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USHE Press Release: JAWS (Blu-ray) (Plus restoration details)


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#1 of 178 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 09 2012 - 11:25 PM


AcademyAward® Winner Steven Spielberg’s

Iconic Summer Classic Comes to Blu-Ray

for the First Time Ever, Digitally Remastered &   

Fully Restored in Honor of

Universal’s 100th Anniversary Celebration 


JAWS


on august 14th,

own the blu-rayTM combo pack with dvd, digital copy, ultravioletTM

& over 4 hours of bonus features including

an all-new documentary “the shark is still working”


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Universal City, California, April 10, 2012:  JAWS – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-rayTM for the first time ever on August 14th, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the JAWS Blu-rayTM Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraVioletTM gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.


One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award®JAWS stars Oscar® winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar® nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw.  Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar® for composer John Williams’ instantly recognizable minimalist score, as well as Oscars® for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, JAWS smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary.  Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history[1] and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster. 


JAWS is one of 13 classic Universal films to be digitally remastered and fully restored from 35mm original film elements as part of Universal’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration. The JAWS restoration began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements to determine the best means to restore the film. Over the course of several months, skilled technicians at Universal Studios Digital Services meticulously balanced color, removed dirt and scratches, and repaired any damage to the film elements shot by shot and frame by frame. Following the picture restoration, Universal Studios Sound team up-mixed the iconic JAWS soundtrack to DTS-HD Master 7.1, optimizing the sound on the Blu-rayTM for the latest home theater technology. The entire restoration process was conducted in conjunction with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment’s post-production team to ensure the integrity of Spielberg’s original vision remained intact.


JAWS holds a unique place, not just in Universal Pictures’ history, but in global pop culture,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It is only fitting that this phenomenal film should be given the extensive restoration needed to ensure that long-time fans as well as newcomers can enjoy this unforgettable cinematic achievement for generations to come.”


The JAWS Blu-ray Combo Pack is available in collectible Universal 100thAnniversary packaging for a limited time.  The Combo Pack also contains a Digital Copy of the film for a limited time, compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or online retail partners, as well as an UltraViolet™ copy.  UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.


Blu-ray Bonus Features:

·           The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS:  All-new feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.

·           JAWS: The Restoration:  An all-new, in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie.

·           The Making of JAWS:  A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.

·           From the Set:  An insider’s look at life on the set of JAWS, featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg.

·           Deleted Scenes & Outtakes

·           JAWS Archives:  Take a peek inside the JAWS archives, including storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the JAWS phenomenon.

·           Original Theatrical Trailer

·           UltraViolet:  The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Currently available in the United States only.

·           Digital Copy:  Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.

·           pocket BLU App:  The popular free pocket BLU app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.

  • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
  • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
  • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
  • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
  • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.

·           BD-LIVE:  Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!

DVD Bonus Features:

·           Spotlight on Location: The Making of JAWS:  Highlights from the full-length documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.

Synopsis

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.


CAST & FILMMAKERS

Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Produced By: Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown

Music By: John Williams

Based on Novel By: Peter Benchley

Screenplay By: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb

Director of Photography: Bill Butler

Production Design By: Joseph Alves Jr.

Editor: Verna Fields   

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

BD

Street Date: 8/14/2012

Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61121167 (US); 61121267 (Canada)

Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1

RatingPG

Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1/DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

Street Date: 8/14/2012

Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61120918 (US); 61121268 (Canada)

Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Screen 2.35:1

RatingPG

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Mono, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish


In honor of its Centennial anniversary, Universal Pictures proudly salutes 100years of unforgettable films that have entertained audiences and touched the hearts of millions around the globe. In celebration of our first 100 years,Universal Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present a selection of ourmany beloved movies as part of an extensive year-long program that underscores the studio’s rich cinematic history and indelible cultural impact.


Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is apart of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading televisionstations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.


CONTACTS

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Michelle Slavich

Vice President, Publicity

Michelle.Slavich@nbcuni.com

(818) 777-5344

 
[1] Adjusted for ticket price inflation.


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JAWS: THE RESTORATION 

Background Information 


The restoration process for Jaws began with researching and evaluating the existing film
elements (original negatives, inter-positives, 35 mm prints, audio magnetic masters, etc.)  As
part of the Studios’ preservation process, Universal geographically separates duplicate sets of
elements in vaults in Southern California and on the East Coast in an effort to protect the
company’s most valuable assets.  All items are catalogued in a detailed database via barcodes. 
After testing the various picture elements for the best quality and resolution, Universal
technical staff chose the original camera negative for 4K scanning.  Due to the effects of time
and use, the camera negative had scratches that needed to be removed.  Using Cineric, a top
restoration post facility in New York, the negative was scanned through a liquid gate process
that eliminates surface scratches.  The files of scanned film were transferred to servers at
Universal Studios Digital Services.  Working digitally, the Studios’ skilled technicians
meticulously worked to balance color, remove dirt and scratches and repair any additional
frame damage on a shot by shot, frame by frame basis.  All work is done in keeping with the
artistic integrity of the original film.

