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Just to offer an unsolicited piece of nostalgia, I recall being at the now defunct Venture store with my mom when I was about nine years old asking her to buy the Jaws soundtrack for me. ON LP!!! eek.gif
What kind of kid asks his mom to buy the symphonic score of a movie staring a shark that scared the daylights out of most of the country AND listened to it virtually every night? Was I demented or are we bringing our kids up soft these days? biggrin.gif

I still have the original Jaws LP!! And yes, it scared me as much as the movie did!

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Wow, easily day one purchase. Thanks for the review!

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Curious to know if anyone has picked this up yet.

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Going on my lunch break today...gonna get the best buy "limited edition" kinda by default. There is little to no info- even on BB's- site about it though.

Go figure.

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How many versions will be released today? Will BB have a different version? Last but not least, is it worth waiting a few months to see it going for $9.99 during the holiday season?
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Last but not least, is it worth waiting a few months to see it going for $9.99 during the holiday season?

I'm not sure anyone can answer this question for you. I mean, who doesn't want to pay $10 for a BD but on the other hand, if you're a fan then you'll probably not mind going full boat on it (sorry, had to). I will not be waiting and picking up my copy this weekend.
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I went to bluray.com and read some of the forums. The BB version is a digibook, 42 pages and is $24.99. Supposedly they are selling fast with only a few on the shelf. I dont think a book is worth an extra $5.
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^Agreed. I'll take a look when I stop in, thanks.


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The movie is a classic, but your review for the PQ and AQ is ridiculous. Don't let your love for this film cloud your judgement when it comes to evaluating the film on a technical level. The film doesn't look, or sound amazing. The studios did a decent job with the lousy 70's film stock source material they had to work with.

I thought the rating of 100 for both sound and picture was warranted.cool.gif
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I thought the rating of 100 for both sound and picture was warranted.cool.gif

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Yes, it looks amazing. A new standard for films of its era. If only the Star Wars OT Blu-Rays looked as great. I wish the documentaries were in better quality but that's my only quibble.
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Nice Review, Ralph - been admiring your work for several years.

Just got back home and cant wait to pop this baby in. Rare that I get a blu ray opening day, but I just had to get this ASAP. I was born a few days after this came out and actually saw parts 2 and 3 before seeing this as a 10 year old. I actually was looking more forward to this than any theatrical release this year!

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Watched this tonight. I think the PQ is fantastic, but it doesn't warrant a "100". Compared to other live action films that do warrant a 100, the difference is obvious. Calling it "100 for a film of its age" just doesn't hold water. Any standard for rating PQ has to be the same across all films, not different for older vs newer or anything else. I'd give it a 90-95 based on Ralph's criteria. The sharpness of image just isn't there for a 100.

That said, I agree with Spielberg that it probably looks better than it originally did in theaters.
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Watched this tonight. I think the PQ is fantastic, but it doesn't warrant a "100". Compared to other live action films that do warrant a 100, the difference is obvious. Calling it "100 for a film of its age" just doesn't hold water. Any standard for rating PQ has to be the same across all films, not different for older vs newer or anything else. I'd give it a 90-95 based on Ralph's criteria. The sharpness of image just isn't there for a 100.
That said, I agree with Spielberg that it probably looks better than it originally did in theaters.

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Thanks for sharing your impressions rdgrimes. Your input is always appreciated and I'm glad that you enjoyed Jaws in Blu...smile.gif


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Watched this tonight. I think the PQ is fantastic, but it doesn't warrant a "100". Compared to other live action films that do warrant a 100, the difference is obvious. Calling it "100 for a film of its age" just doesn't hold water. Any standard for rating PQ has to be the same across all films, not different for older vs newer or anything else. I'd give it a 90-95 based on Ralph's criteria. The sharpness of image just isn't there for a 100.
That said, I agree with Spielberg that it probably looks better than it originally did in theaters.

Huge, huge, fan of the film and I largely agree, which isn't a slight on anyone, just simply my opinion after fully digesting it on my Kuro yesterday. Wasn't really even "disappointed" either- I quite like what I saw and heard, overall.

To put it another way:

For its "ERA": PQ: 95 SQ: 92

For its "GENRE/OVERALL": PQ: 92 SQ: 87

In the audio dept, we've simply just come a helluva long way in the last 35+ years and for as great as the sound is in Jaws, let's face it, there are other films that are markedly more sonically rich, simple as that, really.


