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Long overdue blu-ray debut of a classic movie,
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This review is from: The Blues Brothers [Blu-ray + Digital Copy][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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.