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Watch out for under-cranked stock footage from nature documentaries, because Jaws 3-D is (probably not) the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the title or the movie poster above to download our review of the film, featuring Matt “Saint Mort” Kelly from the Horror Movie Night podcast.

Review in a Nutshell: Hamstrung by an implausible premise and gimmicky 3-D camerawork, Jaws 3-D is arguably the nadir of the Jaws films. Despite a surprising amount of talent arrayed before and behind the camera, the film’s plot never quite hits its stride and the cinematography and special effects suffer from the de-conversion process. It’s an odd relic from an early Eighties 3-D revival that never got off the ground.

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4 Responses

  1. On the other side of the world on hotel wifi so I haven’t yet had a chance to download the episode, Paul – but I hope you talk a lot about the 3D shot of the shark breaking through the aquarium glass and swimming right into the audience.

    That was Some…Special Special Effect, all right….

  2. I think I only saw Jaws 3 at least ONCE in my life, and never again. It just wasn’t something I felt I didn’t need to see anymore, though I was probably at a very young age and this aired on TV someplace, but do recall the cruddy shark breaking into that lab effect.

    It’s true Sea World wasn’t getting crapped on the way they are today, though it’s still a shame to think we no longer have that one in Ohio anymore. Never did go there.

    While it’s 3-D version hasn’t been available in the US commercially, Japan did get it on an obscure format called VHD during the mid 80’s.
    http://sharksmoviesandmore.blogspot.com/2010/06/jaws-3d-vhd.html
    http://www.jaws-3d.com/blog/?p=2109

    There’s been pirated DVD copies based on this edition that have popped up over the past decade.

  3. I think I only saw Jaws 3 at least ONCE in my life, and never again. It just wasn’t something I felt I didn’t need to see anymore, though I was probably at a very young age and this aired on TV someplace, but do recall the cruddy shark breaking into that lab effect.

    It’s true Sea World wasn’t getting crapped on the way they are today, though it’s still a shame to think we no longer have that one in Ohio anymore. Never did go there.

    While it’s 3-D version hasn’t been available in the US commercially, Japan did get it on an obscure format called VHD during the mid 80’s.
    http://sharksmoviesandmore.blogspot.com/2010/06/jaws-3d-vhd.html
    http://www.jaws-3d.com/blog/?p=2109

    There’s been pirated DVD copies based on this edition that have popped up over the past decade. Who knows, we could see a 3D BluRay someday.

  4. I recall seeing this only once in my life, as some kid in the 80’s seeing it somewhere on cable TV. I remember the crappy shark footage zooming into the window and nothing else!

    Speaking of 3-D, the film did receive a commercial release in Japan on an obscure format called VHD in 3D, pirated DVD copies had came about over the past decade from this release. Maybe someday whoever owns the film will let Shout! Factory do whatever they want with it if it means giving us an excuse to watch the cheap effects in 3D!

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