Monday, 3 September 2012


During a summer of UK shark sightings, the Portsmouth Victoria synchronised swimming club has recreated the iconic JAWS poster as part of a routine set to John William's famous score to promote Universal Pictures' first ever Blu-ray release of the remastered film (out now).

The routine was devised by Head Coach Helen Morris to pay homage to the classic film and was performed by a team of 9 girls from the club aged between 13 and 17. As well as other movements, the routine included famous dorsal fin shapes and the club’s interpretation of the well-known opening scene in which a lone female swimmer falls victim to the shark.

JAWS is available for the first time ever on Blu-ray on 3rd September following Universal’s extensive restoration programme as part of the studio’s ongoing 100th Anniversary celebration. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the JAWS Blu-rayTM with Digital Copy and UltraVioletTM gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.

Helen Morris, Head Coach of the Portsmouth Victoria Synchronised Swimming Club commented: "We've had various requests over the years, but this is the first time we've ever had to interpret something like JAWS – which would normally have everyone leaving the water! It is such an iconic film and we loved being part of the challenge.

A Universal spokesperson commented: “We wanted to celebrate JAWS in a unique way, and what better way than heading back into the water to bring the film to life like never before. The film is famously known for putting a generation off swimming in the sea, but as the Portsmouth Victoria routine is in a pool we don’t think it will have the same effect! With the release of JAWS on Blu-ray, remastered and restored for the first time ever, old and new fans can rediscover the iconic film and re-live the terror once more – only this time in stunning high definition.

Blu-ray™ Bonus Features:
  • The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS: A 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
  • 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!
Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

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