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The Blues Brothers (1980) (2 Disc Collectors Steelbook Edition) (Theatrical Version + Directors cut) (Region 2) (Import)

John Belushi , Dan Aykroyd , John Landis    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen, Director's Cut
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W44CGS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,050 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch. Audio: English, Spanish, Italian. Theatrical Version 128. min. Directors cut 150. min. Features: Stories Behind The Making Of, Introduction to the film by Dan Aykroyd, Going Rounds: A Day On The Blues Brothers, Remember John. 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 this action-packed spectacular from acclaimed director John Landis.

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue blu-ray debut of a classic movie 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "We're on a mission from god" 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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124 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blues Brothers Collection 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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Good laugh every time and great music.
Belushi makes the movie with his irreligious attitude and antics. Great to remember those days. Great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film.
This film is the kind of film I can watch over and over again. Plus along with a few friends who also can watch it over and over, made this a must have.
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My son loves the film & the music for the movie. So i decided to buy him the Blue Ray DVD for an Easter Present.
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