Although vaguely announced last December, this morning brings the first official confirmation that Steven Spielberg's killer shark blockbuster Jaws is finally coming to Blu-ray on August 14, 2012. Universal has issued a press release revealing that the world's first summer blockbuster has been given an "all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture" and a fancy new 7.1 surround sound mix. You can watch an excellent new eight minute look at the film's restoration from the upcoming Blu-ray release right here. It's a "must watch," so check it out.
Hardcore cineastes will be pleased to hear that the film's original mono soundtrack will also be available, along with a host of special features, including The Shark is Still Working, the acclaimed feature-length documentary about the film's tumultuous production, originally produced in 2009 and hitherto unreleased. It's unclear whether The Shark is Still Working will be including in high definition. Curiously enough, the press release claims that The Shark is Still Working is an "all-new documentary," meaning somebody got their signals crossed, or is overstating the three-year old film's previous lack of availability.
Other special features include Jaws: The Restoration, about the film's new high definition transfer (above), and several features previously included on the 30th Anniversary DVD release: The Making of Jaws, a two-hour documentary, From the Set, including an interview with Steven Spielberg, Deleted Scenes & Outtakes, which seems pretty self-explanatory, Jaws Archives, featuring the film's many promotional materials and storyboards, and the original theatrical trailer. Whether these special features are will be presented in high definition is unknown. As is currently the standard, the set will also include Ultraviolet and a Digital Copy of Jaws, as well as a pocketBLU app for iPads, Android Tablets, PCs and Mac computers. As is also currently the standard, once again a Steven Spielberg film will be released without the director's commentary.
We await updated information on the unknown quantities, but the fact that Jaws is coming to Blu-ray – with The Shark's Still Working in tow, no less – is simply a cause for celebration. We're going to need a bigger home theater.
CraveOnline will be back with more Jaws news after we go in the cage.