Jaws: The Revenge (Blu-ray Review)

12 – 90mins – 1987


 

THIS TIME IT’S PERISHABLE

My overriding takeaway from watching this great white four-quel in my youth was one of complete astonishment: astonishment at how poor the shark looked despite being made 12years after Spielberg’s Oscar-winning original; astonishment at the laughable number of movie magic-ruining continuity errors; astonishment that original star Lorraine Gary and megastar Michael Caine were happy to have their names attributed to such a sorry production. Even as a child I knew this was so-bad-it’s-hilarious.

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The Shallows (DVD Review)

15 – 83mins – 2016


 

OH BUOY!

In the sub-genre of shark movies, Steven Spielberg set the bar impossibly high in 1978. So high that each successive Jaws sequel was weaker and more ludicrous than the last – and I would know having recently started a franchise re-watch with last year’s blu-ray release (see my reviews of Jaws 2 and Jaws 3-D. The Revenge coming soon). Sure, in the decades since many have tried to match the terrifying highs of the paragon; Deep Blue Sea was dispensable fun, Open Water had naturalistic flair, Sharknado threw out the rulebook, but every time a new pretender to the throne steps up to the shore, your mind instantly compares it to Jaws.

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Jaws 3-D (Blu-ray Review)

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12 – 99mins – 1983 – 3D


 

MUMMY’S VERY ANGRY

“I bet I can overcome your childhood fears…”

Emerging from a swirling cloud of claret, a gawping beheaded fish face drifts, gurning, towards the screen. Blasting out from behind it, Superman-style, a bold, heavily-shadowed multi-coloured font welcomes you confidently to the, err, visual spectacle that is Jaws 3-D. And so Peter Benchley’s killer shark franchise swims on, despite now being far removed from the author’s original prose inspiration.

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Jaws 2 (Blu-ray Review)

PG – 116mins – 1978 


 

BIGGER, STRONGER, MORE TEETH

“I don’t intend to go through that hell again!”

Studio bosses were understandably eager to dive straight into pre-production on a sequel following the monster success of Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1975 Oscar-winner, but some less-than-manageable production issues (mainly involving “Bruce” the mechanical shark) saw the legendary helmer swear off a return to the waters around Long Island.

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