Summer is coming, so it’s almost the prime season to revisit Jaws. Steven Spielberg‘s 1975 film was the first modern summer blockbuster, and effectively signaled the decline of the New Hollywood movement and the beginning of the studio era we know now.

Regardless of the effect Jaws had on the Hollywood business landscape, it stands as one hell of a film. The characters are sharply drawn, the performances are entertaining and don’t merely wade in the dramatic shallows, and the filmmaking craft of Spielberg and his crew is top-notch.

You’ll get to see just how good that craft was when Jamie Benning releases his online doc Inside Jaws: A Filmumentary. Benning has already chronicled the making of the original Star Wars trilogy as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark, and he’s proven to be a master at collating footage, interviews, photos and other disparate elements that help paint a total picture of the making of these films. If Inside Jaws is even vaguely as thorough as Benning’s other films, it’ll be a keeper.

See a trailer for the doc below, and read info about Jaws getting a new, slightly more restrictive rating in the UK. Read More »


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Over the weekend, I visited Orlando Florida to preview Universal Studios Orlando’s two new entertainment options, the new Superstar Parade and nighttime watershow Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories. I also found the time to ride the new renovated version of Island of Adventure’s The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride. After the jump you can find my thoughts on all three of these new theme park experiences, along with photos we took at the preview event.
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‘Jaws’ Blu-Ray Details Announced

Universal Home Video has announced that Steven Spielberg‘s JAWS will finally be released on Blu-ray on August 14th, 2012. The blu-ray release will include an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound. The film is one of 13 classic films that Universal has selected to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration.

After the jump you can find complete details of what will be included in the new release, along with a fascinating 8 minute featurette on the extensive restoration process, a Jaws blu-ray teaser trailer, and more.
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When we think of Steven Spielberg today, we think of a man who has done it all and then some. He’s won Oscars, made films that will last a lifetime and can pretty much can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, because he’s Steven Spielberg. But it wasn’t always like that for the man who directed Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and so many more. A video has surfaced from 1976 showing a very young Spielberg, just months removed from his first major commerical success – a little film called Jaws – watching the Oscar nominations unfold live. He says he expects 11 nominations. He doesn’t get them. It’s a fascinating portrait of an artist unaware of his future success. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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 »