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The transfer of the video on Jaws 2 is better than average, but looses points for being oversaturated in
the reds. Further, the majority of the film appears to have been transferred directly from the unsqueezed 35mm
anamorphic print, resulting in images which are too thin and tall. A common DiscoVision transfer technique, it
actually looks great on a 16x9 television sets, when set into the "widescreen" mode. The audio is transferred well,
but is a bit overdriven. There is also an annoying low frequency ground hum in the right channel during side 3 on
some copies. The 4/5 side break is terrible - ranking up there with some of the worst in the entire history of
side breaks. In DiscoVision's efforts to even out the sides, a the break follows directly after the shark
eats the helicopter (I'm not kidding). Running the side for another 2,400 frames would have yielded a better
break. Jaws 2 appeared in the original MCA DiscoVision catalog in 1978, and lasted until the October
Some copies of sides 3 and 4 have are know to experience 20 Frame Skip.
10,000 Frame Shift has been noted on some copies of sides 2 & 5.
One mastering of side 5 - marked as W12-010 E2-18 - has three separate mastering flaws. First, the audio is out of phase.
With both channels enabled, and listened to through a Surround decoder, the entire audio program will play in the surround
channels. On some playback equipment, the audio will cancel itself out, rendering the audio almost non-existent. There are
also two frame-level errors. Beginning at frame 1,615, snow developers and remains until frame 1,623. The players will
typically just play through it with a bit of a video 'glitch'. More dramatic is a bit later, for three frames starting at
2,842, the video breaks up completely, producing frames of complete snow. How the player deals with this varies from
playing effortlessly through the gaps to locking up, requiring a 'scan' function to bypass, to the player loosing sync
and erroring out.
While not an 'official' Dead Side, we have run across a disc labeled as Jaws 2 Sides 1 & 2, which is indeed
Jaws 2 on side 1, but is Heroes Side 2 on the other. Numeric dyslexia will get you every time,
Heroes is 10-012, while Jaws 2 is 12-010.
Jaws 2 was finally re-issued to modern LaserDisc fans in October 1992 by MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog #: 41367). That version is a 2 sided CLV Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer pressed by WEA Manufacturing.
A repressing at Pioneer Video was slated at one point, but demand for a repressing never materialized.
Universal Home Video has issued the title on DVD, incorporating a new anamorphic 2.35 Widescreen transfer. The title
was issued in May 2001.
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