The Blues Brothers
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  • Dry white toast, 4 fried chickens and a Coke
    John Belushi (Jake) and Dan Aykroyd (Elwood) are the Blues Brothers, period. This is one of the top comedies of all time and one of the best soundtracks ever. An outrageously wacky and just plain feel good movie. Other stars include James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, John Candy, Henry Gibson, Carrie Fisher and Steve Lawrence. If you haven't seen this movie and like comedy and music, it is a must own. The Penguin highly recommends it!!...more info
  • The Blues Brothers are awesome!!!!
    It was 25 years ago when the antics of Jake and Joliet Jake came onto the silver screen. Today the humor and music come alive with the Widescreen 25th Anniversary Edition! If you enjoyed it then then you will enjoy it now with more added scenes! Despite some of the vulgar words it's a lot of fun entertainment, great car chases and the music is fantastic. My favorites...James Brown and the "Old Landmark" and Sweet Home Chicago! It's a Mission of Great Entertainment!!...more info
  • Another Classic !
    Simply this is a great film, great cast, great story line, great music and it stars John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd what more could you want from a film ?....more info
  • Two words: COMEDY CLASSIC!
    "The Blues Brothers" has been a COMEDY CLASSIC from day one. I feel sorry for any film critics, or for anyone else who doesn't recognize this fact. Everything about this movie makes it a COMEDY CLASSIC.

    For starters you have a COMIC GENIUS as the star of the film. Of course I'm speaking of the GREAT John Belushi (Dan Aykroyd isn't far behind). The movie features songs by the WHO'S WHO of the R&B and Soul world! Aretha Franklin ("Think" is my favorite number in the movie) Ray Charles, James Brown and Cab Calloway all contribute GREAT songs and performances.

    The scene at "Bob's Country Bunker" where the Brothers perform the theme song from "Rawhide" is CLASSIC and HILARIOUS and probably my favorite scene in the movie. What a GREAT pair Aykroyd and Belushi made.

    Watch for a cameo by Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) as a waiter in a restaurant!

    "It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it!"...more info
  • Same again....
    If you have the Blue Brothers, Collectors Edition that came out in 2000, then you already have the extended edition of the movie that is on this title. The difference being that the extras are different.

    If you are a true Blue Brothers fan, then you won't mind getting this edition to add to your collection but if you have the other copy then you might be able to save yourself some $$....more info
  • Thankyou
    My order came in perfect condition and in a timely manner...It was great..Good customer service...more info
  • We're on a mission from God
    Here is a movie that has a miasma of music, comedy, and car crashes. It is almost obscene how many times I have seen this film -- while the amount of times I have seen Star Wars is obscene. The Blues Brothers went way over budget with its vast destructiveness and cool cameos. Its exuberance is what helped this movie become a pop-cult classic and it would be John Belushi's last box-office hit. It is one of the first movies based on a Saturday Night Live and still, along with Wayne's World, one of the best.

    The Blues Brothers are Elwood and Jake Blues, two brothers who just reunited after Jake's incarnation in Juliet. They visit an old orphanage of theirs that is in desperate need of money. The orphanage needs 5,000 dollars or it will be forced to close. Now Elwood and Jake can collect the money through dirty deeds, however they have an epiphany instead. During a James Brown sermon, a beam of light begets an idea -- the band. They need to hunt down their former band members and put the band back together. It has to work; they are on a mission from God.

    This film has two spectacular and unbelievable car-chase scenes. They rank with Bullitt, The French Connection, and To Live and Die in L.A. as among the best filmed automotive-chase sequences. The first pursuit involves the Blues Brothers avoiding the 'rollers' by driving in a mall. The amount of destruction by the brothers, while spouting irreverent quips and the pursuant police is overwhelming, but fun to watch. They crash through stores, run over merchandise stands, avoid the mall-walkers, and create utter chaos. The second memorable chase involves the destruction of many cars. It is a long awesome sequence, that I will not spoil here, that was very costly and went over the expected budget for this film.

    At the very heart of this comedy is the music. This film is essentially a blues musical. There are performances from James Brown, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and many more. These entertainers also act in this film with varying degrees of success. Belushi and Ackroyd also perform several blues and country songs in this film. As amateurs, they are good. Belushi has a raspy singing voice, while Ackroyd has a baritone/bass quality to his voice. However, they still cannot compare to Charles proving the vitality of a piano or James Brown serving a sermon.

    This is also a very funny film. Belushi had tremendous talents as a comedic actor and Aykroyd works very well here. One of the funniest scenes involves them trying to persuade their former horn player, who now works at a French restaurant, to come back to the band. Their antics amongst themselves horrify the bourgeois patrons as they guzzle food down, throw it at each other, and ask people if they are willing to sell their women. Also, look for a quick cameo in this scene by Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman).

    Comedy is very subjective. However, it is hard to find too many people that do not like this film. It was even on a few critics top ten lists for 1980, i.e. Gene Siskel and Belushi's second box office hit (Animal House was his first). This film offers so much: music, comedy, and action. It is one of my favorite comedies and I have seen it at least twenty-five times. The 'R' rating is a bit misleading. It is there for the colorful and metaphorical language. If you have any inkling for blues and comedy then watch this film. If not, watch it anyway.

