Jaws 3 (1983)

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Released 8-Aug-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Jaws 3, Jaws: The Revenge
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1983
Running Time 94:16
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Joe Alves
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Dennis Quaid
Bess Armstrong
Simon MacCorkindale
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $36.95 Music Alan Parker


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Swedish
Norwegian
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    In a documentary present on the Jaws 2 DVD, mention was made of a third movie possibly being a "spoof" on the original, although the studio were wary of it and did not want to cheapen their very successful cash cow (cash shark? - sorry). Let me offer the suggestion that they should have taken the producers up on the offer, because what has resulted is a movie so out-of-whack with its predecessors that it hardly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath. Yes, there is a shark involved - and that's where the similarity starts and ends. Gone are the high production values, decent acting and a real script to work with. What remains is an empty carcass whose only reason for being rests in the thrill of 3-D. On a personal note, on my 12th birthday I was taken to see this movie during its theatrical run, and the excitement that was generated as the tickets were bought quickly vanished as it became obvious that the theatre was not presenting it in 3-D as advertised. Suffice it to say, the quality of the movie in what seemed pedestrian 2-D was such that we all left after 10 minutes.

    The plot, such that it is, takes place in a marine amusement park which is built in a man-made lagoon, connected to the open ocean by a gated tunnel. A great white shark happens to enter through the tunnel one fine day, and terrorises the owners and paying tourists. Heading the cast is Dennis Quaid as the son of Martin Brody, perhaps the only real link to the previous movies. That pretty much is the story.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is standard, and does not use nor require 3-D glasses.

    The movie is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The look of the film is quite inconsistent. At best, the image is very sharp and quite excellent for a movie of this age. At worst, it is a laughable blurry mess consistent with a budget production. Grain was generally a big problem, and again was variable to the point of being extremely grainy from one scene to having none at all seconds later. I did not notice any problems with shadow detail, though in very dark scenes the grain did tend to mask the image somewhat.

    Given that the only possible redeeming feature of this movie is its 3-D presentation, it needs to be pointed out that we cannot truly view this movie in the way it was intended - which is almost like listening to a stereo recording from only one speaker. Having said that, thankfully there is a minimum of "in-your-face" gimmickry, though when it does happen it is quite obvious - for instance, the focus would tend to linger on a particular shot in order for the effect to be appreciated. The most unfortunate aspect of this whole sordid mess is that process effects are truly, truly appalling and rank as the worst I have seen from any movie. Any time an effect is in use, the image quality takes a nose dive - colours lose vibrancy, grain increases, the image softens and looks totally flat. If Universal needed a reason not to make any further 3-D productions, this would be it.

    Now, the way colours were rendered was very interesting. For the most part, the image was vibrant and strongly saturated with good skin tones, with yellows seeming particularly strong. For about 30% of the film, the right hand side of the image suffered from what seemed poor colour registration, akin to having the three colour channels not correctly aligned. This was worst at the extreme right of the screen, and strangely it came and went with no obvious reason. I can only attribute this to the 3-D production techniques since I have never seen this artefact before.

    There were no MPEG artefacts at all. Film artefacts were frequent, and during optical effects were rampant. There were no film-to-video artefacts.

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
Colour
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Film Artefacts
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Audio

    The soundtrack is English Dolby Digital 2.0, and was surprisingly good.

    Dialogue was generally very clear, with frequent and obvious ADR offering minor lip-sync problems from time to time.

    The score was nicely rendered, with good use of the front soundstage and a nice frequency range, at times extending very low.

    The surround channels were used almost not at all, though now and then the score made its way there with some ambient cues.

    The subwoofer was used at times, though not always integrated terribly well.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Theatrical Trailer

Trailer

These are the same trailers as present on Jaws 2, and are mediocre.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    It seems that R1 land has the good sense not to bother with this title, as I could not locate it at the major outlets.

Summary

    If you like truly B-grade movies, you might enjoy Jaws 3 - the effects are certainly very good for a laugh. The video is a mixed bag, though is watchable. The audio is perfectly serviceable. If you are a die-hard, I can only suggest renting first. For the rest, this title is best avoided.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Cordingley (bio)
Monday, September 10, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba SD-900E, using RGB output
DisplayPioneer SD-T43W1 16:9 RPTV. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationSony STR DB-930
SpeakersFront & Rears: B&W DM603 S2, Centre: B&W LCR6, Sub: B&W ASW500

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