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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Jaws 2

Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary & Murray Hamilton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes a 45-minute making-of documentary, reminiscences with actor Keith Gordon, a segment on the music, a sound bite with director Jeannot Szwarc about the French title, four deleted scenes, production photos, three storyboard scenes, shark facts, production notes, biographies, and two theatrical trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20928
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1978
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/22/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jeannot Szwarc
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on characters created by Peter Benchley, Jaws 2 returns to the small resort town on Amity Island where yet another gigantic shark is nibbling on unsuspecting tourists and natives alike. Roy Scheider returns as Police Chief Brody who knows why water skiiers and day sailors are disappearing underneath the briny sea...and not coming up for air, but the Mayor (Hamilton) is trying to get more real estate development on the island and puts Brody

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is somewhat dated, but has a smooth, sharp and nicely detailed appearance. Some scenes appear slightly soft, but detail remains, and there is no apparent smearing. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. There are occasional source element artifacts and dirt detected, but nothing too distracting. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, with good visual information in the darker scenes. Edge enhancement is rarely a factor for a picture that should surely please for its age. (Suzanne Hodges)

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