There is a very real possibility that you do not spend quite as much time thinking on the Halloween season as we do here at the Retroist. But the upside of us stressing over it almost daily is we can find the perfect item that will almost guarantee you are the hit of the party, like when you pick up the JAWS box set from Fright-Rags!
Just look at all of the awesome loot that $40 will net you!
All images courtesy of Fright-Rags.
Here is a closer look at that T-Shirt of Bruce by Christopher Lovell…
…a prismatic sticker and most importantly the replica of the “Collegeville” Jaws mask and box! The only way you are going to get shown up at your Halloween party when wearing these is if someone comes dressed as a land shark!
When I was a kid, my Dad drove an orange 1975 Chevy Blazer just like this one:
The first generation of full-size Chevy K5 Blazers (1969-1972) were introduced to compete with Jeeps, Scouts, and the (then new) Ford Bronco. In 1973 the K5’s body style was updated to what you see above, and up until 1976, the entire top (including the part over the cab) came off in one single piece, making the whole thing a convertible.
After 1975, only the rear part of the roof (think “camper shell”) was removable and the part over the cab no longer came off. That makes the 1973-75 K5 Blazers pretty unique. There are slight grill differences between the three years, but unless you know what you’re looking for they all look essentially identical.
Because of their heavy duty build and 4WD capabilities, these K5 Blazers were often converted into police and military-style trucks, both in real life and in the movies. Chief Brody (played by Roy Scheider) drove one in Jaws:
And, survivalist Burt Gummer (played by Michael Gross) drove a jacked-up K5 in Tremors:
Since the entire top came off of our Blazer, that made it the perfect vehicle for two things: drive-in movies, and watching fireworks. The rear of our Blazer had a bench seat that could be rearranged to face forward, sideways, or backwards. It could also be removed completely. I remember going to the drive-in movies many times and lying on the carpet in the back with a couple of pillows and a can of Shasta Dr. Diablo in hand, watching movies with my family.
And, like I said, every 4th of July my Mom and my sister and I and a few of our friends would pile into the back of the Blazer, drive down to the local Community Center, and watch the fireworks explode overhead from the comfort of our own vehicle.
Every year on the 4th of July I think about that car. I’ve thought about buying one myself, but they’re at that weird age (30 years) where the ones I can afford are falling apart, and the ones that have been restored are out of my price range.
Chevy cancelled the K5 Blazer line in 1995 and replaced it with the Tahoe. The Blazer’s GMC twin, the Jimmy, was replaced in 1992 by the Yukon. Neither model is available as a hard top convertible.
Universal Studios. For me that name conjurors up some incredibly powerful images from their legendary run as a motion picture film studio, as dream merchants presenting their wares in the time of the Silver Screen up to the multiplexes of today. All Quiet on the Western Front. Dracula. Frankenstein. The Killers. Harvey. Man of a Thousand Faces. Spartacus. The Sting. Jaws. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestial. Back to the Future. Jurassic Park. Just a few of the films that have found a way into the hearts of movie lovers over the past 100 years.
Now to celebrate those 100 years, Universal Studios Orlando have unveiled the Cinematic Spectacular! Universal Entertainment and its Creative Director, Michael Aiello, have scoured the studio archives so they could craft an 18 minute show that will be held in the park’s lagoon. Not only will visitors be awed by the show with it’s ingenious use of water, film footage, pyrotechnics, and sweeping music by using a symphonic score blended with the well loved themes from the movies, but as narrator to the short film they brought in Morgan Freeman.
“Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories
The new show is a tribute to Universal’s 100 years of film-making history, highlighting some of the most fun, dramatic, awe-inspiring moments from Universal Pictures’ most iconic films. These moments are shown in crystal-clear clarity on huge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios Lagoon, surrounded by colorful fountains and pyrotechnics, all against an incredible musical score and a powerful narration by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. The show will take guests on a journey of epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good versus evil and triumph – all against a backdrop of light, sound and special effects.