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Huge, huge, fan of the film and I largely agree, which isn't a slight on anyone, just simply my opinion after fully digesting it on my Kuro yesterday. Wasn't really even "disappointed" either- I quite like what I saw and heard, overall.
To put it another way:
For its "ERA": PQ: 95 SQ: 92
For its "GENRE/OVERALL": PQ: 92 SQ: 87
In the audio dept, we've simply just come a helluva long way in the last 35+ years and for as great as the sound is in Jaws, let's face it, there are other films that are markedly more sonically rich, simple as that, really.
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Watched this tonight. I think the PQ is fantastic, but it doesn't warrant a "100". Compared to other live action films that do warrant a 100, the difference is obvious. Calling it "100 for a film of its age" just doesn't hold water. Any standard for rating PQ has to be the same across all films, not different for older vs newer or anything else. I'd give it a 90-95 based on Ralph's criteria. The sharpness of image just isn't there for a 100.
That said, I agree with Spielberg that it probably looks better than it originally did in theaters.

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Considering how "crummy" the OCN were, as described in the Restoration video, they did a great job in fixing things up. I also didn't notice excessive grain reduction as the "negativists" were claiming was going to happen. BUT, what i did notice, was a distinct lack of contrast in many of the outdoor shots. A little adjustment of the black level fixes the problem for these shots, but then you need to restore the black level for the remainder of the scenes. A little annoying. Can't figure out whether this was intentional or accidental.
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Just finished it, and its spectacular. Had a great experience with DVDs but one thing that always bothered me for Jaws and other films set in water is you could usually see the pixelation and blockiness. Didnt see that here biggrin.gif

Im now curious as to how it sounds in mono. Been reading a lot and many home theatre fans complain older movies that were mono or stereo and then remixed to 5.1 are usually sub-par and actually hurt the sound design. Being relatively new to the audio side of home theatre, Im still developing my taste and I thought the sound in 5.1 (dont have a 7.1 setup) was awesome.

Based on what Ive been reading, I guess I should consider myself lucky to get the BB DigiBook version. A lot of reports of this edition being sold out and/or unavailable.

I cant get over how great this flick still is after all these years.

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Just finished it, and its spectacular. Had a great experience with DVDs but one thing that always bothered me for Jaws and other films set in water is you could usually see the pixelation and blockiness. Didnt see that here biggrin.gif
Im now curious as to how it sounds in mono. Been reading a lot and many home theatre fans complain older movies that were mono or stereo and then remixed to 5.1 are usually sub-par and actually hurt the sound design. Being relatively new to the audio side of home theatre, Im still developing my taste and I thought the sound in 5.1 (dont have a 7.1 setup) was awesome.
Based on what Ive been reading, I guess I should consider myself lucky to get the BB DigiBook version. A lot of reports of this edition being sold out and/or unavailable.
I cant get over how great this flick still is after all these years.

Its the best shark film ever made. Nothing today still comes close its all crap ( regarding shark films ). I cannot wait till next week smile.gif

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Its the best shark film ever made. Nothing today still comes close its all crap ( regarding shark films ). I cannot wait till next week smile.gif

Very true Fran! Did you ever catch a movie called "The Reef"??? I believe it's from your country. Very good one... used real Great Whites!
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Very true Fran! Did you ever catch a movie called "The Reef"??? I believe it's from your country. Very good one... used real Great Whites!

Yes I did that wasn't too bad actually I forgot about that one. I would of been the one staying on the boat smile.gif

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Got the BB digibook. The look of this restoration is miraculous. And the movie, of course, is one of the greats.

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Its the best shark film ever made.
One of the best films ever made, period.

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I went to bluray.com and read some of the forums. The BB version is a digibook, 42 pages and is $24.99. Supposedly they are selling fast with only a few on the shelf. I dont think a book is worth an extra $5.


I got the DigiBook and proud to own it!! $5 is chump change for a jem like this.

I should have purchased another........... wink.gif

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You made a great buy with the digibook as they are selling like hotcakes on ebay. I already saw one sell for $100! There are no digibooks available where I live. If I found one I would not open it and sell it when they become even more scarce. I ended up with the regular bluray for $18.99 at Costco.
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I'll probably wind up there, too. For me, digibooks just waste space on the rack. I haven't looked at the Close Encounters or Taxi Driver books since first perusal.
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