Once the picture restoration was completed, the team at Universal Studios Sound prepared to
up-mix  Jaws to a 7.1 mix from the 5.1 mix that had been created in 2000 using the original
mono soundtrack. Now on the forthcoming Blu-ray, fans can enjoy JAWS in DTS-HD Master
Audio 7.1, optimizing the sound for the latest home theater technology.

The entire collaborative restoration process is done in conjunction with Amblin’s post
production team.  Steven Spielberg personally monitored the progress and approved the final
picture and sound.

As a part of Universal’s Centennial celebration, the Studio is producing a full slate of
preservation elements for Jaws and 12 other classic Universal films.  These new materials
include videotape masters, digital file masters, Digital Cinema Package (DCP), audio masters,
new film negative, check print and 35 mm screening prints.  Through Universal’s on-going
preservation and restoration process, these titles will be enjoyed by generations to come.
   





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#2 of 178 Sam Favate

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Posted April 09 2012 - 11:35 PM

Thanks, Ron. Looks like a nice edition for one of the biggest landmarks in film history.




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Posted April 09 2012 - 11:40 PM

One of my favorite movies AND they're including The Shark Is Still Working doc?! Ron, you and Universal have made my day.

#4 of 178 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 09 2012 - 11:47 PM

Yeah, great news.  Still waiting for an Amazon preorder (not available
yet as of this post).


The announcement of E.T. on Blu-ray can't be too far behind.


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Posted April 09 2012 - 11:52 PM

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for Spielberg to record this first ever commentary of one of his films. Alas, no commentary is listed. That's the only bummer I see with this announcement. Day 1 purchase for me!

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Posted April 10 2012 - 12:08 AM

I wonder if the Jaws Archives gallery will actually be upgraded. On every DVD release, it's clear that they simply lifted the section from the laserdisc. Other than that, sounds like a great release!

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Posted April 10 2012 - 12:15 AM

Film restoration clip and trailer added to the announcement.


Check...it....out!


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Posted April 10 2012 - 12:32 AM

Cannot wait for this. Indy next :D
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Posted April 10 2012 - 01:02 AM

Hallelujah!



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Posted April 10 2012 - 01:23 AM

Great news. JAWS is one of those films that restores one's faith in movies after a long spell of sitting through crappy new films, remakes, etc. Absolute first-class filmmaking.
 

 


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Posted April 10 2012 - 01:44 AM

One of my favorite movies AND they're including The Shark Is Still Working doc?! Ron, you and Universal have made my day.

Why are they proclaiming that doc as "all new"? Has it never been released before?
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Posted April 10 2012 - 02:00 AM

It's been screened, but it's never been commercially available. It's also not actually produced by Universal, am I right about that? Which means they bought it, or are licensing it or something. But who cares - I just want to see it. I remember it was "Coming Soon" when I was still in college, and I've been out for ages now :)

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Posted April 10 2012 - 02:06 AM

I never know how to interpret audio specs.  I understand the "up-mixing" to 7.1, but are we also getting the original mono?



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Posted April 10 2012 - 02:07 AM

I never know how to interpret audio specs.  I understand the "up-mixing" to 7.1, but are we also getting the original mono?

In the specs it states...2.0 mono.

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Posted April 10 2012 - 02:08 AM

Wow. Very excited about this release, but quite a bit of stuff contained on one BD-50 disc.



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Posted April 10 2012 - 02:21 AM

Wow, if Indy and ET are getting as much love as this Jaws appears to have gotten, then we are in for a real treat this year for Spielberg movies.

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Posted April 10 2012 - 02:23 AM

Wow. Very excited about this release, but quite a bit of stuff contained on one BD-50 disc.

Valid point I guess. Hopefully the video has enough space to breath. Hate to have a crappy bit rate for the sake of including extras on the same disc. Seems like most studios have forgotten about extras on a separate disc these days and just cram it all on one.

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Posted April 10 2012 - 03:03 AM

If that's all on a single disc, I assume that at least one of the two feature-length documentaries is in standard def. It's a lot of material, but unless it's all in HD, I don't see it being a major issue. I'm looking forward to this release.
 

 


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Posted April 10 2012 - 03:11 AM

All looking good, the film has always looked great, the DOP Bill Butler did a bang up job on it, & it comes from the days before the film makers thought it would be a great idea to wind out half the colour, so a lovely saturated picture. I think this is going to be a huge seller.

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Posted April 10 2012 - 03:21 AM

I'm hoping the new 7.1 mix is infinitely better than that dreadful 5.1 mix on the original DVD release. At the very least, I'm happy they are including a restored original mono soundtrack.






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