Everyone can remember powerful film moments such as Elliott and E.T. riding across the moon in E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, the heroic struggle of the crew from Apollo 13 or the terror of watching the famed shower scene in Psycho. Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular captures these moments – and so many more. Other iconic films featured in the show include American Pie, The Bourne Ultimatum, Jurassic Park, Scent of a Woman, The Mummy, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Fast and the Furious.
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories and Universal’s Superstar Parade will run year-round except during annual and special events. For more information about both experiences, visit www.universalorlando.com.”
Great new Robert Shaw fans, they finally put a date on the upcoming release of everyone’s favorite shark thriller, Jaws! Besides being fully restored, this release will be packed with extras. Here is the list, straight from the Press Release:
The JAWS Blu-ray™ Combo Pack is available in collectible Universal 100thAnniversary packaging for a limited time. The Combo Pack also contains a Digital Copy of the film for a limited time, compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or online retail partners, as well as an UltraViolet™ copy. UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.
Blu-ray™ Bonus Features:
· The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS: All-new feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider.
· JAWS: The Restoration: An all-new, in-depth look at the intricate process of restoring the movie.
· The Making of JAWS: A two-hour documentary featuring interviews with key cast and crew.
· From the Set: An insider’s look at life on the set of JAWS, featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg.
· Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
· JAWS Archives: Take a peek inside the JAWS archives, including storyboards, production photos and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the JAWS phenomenon.
· Original Theatrical Trailer
· UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Currently available in the United States only.
· Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
· pocket BLU™ App: The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
· BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!
If you are interested in the restoration process, watch this short video and prepare to learn how they went about restoring this classic:
The restoration process for Jaws began with researching and evaluating the existing film elements (original negatives, inter-positives, 35 mm prints, audio magnetic masters, etc.) As part of the Studios’ preservation process, Universal geographically separates duplicate sets of elements in vaults in Southern California and on the East Coast in an effort to protect the company’s most valuable assets. All items are catalogued in a detailed database via barcodes. After testing the various picture elements for the best quality and resolution, Universal technical staff chose the original camera negative for 4K scanning. Due to the effects of time and use, the camera negative had scratches that needed to be removed. Using Cineric, a top restoration post facility in New York, the negative was scanned through a liquid gate process that eliminates surface scratches. The files of scanned film were transferred to servers at Universal Studios Digital Services. Working digitally, the Studios’ skilled technicians meticulously worked to balance color, remove dirt and scratches and repair any additional frame damage on a shot by shot, frame by frame basis. All work is done in keeping with the artistic integrity of the original film.
Once the picture restoration was completed, the team at Universal Studios Sound prepared to up-mix Jaws to a 7.1 mix from the 5.1 mix that had been created in 2000 using the original mono soundtrack. Now on the forthcoming Blu-ray, fans can enjoy JAWS in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, optimizing the sound for the latest home theater technology.
The entire collaborative restoration process is done in conjunction with Amblin’s post production team. Steven Spielberg personally monitored the progress and approved the final picture and sound.
As a part of Universal’s Centennial celebration, the Studio is producing a full slate of preservation elements for Jaws and 12 other classic Universal films. These new materials include videotape masters, digital file masters, Digital Cinema Package (DCP), audio masters, new film negative, check print and 35 mm screening prints. Through Universal’s on-going preservation and restoration process, these titles will be enjoyed by generations to come.
I have been interested in checking out an HD version of Jaws since I first heard to the technology, so I put in my pre-order (now I got to wait until the whole summer is over!). If you are a fan like me, you know you will want to see it as well, so why not Pre-Order Jaws your copy of Jaws on Blu-Ray today.
With the 84th Annual Academy Awards on ABC this evening at 7e/4p it seemed such a great time for this video of Steven Spielberg watching the 1976 Oscar nominations to make it’s way to YouTube! From this video, Steven Spielberg jokingly suggests that Jaws will sweep all of the Oscar nominations…it didn’t quite work out that way.