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Jaws swims its way onto Blu-ray in September

10 April 2012

Jaws – the landmark motion picture and a popular favourite here at Outsider – comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever on 3rd September 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the Jaws Blu-ray with Digital Copy and UltraViolet gives fans what should be the best version yet of the definitive shark movie.

One of the most influential motion pictures in modern cinema Jaws, in case you're somehow new to it, was directed by the then 28-year-old Steven Spielberg, produced by Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. The film earned an Oscar for composer John Williams' instantly recognisable score, as well as Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound, and was also nominated for Best Picture. When it was first released in 1975, Jaws smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary. Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster.

Jaws is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal's on-going 100th Anniversary celebration. The Jaws restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced colour, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, the Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimising the sound on the Blu-ray for the latest home cinema technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment's post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg's original vision remained intact.

Jaws will be released on Blu-ray in the UK on 3rd September 2012 from Universal Pictures International Entertainment at the RRP of £24.99, and as a Limited Edition Steelbook edition at for £29.99.

The Blu-ray will have over 4 hours of extra features, namely:

  • The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws – A feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider;
  • Jaws: The Restoration – An all-new, in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie;
  • The Making of Jaws – A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew;
  • From the Set – An insider's look at life on the set of JAWS, featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg;
  • Deleted Scenes & Outtakes;
  • Jaws Archives – Take a peek inside the Jaws archives, including storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the Jaws phenomenon;
  • Original theatrical trailer;
  • UltraViolet: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones;
  • Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices;
  • pocket BLU App: The popular free pocket BLU app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad and Android tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices' larger screens and high resolution displays and the following features:
    • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device's intuitive keyboard.
  • BD-LIVE: Access the BD-Live Centre through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more.