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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 (157 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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3.0 out of 5 stars I want the original version! May 21 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I feel good and you will too! July 19 2004
Here is one of the few movies in my lifetime that qualifies as a "feel good" flick, one where I left so fulfilled I actually missed the characters, story and fun when the movie is over, wanting it all back again. Fortunately, through the miracle of tape and DVD, you and I can both do that!
This production was the linchpin event for the Saturday Night Live characters that wore black suits and sunglasses before the equally fashion-challenged "Men In Black" showed up. Along with "Animal House", this flick reminds me what a great comedy career John Belushi would have had in cinema had he lived more safely (as long as he stayed away from bombs like "1941").
Back to the film...this is loaded with great music, music from many 20th Century ages, music that makes you want to hum, tap your toe, dance, delight, smile, kiss your girlfriend and say hello to God. The plot -- something about getting money for an orphanage -- is superfluous but the movie has memorable scenes and characterizations equal to the equally uninhibited "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World" from 1963.
A hyperactive musical street scene coming out of a music store -- led by the late Ray Charles doing a great blues tune -- is a typical venue in this film. Another time, Aretha Franklin takes a break from her waitress job to sing threateningly to Jake and Elmore. Still another time, Cab Calloway entertains kids so the brothers can get their cash to Chicago. In another scene, the Blues Brothers band does it up good in a honky tonk but drinks too much beer and ends up in a police-car-RV chase with some good old boys known as...the Good Old Boys!
This movie destroyed about 200 cars in and around Chicago and has one of the funniest car crash scenes and accompanying lines in American film history. The line is: "We're in a truck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and historical achievement July 9 2004
Unique, wonderful, hilarious.
"The Blues Brothers" holds up even better than one might have hoped. And that's a beautiful thing for one of the most unique movies ever made. Conceived, as Belushi once put it, as a show case for African-American music, the movie is exactly that and so much more.
I was moved to watch the "Shake Your Tail Feather" scene due to Ray Charles' recent death. The performance is so wonderful, so full of life; we have lost a true national treasure. But his amazing performance for the movie will live on forever. The soundtrack's 5.1 remix (including the reintegration of old footage cut from a preview at the Picwood Theater in LA. According to Landis, in the DVD's liner notes, the movie distributors complained no white people would see the movie!) is simply amazing. Even on my bargain set, it is crisp, pure and clean and is probably my candidate for best sound DVD ever. Landis again demonstrates his technical mastery, understanding of technology and choice of brilliant helpmates.
As the same Landis once put it, "Where else can a white kid see Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker and James Brown in the same two hours?" He left out Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin as well as studio legends Steve "The Colonel" Cropper (who almost single-handed reintroduced cocaine to Hollywood, the number of people who began their addictions under his tutelage is frightening but no names here; you'll have to look it up yourself); and bass legend "Duck" Dunn, one of the greatest bassists of all times (sorry, Duck, my man, even you have to bow, with every other bassist, to Geddy Lee). Normally invisible, we get to see and here the Blues Brothers' amazing band. These studio legends get there fifteen minutes, often to hilarious effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uh Oh, Better Call Maaco! March 11 2004
Why watch a 1980 movie?
* Great music
* Great car chases and crashes
* John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Carrie Fisher, John Candy, Twiggy, Frank Oz, Chaka Khan, John Lee Hooker, Steven Spielberg, and many more
* A funny plot as strong as the characters
You've heard about the car chases and pileups? Besides the massive crunching and flying of vehicles, they show you the real Chicago as well as the landmarks. As chases go, I have never seen a better one. It is like "Starsky and Hutch" times 250.
Seeing Cab Calloway is a high point. He was 73 when the movie came out, and told a younger generation that "Minnie the Moocher" was a red hot hoochie-coocher. His fame was mostly in the 1940s but his swagger still remained.
Many of the actors with bit parts are surprising. Steven Spielberg and Chaka Khan sneak in there, as does Frank Oz. Calloway, Belushi, Candy, Hooker are gone from this life, and James Brown's career is stymied by personal troubles. The movie has all of them together.
Everything is about Jake and Elwood's mission from God. That's how they see their goal of raising money for an orphanage. They only know one way of making legit cash, and that's through music. Jake has been incarcerated and so the Blues Brothers band broke up. Jake and Elwood gather up the old member one by one, and finally talk their way into a gig. There are enough police who would see it another way, and other bands, old girlfriends, Nazis and wives getting in the way, and into some of the most fun that ever hit Lower Wacker.
The extras on the DVD are interesting. The documentary is the only real value, considering John Belushi's untimely death. The sound lacks in depth and stereo quality. You can make up for this by buying the soundtrack.
I fully recommend "The Blues Brothers."
Anthony Trendl
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice story, music
V.g BD quality, nice story, music, action with two nuts!
Published 1 month ago by gabriel chirita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tres bon .
Published 1 month ago by PIERRE VALLEE
5.0 out of 5 stars review
5 out 5
love the first blues brothers movie better then the second movie.
Recommend to anybody who likes older videos.
Published 8 months ago by Nathaniel Riddoch
5.0 out of 5 stars En Blue Ray c'est vraiment le blues...
C'est un très bon film à regarder ,je l'avais vu au cinéma quand il est sorti en 1980, un bon souvenir...
Published 8 months ago by Stuartm5
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
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.
Published 9 months ago by Eddie Nguyen
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 9 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of a kind
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.
Published 13 months ago by cheryl
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 18 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 on Sept. 3 2012 by cbgb
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality - An Amateur Bootleg?
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! Read more
Published on June 23 2012 by From the Musician's Pen
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