Company: Columbia/TriStar.
Date: February 2000.
Subject: DVD User Group February 2000.



SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 15/05/00 -- In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jaws, one of the most influential and successful cinematic blockbusters of all time, Columbia Tri-Star Home Video will release the long-awaited movie for the first time ever on DVD as a special anniversary Collector’s Edition. The much-anticipated release of Jaws on DVD marks a significant milestone for Steven Spielberg fans and is destined to become one of the major home entertainment events of the year.

Special Anniversary Collector’s Edition for DVD

The Jaws Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD, will be available for the first time, featuring a new wide-screen digital hi-def transfer, a new Dolby Digital 5.1 English audio track and the original feature audio for French, German, Italian and Spanish.  The DVD will contain a “Making Of Jaws” documentary filled with fascinating background information and rare behind-the-scenes and historical footage about the film’s production.  This piece also includes interviews with director Steven Spielberg, screenwriter/author Peter Benchley, stars Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, producers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, production team members and the creation of “Bruce” the shark.  Other bonus features include deleted scenes, outtakes, “Shark World” - an educational look at sharks, three theatrical trailers, animated menus, photo galleries, storyboards and original drawings, production notes, a trivia game and a PC screen saver.

Legendary Film and An Enduring Cinematic Icon

Based on the popular bestseller by Peter Benchley and produced by Richard Zanuck and David Brown, Jaws, distributed by Universal Pictures, both fascinated and terrified audiences, breaking box office records upon its release in 1975 and creating a new genre, the ‘summer blockbuster.’  Filled with heart-stopping tension and stunning power, the film launched director Steven Spielberg’s phenomenal commercial success and won three Academy Awards®: Best Sound, Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.  In addition, the memorable score won a Golden Globe® Award for ‘Best Score’ and was named as one of the Top 100 Films by the American Film Institute.

Jaws also introduced the predatory shark as a new cinematic icon and struck a primal chord with audiences, who connected overwhelmingly with the film’s mixture of action adventure, terror, and moments of hilarity.  The impact was so enduring that audiences never looked at the water the same way again in this suspenseful story of an eastern seaboard community terrorised by a giant great white shark. 

With unforgettable characterisations by Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, and Murray Hamilton, the 25th Anniversary release of Jaws on DVD celebrates a cinematic milestone suitable for any home video library.

Street Date: July 2000
Program Length: 120 minutes
Rating: M15+ Medium level violence - TBC
Number of Layers: Single sided, Dual layer
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16x9) enhanced
Bonus Material: A “Making of Jaws” documentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, “Shark World”- an educational look at sharks, three theatrical trailers, animated menus, photo galleries, storyboards and original drawings, production notes, talent files, trivia game, and a PC screen saver.

Columbia Tri-Star Home Video is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures’ global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment technologies and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries worldwide.