I'm relieved that Jaws hasn't gone through the shoddy 3D conversion grinder just to make a few more bucks. I wonder if George Lucas had a chat with Spielberg about replacing Bruce (i.e. the mechanical shark) with a digital version. I wouldn't be surprised if he did...
the movie is fab BUT the thing you need to change is the grafics they're not so good just saying
The shark still works...no need to spruce up Bruce. "Jaws" displays Spielberg's best directorial work, and when you add a perfectly-pitched script (these are fully-rounded characters - not a lot of them about lately at the cinema) the results still catch the imagination. Looking forward to seeing this on the big screen again (still remember seeing this in 1976 at the...Carlton? Central?).
It is incorrect to assume that any special effects from 1975 can hold up to today's standards, in my opinion. You can only compare the special effects in "Jaws" to similarly budgeted films from that era. Bring on the mechanical shark and the graphics, I can do 1975 for a night. Isn't that what re-releases are all about ?
I like Deep Blue Sea, but the sharks in it were never scary, being obvious digital creations. I'd argue that they look worse now than the shark in Jaws - CG always dates quicker than mechanics. It's a testament to the tension of the film that Jaws can remain unsettling today despite the questionable effects. Spielberg is sparse with his reveals, only showing the shark fully in its glory on several occasions.
look jaws is a wondeful horror film. and my 15 year old self have see a 4 films jaws:great jaws 2:just as good jaws 3 or 3D: sucked and jaws the revinge sucked more then 3D
@Paul "...but could anyone else create and design E.T. ?" - Yes, Carlo Rimbaldi... I will always contend that "Jaws" is a better film than "Schindler's List", because I abhor the way the Holocaust is presented as a story of triumph due to individual heroic action. I also agree with many critics who believe that you cannot fictionalise the Holocaust, as it is unrepresentable; to use Hitchcockian tactics (the shower that could be gas but - phew! - is only water, is just one sequence that is an appalling choice) to render these events is a no-no, I believe. Come on, Noel, you might protest. This is Hollywood - it's only a movie, etc. But I counter with, Yes, it may be only a movie, but the collective memory of the Holocaust - the most glaring example of man's propensity to evil - is now based on a billionaire movie-maker's wish-fulfillment fantasy project. Makes me uneasy. "Jaws", on the other hand, is a real movie, that makes its subtle points about Watergate and Vietnam without drawing attention to its maker's egocentric hold on history.
I'd also add, concerning Spielberg's direction: "Jaws" is a lean, efficient example of something approaching pure cinema (if such a thing actually exists), while "Schindler's List" makes a lot of bad directorial choices and is very bloated in my opinion (the best parts of the film are due, not to Spielberg's direction, but to Michael Kahn's editing, Janusz Kaminski's cinematography, and, above all, John Williams' music - although, I have to say, the music is often used to browbeat the audience into shedding tears). One example: the girl with the red coat - does the Bearded One think we are stupid and won't get it without the colour? "Rumble Fish" it ain't!
Come on, Paul. I NEVER said he did it for the money... I'm not cruel, honest I'm not. My opinion is that it is unethical to fictionalise the Holocaust directly. I don't care how hopeful and full of heart it is. We now have an abiding memory - collectively - of that awful event as somehow "leavened" by this heroic story. I'm saying many people get their history completely through cinema - not cinema's fault, I know - and this box-office juggernaut is responsible for skewering the memory of the event. It's too cosy for me, if you can see where I'm coming from. And I love that main theme. But I listen to it without the visuals these days. Incidentally, just back from "Jaws"...magic.
Yep, that's a pretty good piece of music. If I was to think about my favourite pieces, I would come up with a list like my choices below. The first and last are great themes and the middle two are existing pieces of music that are brilliantly used in two films: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM15oUjdXh4&feature=fvwrel (What a piece of music) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKw5mbcE7VY (The ending to "Traffic" gets me every time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfGR6jaOfuY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05n8yr9Vz-o
I think it is fitting that we are trading film themes in a "Jaws" forum (the most recognisable theme of all). This is a great piece by Pino Donaggio to complement the last one above. Very few scores, I find, are so sutured into a film that they become part of the driving force of the visuals - quite literally. To see what I'm getting at, recall the way music is used during the motorbike/truck chase at the start of "Terminator 2" - that is one fantastic bit of music-imagery interplay. Then have a look at "Carrie" in its entirety. Pino Donaggio is underrated.
Forgot the link above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZJ0df1LZVE&feature=related
Jaws was actually a gay shark.
jaws is a part of growing up like indy and bttf .all part of bein a kid n goin wow that was so cool .
I see where you're coming from cadedash, but "Jaws" makes even the most "adult" of today's blockbusters look like kid's stuff. For one thing, the film's dialogue is brilliant and doesn't assume the audience is made up of a bunch of morons masquerading as cynical know-it-alls. Name me ONE modern blockbuster that treats its audience with as much respect. Loved "Jaws" when I was 10; love it 35 years later.
Yes, because "Jaws" is a lot more intelligent than "Inception". That line you quoted is not one I'd pick for its silliness at all; I would say it is a perfect line, actually, given the events depicted in the film. No denying that "Jaws" is a high-concept Summer blockbuster - the very first one, in fact. But, unlike you Paul, I DO put it into the bracket of overly intelligent movies. It's not "Fanny and Alexander" or "Three Colours: Blue" - or even "Munich". But it is a superbly intelligent piece of cinema. Film doesn't have to deal with the "Big Issues" to be great or intelligent. Is there any piece of dialogue in "Inception" (a film I like a lot) that is as "intelligent" as the following?: BRODY: It doesn't make any sense when you pay a guy like you to watch sharks. HOOPER: Well, it doesn't make much sense for a guy who hates the water to live on an island, either. BRODY: It's only an island if you look at it from the water. HOOPER: That makes a lot of sense. You're not going to get that in "The Avengers" or (*insert ANY recent summer blockbuster here*). And I haven't even mentioned the Indianapolis speech... In fact, to address your very first sentence above: I cannot think of one single line in "Jaws" that could be described as silly as most new movies. I think each and every line delivered in "Jaws" comes from finally-wrought character work that is a rare thing indeed in today's cinema. A pity in a way, because Spielberg's film proved a bit of a double-edged sword: while "Jaws" is what I regard as a "great" film (in the sense that it is purely cinematic in a way that doesn't involve BIG ISSUES, but rather, as you say, deals with "a bunch of dumb people..."), it was also responsible for heralding in a new era of mediocre and safe American cinema - right at a time when American cinema had developed into a really avant-garde and, yes, "overly intelligent" collection of films (in the wake of the BBS group and films like "Easy Rider", which broke the hold of the major studios). After "Jaws", films like "Mean Streets", "The Parallax View", or "McCabe amp; Mrs Miller" would never again find their audiences in the theatres and would be increasingly marginalised. Hence, a huge falling off of quality. All because of the success of "Jaws" (and later, "Star Wars" of course). Imagine, young people flocked to films like "Bonnie amp; Clyde", "Klute", "Deliverance", Scorsese, Cassavetes, Penn, Pakula... Then "Jaws" swims into view...Still the most intelligent high-concept blockbuster ever made. But, not only did it eat a bunch of dumb people at a seaside, it opened the door to dumb movies.
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