RAH gives his review of JAWS
After reading this, I am really excited about getting this. I have to say I was a little concerned about it, with it being a Universal product and all.
"For decades, Jaws was my son's favorite film, possibly only now supplanted by the most recent generation of Batman productions. But I can't be certain of that.
I first saw Jaws in late June of 1975, at the beginning of its run, in a standard issue Eastman Color print. Over the years, I've seen many prints, including having owned a dye transfer, now at the Academy Archive. As I recall, that print, made at Technicolor London, had skies with a definite magenta push.
Not so Universal's new Blu-ray.
Color looks accurate. At least to my eye, dead-on perfect.
Densities from the Cineric immersion scan of the OCN, are terrific.
Black levels, image stability, digital clean-up and fixes, are all in line with the latest high end technical abilities. Grain may have gone through some reduction, but I'm seeing nothing problematic, and by that I refer to what may be considered "forensic" digital grain anomalies. It looks just fine.
Audio, which concerned me, when I noted that it came up as 7.1, is a joy. I neglected to sample the 2.0 mono. What I heard, and I viewed about half an hour of the film from different sequences, sounded superb -- created with a light and intelligent hand. A wonderfully immersive experience.
From a filmmaking standpoint, everyone is aware of Mr. Williams' iconic score, but I find it difficult to view the film without a huge tip of the hat to the great Verna Fields, who created much of this film in the editing room. Hard to believe that Ms. Fields has been gone for 30 years.
Universal's team has done a great job.
Buy a copy. Enjoy it, and send some flowers to the team as a "thank you."
Image - 5
Audio - 5
Very Highly Recommended.