JAWS on Blu Ray? Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back To Your Home Theater!

Earlier this week over at Ain’t It Cool News, Steven Spielberg unveiled a piece of news that seems like the perfect way to kick off the start of Summer. The reason why families book vacations by the pool instead of the surf and sand three and a half decades later is coming to Blu Ray
While no release date has been set, this is fantastic news. Frankly, living in a world where Sharktapous  receives the full 1080p treatment, while the original summer blockbuster languishes in standard definition means the terrorists have thus far won.
Perhaps the best news that comes from the interview is Spielberg’s steadfast belief that his films should not be tampered with, or “improved” with additional digital effects or digital restoration:
(In the future) there’s going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct. I’m not going to do any corrections digitally to even wires that show.
If 1941 comes on Blu-Ray I’m not going to go back and take the wires out because the Blu-Ray will bring the wires out, that are guiding the airplanes down Hollywood Blvd. At this point right now I think letting movies exist in the era, with all the flaws and with all of the flourishes, is a wonderful way to mark time and mark history.
If only Uncle Steve could convince longtime pal Uncle George to do the same, or at the very least give long suffering fans what they’ve asked for: a HiDef release of the original Star Wars trilogy in its initial form, warts and wires exposed.
Aside from the Jaws scoop, news that should make every film geek squeal with delight, Quint’s interview with Spielberg is an outstanding read. Aside from behind the scenes info and anecdotes new and old, Spielberg comes off as a very human, very down to earth guy that just happens to posses one of the most gifted storytelling minds of his generation. The only way to describe his demeanor is as the anti-Cameron.  

Mike Snoonian

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since 2009 Mike has written about independent horror, science fiction, cult and thrillers through his own blog All Things Horror along with various other spots on the web. Film Thrills marks his attempt to take things up a notch, expand his viewing and writing horizons and to entertain and engage his audience while doing so. When Mike's not writing or watching movies, you can find him reading to his little girl, or doing science experiments with her, or trying to convince her that the term "chicken butt" comes from people putting chicken nuggets down their underwear. at age five, she's too smart to believe most of what he says.

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  1. Sean Thomas Fisher

    That is good news, although HBO has been airing Jaws in HD for awhile now and it is awesome. Everything is so colorful and clear. Quint's scars are amazing. Maybe Jaws is the thing in Spielberg's new film, Super 8. Or it could be Casey Anthony. Probably a coin toss…

  2. Geof

    I read this a few days ago and I am thrilled! This is a "buy" for me on the first day of release. My hopes and wishes (which will probably not come true but I can dream) are that this Blu-ray will have The Shark is Still Working documentary and the deleted footage of the Kitner boy attack on it.

  3. MarkusWelby1

    The DVD for Jaws still holds up surprisingly well. But a blu ray would be a no brainer purchase for me. The best news out of that interview is that it seems he's against mucking around with his movies anymore. E.T. special version is awful. If only he could convince George of that!

  4. Mike/All Things Horror

    The anniversary additions for JAWS do look gorgeous, but if there's a movie that is meant for 1080p hidef, it's Jaws. I hope Bruce is ready for his closeup.

    Wat's the deal with the ET changes? I know spielberg recommends sticking to the original.


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