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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We’re at New York Comic-Con, October 13-16

New York Comic ConCome meet Matt Taylor, Jim Beller, Julian Wise & publisher Carrie Fyler this Thursday – Sunday (October 13-16) at the New York City COMIC-CON!

Find us at the Moonrise Media Booth #2938.

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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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They Live by Night interviews Matt Taylor

Bilge Ebiri at the blog “They Live by Night” interviewed Matt Taylor about the book.

Of course, the culture at large has an image of Martha’s Vineyard as some kind of haven for wealthy elite types (witness the media silliness over Obama’s recent visit there) but its actual residents appear to be anything but. And Jaws is a film whose shoot was deeply intertwined with the community at large: town residents actually played parts in the film, and the film itself is steeped in a unique kind of atmosphere that no studio set would ever have been able to match.

Visit “The Live by Night” to read the entire interview.

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Hollywood Soapbox interviews Matt Taylor

Hollywood SoapboxJohn Soltes over at Hollywood Soapbox interviewed Matt Taylor about the book.

I wanted to create something that felt like Rinzler’s Star Wars and Indiana Jones books — a book jam packed with all kinds of stories, photos and anecdotes. Mainly because the production of Jaws is so legendary and deserved, I felt, to finally be told through a combination of never-before-heard stories, and never-before-published photos.

Visit Hollywood Soapbox to read the entire interview.

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