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‘Jaws’ Comes to Blu-ray

10 Apr, 2012 By: Billy Gil

Buh duh … buh duh …

That’s the sound of Jaws coming to Blu-ray Disc for the first time Aug. 14 (order date June 26), from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The Jaws release will include an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound. It’s one of 13 classic films Universal is remastering and releasing as part of its 100th anniversary celebration, and for a limited time will come in 100th anniversary packaging.

The $29.98 Blu-ray combo pack will include a DVD, digital copy and UltraViolet accessibility, as well as more than four hours of bonus features, including the new documentary The Shark Is Still Working.

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 horror classic stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss in a tale of a killer shark that terrorizes the island community of Amity. The film broke box office records at the time of its release and is considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster. It won three Oscars, including one for John Williams’ haunting score, and was nominated for Best Picture.

The film was restored from 35mm original film elements throughout several months at Universal Studios Digital Services and its sound was mixed to DTS-HD Master 7.1, for optimum sound on Blu-ray Disc. Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team worked in conjunction with Universal to ensure the integrity of the film was maintained.

Jaws holds a unique place, not just in Universal Pictures’ history, but in global pop culture,” said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It is only fitting that this phenomenal film should be given the extensive restoration needed to ensure that long-time fans as well as newcomers can enjoy this unforgettable cinematic achievement for generations to come.”

Other extras include a featurette about the restoration process, making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes and the original theatrical trailer.

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