The New England masterpiece that put aqua-grave fears into folks worldwide has been released onto blu-ray today. Even in crisply restored glory, the shark still looks fierce as shit! The film is known everywhere for its blood thirsty sharks and catchy soundtrack. Throughout life, I’ve heard the predatory classic “du-nuhh, du-nuhh, du-nuhh” by folks preparing to attack. At Universal Studios in Florida, they have even kept the themepark attraction going since 1990 … although I was a saddened Smurry when they closed it for the week of my visit.
Jaws, being firmly pressed in pop-culture history, I was pretty sure I knew all about it. Turns out, I had never fully seen it until a week ago when I watched the blu-ray. Who knew? Well it turns out that the movie genuinely rocks all of the guppies out of the fish bowl. (That’s a shark week phrase I’m coining. Watch out, it won’t catch on!) After the town is harassed by a hungry great white shark, a trio bands together to take care of the marine mammal.
An oceanographer, a police chief and a gritty shark hunter set out to sea as men and return as heroes (well 66.6% of them do).
If you’re also a rookie to the full length film, you’re missing the original summer blockbuster. John Williams composed the heck out of it during his second collaboration with Steven Spielberg to provide a subversive Hitchcock vibe. It’s chock full of extras with the film’s dream team: Richard Dreyfuss, Steven Spielberg and Roy Schneider talking about the legacy, the summer of 75 and their fear of sharks. Grab a case of Narragansett, (They’re currently available in the 1975 cans famously drank by the shark hunter, Quint, to celebrate the film!) and dive in!