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The Blues Brothers (Blu-ray)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
10 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: R and Unrated

Starring:
John Belushi as 'Joliet' Jake Blues
Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues
James Brown as Reverend Cleophus James
Cab Calloway as Curtis
Ray Charles as Ray
Aretha Franklin as Mrs. Murphy
Steve Cropper as Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper
Donald Dunn as Donald 'Duck' Dunn
Murphy Dunne as Murph
Willie Hall as Willie 'Too Big' Hall
Tom Malone as Tom 'Bones' Malone
Lou Marini as 'Blue Lou' Marini
Matt Murphy as Matt 'Guitar' Murphy
Alan Rubin as Mr. Fabulous
Carrie Fisher as Mystery Woman

Directed by John Landis

Special Features:
Stories Behind the Making of The Blues Brothers - Behind-the-scenes footage interviews with the cast and crew

Transposing the Music - Catch a glimpse of the many spin-offs inspired by the film

Remembering John - An ultimate portrait of John Belushi by those who knew him best

BD Live Enabled

D-Box Motion Enabled

Pocket Blu

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
French and Spanish Language (Theatrical Version Only)
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: Extended Version 2 Hrs 28 Minutes, Theatrical Version 2 Hrs 13 Minutes

Running Time: 25 Hours

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"Comedy icons John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star in the outrageously funny musical comedy 'The Blues Brothers.' After the release of Jake Blues (Belushi) from prison he and brother Elwood (Aykroyd) take their blues band back on the road in an attempt to raise money for the orphanage where they were raised. Havoc ensues as the brothers seek redemption on their "mission from God." Directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House) the soul-stirring comedy classic features musical performances by blues legends Ray Charles James Brown Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway."

"The Blues Brothers" is rated R.

Mini-Review:
"The Blues Brothers" finally makes its debut on Blu-ray, appropriately enough. You already know this is an awesome movie. If you haven't seen it, stop reading this and go out and buy the Blu-ray. This movie has one of the best movie soundtracks ever made, it has one of the best car chases of all time, and it is really funny. Plus it features cameos by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Carrie Fisher to James Brown. This is required viewing.

This Blu-ray is very close to the 25th Anniversary DVD that was released in 2009. It has both the theatrical version and the extended version of the movie. It has the "Making of the Blues Brothers" documentary which is nearly an hour long. It also has the featurettes "Transposing the Music" and "Remembering John." Surprisingly, though, this Blu-ray doesn't have everything from that previous DVD. It's missing "Going Rounds: A Day on the Blues Brothers Tour" and the old introduction to the film by Dan Aykroyd. So if you're a completist, don't get rid of that DVD just yet.

This is a required addition to anybody's Blu-ray collection. Pick it up and you won't be disappointed!

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