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'Beneath' DVD: Larry Fessenden talks 'Jaws' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


In the new horror movie Beneath — which Scream Factory is releasing on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25 — a group of folks attempt to fend off a huge fish in a boat too small for the task. If you think that sounds a lot like the plot of Jaws, then director Larry Fessenden (Habit, The Last Winter) will not be the least bit offended.

Indeed, Fessenden admits seeing Steven Spielberg’s film during its original release proved a massive, formative influence. “I saw it in Cape Cod in 1975,” the director told me, when he recently guested on SiriusXM 105’s Entertainment Weirdly. “I was obsessed with that film. I recorded the sound so I know the whole movie by heart, Mr Hooper! Then, I decided to make a GI Joe version and built the boat, a 6-foot Orca.”

Oh, if only Fessenden had kept that boat. Actually, he did! And the director shows it off with justified pride in the exclusive clip from the Beneath bonus features, which you will find below, along with the film’s trailer.


'The Shark is Still Working': The story behind the great doc on the new 'Jaws' Blu-ray -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


J. Michael Roddy was only six years old in the summer of 1975, but like the rest of the country, he developed shark fever after seeing Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. “There are two things that are really cool to a six year old boy, and that’s dinosaurs and sharks,” says Roddy. “I begged my parents to let me see Jaws, and it was the first time I remember being completely lost in a film. It changed my life.”

Roddy isn’t alone. Jaws changed a lot of people’s lives, beginning with the then 28-year-old Spielberg himself. But in The Shark is Still Working, the splendid Jaws documentary that Roddy produced that’s a bonus on the remastered Blu-ray version of the film available next week, a generation of filmmakers who shared Roddy’s fascination — including Kevin Smith, M. Night Shyamalan, and Bryan Singer — delight in the nerdy details and lasting legacy of Hollywood’s first summer blockbuster. “The intensity of the passion is what surprised me,” says Roddy. “Because it made us feel like, ‘Okay we’re not crazy. Everyone loves that film.'”


Richard D. Zanuck, producer of 'Jaws,' 'Alice in Wonderland,' dies at 77

Oscar-winning film producer Richard D. Zanuck — who, over a 53-year career, marshaled everything from mass-market popcorn movies like Jaws and Planet of the Apes, to prestige pictures like Driving Miss Daisy and Road to Perdition — died Friday, of a heart attack. He was 77.

Zanuck was born into Hollywood royalty; his father Darryl F. Zanuck ran 20th Century Fox, and the younger Zanuck was named president of production at the studio when he was 28. In 1971, he formed the Zanuck/Brown Co. with David Brown (who passed away in 2010), where he produced Steven Spielberg’s first two films, The Sugarland Express and Jaws, as well as The Verdict and CocoonREAD FULL STORY

Spielberg's 'Jaws' heads to Blu-ray for first time in digitally restored and remastered edition -- EXCLUSIVE


Though it’s credited as giving birth to the modern summer movie blockbuster, for the last 15 years Jaws has been as much a staple of basic cable programming as Law & Order re-runs. Many have only seen the shark-infested thriller chopped and cropped for television, but soon they’ll get a chance to rectify that grave miscarriage of cinematic justice.

To commemorate the studio’s 100th anniversary, on Aug. 14, 2012, Universal is releasing a digitally remastered and restored Jawon Blu-ray, with a brand new 7.1 surround sound mix and four hours of special features. Director Steven Spielberg worked with Universal’s in-house archives and restoration services on the new print, starting with the original negative of the film — which Spielberg calls “pretty crummy” in a featurette on the Blu-ray. You can watch that special on the restoration below, along with exclusive before and after shots from the film that show just how painstaking the visual renovation was. Check it out:  READ FULL STORY

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