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The Blues Brothers: 25th Anniversary Edition

John Belushi , Dan Aykroyd , John Landis    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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After building up the duo's popularity through popular recordings and several performances on Saturday Night Live, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd--as "legendary" Chicago blues brothers Jake and Elwood Blues--took their act to the big screen in this action-packed hit from 1980. As Jake and Elwood struggle to reunite their old band and save the Chicago orphanage where they were raised, they wreak enough good-natured havoc to attract the entire Cook County police force. The result is a big-budget stunt-fest on a scale rarely attempted before or since, including extended car chases that result in the wanton destruction of shopping malls and more police cars than you can count. Along the way there's plenty of music to punctuate the action, including performances by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, and James Brown that are guaranteed to knock you out. As played with deadpan wit by Belushi and Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers are "on a mission from God," and that gives them a kind of reckless glee that keeps the movie from losing its comedic appeal. Otherwise this might have been just a bloated marathon of mayhem that quickly wears out its welcome (which is how some critics described this film and its 1998 sequel). Keep an eye out for Steven Spielberg as the city clerk who stamps some crucial paperwork near the end of the film. --Jeff Shannon

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Expanded version includes 17 minutes of newly added scenes and exclusive interviews with the cast.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want the original version! May 21 2003
Format:DVD
I love The Blues Brothers. This is one of the all-time great comedies; a truly epic comedy. In it's original form, it is flawless from beginning to end. Five Stars easily.
Unfortunately, this "Special Edition" dvd includes 15+ minutes of scenes. Not under a "deleted scenes" section, which would have been appropriate and very welcome, but inserted into the movie itself. To be fair, the extra footage doesn't really hurt the music scenes. But did we really need to see Elwood at his place of employment? Did we really need to see where the Blues-mobile is stored when not being driven? None of the extra footage adds anything to the movie. In fact, it really ruins the perfect pacing of the regular cut.
I truly hope Universal sees the error of their ways and reissues this film on DVD with the original cut. They could even make the added footage viewable within the movie, through seamless branching, but for the love of Pete, give us the option!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review Jan. 9 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
5 out 5
love the first blues brothers movie better then the second movie.
Recommend to anybody who likes older videos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars En Blue Ray c'est vraiment le blues... Jan. 4 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
C'est un très bon film à regarder ,je l'avais vu au cinéma quand il est sorti en 1980, un bon souvenir...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality - An Amateur Bootleg? June 23 2012
By From the Musician's Pen TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I was excited to see this release, a full concert of the original Blues Brothers Band from 1978. I couldn't find any reviews (Warning sign!) so I took a chance and bought it for cheaper at Wal-Mart. I was shocked at how poor the quality was. At first I thought it was a bootleg filmed by someone in the audience, but then the on-stage footage and editing showed there were more cameras.

The sound may be taken "off the board", as the mix is way off at the beginning and eventually the mix comes together. To explain what I mean... you can't hear bass guitar at all until later on in the concert; often when someone is singing or soloing you can't hear them until the person working the mixer raises their level... it's annoying how often this happens; there's a loud feedback that keeps returning, sometimes during songs and sometimes inbetween songs, and the soundman is never able to find where it's coming from; sometimes an instrument suddenly gets loud in the mix for no apparent reason... the piano, the rhythm guitar, etc. all had moments of suddenly being louder than almost anything else.

As for the performance itself, you can tell the Blues Brothers act was very new and inexperienced in front of a live audience. Neither Belushi nor Akroyd can work a crowd yet and the singing is just okay at best. The band is quite good (but the mix is not) but you can tell they haven't played together long enough to be able to "read each other" yet. There are moments where they're caught off guard by the singers, as well as a few sour spots musically... like the closing "Can't Turn You Loose" where Paul Shaeffer's organ isn't even in the same key as the rest of the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Synchronisation Feb. 5 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
La version cinéma, d'une exceptionnelle qualité, fait aisément oublier l'impossibilité de regarder la version prolongée en français car celle-ci présente un défaut de synchronisation de la bande sonore. Dommage car Universal aurait signé là un sans faute. Quoi qu'il en soit ne boudez pas votre plaisir, la version originale n'a aucunement besoin qu'on étire la sauce.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing to the true BB enthusiast. July 31 2003
Format:DVD
Yes, its great that Universal FINALLY released this movie on DVD, but they really should have included with it a copy of the originally edited film. I love this film so much that I will have to go buy a VCR just to watch my old wore out copy of BB (my 4th copy lol) because the unedited one just screws up the whole flow and feel to the movie. The extended scenes are interesting, but this movie is NOT the blues brothers. My recommendation to you, if by some chance you havent seen it yet is to buy this film on VHS first, watch it, then get the DVD....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie Dec 11 2013
By Eddie Nguyen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this flick many years ago & showed it to my young children - telling them to ignore the swearing - because the premise is good. This is Belushi humor at it's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of a kind Aug. 9 2013
By cheryl
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The blues brothers offers so much more than a film. The music is so great and the musicians are awesome. I could watch this movie every day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One night only
With Jake's release from Joliet the two brothers, Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) Blues, are back together again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any video library
Who can exist without this? Without the wonderful Blues Brothers, the set pieces by Aretha Franklin and so many many blues greats, many of whom are no longer with us? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dorothyanne Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
Appealing & endearing & sweet but intentionally fanciful/unbelievable storyline. A showcase of musicians and singers, many of whom are in their prime, with many in 2012 no longer... Read more
Published 23 months ago by cbgb
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk DVD
The DVD I bought was junk! It skipped all the time and would stall for long periods of time, then jump ahead. I would not recommend this reseller!
Published on Jan. 12 2012 by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars pleased
I purchased the Blues Brothers for Christmas.(two weeks prior) It was delivered on time and was pleased with the quality of the DVD it was not a "copy" It came with all DVD case... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2012 by R De Santis
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Brothers 25th Anniversary Edition
Great seller, received item quickly and at a very reasonable price. Would not hesitate to buy again from them.
Published on Nov. 19 2010 by fire1846
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Brothers,a musical delight!
The Blues Brothers in my mind should really be considered a hip musical comedy,or am I just blowing smoke here? Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2010 by Robert Badgley
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