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Jaws 2
(1978)
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 8th, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print and selling for $50 or more as of 2000.
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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.

Avoid it... if you live and die by the two-note rhythm representing the shark, because Williams does his best to minimize its application to only the most necessary of circumstances in the sequel.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,448
WRITTEN 8/14/09
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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) was 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 (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, actor Roy Scheider wasn't as lucky, reportedly forced by contract to appear in the film against his will. 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 two more features 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 (which, in retrospect, is a bit strange). His music for the 1975 production had earned him a well-deserved Academy Award, launching the composer into a career-changing series of blockbuster scores that he was in the midst of when he returned for Jaws 2. One aspect of this sequel score that Williams really emphasizes (more than others, despite similar claims about all his sequel works) is its differences compared to the prior score. The composer was stuck with the same dilemma of re-conceptualizing his ideas for the franchise in an effort to approach it from a fresh new angle and, more than most other parts of the production, he actually succeeded in providing Jaws 2 with an interesting new sound while remaining loyal to the basic elements of the first score.

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Mark Malmstrøm - August 28, 2009, at 1:43 a.m.
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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)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score and film, albeit in tiny type.
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