Jaws II: The Amity Horror

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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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LS has decided to take Jaws 2 and try to drive it more to the slasher film it sort of always has been.

He added a new warmer color grading to give it a more 80's feel but I personally enjoyed this color variation and it reminded me of really nice bright beach weather days. I would love to see the normal version of Jaws 2 with this color grading change

The shark eats way more than a normal shark would. In fact because it blatantly hunts down people, eats more than it could possibly consume and has an intelligence enough to understand how to separate and pull boats apart (for its own benefit), this shark is more like a monster. Add now a disfiguring bad burn on half the side of its face (which was from the re-ordered speed boat scene which now opens the film), and we have our psycho killer with a temper. So this part works

The problem I have is I still don't see it exactly as a slasher film. Williams score music is too damn good and almost suspenseful rather than going into the horror realm (well at times) to give me a feeling of a slasher horror movie, even though the shark is clearly treated as such a character. Wonder if the feeling would be different (and if it were even possible) to use another film score (say from Friday the 13th) and see if it changes the tone a bit more?

That being said:: as an alternate, streamlined and completely suspenseful, fast moving and different telling of the film, this works as gold!!! I highly recommend checking this out

I have not yet listened to the commentary track but looking forward to it.
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It has been a long time since I watched Jaws 2 and was keen to watch it again with the stated improvements. I was not disappointed. This tightens up the story and keeps the focus on the Brody family, trimming away some of the sections which drag. I welcomed the increased colour saturation, but found it pushed a little too red for me, but otherwise, Nice work Last Survivor. Thanks.

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Definitely one of the more conservative edits I've seen, but there's clearly love for the source material behind this edit. What's good in Jaws 2 is brought to the fore, with tightened pacing and a spotlight on the returning characters and the impact of the previous movies on their psyches (or lack of impact in the case of the mayor). While those hoping for something a bit more off the wall akin to the famous "Jaws: The Sharksploitation Edit" might come away disappointed, for fans of the original, this is a much more well-honed and atmospheric version of that movie, well worth adding to your Jaws marathon. (For one thing, the "shocking" finale is far less ridiculous. For that alone, this edit deserves to supplant the original version in your collection!)

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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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