Jaws Blu-ray Rights a Great Wrong

Outside of the US, Universal Pictures’ celebration of its anniversary has been haphazard.

Blu-ray editions of studio milestones like All Quiet on the Western Front and To Kill a Mockingbird were released in the US in “Collector’s Series” packaging, complete with a booklet backgrounding the production of each movie.

But here they were only branded “100th anniversary” and came with a fancy slipcase but not the booklet.

Jaws, which went on sale today, is the first of the Universal 100th anniversary titles to be released as a proper, collector’s edition “Blu-ray book”.

The Blu-ray and digital copy of the movie are bundled with a richly illustrated 44-page booklet that includes director and cast bios, an introduction by the producer, the late Richard D Zanuck, original storyboards, a couple of pages from the screenplay, blueprints of Bruce the Shark, and poster art.

The booklet may not be a deal-breaker for some but it’s a terrific bonus for true fans of the movie — even if it does cost a premium.

Jaws, for instance, is retailing full-price for $35 whereas another Universal classic, The Sting, which was quietly released last month as a standard Blu-ray without even the 100th anniversary branding, costs $15.

In the US, a “Blu-ray book” version of the 1974 Oscar-winner, complete with a DVD and digital copy, can be bought for $US40 and typically $US25 from the likes of Amazon.

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2 Responses to “Jaws Blu-ray Rights a Great Wrong”

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    August 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I got Jaws today … it looks and sounds incredible, real mind blowing 🙂

  2. Maybe, maybe not, I’ve got Jaws in nearly every consumer format – VHS, LD, DVD.
    So far nothing has surpassed the packaging of the 1995 three-disc LD Signature Collection.

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