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Blues Brothers [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]


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Product details

  • Actors: James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, Limited Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2014
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IIJ9F8I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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After building up the duo's popularity through 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

Synopsis

In roles made famous by their famed Saturday Night Live skit, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi star as Ellwood and Jake Blues in this extremely entertaining and successful comedy. Upon Jake's release from prison, the brothers are reunited and visit the orphanage they grew up in--only to discover that it is in danger of being shut down by the county for failure to pay taxes. With a little help from James Brown as a revival preacher, the Blues Brothers are divinely inspired to raise the $5,000 that the orphanage needs to stay open. On their mission from God, they must reunite their old band and raise the money by playing various gigs around town. The wild adventures of the band include dodging evil neo-Nazis, playing in a rowdy redneck bar, and narrowly escaping the crazed Carrie Fisher as Jake's ex-fiancee, who is out to see him dead. Finally, the boys have to get to a gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom and deliver the $5,000 to the county assessor's office--leading to one of the most wild and hysterical car-chase smashups in film history. John Landis has spiced this wonderful romp with fabulous rhythm-and-blues numbers from such greats as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Part of Universal Studios "100th Anniversary" celebrations - there are 15 UK-released titles in this 23 April 2012 BLU RAY and DVD series - and "The Blues Brothers" is one of them - an "Augmented Reality" issue.

So what is "Augmented Reality"? It's a 3D mini-show that's built into the front sleeve of each release. You download the free "Universal 100 App" from their website to your Smartphone or Tablet (iPhone 3GS or above, iPad 2, Android and other high-end devices) - you open the download and hold your phone/tablet over the front sleeve. It wirelessly loads and then begins playing a 3D display that lasts about 20 seconds - in this case you're looking down on both the suited boys dancing on the cover. That's it I'm afraid. The "Jurassic Park" one has a Velocaraptor attacking a Tyrannosaurus Rex while the Rex lets out that distinctive roar. Pretty silly stuff and over as soon as its begun.

As you can imagine this is essentially a 'gimmick' primarily only available to iPhone users and the novelty wears off pretty quickly. Worse - some marketing bright spark has also stuck a lengthy "Lifetime Of Memories" Universal sticker right across the back of each release advertising holidays and prizes you can win - except that it completely covers that part of the back-cover which tells you what BONUSES on the disc. In other words you cannot visually tell what's actually on this release - even as you hold it in your hand! It's a simple mistake - but a staggeringly stupid one - and I'd argue sabotages sales of otherwise excellent titles.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anorakus on 23 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What can I say about The Blues Brothers... a classic action-comedy-musical and showcase of some classic blues tunes and top-notch musicians, the likes of which would struggle to get made today. This review is for the long-overdue blu-ray release. The packaging doesn't make clear that this includes an extended version of the film, with additional footage only recently discovered. This release suffers from the same problem as The Wicker Man (although to a much lesser extent) in that the additional footage doesn't match the quality of the original theatrical cut. The theatrical footage bears up very well in HD, given the age of the material. However the additional footage was apparently taken from a projection print, and every time the film branches to the additional scenes, there is a noticeable increase in contrast. It's not that noticeable and won't spoil your enjoyment of the film - and the additional scenes are well worth having, particularly the extended John Lee Hooker with JLH arguing with his band at the end of the song :)

Audio-wise, the blu-ray has a standard DVD-quality (i.e. compressed) DTS 5.1 track, which is a little disappointing, given that the packaging advertises a lossless DTS-HD track. However it still sounds damn good - the bass kicking in on She Caught The Katy is just great. The songs are punchy and crystal clear. The DTS engineers have done such a good job on their original DTS codec that you wonder how much better DTS-HD actually is when compared side-by-side.

Overall a great release of a classic film, and a must for any blu-ray collection.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Fraser on 27 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a classic movie. Who can resist a musical comedy starring Dan Akroyd and John Belushi? This DVD belongs in your collection alongside all the other classic comedies.

This particular package is a good one. On disc 1 you get the theatrical version of the movie along with a making of bonus feature. On disc 2 you get the extended version of the movie and some bonus features. The features include an introduction to the movie by Dan Akroyd, and a few other features that you'll enjoy.

I recommend that everybody buys this DVD. You'll watch it many many times.
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125 of 136 people found the following review helpful By John Corbett on 28 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
Firstly, a quick overview of what you get in this 4-disc set.
Disc 1 - The Blues Brothers (as previously released).
Disc 2 - Blues Brothers 2000 (as previously released).
Disc 3 - The Best of the Blues Brothers (as previously released).
Disc 4 - The Blues Brothers: Anniversary Edition (previously unreleased).
I'll be honest, I bought this set simply for the films. The first one is excellent in my opinion, with great comedy, wit, writing, and amazing music. The second is more of a guilty pleasure. Not being as well-made as the first, the songs and comedy are all of the same excellent standard, the songs in particular being very enjoyable, as all the musicians from the original (and then some!!!) are back. The musical talent on display in these first two discs is incredible for those who appreciate music.
Discs 3 and 4, I didn't really know what I was getting here. I was pleasantly surprised with both though, especially disc 3. This features original live concert footage of the band performing when it was just an act on 'Saturday Night Live' back in the late '70s. Soul Man in particular is brilliant, and I'm told it went on to become a number 1. You can see why the Hollywood execs gave them backing for a film off the strength of the performances here!
Disc 4 is just a special edition of The Blues Brothers, but has a nice set of extra features unavailable on the original release (disc 1). Among these are an informative tribute to John Belushi, which really help appreciate more what kind of man he was and the close off-screen relationship he developed with Aykroyd. Also included is a fantastic song-selection feature, which I use a lot!
Highly recommended package, and the price is a bargain for what you get!
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