Review at Atomic Moo

Thanks to the folks at Atomic Moo for reviewing the book.

Do you own a coffee table? On that coffee table do you have a few books showing the photographic wonder of babies dressed as flowers, or the pueblos of the Southwest Indians? If so, then go get a box labeled “garage sell.” You don’t need those eye sores collecting dust any longer because Titan Books has just published Jaws, Memories from Martha’s Vineyard!

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Cinema Fanatic’s first book review

Cinema Fanatic does not normally review books, but they made an exception for JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard:

This is really one of the nicest coffee table books I’ve ever seen. The photographs pop and the pages are so smooth. I’m pretty sure I’ll be flipping through this book for a long time before I take in everything it has to offer. Fans of the film will find this an invaluable addition to their collection.

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Video review by Best Geek Blog Ever

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Flavorwire checks out JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard

Flavorwire looks at the new updated version of JAWS: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard released by Titan:

Titan Books is known for their attractive, film-savvy titles, which is why it’s exciting news that the publisher has released an expanded second edition of Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard. The release is perfectly timed to Universal’s 100th anniversary Blu-ray that hit stores last month. Fans of the 1975 film — about a massive great white shark who terrorizes beachgoers on a resort island — should be thrilled for more rare, never-before-seen artwork, previously untold stories, and more in Titan’s new, extended edition. Readers are treated to sixteen additional pages of rarities, including additional storyboards from Production Designer Joe Alves, more behind-the-scenes photographs from the private collections of local crew members, and other great content from the making of the groundbreaking film.

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Strange Kids Club review

Enter JAWS: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard from fifteenth-generation Martha’s Vineyard resident and film enthusiast Matt Taylor. It is a lengthy read but an endlessly entertaining journey worth the time to learn about the not-so sexy facts behind the film’s production. As one who has read The Jaws Log religiously since childhood and has seen every documentary or behind-the-scenes featurette ever created, I can honestly state that this coffee table book is the bigger boat that true Jaws fans need.

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Review by Cool Ass Cinema

It won’t alleviate fears of going back in the water, but Taylor’s book will provide hours of engaging reading; and awe at the hundreds of newly discovered photographs that detail every aspect of the production as told through the words of the local crew, extras and film personnel. Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard is truly the last word on the subject of Steven Spielberg’s iconic motion picture.

Read the rest of the review at Cool Ass Cinema.

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The UK Mirror looks at some photos from the book


It’s the film that transformed the movie industry and left a generation terrified of the man-eating beasts that lurk beneath the surface of the sea.

Now an incredible set of new pictures shows exactly how Steven Spielberg managed to create the Jaws legend.

From the impressively lifelike shark model being damaged as it crashes into a boat on set in Martha’s Vineyard, to behind the scenes shots of the famous director in action, the images offer a new take on the making of the movie.

See the slideshow at the Mirror.

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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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