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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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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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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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Blue Star review for the book from Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus ReviewsKirkus Reviews reviewed JAWS Memories From Martha’s Vineyard and gave it their blue Kirkus Star. The Kirkus Star denotes a book of “remarkable merit.”

Taylor has taken his love for a specific film and turned it into something greater—a beautiful compendium of not just memorabilia, but commentary on the importance of community in the art of filmmaking.

Read the full review at KirkusReviews.com.

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Manta Ray Pictures Review

Manta Ray PicturesTerry Wickham of Manta Ray Pictures reviewed the book:

Shortly after starting to read this book, it was obvious to me that this is the pinnacle of all books about a movie. JAWS: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard is a large coffee table style book that features hundreds of stunning never-before-seen photos and intricate revealing information about the production of Steven Spielberg’s ground breaking summer blockbuster.

Read the full review at MantaRayPictures.com.

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