha, Gremlins, Innerspace) was to direct.
Matty Simmons, Producer of Animal House and Vacation came up with a story idea and the screenplay was by John Hughes (Vacation, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone) and Tod Carroll. The script involves a shark causing mayhem while a film company tries to shoot “JAWS 3”, and begins with JAWS writer “Peter Benchley” being devoured by a shark in his swimming pool while he is working on the script for “JAWS 3”. All the villains are film execs and the whole thing is very corny. According to Simmons, Steven Spielberg was not happy about the sequel and JAWS 3-D was made instead. Forces of Geek has uploaded the script for all to read at the link below:
Another blogger did a review of the script, and that is available here: