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Blues Brothers

By Jeff Shannon

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. The widescreen DVD collector's edition includes an exclusive "making of" featurette, production photos, the original theatrical trailer, and interactive menus.

 

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"How I love this movie! Between the fantastic comedy and the incredible music, it's incredible! A must."

--Anonymous

"The greatest movie ever made, ever and ever! Period! The music, lines and cast make this the most " must have" DVD out there. "

--Scootter

"I always loved Saturday Night Live from the very first episode; so I had to see the Blues Brothers. It is still hilarious to watch even now. My favorite scene is when Joliet Jake SEES THE LIGHT! hard to believe that Belushi could really do that flip! It makes me miss him now when I see it."

--Anonymous



 

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Director: John Landis

Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher, James Brown, Ray Charles, John Candy, Henry Gibson, Cab Calloway, Charles Napier, Jeff Morris, Aretha Franklin, Kathleen Freeman

Released: June 1, 1980

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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