Universal and Paramount are both celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2012, and like Paramount, Universal is debuting a new logo to mark the occasion. That logo will bow on March 2 in front of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and be on all Universal films going forward.

The studio is doing something much better than that, however. A press release announces that Universal will also restore thirteen classic films this year. The films are: All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula (Spanish, 1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting and To Kill a Mockingbird. Precise details of the restorations are yet to be revealed.

Many of those will hit Blu-ray, starting with To Kill a Mockingbird this month; Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial will follow, with 2012 finishing off with Blu-ray releases of Universal’s classic monster lineup and Alfred Hitchcock films. The full press release is below. Read More »

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The title of this post is “Theme Park Bits,” but it should really be called “Universal Studios Theme Park Bits.” While most of us have been spent the past week alternating between lounging about in our PJs and bickering with our families, the international amusement park division was apparently busy getting new attractions for its Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore parks on track. After the jump:

  • Details revealed on the new Harry Potter expansion in Universal Studios Florida
  • A video allows you to revisit Universal Studio Florida’s recently closed Jaws ride
  • Universal Studios Hollywood sets an opening date for Transformers The Ride
  • Universal Studios Singapore unveils its brand-new Hollywood Dreams parade

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‘JAWS’ Will Hit Blu-ray in August 2012

Steven Spielberg‘s classic Jaws will finally be released in high definition Blu-ray on August 14th 2012. The Digital Bits have confirmed the release date, but we don’t know much more. Spielberg earlier told AintItCool that he would not introduce any changes to the film like he did E.T. You can also expect to see some of the Jaws sequels on Blu-ray on the same day, including Jaws 3D on Blu-ray 3D. Lets just hope that Universal Home Video doesn’t pull a Jurassic Park and make us buy the entire Jaws movie collection to get the classic first film. I’m sure we’ll begin to learn details in the coming months.

I would expect them to include the great documentary from the Lasediscs and some newer retrospective materials. Don’t expect a Spielberg audio commentary (he doesn’t do them). I wouldn’t be surprised to see a gift set (complete with a Bruce the shark statue or maybe that recent retrospective coffee table book “Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard”) just in time for the holiday buying season.

Please note: the image at the header is fan created. no box art has been released.

Starting in 2012, your boat can, unfortunately, remain the same size. Universal Studios Orlando has just announced that on January 2, they will officially close one of their oldest attractions, Jaws. Over the past few years, Universal Studios Orlando has been eclipsed by its sister parks, Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the owners are doing their best to reinvigorate their original location. Since Jaws has been part of the park since it opened in 1990, and is based on a movie that’s almost 40 years old, it’s being closed to “make room for an exciting, NEW, experience.” So if you plan on getting married when Jaws pops out of the water, you have one month to make that happen. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Over the weekend, we ran a story about Steven Spielberg confirming that a Jaws Blu-ray disc is on the way. The news broke in an interview that Quint, aka Eric Vespe, did with the legendary director on Ain’t It Cool News in anticipation of the upcoming anniversary of the film’s 1975 release. He’s now published the full interview and it’s a must read. Spielberg comes off as such a knowledgeable, awesome fan and he tells some riveting behind the scene stories. We’re going to highlight two: one about the scene which makes him want to make another Jaws and the time President Ronald Reagan said E.T. was real. So check those out after the jump but head over to AICN for the full interview right after. Read More »

When DVD began permeating the culture a little over a decade ago, Steven Spielberg was famously one of the last filmmakers to embrace the format. He’s shown a similar aversion to Blu-ray with only a handful of his films (Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds) available on the high definition discs. Those tides seem to be turning though, as in a recent interview with Ain’t It Cool News tied to the upcoming 36th anniversary of Jaws, Spielberg said they’re currently working on a Blu-ray of that 1975 hit. Plus, the film credited with starting the modern summer blockbuster won’t have any “digital corrections.” Read his quotes after the break. Read More »


The Sandlot’s Marty “Yeah-Yeah” York and Patrick “Ham” Renna reunite at LA Fitness in Hollywood where York is a personal trainer. [tmz via tdw]

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