Jaws 3

3.71 h 39 min1983PG
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... Swimmers are terrorized when Florida's Sea World captures a young Great White shark, angering its 35-foot mother!
Joe Alves
Dennis QuaidLea ThompsonLouis Gossett Jr.
English [CC]
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Bess ArmstrongSimon MacCorkindale
Rupert Hitzig
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4.4 out of 5 stars

3241 global ratings

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John FaustReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must buy for 3D lovers!
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If you are a fan of 3D movies and love a fun, campy, "horror" movie then this is the blu-ray to buy!

The 3D movie is an extra on the disc - which seems strange as its only marketed on the back of the cover as an extra and the quality of the 2D movie is not very good. The main 2D feature quality is extremely grainy. That makes no sense at all coming from a post production professional. The real 3D is a treat to behold! It's real 3D and not blue and red lenses in cardboard.

The main titles alone appeared to stretch across my living room and several scenes have gags that appear to come so far out of the TV that it almost makes you cross-eyed :)
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Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
We admit this is a goofy one, but we love it
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With 3 Jaws options out there, most people love #1, some #2, we happen to love #3. It’s goofy and completely early 80s and you add in the 3D and it’s off the charts, but it’s also fun and for someone my wife and I both love it.

Set in a Sea World type park, this one brings the wild into the contained and sees Dennis Quaid and Bess Armstrong taking on the latest in Jaws action. 3D effects were used and in this non-supported (no glasses) version, the effects are beyond goofy - as are the moments chosen. But it’s among the reasons we like it. The story is thin, but the acting is ... trying to be good. It is. Actually, lesser actors would have made this a comical farce.

It’s not about winning awards, but rather about having some movie fun. We love it for a rainy afternoon and just kicking back with something fun. The other Jaws movies made us want to stay out of the ocean... this one makes us want to head for Sea World and see what action might take place. The Jurassic Park sequels of their day, just like that franchise everyone will have the ones they hate and the ones they love. We really like #1 and #2, but we have a lot of fun with #3.
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A. RoseReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
This has its share of spectacular moments
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This movie was originally made as part of the 3-D revival that came to the cinema world in the early 1980s. As a result, there are certain parts of it when the camera hesitates on a particular picture, which would have been when the 3-D special effects would have been most visible. It was also made as a vehicle for Dennis Quaid, who, at that time, was one of the most popular stars on the motion picture scene. However, for all of that, this film is still a pretty good one. Quaid stars as the now grown Mike Brody, oldest son of the police chief in the previous films. He is a construction engineer who specializes in underwater environments, and is in charge of the newest attraction in a Sea World amusement park, a series of underwater tunnels that visitors to the park can stroll through. Enter into this a very large shark that accidentally gets trapped in the manmade lagoon where everything has been built, and you've got a film that is destined to provide quite a few exciting action sequences. Bess Armstrong also stars as Brody's love interest and head biologist of the park, Louis Gossett, Jr. plays the administrative head of the park, and the late Simon MacCorkindale appears as an underwater photographer and adventurer who has shown up to document the park's grand opening. Don't expect the human drama of the first two movies, but this one, while not the best of the series, definitely has its share of spectacular moments.
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Great AppReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everything is awsome
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3D viewing was very nice. I sat in the corner about 14 feet away from a 113" screen, screen was set to manual scope out the black bars. And all the 3D came in just fine. Some CGI moments look like very very obvious CGI was used. The depths in viewing front to back were obvious to make out, nothing seemed flat except for a shot or two. Alot of buldge from the peoples heads too was a favorite used throughout the movie. No 3D pop out effects seem to cross eachother out of sync except for the begining title JAWS 3D but this might be due to my sitting in the far left corner of the room. Also if i had an extra 6 ft of space (total 20ft) to go back i would of actually observed all these pop out 3D effects in another visual space experience. I noticed this coming back to my seat from 20 ft away. For example at 14 ft away the needle obviously pokes some ways out of the screen but still feels like its in your face.....then the same exact needle scene at 20ft away seems to show more picture from the top and bottom of the needle giving it more of an effect of floating out in space rather than straight right to your face. The 3D force is strong with this one. I want to revisit this movie at 20ft next time.
Karen J. Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Possibly the laziest film-making ever
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I did not see this in 3D but it is possibly the laziest movie-making ever. Dennis Quaid should be ashamed to have been in it, but then again it's all about the bottom line for actors. The very worst part was Lea Thompson getting bitten by a 35-foot white shark. You see a big mass of blood in the water but when they carry her out you don't see one drop of blood and all she has is a small gash in her leg. Really? I'm pretty sure if a 35-foot shark bit you in the leg, that leg would be gone! So many lacking scenes. When the guide starts walking people out of the underwater tunnel she's telling people not to panic but when they all do SHE'S right there with all of them, running and screaming. Many "faux pass" in the movie. I skipped through so many scenes because they were so ridiculous. I am hoping that the four-star rating is simply for the 3D, otherwise it was just the same boring formula used in B movies. I'd call this a "C" movie!
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titania86Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
My favorite cheesy shark film
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While stalking water skiers, a great white shark gets into the gate leading to Sea World Orlando attractions. No one seems to notice except for the dolphins Sandy and Cindy. Dr. Kay Morgan (senior marine biologist) and Michael Brody (architect of attractions) work together and investigate the missing mechanic whose body never surfaced.

