Episode 143: JAWS Matters…But Why Tho?

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Jaws Matters

It’s the 45th anniversary of JAWS this week and to celebrate we’re diving into the deep end and breaking down exactly why JAWS matters. We talk about the mishaps on set, the fact that someone wanted to train a real shark, it’s status as the very first Summer blockbuster, and even get into the dark side of the film by detailing its detrimental effects on ocean ecosystems and certain sharks nearing extinction, and more. JAWS matters for a lot of reasons, and we take a look at them all and even get into the sillier side of the film and it’s subsequent films – one of which winds up ranked lowers critic score-wise lower than Piranha 3D.

If you’ve some how managed to miss every reference to this cultural phenomenon JAWS is a simple film that bites, the film is  directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name. In the film, when a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man versus nature.

Find out exactly why Jaws matters and head on over to our social media channels to enter to win your very own copy of the JAWS 45th Anniversary Limited Edition. In this version, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg‘s cinematic masterpiece comes to 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever and it includes over three hours of bonus content.
The limited edition Combo Pack with lenticular packaging includes a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code of the film along with a 44-page booklet with introductions, rare photos, storyboards and more from the archive. Finally, Bonus content includes the making of JAWS, deleted scenes, outtakes from the set and much more.

Jaws Matters

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