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Kirkus Reviews spotlight interview with Matt Taylor

Kirkus ReviewsJAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard author, Matt Taylor was the subject of a spotlight interview at Kirkus Reviews:

Matt Taylor was only 2 years old when camera crews arrived on Martha’s Vineyard in 1974 to film Jaws. But when internationally renowned collector of movie memorabilia Jim Beller approached him in 2006 with an idea for a coffee-table book about the making of Steven Spielberg’s classic shark thriller, Taylor, a 15th-generation Vineyard resident, went door-to-door to find snapshots and other production artifacts that had gone unseen for over 35 years.

It was an angle so fresh that Spielberg volunteered to write the book’s foreword, and we awarded the book, named Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard, a star.

Kirkus also gave the book a Blue Star in September and named it one of their Best of 2011.

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Review at CineWeekly

George Taylor reviews JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard at CineWeekly:

Thanks to the openness of the sets, there isn’t a single major actor (including Bruce the shark) or crew member that was able to dodge the shutters of the eager locals. You really start to feel like you were there back in ’74 and now reminiscing with the family scrapbook about that big event that you were never a part of.

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Review by Wired’s “Geek Dad”

Dave Banks reviews JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard on Wired Magazine’s Geek Dad blog:

There are bookshelves stuffed with behind-the-scenes memoirs and photos from the making of movies, but few are as comprehensive (and interesting) as Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard. The oversized book, packed with thousands of images, tidbits of trivia, and interviews, tells the story behind the making of one of the 20th century’s most iconic movies, but, in a unique twist, from the perspective of the locals.

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Christmas gift suggestion from Twitch

The staff at Twitch recommend JAWS: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard for Christmas:

JAWS: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard is a time machine of a book.This is as close as any JAWS fan is going to get to actually being there with Steven Spielberg and crew. Beautifully laid out, with a text that is informative but also inviting, it’s more than eye-candy, it’s also a joy to read.

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Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2011

After receiving their Blue Star, Kirkus Reviews has now named JAWS Memories From Martha’s Vineyard one of their Best Books of 2011 in the Indie category.

Read Kirkus Reviews’ earlier review of the book here.

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Forces of Geek calls the book a “Must Have”

JAWS Memories From Martha’s Vineyard featured on Forces of Geek’s 2011 Geek Holiday Gift Guide:

This is my favorite book release of the year and the definitive “must-have” of the holiday season!

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Book featured on Ain’t It Cool News Holiday Gift Guide

Ain't It Cool NewsJAWS Memories From Martha’s Vineyard featured on Quint’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – Part 2! Books, Comics, Music and Food! on Ain’t It Cool News.

If you only pick up one book from this list this is the one it should be…. It’s a huge, heavy book and is one of the very best Making Of books I’ve ever read.

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Asbury Park Press: “Open wide: ‘Jaws: Memories’ book is a good reason to own a coffee table”

Alex Biese reviewed the book for the Asbury Park Press.

Director Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 thriller “Jaws” marked the birth of the modern blockbuster, and tales of its production are legendary — such as the difficulties of getting the prop sharks to work are nearly as well-known as the film itself. But for “Jaws” nuts and Spielberg superfans, “Memories” is something refreshingly new: a history of the film’s production told through the stories and photos of residents of Martha’s Vineyard, the charming Massachusetts vacation destination where the film was shot.

Read the full review at Asbury Park Press.

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Library Journal Review

Library JournalMike Rogers reviewed the book for the Library Journal.

The book is chock full of anecdotes and is bursting with more than 1000 pix shot by residents that have never been seen before. If you’re a JAWS nut, then you’re going to need a bigger book shelf, because this behind-the-scenes beauty is an absolute must have. I’ve got the paperback edition, but there’s also a killer deluxe boxed Limited Edition hardcover with a DVD containing 8mm behind -the-scenes footage of the JAWS production, which was shot and narrated by Islander Carol Fligor, plus a 1″x1″ piece of the fiberglass hull of the Orca II (a.k.a., sinking Orca) used in the movie with a note of authenticity from owners Lynn and Susan Murphy (how freaking cool is that!).

Read the full review at Library Journal. And see more from the Library Journal here.

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Book review and interview with Matt Taylor and Jim Beller at Cinema Retro

Todd Garbarini reviewed the book at CINEMA RETRO magazine’s website and interviewed Matt Taylor & Jim Beller!

If this book is not the greatest book ever published about the making of a motion picture, I simply don’t know what is. It should set the standard for future publications on similar classics. It stands as a testament to not only a great motion picture, but as an authenticated record of what it truly takes to make a film and realize that film through a camera lens and most importantly, to be able to solve seemingly insurmountable odds and problems that inevitably beset a film crew.

Read the full intervew and review at Cinema Retro.

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