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The Blues Brothers (Widescreen 25th Anniversary Edition)

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The Blues Brothers 25th Anniversary Edition includes: TWO Versions of the Film - Expanded Version and Original Theatrical Version (never before available on DVD) and all-new bonus material! Comedy icons John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star in the outrageously funny musical comedy about Jake and Elwood Blues, two brothers searching for redemption with no money but a briefcase full of soul. Hit the road with musical performances by blues legends Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway in the action-packed spectacular from acclaimed director John Landis.

Additional Features

The bonus features on The Blues Brothers (25th Anniversary Edition) are good enough that you'll wish there were more of them. On side A of the two-sided disc, "Stories Behind the Making of The Blues Brothers" is an excellent 56-minute retrospective (included on the previous DVD release) that fully captures the spirit of the film's exuberant production, highlighted by interviews with nearly all of the primary cast and crew, plus on-set footage (including the late John Belushi) from a vintage behind-the-scenes promo film. On side B, the "Introduction by Dan Aykroyd" is cursory at best, and at 22 seconds it's way too brief (perhaps because Aykroyd's anecdotes can be found in the retrospective). "Going Rounds: A Day on the Blues Brothers Tour" is a seven-minute featurette showing Aykroyd and Jim Belushi as the 2005 incarnation of The Blues Brothers, and... well, hey guys, maybe it's time to hang it up and admit that it'll never be the same without John. Your time is better spent on the 15-minute featurette "Transposing the Music," which chronicles the spin-offs inspired by the film, and includes interviews with Aykroyd, John Goodman (costar of The Blues Brothers 2000), composers Howard Shore and Paul Shaffer, and others. "Remembering John" is an essential tribute to Aykroyd's inimitable Saturday Night Live and Blues Brothers costar, with fond and funny remembrance by Aykroyd, director John Landis (one of Hollywood's funniest raconteurs), Belushi's widow Judy Belushi-Pisano, and others who were close to the late comedy legend. It's a fitting honor to one-half of the great, original Blues Brothers duo, immortalized by Landis's 1980 hit, which is looking more and more like a classic with each passing year. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Stories Behind the Making of The Blues Brothers
  • Music Highlights
  • Introduction to the Film by Dan Aykroyd
  • Going Rounds: A Day on The Blues Brothers Tour
  • Transposing the Music
  • Remembering John
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Product Details

    • Actors: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, James Brown
    • Directors: John Landis
    • Writers: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis
    • Producers: Robert K. Weiss
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
    • Run Time: 281 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,003 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0009UC810
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Blues Brothers (Widescreen 25th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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    145 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Kelley on July 31, 2011
    Format: Blu-ray
    Let's get this straight -- this blu-ray contains both the theatrical AND the extended cuts, for the misguided soul here (obviously NOT on a mission from God) who says stick with the 25th Anniversary edition.

    And let's get this clear as well -- the quality of the picture is superb, much MUCH better than the DVD. Older films have issues when you transfer them to blu-ray, no question about it, but this image is as good as it can possibly get (don't believe me? Check out for a review of it).

    On the extended version the extended scenes aren't as good a quality -- the source material there wasn't available and they probably transferred it from the DVD master. But it's not WORSE than the DVD, only not improved.

    And on that note, IMHO the theatrical version is the one you want anyway. This is a film that does not get better when the timing gets slower -- and at nearly 2 1/2 hours the extended version just drags. Watch the theatrical version first and if you are still jonesing for some more Brothers you can pop on the extended version (my guess is you will have gotten full -- satiated and satisfied. And if times were different you'd kick back, light one up, pull down your shades down over your eyes and watch the cool, blue smoke drift hazily towards the ceiling and dream about getting the band back together).

    Just buy it. If you say no, Elwood and Jake will come to your house for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week.
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    49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. Fleitz on July 26, 2011
    Format: Blu-ray
    I've read the reviews on Amazon but wanted the blu-ray upgrade. Amazon's details may not be complete. The blu-ray I purchased has theatrical and extended versions on a single disc. There is a banner at the top front on my cover with says "Includes Theatrical and Extended Versions" and it is also mentioned again on the back cover. The DTS sound is outstanding on my Polk 360 home system and I don't think I am missing anything by not having lossless DTS sound. This movie looks and sounds great on blu-ray and the price is affordable. I found myself enjoying the movie and singing along with the sub-titled songs. I saw it in the theater when it first came out and here it is over 30 years later looking and sounding just as good if not better.
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    110 of 135 people found the following review helpful By T O'Brien on September 7, 2003
    Format: DVD
    The Blues Brothers is a true classic movie, one of the few SNL movies that is actually a good story. Joliet Jake is recently released from prison and picked up by his brother Elwood. The two discover that the orphanage they grew up in is going to be sold to the Board of Education unless they can raise $5,000 to give to the State Assesors office. The Blues Brothers try to get the money by putting their band back together and doing a few gigs. Along the way, they anger the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Nazi Party, the owner of Bob's Country Bunker, and a band from Nashville, the Good Ole Boys. This movie is great from beginning to end. The musical numbers are all great including Jake's revelation in the church, Ray Charles singing Shake Your Tail Feather, Aretha Franklin singing in her soul food diner, the peformance in Bob's Country Bunker, and finally the concert at the end including two of their best songs. As well, there is action galore from Elwood jumping a bridge with their 1974 Dodge Sedan to their chaotic ride through a crowded mall to the police chase at the end through the streets of Chicago( especially Lower Wacker Drive) and the chase up the staircase to the Assessor's office. The Blues Brothers has something for everybody and should not be missed.
    The Blues Brothers are played to perfection by John Belushi as Jake and Dan Aykroyd as Elwood. The two actors are hysterical together throughout as they anger just about everybody in the city of Chicago. There are far too many lines to mention, but it is obvious that they had fun making this movie.
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    233 of 296 people found the following review helpful By Sister Mary Stigmata on August 31, 2005
    Format: DVD
    What a let down! The promise of "never before seen footage" turns out to be the same "never before seen footage" from the last DVD. The bonus materials on this disc are a joke (and not in a funny "ha ha" way). The special "Introduction to the film by Dan Aykroyd" is 23 seconds long. The "Day on the Blues Brothers Tour" is nothing more than a lame performance by the current Blues Brothers at the House of Blues. But the real insult is the featurette called "Remembering John: An ultimate portrait of John Belushi." It clocks in at 9 minutes long (including credits). Ultimate?? This is John Belushi, not Garrett Morris!

    You might be reading this wondering, "So what was this guy expecting?" Well, how about an audio commentary? Perhaps some outtakes? Bloopers? Maybe concert footage of the REAL Blues Brothers on tour with Steve Martin? Why not include Blues Brothers performance footage from SNL? How about revisiting the locations made famous in the movie (the abandoned mall is still standing and still abandoned)? Instead, they chose to include John performing as the Killer Bee on SNL. Instead of a track listing booklet inside the case, they'd rather you have an ad for other "great" DVD titles available from Universal. Instead of never before seen footage, you get the same documentary, the same production notes/pictures, and the same interviews that were included in the previous release.

    It's obvious that this was thrown together with little thought or effort. The Chicago Sun Times did a better tribute piece to the anniversary of the Blues Brothers than Aykroyd did for his own film.

    Oh well...only five more years until the 30th Anniversary Edition comes out.
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