Jaws II: The Amity Horror

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A Town.... A Curse... A Monster
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Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
116
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
93
Time Cut:
23
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Brief Synopsis:
Jaws 2 has been called a competent yet unnecessary sequel - and in many ways that's certainly true. However, I've always loved the film, almost to the same degree of Spielberg's original masterpiece. In my eyes, it doesn't even need a fanedit, but I thought the opportunity was there to present a streamlined, fun and dare I say more powerful version of this great sequel.
Intention:
To present Jaws 2 as a slasher style movie that may have been released at the height of the slasher craze of the early to mid 80's. In this edit, the shark is basically Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers hunting down various teenagers and anyone who gets in its way and happens to be on the menu. Also, I have attempted to remaster the soundtrack, by adding the stereo mix of John Williams magnificent score from the La La Land Records CD release. There's also new colour grading added in an attempt to embrace the warmer 80's style colour palette which you saw in many slasher movies from that era.
Special Thanks:
MusicEd921 , Sophie Welch, bionicbob , Dwight Fry, RidgeShark , TMBTM , Toodles
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Audio Commentary
English Subtitles
Cuts and Additions:
Score remastered, using stereo CD soundtrack released by La La Land Records
New Colour grading, to give a warmer, more 80’s feel.

- Removed scenes with divers attacked after they find the wreckage of the Orca
- Cut entire sequence of the Holiday Inn Grand Opening Ball
- Alternate pre-credit sequence added, using the water ski chase
- New title sequence created
- Cut Brody meeting Hendricks on the Docks, as they discuss the missing divers
- Removed scene at the police station where Brody talks to various people, including when Hendricks shows Brody the recovered camera from the missing divers
- Parasailing close call scene split and restructured
- Scene at Brody’s office with Hendricks trimmed, to remove the mentioning of the missing divers’ camera film being developed
- Beach scene, slightly trimmed to remove young girl telling the Mayor and Len that Brody is looking for sharks using the shark tower (reason for this is pacing, keep the movie moving)
- Photos being developed which show the shark attacking the divers removed
- Cut Town Hall sequence where Brody shows the photograph of the shark and the committee decide whether to believe or fire Brody for his actions on the beach
- Trimmed scene between Brody and Ellen, whereby he discusses being fired, as it mentions the photograph (which is not relevant to this edit).
- Cut scene of Brody and Ellen discussing Mike being an early riser and what Brody should do now that he is fired
- Slightly trimmed scene of Brody, Ellen and Hendricks going out of the harbour in the the police boat to chase down the teenagers out sailing – for pacing reasons
- Reinserted John Williams full music cue for the scene where Brody, Ellen and Hendricks approach Tina’s boat after Eddie has been killed
- Attack on helicopter pilot extended, using deleted scene
- Cut scene of Ellen confronting Len about her son being out there with the rest of the teenagers
- Scene of Lucy praying remove (again, for pacing reasons)
- Jackie’s breakdown scene trimmed. Also trimmed some other moments of Jackie’s screaming
- New post-credit scene added
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While some of the later sequels in the Jaws series are quite terrible (looking at you Jaws: The Revenge), I’ve always found Jaws 2 to be very enjoyable. Definitely has a different tone to the original but that’s not inherently bad. I was really curious to see what LastSurvivor would do with a movie that I already enjoyed and he definitely didn’t disappoint. The Amity Horror couldn’t be a more accurate title because this does play more like a horror movie and it’s all the better for it. The pacing is perfect as are the editing choices. I didn’t miss any of the scenes that were deleted whatsoever. Considering the fact that I’ve always really enjoyed Jaws 2, the fact that this will be my preferred version from now on is high praise! Phenomenal edit and one that is recommended to anyone that loves horror, the Jaws franchise, or shark movies in general.
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Holy macaroni. I always liked Jaws 2. However, I think it's always been too slow and it lacked impact. You turned this beast into a much tighter, more fast paced, intense shark-slasher. I didn't miss a single thing from the original cut, that's how impressive your editing is. The narrative is tight and focused. Loved the warmer colors too. I seriously might never go back to the official cut ever again, that's how much I enjoyed your edit. Might be your best one yet. Keep the amazing work up, man!

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Jaws 2 is frequently thrown under the bus as an almost worthless sequel because of the cardinal sin of not being nearly as great as the original Jaws. And to be honest that's true, it's not. But it's still a solid and highly enjoyable and entertaining movie that still feels a lot like it belongs with the original, and it does have certain unforgettable moments and scenes. For me, it's the third best among all of the "killer fish" movies that were made around the late 70s-early 80s (second best would be Joe Dante's Piranha, and I don't think I need to mention what the absolute best is).

However, as Last Survivor very sharply noticed, this is at its core actually a slasher film in the ocean. This was 1978, and the slasher genre was rising fast. You may have heard of a certain little film starring a guy in a William Shatner mask that was released that very year and that I understand got quite popular... So they did apply the structure to the sequel to Jaws, which in my opinion definitely beats the kind of sequel that just tries to be a replica of the original. So what this edit does is embracing that factor and the fun that comes with it, and the result is a fast paced, lean, mean little trip that feels like the perfect "rainy Sunday afternoon" type of movie. Exactly what it was for a lot of us, including the editor. One can feel the love that LS has for the film and the franchise in every frame and every cut.

Editing is, as expected, completely professional. If one had never seen the film it would be impossible to guess where the cuts happen. I also love the warm, summery color grading that fits the movie so well, and particularly the fact that the John Williams score has never sounded better. If you are a Williams fan (and who isn't?) you will love this edit.

The only minor flaws that this presents are a bit of ghosting in certain shots. Now, I am aware of Last Survivor doing absolutely everything he could do to make those look good, but some things are unavoidable if you have a sub-par source for one scene (an originally interlaced and low quality deleted bit) or if you play with less than ideal slow down parameters ingrained in your software. But this is, as I said, minor stuff, the edit looks absolutely great otherwise, and let's be honest, this is the type of movie we all watched on battered rental tapes and never complained.

A hour and a half of pure fun. It even includes a playful wink at the so-terrible-it's-good Jaws IV! What else can one ask for?
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While not as inventive as his Jaws III: Monster edit, Last Survivor has created another wonderful edit. He eliminates some of the "slower" moments to create a faster paced edit, in which he is able to turn Jaws into more of a Jason or Michael type slasher with the non-stop attacks. I've always enjoyed this film, not as much as the original, and like many, have always thought of it as a "teen slasher" flick. For whatever reason during this viewing, I couldn't stop laughing at how ridiculous Jaws was in the non-stop pursuit of trying to kill the teens during the final act. The only real major change to the film is the beginning, and a little bit at the very end, which worked really well for me! I just discovered LS's edits 6 weeks ago, but have enjoyed them all and look forward to any projects he does in the future... If you are a fan of Jaws 2, I think you will enjoy this edit.

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IT WAS OK. please make new versions of the orignal movie. but ok fun.

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