Stand-out moments include Spielberg discussing what the film would have been like if it were made today. This paints a varied picture of not just Jaws, but the film industry in general. An unbelievable amount of footage from premieres in Japan, behind the scenes home movies, and on-set happenings make this three-hour piece fly by. Incredibly, it hits that time marker with barely any footage from the film itself. This is new content, not padding for time.
With all of the information provided for the viewer, it’s a shame there is so little time spent on the sequels. While they understandably don’t have the same impact or fan base, a segment on Jaws: The Ride at Universal Studios is longer than the total combined time spent on the three follow-ups. This feels like a missed opportunity, especially given the limited amount of information made available on those “lesser” efforts.
Amazingly, with all of the effort put forth to document this legendary film from any angle imaginable, The Shark is Still Working is still struggling to find a distributor. While it would be the best companion piece to any Jaws re-release DVD or HD DVD, it’s deserving of its own place on store shelves. To do anything less would be a disservice.
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