I thought I never saw this film, but watching it had me feeling so nostalgic and I remembered almost every scene. I used to watch it so many times as a kid on commercial TV with my siblings. Jaws 3D is one of the cheesiest movies and I love it so much. The character are shallow, the dialogue is awful, and their reactions are over the top. Kay and Michael are the only remotely likeable people in the entire film, but they're also a pretty cute couple. The park manager Calvin is only interested in profits and puts the animals in dangerous situations, ignoring Kay's valuable advice. I'm not exactly sure why Sea World would want their name on this especially when the officals of the company are so toxic. Phillip is another awful character who treats Kay like garbage and wants to kill a shark on life TV.

I am more on the shark's side this movie. 90% of the humans are awful and I don't really care if they die. The death of the baby shark is a truly sad, sobering moment in this campy film. It was put in a tank that was too shallow just to show it off to patrons without assessing its health or identifying its environmental needs. I don't blame the mother shark for wanting reveng. It then destroys parts of the underwater tunnels and crashes into the window to the underwater cafe in one of the best worst shark scenes ever. The shark attacks look incredibly awkward and more like people swim into its mouth on purpose than the shark trying to eat them. The 3D moments look pretty terrible, particularly the last scene of the film. Even though it has flaws galore, I love this movie in all its cheesy glory.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not as bad as I feared
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I had low expectations, since this movie was trying to take advantage of the craze for 3D movies at that time. But it turned out to be a rather bland but enjoyable movie. On Amazon streaming, I did not see 3D, but it was obvious when those effects were present. And that is also why it has a lower rating from me. The 3D objects were simply not rendered well, and became distracting. In one of the first effects, with the severed arm, it looked out of place with the background. And the submersible color tone was totally wrong as they showed it underwater.

There were some annoying things that made no sense. When there is the small shark loose, they are running around shouting at people to get out of the water, as if a park like that has no PA system. Later, they use the park PA system to instruct people to leave. Near the end, the movie really fell apart, in my opinion. The diver in the mouth of the shark made no sense, unless they were mimicking the Jonah and the Whale story. (The diver was swallowed, not chewed up.) Sharks can’t swim backwards and they do not growl.

Not a terrible movie, but not a great movie either. Passable entertainment.
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GnomanReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
3D was a nice bonus
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I got this for the rifftrax which is hilarious as usual (by Cole Stratton and Janet Varney on this one). The 3D was an added bonus, but sadly my attempts to convert it to blue-red analglyph for the non-3D 4k TV have failed. VLC on the PC plays it in analglyph filter mode automatically, but ffmpeg messes up on the extracted side-by-side video and creates far too much separation. In any case I'll figure that out eventually and from what I watched of the 3D on the PC it definitely has that great 70s/80s corny "stuff jutting out towards camera for no reason" feel that makes me want to pick up some of the other old 3D stuff once I get the conversion figured out. :)

The movie itself is of course pretty cheesy and terrible as you'd expect out of the 3rd (and in the case of some nameless space epics, 4th through at least 7th) installment of a classic, but that's why I bought it. :D
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