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Jaws 2
(1978)
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1991 Varèse
2015 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(October 8th, 1991)

Intrada Records
(November 3rd, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1991 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release, but it went out of print and sold for $50 or more as of 2000. The 2015 Intrada album is a limited product with unknown quantities produced and sold initially for $30.
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Buy it... if you have lost patience with the original Jaws score's famous themes and want to hear them integrated into a strong set of fresh and surprisingly optimistic new ideas from John Williams for this sequel.

Avoid it... if you live and die by the two-note rhythmic motif representing the shark, because Williams applies the idea in less frequent and far less intelligent ways in the sequel.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,368
WRITTEN 8/14/09, REVISED 3/30/16
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Williams
Jaws 2: (John Williams) The classic 1975 Steven Spielberg film Jaws expended all the possible avenues that the topic of a realistic predatory shark could have explored, and the director and majority of crew for that classic project were dead set against the idea of a sequel. Universal Studios, however, enthusiastic about its discovery of the newfound concept of a summer blockbuster, enlisted the co-writer of the first film to conjure a less gory, PG-rated reprise of the limb-tearing menace from that narrative to reap additional profits in 1978. While Spielberg and other key people refused to be involved in Jaws 2, lead actor Roy Scheider wasn't as lucky, reportedly forced by contract to appear in the film against his will. The project rotated between writers and directors even after shooting had started, confirming its many woes despite the advent of a more sophisticated mechanical shark than the one that frustrated the prior production. Ultimately, the vacation town of Amity is once again terrorized by a man-eating shark that is intent on not only sinking boats this time, but making them explode. So ridiculous are the ambitions of shark #2 that it tackles an entire helicopter for lunch. The obligatory scene of confrontation between Scheider and the beast offers an even more unlikely method of shark annihilation than the "mythbusted" conclusion to the previous film. In short, the majority of the $20 million budget for Jaws 2 was spent conjuring new scare tactics (some of which, like the water kite sequence, actually quite adept), reinforcing the rigid character traits from the first film, and, despite the lack of striking nudity this time around, dwelling upon the teenage hormones of Amity's youth as they flirt their way towards a quick demise. The concept would fuel several more feature films in the subsequent decade, and all these sequels managed to accomplished was to confirm the classic status of Spielberg's original. Among the few major players from Jaws to return was composer John Williams, though he too had reservations about the assignment, using the opportunity to awkwardly dismiss his interest in scoring sequels, a statement which, in retrospect, seems a bit strange.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
***** 110 5 Stars
**** 128 4 Stars
*** 106 3 Stars
** 79 2 Stars
* 61 1 Stars
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Mark Malmstrøm - August 28, 2009, at 12:43 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1991 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 41:11
• 1. Finding the "Orca" (Main Title) (3:15)
• 2. The Menu (1:48)
• 3. Ballet for Divers (2:56)
• 4. The Water Kite Sequence (2:52)
• 5. Brody Misunderstood (2:48)
• 6. The Catamaran Race (2:08)
• 7. Toward Cable Junction (3:44)
• 8. Attack on the Helicopter (1:56)
• 9. The Open Sea (2:03)
• 10. Fire Aboard and Eddie's Death (3:25)
• 11. Sean's Rescue (2:55)
• 12. Attack on the Water Skier (2:41)
• 13. The Big Jolt! (4:39)
• 14. End Title, End Cast (3:25)
2015 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 101:29

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of both albums include extensive information about the score and film, albeit in tiny type on the 1991 Varèse product.
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