Robert Shaw (left), Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss want the shark to jump.
JAWS (Universal, 1975) D: Steven Spielberg, w/ Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw. Rating: NNNNN; Blu-ray package: NNNNN Rating: NNNNN
Newly restored and given a 7.1 sound mix for its Blu-ray debut, Jaws looks as good as it did when it was new, and remains highly re-watchable even if you already know the tale of a great white shark terrorizing a New England resort island.
Alongside the relentless narrative drive that keeps audiences hooked is the great good humour among the three principals. Roy Scheider, the water-phobic Brody, Richard Dreyfuss, rich-kid scientist Hooper, and Robert Shaw, half-mad shark hunter Quint, all seem to be enjoying each other's company immensely even though the script insists that Quint views Brody as a wuss and Hooper as a useless dilettante.
The two-month shoot dragged on for seven, to the misery of all concerned. The 1995 two-hour making-of doc tells all about it, with generous input from Steven Spielberg, Scheider, Dreyfuss, producers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, source novel author Peter Benchley and several others.
Many of them show up again in the 100-minute legacy doc, The Shark Is Still Working, which delves into such bizarre minutiae as the various fates of the mechanical sharks, stunt boats and locals who had small roles.
EXTRAS Retrospective making-of doc, legacy-of doc, restoration doc, 1974 on-set interviews, storyboards, more.