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Blues Brothers, The

25th Anniversary Edition
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 101 (Oct 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson, The Blues Brothers Band

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Side A of this 25th Anniversary DVD includes the Extended Version of the movie and an extensive 56-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, with in-depth interviews with John Landis, Dan Aykroyd, and the Blues Brothers band. Side B offers the Theatrical Cut, a brief introduction by Dan Aykroyd, the seven-minute glimpse of a Blues Brothers concert with Going Rounds: A Day On The Blues Brothers Tour; a 15-minute Transposing The Music featurette, a 10-minute Remembering John tribute by those who knew him best, production notes, and the theatrical trailers. Musical highlights are offered on both sides of the disc, with jump-to-the-music scene selections. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 26744
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $22.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Dual Layer (DVD18)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 148 Extended
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1980
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/30/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Landis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Blues Brothers is an off-the-wall musical comedy that tells the story of Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd), two hoodlum brothers searching for redemption, who set out to locate and re-enlist the members of their defunct rhythm and blues band in order to raise some honest money to save the orphanage where they grew up.

DVD Picture:
As with the previous DVD release, colors on this new anamorphically enhanced DVD picture can appear dull at times, while saturation can be quite satisfying in other scenes. Sharpness and details are adequate throughout. The source element is revealing of film grain and flecks of dirt. Edge halos can appear obtrusive in higher contrast scenes, and there is some pixelization noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

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