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Friday, September 14, 2012

Cool Ass Cinema Book Reviews: The Last Word On Jaws Edition!


By Matt Taylor

312 pages; color & B/W; softcover (expanded edition)

Editions--Oct. 2011; first Titan edition September 2012

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.

There have been countless film reference books made on various genres over the years. While there are many that are extremely well written tomes offering near definitive status for their subjects, few are as lovingly, and exhaustively compiled as Matt Taylor's Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard; a collaborative effort with lifelong JAWS memorabilia collector, Jim Beller.

This exceptional compendium isn't just anecdotes and interviews with personnel that worked on the film, but stories told primarily from the very individuals who live in Martha's Vineyard. The heart of this massive book entails those experiences of the islanders that participated in the making of JAWS through both the visuals of their pictorial scrapbooks and written passages in their own words.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds upon hundreds of behind the scenes photos, this is without doubt the last word on the subject of Spielberg's timeless classic of terror beneath the waves.

Broken down into six chapters, this picturesque volume lays out the behind the scenes travails of JAWS from inception to its June 20th, 1975 theatrical reception. It's an absolutely essential purchase for JAWS fans and the ultimate film related coffee table book.

This 312 page expanded edition (extended from the first editions 296 pages) adds even more never-before-seen images and reminisces to an already packed collection bursting at the seams with incredible photos. Far more than a picture book, the amount of written info is equally plentiful.

Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard offers movie fans and JAWS fans in general the best of both worlds; it gives readers much to sink their teeth into as well as throwing a mountainous amount of imagery to those shark fans swimming for something on the visual side of photographic sustenance.

This expanded second edition is set to be released on September 25th, 2012. It is available for pre-order at amazon HERE.

For more information, and ordering straight from the publisher, check the Titan Books website HERE.

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