Jaws 2: Extended Integral EditionFeatured
1.33:1 footage is used when no widescreen alternative was available. This footage is currently very rare and are sourced from VHS. I spent a great deal of time trying to improve this VHS footage, including cleanup and using Topaz AI to give it just a little extra perceived detail.
The CIC VHS release is in Portuguese and has been subtitled when no English audio is available.
From Official Releases:
1) Martin drives Ellen to work and ends up giving her boss (Len Peterson) a ticket for illegal parking - after two previous warnings.
2 )After grounding Michael, Brody & Ellen have an extended dialogue scene which ends with him hiding his gun and poison-tipped bullets in the bathtub.
3) After Brody’s showing of the photograph - taken by the two missing divers - Peterson and the selectmen vote him out, with only the Mayor showing support for Brody.
4) Underwater attack on the helicopter pilot by the shark.
From the TV Version:
6) Extra scenes at the opening of the HOLIDAY INN - Ellen tells a waitress to smile and look cute. Peterson tries to cut in when Brody & Ellen dance.
7) Extended scenes at the police station - Polly the secretary (recast) has some dialogue.
8) After the incident at the beach, Peterson convinces the Mayor to have a meeting with the selectmen, to vote Brody out of his job.
From the Original Brazil CIC VHS Release:
9) Hendricks, Red & divers recover the camera at the last known location of the two missing divers - the ORCA’s resting place. Portuguese-only with English Subtitles
10) The TV version's extended scenes at the police station have a longer opening.
11) Brody walks through his house before looking at a mirror
12) Additional shots at the beginning of the deleted underwater helicopter attack.
Jaws 2 never came close to the cult status of its predecessor, but still has sufficient bite. It has very good sequences, some very genuine shocks, different storylines and also interesting new characters. But nothing compared to Roy Scheider RIP.
Now let's go back to the initial fan edit review... First I want to give Ridgeshark a big round of applause. I mean the level of commitment to finding the delete scenes and then putting them in the theatrical version, it's just simply amazing. Honestly, I did not follow the editing process, but how on earth did he find the old Brazilian CIC VHS and the TV edition footage. And then finally turning them into decent-looking HD footage is simply top-notch.
I really enjoyed all the extended and alternate scenes. In particular the additional underwater shark attack on the helicopter pilot and where chief Brody drives Ellen to work and gives her boss a parking ticket.
Regarding now the technical aspects, the deleted and extended scenes are well put together and they don't have a negative effect on the whole movie. Sure, you could argue that the formats are different, but this is a fan edit and it should be enjoyed and treated as such.
Thank you Ridgeshark for the opportunity to watch your fan edit and to give me a new viewing experience. I guess I can now frame my laserdisc version on the wall :)
First things first - I love Jaws 2. Always have and always will. I find it's an incredibly underrated sequel, which considering its problematic shoot (original director John Hancock being fired after at least a week's shooting) is actually a very fine example of how to make a worthy follow up to a classic original. It's crammed full of superb set pieces and the best special effects of the entire series. Sure, it hasn't quite got the deft touch of Spielberg's Jaws, but it has a good script, interesting characters and is paced to near perfection. Oh, and John Williams outdoes himself again with another brilliant score.
So, needless to say I've been watching the progress of this edit with some degree of excitement and fascination. The efforts that Ridgeshark has gone to here, to not only present the longest version of Jaws 2 possible, but also the painstaking trials and tribulations of turning old VHS footage into something half decent alongside the HD quality of the theatrical cut footage, is quite something to behold. I for one was quite surprised how reasonable the VHS footage looked. Sure, it's light years away from the theatrical footage, but it's very impressive nonetheless.
Ridgeshark also deserves considerable praise for his skillfully he transitions from full widescreen to scenes which are 4:3. Of course it's noticeable, but this is as carefully done as it could be and makes for rewarding viewing. I could be wrong, but it appeared once a deleted scene was about to come up he would gradually fade in the audio from the VHS or deleted footage whilst the theatrical cut was still playing, meaning any sound quality difference between the two would be as unnoticeable as possible. Only once did sound levels seem a bit off, when Brody is in the bathroom after pulling the body out of the ocean - it just seemed louder than anywhere else in the edit - otherwise, this is excellent work.
Of the deleted footage, some scenes are better than others. Some you could literally see why they were cut (usually unimportant scenes which go for pacing reasons), but others are genuine gems which I wish had stayed in the theatrical cut. For example, the scene where Brody's job is discussed by the Amity council is much longer, and you really see the Mayor wanting Brody to stay in his position as Chief of Police. Needless to say, the extended helicopter scene is much scarier and is terrific.. it was also cool to see the diver's camera recovered. So much good stuff.
Overall, this is a must see for any Jaws 2 fan. Ridgeshark, I would like to congratulate you on a brilliant edit. I also loved the moment during the end credits where you give information about the various sources you used. A nice touch. All in all, Jaws 2:Extended Integral Cut comes highly recommended.
All that needs to be said here for this review is that RidgeShark should be praised for his work on this because this really is the definitive version of JAWS 2. The Deleted & Extended scenes were put in so well and does not have an effect on the movie at all. It was interesting to see the how the brazil CIC VHS Footage would output and it seems to be just fine. Heres to hoping that You can get Tubarao 1 (Jaws 1) Extended