Jaws boasts one of the most gorgeous restorations yet, looking clean, sharp, vivid, and extremely colorful, with superb contrast and balance. Some purists will object, but the color timing and contrast on many crucial shots have been changed for better matching, and while film grain has been minimized a smidge more than I’d like, the image still looks natural and film-like. As stunning a transfer as anyone could hope for. Perhaps even more surprising is how effective the remastered 7.1-channel soundtrack is. John Williams’ iconic score has never had such weight and depth, and the clarity in sound effects and overall dynamics makes the “jump” scenes all the more effective.
Jaws is fairly loaded with extras, but the crown jewels are the two full-length documentaries focused on its making, cultural impact, and legacy. The first was made in the ’90s for a Laserdisc(!) release and remains a definitive work, notable for chunky interview time with director Spielberg. The newer piece features interviews with contemporary filmmakers and other bits and pieces not covered in the other (like meeting the artist who drew the iconic paperback cover that became the poster art). They complement each other, and each is essential, informative, and entertaining. Jaws on Blu-ray does its fandom proud and then some. An absolute treasure for the ages.
Studio: Universal, 1975
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio Format: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Length: 124 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss