Throughout today, we’ve been celebrating America. From the most pro-American movies to a selection of go-to Fourth of July movies, it’s been all about celebrating our independence. And up to this point, we’re proud to have done so without having to quote a speech made by Bill Pullman in a Roland Emmerich movie. Simply celebrating America with some grilled meats is all well and good, but what about the American experience? Living in America during the summer months, gathering with friends, heading to the beach and enjoy sea to shining sea’s worth of democracy. That’s one quintessential American thing — that is, until a giant shark came along and started eating co-eds. Steven Spielberg’s JAWS didn’t just introduce us to the terror in the water, it ushered in formula for big summer blockbuster cinema that lives on even today. Of course, today it’s being remade, rebooted and re-imagined beyond all reason, but it’s there all the same. With roots in 1975, when a soon-to-be major director showed us the virtues of needing a bigger boat.
With that in mind, Universal Home Video is celebrating by releasing JAWS on Blu-ray August 14, with a beautifully remastered version of the film. As evidence, we’ve got a series of clips showing off the new, improved, but completely the same JAWS.
We Need a Bigger Boat
JAWS Film Restoration Featurette