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Get Sharkwater (and others) on Blu-ray for $9.99


Although I haven’t seen it yet, the highly regarded, award-winning 2007 documentary Sharkwater is available on blu-ray for just $9.99 while supplies last.  It’s part of iNetVideo.com’s early Black Friday sale. You can check out the trailer below.

“The anti-JAWS, this documentary from Rob Stewart demonstrates importance of sharks to the world’s ecosystems. SHARKWATER shows the truth about the sea creatures, including the horrific practice of shark finning that threatens the animal’s existence.”

You can buy Sharkwater here:  Sharkwater for $9.99

iNetVideo.com has a bunch of other blu-ray discs on sale, too, including:

Full list:  Blu-ray Black Friday Blowout

Sharkwater Trailer

Cool JAWS T-Shirt

Check out this cool JAWS t-shirt available from Crazy Dog T-Shirts. A fine addition to your JAWS collection:

You Can Buy Frank Mundus’ Boat

The estate of Frank Mundus, an inspiration for Robert Shaw‘s character of Quint in JAWS, has put his boat the Cricket II up for auction. Check out the details:

THE “CRICKET II” FISHING BOAT – THE MOVIE “JAWS”
ONLINE ONLY AUCTION – CURRENTLY ACCEPTING OFFERS

Location:
155 Terminal Drive Plainview, NY 11803

Estate Auction:
Executor of The Frank Mundus Estate Orders Immediate Sale via Public Auction

The “CRICKET II”
The Vessel that Inspired the Movie “JAWS”
Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of American Cinema History

Identification:
Year: 1947    Builder: Tiffany Cockrell/ Tiffany Yachts
Documentation No: 25516
Color: White hull-sides with varnished transom, black anti-fouling. white decks and superstructures, and tan cockpit sole

Dimensions:
Length on Deck: 39’6″    Beam: 14’    Draft: 3’9″

Propulsion:
Engine: Detroit Diesel 8VT71TI, freshwater cooled, 2-cycle, V-8 x 71 cid cylinders, 2- Cycle, with a single turbo charger and inter-cooler, rated to produce 435 horsepower, mounted on built-up pine engine bed stingers via adjustable flex mounts. The exhaust has a water injection elbow, FRP piping in the splitter, dual hose runs with cylinder mufflers, and twin exit flanges through a Racor Filter.

Engine Controls:
Gauge set and dual clutch and throttle levers, operating cable connections to the engine and gear.

Drive Train:
Capital reduction and reverse marine gear with bolt-through shaft coupling, 2″ stainless shaft, shaft log with compression seal, bronze receiver flange with Cutless bearing, and 4-blade prop.
The vessel is in excellent condition and has been maintained by proffesionals throughout its life.Over the years replacements, modifications and repairs have been made to this vessel.

For more information about the boat, you can visit the auction page.

MonsterQuest : Jaws in Illinois airs Oct. 29th/30th

MonsterQuest : Jaws in Illinois

Airs Wednesday October 29 09:00 PM on The History Channel
UPDATE: Also airs Thursday, October 30 01:00 AM

One of the deadliest predators in the ocean, the Bull Shark, can tolerate fresh water. It can swim hundreds of miles upstream–one strange photo from the 1930s suggests that sharks can even reach Illinois. Come along with our team as they look for proof of sharks in freshwater, uncovering a deadly attack from history, and searching the bayous of Louisiana for predators. Watch as another expedition finds living evidence of a massive beast as big as a Great White Shark in the St. Lawrence River.

More info here: MonsterQuest: Jaws in Illinois

Thanks to Sharknut for the heads up about this program!

Highlights of the Peter Benchley Collection at BU

Long-time Forum regular Dana Goudreault visited the Gottlieb Research Center at Boston University and got to check out the Peter Benchley Collection there. Dana went there with Jim Beller, webmaster of JAWScollector.com. Here’s some pictures of what they saw in the Benchley collection.

