The Blues Brothers (DVD, 1998, Collector's Edition Widescreen)
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- mintex03Jul 30, 2012by
The Blues Brothers (DVD, 1998)
Great old comedy inspired by skits from Saturday Night Live shows of the time with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues - The Blues Brothers. This is a crazy plot that includes orphanages, prisons, Nazis, Nuns, KKK, Redneck country singers, high-speed chases through a shopping mall, Big band sounds, local and ethnic blues, a psycho ex-girlfriend with everything from bombs to guns to rockets, etc! One thing is for sure; You'll enjoy this film. You will crack up at the crazy antics and you will love the music.
Jake just got out of Joliet prison and Elwood picks him up in an old Mt.Prospect black & white police car. They go to the orphanage where they grew up, to see the Penguin - (Mother Superior). She tells them that they need $5,000 in ten days for taxes, or the place closes and the kids are out on the street. There they run into an old and dear friend, Cab Calloway, who payed harmonica and was their musical inspiration as kids. Next they go on down to "The Tripple Rock", a jive black church where James Brown is the Reverend Cleothis. Here the idea is hatched to put back together "The Band". The rest of the movie is all about the crazy steps they go through to reassemble the band members, get a little rehersal, and land a gig that can earn $5,000. Well, all along the way, they wreck total havoc, angering the Chicago Nazis, a country beerjoint owner, a Redneck country band, and hundreds of local and state cops. The band finally performs to a sold out house and with the money in hand, there is a mad dash to get to the Cook County Clerk's office to pay the taxes in time to save the day. This is a hilarious movie and it will keep you laughing all the way through.Read full review
- jusslinginMar 27, 2011by
The Blues Brothers (1980)
I grew up on this movie and the music that goes with it. At the age of 10, it changed my musical preference forever. Prior to this film I had never been exposed to Blues or R&B. Thanks to John Landis, John Belushi, and Dan Aykroyd I was able to see and hear some of the greatest musical legends of all-time assembled into one singular project - Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, etc.
This movie is a classic in all ways. Not only was it one of the last performances for the team of Belushi/Aykroyd, but it is a true musical comedy.
The storyline is hilarious. Belushi's comedy chops are impeccable, as are Aykroyd's.
I purchased this film because I owned it on VHS and must have watched it a thousand times. The tape broke. I needed to make the DVD transfer finally. If you love great music and a wide variety of comedy styles, this is a can't-miss movie to own!Read full review
- leshart51Jun 08, 2013by
I love the zany, out-of-this-world comedy and superb music in this movie!
The Blues Brothers....
This movie is a great classic! I remember seeing the Blues Brothers 1st appearance on Saturday Night Live, and loved their music from that point on. However, they were also great actors. This movie is as zany and funny as any movie I've ever seen. It was a real shame to lose Johm Belushi, but he lives-on in this movie! It's a great buy at a great price, and EVERYONE should see it! - 10 THUMBS-UP!!!!!!!!!!
- dppa1972Dec 07, 2010by
The Blues Brothers DVD, 1998, Collector's Edition
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. There are plenty of musical cameos also including Cab Calloway, James Brown as a preacher, Aretha Franklin as the owner of a Soul Food diner, Ray Charles as the owner of music store, and John Lee Hooker as a street peformer on Maxwell Street. The film also stars Carrie Fisher, John Candy, Kathleen Freeman, Henry Gibson, and many more. Also look out for a very funny cameo by Frank Oz and a short appearance by Steven Spielberg. Also worth mentioning is the Blues Brothers band including Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Murphy Dunne, "Blue Lou" Marini, Tom "Bones" Malone, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Alan Rubin, and Willy "Two Bits" Hall. The Collector's Edition DVD offers widescreen presentation, the original theatrical trailer, a making of documentary with interviews with the cast and crew, and footage not seen since the original release in 1980. This is a great movie that all viewers will find something to like in it. Do not miss this classic!Read full review
- amateurhistoria...Dec 24, 2010by
Worth getting for restored footage and documentary
This review is only about the content of the DVD version vs. the VHS. I watched this DVD with my usual dread of what "improvements" it would have from the original. When I fall in love with a movie, I want its DVD reissue to be identical to the VHS version. Editors seem unable to resist tinkering, though, and about half the DVD reissues I've watched have noticeable changes. Sometimes they're small enough to overlook, but much too often the changes are larger and ruin the movie for me. I've tossed out several DVD reissues and instead done my own VHS-to-DVD transfers, accepting reduced quality over a bad re-edit.
The Blues Brothers DVD has substantial edits, but for once they make the movie better. Segments that were cut to shorten total run time -- four or five complete scenes, many small snippets, and some longer snippets -- are restored. Nothing was cut. The soundtrack is remixed in a few places, which annoys me; to my ear the original was better. Some restorations add little to the movie, but none of them make it worse. Most of the restorations *do* enhance the movie, adding humor or rounding out the story. Best of all are the restorations to performances: more James Brown, dancing in the church, John Lee Hooker, Good Ole Boys, and the Brothers in the ballroom and in the slam. Alas, no more of Aretha, Ray, Cab, or Chaka Khan (her appearance was so fleeting, why did they put it in at all?). We can't have everything.
To top it off, the "Making Of" documentary, with the back story of the Blues Brothers (the characters and in real life), and the birth and making of the movie, is worth the purchase price on its own.Read full review