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Jaws 3
Universal/Universal . R4 . COLOR . 94 mins . M15+ . PAL


With the departure of almost everyone involved in the previous two incarnations of Jaws, it was up to the new breed to come up with something that would attract audiences to the cinema again. The concept, as it was back in the early '80s, was the revival of 3D movies. Those blue and red cellophane glasses were all the craze in the '50s and the idea to bring them back for Jaws 3 wasn't clearly thought out. Some six years later, the same fate would occur with Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Cool effects they might be, but they will never rescue a bad story.

Mike Brody (Dennis Quaid) now works at a new aquatic amusement park in Florida. Just when the grand opening is about to happen, yet another great white decides to claim this park as its own feeding ground. What is it with the Brody characters attracting sharks? It's much like Ripley attracting aliens and Sarah Connor attracting Terminators. At least the latter franchises can claim to have some very respectable sequels.


It is really hard not to be negative here about a transfer that, although transferred well, suffers from a lack of identity. Are we watching the blue filtered version or the red filtered version? Answer, we're watching both and we get a somewhat distorted image that seems as if the telecine machine wasn't focused properly toward the edges of the widescreen image. An opportunity to check the image with the rose colored glasses never arose, so a fairer assessment could not be made. This is a pretty ordinary looking image despite its anamorphic enhancement. Colours are faded and dull, sharpness is lacking due to the aforementioned issue and black level is lacking but still presents a darker than normal image at times.

Can cheesy special effects get any cheesier? Pizza Haven would think so. The scene toward the end with the shark crashing through the protective glass is almost C-grade.

Sound wise, the two channel mix is a slight improvement over the first sequel with some richer dialogue and fresher sound effects. The music still remains flat at times and, with John Williams not on board, it also lacks the real creativity that he could have inspired.

If at all possible, please ignore. Gums is more like it.

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  •   And I quote...
    "Gums is more like it."
    - Steve Koukoulas
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