Reviewer's Rating 5 out of 5  
Jaws DVD (1975)

25 years after its release and "Jaws" is now even more terrifying thanks to this special anniversary DVD release.

The first thing you'll notice when watching the film is the new 5.1 soundtrack. It's not packed with crazy new sound effects. Instead the emphasis is on adding atmosphere and boy, does it do that! The opening credits give you a good taste of what to expect, with John Williams' score menacingly filling out the speakers, building up to that famous thundering crescendo. No matter how many times you've seen this film before, you'll be surprised at the new power it has with this revitalised sound score that adds lapping waves to the rears. And a new tendon-tearing, gnawing crispiness to the mutilation of the victims trapped in your front speakers.

The picture is equal in revelatory qualities with a freshness to it that's as biting as the nasty old star of the film. Check out the scenes on the beach in chapter three for the stunning blue sky or the new depth of detail in the foggy night-time excursion in the boat.

And if you're not too shaken after all the high tension to operate your remote control, then have a browse around the many extra features on the disc. These include some interesting deleted scenes and a few mildly amusing out-takes. Best of all though is the 50-minute documentary with a wealth of genuinely interesting information on the technical terror that making "Jaws" represented.

Chapters: 20
Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, 50 minute documentary, deleted scenes, out-takes, photo gallery containing 720 images, interactive game, DVD-Rom screensavers, "Shark World" facts, three trailers, animated menus, production notes, cast and film makers' notes, multiple languages and subtitles.

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End Credits

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb

Stars: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb

Genre: Thriller

Length: 119 minutes

Cinema: 1975

DVD: 24 July 2000

Country: USA