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Catalog Number 12-001
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 124 minutes
Things that make you go Hummm...

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Issued December 11, 1978
Side Frames Running Time
1 36,412 25min 17sec
2 36,037 25min 02sec
3 33,684 23min 24sec
4 32,938 22min 52sec
5 40,034 27min 48sec
179,105 124min 23sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Large Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Price History
Silver Catalog $15.95
November 1979 $24.95
May 1980 $24.95
August 1980 $24.95
October 1980 $24.95

Pressing Notes

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.

Known Dead Sides

Release History

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 were excluded from this CLV edition.

Things that make you go Hummm...

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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