Dana said, “Here are a couple pics from the Peter Benchley collection at the Gottlieb Research Center at BU. Jim and I paid a visit yesterday and enjoyed ourselves for nearly four hours, browsing through the history of the making of JAWS in a way that transported you back to the good ol’ days like never before. I encourage anyone and everyone to contact the center and arrange a visit when you’re in the Greater Boston area.”

A special thanks to Dana and Jim for sharing these pictures!

Shark Man of Montauk

It’s been a couple weeks since Frank Mundus (an inspiration for Quint) has passed away, but I found an interesting retrospective article about him and his book, Captain Frank Mundus, Shark Man: Master Hunter of the Deep. Here’s what the post author had to say about the book:

“That book was full of tales of Mundus as a youth, learning to fish off Long Island, getting in scrapes with the sea and its sometimes dangerous denizens. Deep dark, cold waters is where Mundus explored his limits and that of the beasts he sought. Shark Man was a book I read over and over again. I think the last time I picked it up was when I was 15 or 16. This was tales of danger and excitement, this book excited my imagination and got me wishing I was out there, hard living and hard playing (I know I was just 7, but you have to appreciate I had a vivid imagination.)”.

You can read the full article here.

Check out Frank Mundus’ autobiograpy:

Fifty Years A Hooker (great title!)


Kevin Smith JAWS References

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is a well-known JAWS fan and as a result, put JAWS references into several of his films.  His next film is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, to be released on October 31, 2008. Maybe he put a JAWS reference in that as well …

Clerks: Randal saying “Salsa Shark … We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” was also said by Brody in Jaws “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”

Mallrats: Brody… The name Brody is also the name of the police chief in Jaws.

Mallrats: TS Quint… Quint is the name of the skipper in Jaws.

Chasing Amy: Hooper X… Matt Hooper is the name of Richard Dreyfuss’ character in Jaws.

Chasing Amy: The conversation between Banky and Alyssa in Meow Mix about “permanent injuries” is almost exactly the same conversation between Matt Hooper and Quint in Jaws.  The scene was also shot to look like the scene in Jaws.

Dogma(filmed but cut from the movie): During the scene where the main characters are trying to talk Cardinal Glick out of having the ceremony, Jay goes behind a changing screen and moves the Cardinal’s hat like a shark fin.

Jersey Girl: Kevin tried to license a clip of Jaws – the shot where Quint gets eaten, but was denied use of the clip.

Climate change ‘may save’ grey nurse shark

Conservationists fear Australia’s grey nurse shark could become extinct by 2050 but, according to a group of leading shark scientists, global warming could help save them.

Scientists have predicted that a rise in sea temperature could be good for the grey nurse shark and save it from extinction.

“This is probably one of those one in a hundred examples where climate change may actually be somewhat beneficial for this particular species,” University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Corey Bradshaw said.

Australia has two grey nurse shark populations: one off the east coast – ranked as critically endangered – and one off the west coast, categorised as vulnerable.

Scientists believe the two groups have been isolated from one another for more than 100,000 years.

Read the full story at ABC News Australia

JAWS 2 Begat JAWS The Revenge [Shark in a Bottle]

The concept of a rather large great white shark (or any shark) out seeking revenge against the people that killed one of his own was not “born” with 1987’s “Jaws the Revenge”. This rather unique idea was introduced in the first sequel to the classic “Jaws”, 1978’s “Jaws 2”.

In “Jaws 2”, the town of Amity is once again terrorized by a large great white shark. This time the shark is responsible for killing two divers, a water skier and the woman that was piloting the water ski boat. Chief Martin Brody is the only person that thinks there is another shark problem. Everyone else on the island, including Ellen his wife and Mayor Vaughn, think he is crazy and overreacting.

When a good looking group of teens find a dead orca whale washed up on the beach, they call Chief Brody. Brody calls in marine biologist Dr. Elkins (Collin Wilcox) to help him investigate the cause of death. Brody assumes a shark killed the whale and asks Dr. Elkins about the bite radius. For some reason, she seems shocked that he knows what a bite radius is.

Read more on Shark in a Bottle …

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