Watch The Final Face-Off in Jaws Ahead of the 45th Anniversary
We’re rapidly approaching the 45th anniversary of the film that turned summer into blockbuster season—Steven Spielberg‘s seminal Jaws. Before Jaws, summer was not synonymous with not Hollywood’s biggest, brashest blockbusters. Then on June 20, 1975, a 28-year old Spielberg delivered a film that changed the calculus of how movies are distributed. Adapted from Peter Benchley’s novel by Carl Gottlieb, Spielberg’s game-changing thriller about a rogue great white with a taste for human flesh marks the moment the industry changed. Once Jaws took a massive bite out of the box office and the imaginations of moviegoers, the summer blockbuster was born.
If you want to relive the final climactic showdown between Brody (Roy Scheider), Quint (Robert Shaw), and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), Universal Pictures has made the entire 10-minute face-off between man and Carcharodon carcharias (the scientific name for the great white shark, naturally) available on YouTube. We’ve embedded it below for your viewing pleasure.
The reason Universal has done this is not only because of the pending 45th anniversary but because for the first time ever Jaws is available in 4K. If you pony up for the full package 4K Ultra HD package, it comes with a 44-page collectible booklet that includes storyboards, rare photos, and more. For you Jaws scholars out there, the new release boasts three hours worth of bonus features, including deleted scenes and outtakes, a featurette on the legacy of the film, a “Making Of” featurette, and the simple fact that you’ll be seeing Jaws in its most vivid iteration yet.
Check out that final shark attack here:
Featured image: American actor Richard Dreyfuss (left) (as marine biologist Hooper) and British author and actor Robert Shaw (as shark fisherman Quint) look off the stern of Quint’s fishing boat the ‘Orca’ at the terrifying approach of the mechanical giant shark dubbed ‘Bruce’ in a scene from the film ‘Jaws’ directed by Steven Spielberg, 1975. The movie, also starring Roy Scheider and Lorraine Gary, was one of the first ‘Summer Blockbuster’ films. (Photo by Universal Pictures courtesy of Getty Images)