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DVD: ‘Jaws,’ Seminal Blockbuster, Now on Blu-ray


AS part of Universal’s centennial celebration that studio has reissued “Jaws” (1975) on Blu-ray in a newly restored edition, retrofitted with a remixed 7.1-channel stereo soundtrack. Happily, the filmmakers have resisted the temptation to replace Bruce, the balky mechanical shark (actually three of them, used for different types of shots) whose frequent breakdowns helped swell the shooting schedule to 159 days from 55, with a digitally animated creature. A C.G.I. shark might have been more convincing for contemporary audiences — poor Bruce can’t do much more than roll his eyes and flap his mouth, like the world’s most menacing Muppet — but the movie isn’t really about him, after all.


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