©1975 Universal City Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.
||December 11, 1978
On Side 1, the frame counter doesn't always commence until the Universal trademark is half over. There are known to
be no fewer than 3 complete masterings of this title as the frame numbers can vary by as much as 100 frames, from
copy to copy. October 1980 was the last catalog to list Jaws in the CAV format. Jaws was the first
title pressed by DiscoVision for release at the Atlanta launch.
A time-compressed, 2 sided CLV version of Jaws was released in 1984 by MCA Home Video (Catalog #: 12001).
A widescreen (2.35:1) version was issued in June 1992 by MCA/Universal Home Video as a 3 sided CLV/CAV version (Catalog #: 41086)
which included the notation "Home Video Version" as some music had been changed.
In November 1995 MCA/Universal released a deluxe edition of Jaws to their Signature Collection
as an 8 sided THX® certified Widescreen (2.35:1) Deluxe CAV Limited Edition
Box set (Catalog #: 42583). A year later in November 1996, an Extended Play
version of the Signature Collection edition (Catalog #: 42629) was issued. It is the same as the CAV edition,
but the movie proper has been reduced to 3 sides. It is the same THX®
certified transfer and on-disc supplemental materials are duplicated here as were used previously. The CD Soundtrack and paperback book in the CAV box set was excluded from this CLV edition.
In this ever changing world of Political Correctness and the Communications Decency Act, it is interesting
to see how times have changed. Take the image below of the Jaws Swimmer. The left half is from the
Signature Edition of Jaws. The right half is from the CLV Extended play edition of Jaws,
released in 1981. Other than some obvious color differences, do you see anything else?
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