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  • On A Mission From God
    When Two Orphans from Chicago,decide to save their orphanage, Joliet Jake,who just got out of prison and his brother Ellwood,find a way to get the money to save the orphanage,so Curtis,one of their friends,from the orphanage suggests they go to the Triple Rock Baptist Church to see Reverend Cleorphus James. Jake decides to get the band back together to raise money. My favorite scene is the mall. ...more info
    This is a classic,akryod and belushi what a great combination from these 2 guys that are on a mission from god and pull many antics that will have you laughing non stop....more info
  • Great Movie!
    I remember watching this movie when I was a kid, hadn't seen it in many years but it was even better than I remembered it. If you like blues, this movie is a must have!!!!...more info
  • Still full of soul and humor
    I agree that this 25th anniversary edition could be better, but it's a great print of a great film, with some extra footage from James Brown and other musical greats thrown in, so it's hard to complain.
    More than almost anything else he did, this movie shows why Belushi was a real star. The guy had presence to spare, and a real bond with Aykroyd, who wrote a great script with director Landis, who hit it out of the park with this one.
    No one was touting the soul survivors in those days, so the boys get big props for that as well. And what a band!
    It's hard to not love this movie. I saw it the week it opened, and it was a party in the theatre; wish that would happen again. Time for us to loosen up, folks!...more info
    this is such an incredible movie!!! such good music!!!

    incredible cast and great humor!!

    BUY THIS MOVIE...more info
  • this DVD malfunctions
    Like another reviewer, I found that the DVD freezes after about 1.5 hours. The DVD is two-sided, with the theatrical version on one side and the extended director's cut on the other. Both sieze up and just stop playing. The scenes that are ruined are: when Jake and Elwood meet that country band in the parking lot, the steam room scene with Steve Lawrence, and the run-up to the big fund-raising concert. The disc is poor quality and very disappointing. Unfortunately I did not save my Amazon receipt......more info
  • Homage to a Classic
    This 25th Anniversary Edition is a great way to say "Happy Birthday" to one of the all-time great movies. Well worth the wait! ...more info
  • What can I say
    Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips! This is a great movie...more info
  • Still funny and enjoyable....
    How can anyone not love the Blues Brothers? Its been over 20 years since seeing this movie and by todays standards it could be considered a bit hokey, but a great trip and lots of fun. What can I say, this is one of the all time favorite "guy's" cult films, right up there with Animal House. A must for your video library. ...more info
  • Great..
    I had no problems with the order , the DVD had great clarity. Would recommend to anyone......more info
  • Forget the extra bonus material
    Buying the Blues Brother Movie is the thing. It is a classic and was an immediate classic even when it first came out. How many other films capture this number of star entertainers (Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Jim Brown, Howlin' Wolf, etc...) and tie it all together into an amzing story with non stop action and deadpan humor - the elegant restaurant scene with Jake and Elwood making a spectacle of themselves, or the Blues Brothers playing the gig at a rural Country & Western Bar and playing "Rawhide" would be enough to want to see this film. And these are just a few classic moments.
    truly, it was fortunate and perhaps brilliant that John Landis and the creators of this film gave the production the green light to film while all of these legendary were still alive and had plenty of kick left in them to show the audience what real rhythm & blues and soul music were like by the people who created it. And then there are Belushi and Akroyd at the top of their comical genius, before Belushi went over the deep end with drugs and Akroyd swallowed beluga whale.
    And then there are the chase scenes. Just buy it and enjoy.
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  • Good movie
    My husband never saw this film. He enjoyed it but the CD had a problem with the voice being out of sync with the lip movement. Not a serious fault but it was annoying....more info
  • A Classic Film
    They're on a mission from God, it's 106 miles to Chicago, they've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and they're wearing sunglasses.

    If you liked Animal House, you'll appreciate the same bits of absurd, random humor found in this film along with the classic music that has helped shape America. A fun film to watch which many have considered to be the gateway to their interest in the blues. The all-star cast of Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles and others make quite a dynamic musical comedy.

    My only problem is that my DVD continues to display french subtitles each time I load the disc despite turning them off each time....more info
  • YUP.

    No, do not settle for BLUES BROTHERS 2000, its all about the original 1980 movie with John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. I'll get back to this point....

    You NEED this movie. It is chock full of COOL. One of the most rockin' movies that was ever made.
    Cab Calloway's character is the king sh*t for sure, and he just gets coooler as the movie goes on.
    The plot is rockin', the action is top notch (the police car chase scene at the end was one of the most innovative movie tricks of its day; the police car chase scene at the beggining is almost as good.)
    Music from many old school blues greats, at the top of their game in this picture. RAY CHARLES; JAMES BROWN; JOHN LEE HOOKER, just to name a few. I also have always been impressed at how sexy ARETHA FRANKLIN is as the waitress. It ain't everyday you hear me call Aretha Franklin sexy, trust me. But in this movie that chick is rockin!
    Carrie Fischer is one smokin' chick herself, and her role is perfect as the pissed off ex love out for blood.
    I believe this movie was a labor of love for everyone involved in it. And in turn we are graced with a hip flick that is always a pleasure to watch. YUP, you definatley should go ahead and BUY this for everyone you know that is cool.

    BLUES BROTHERS 2000 no. They tried, but failed to make the cut. It was too different, and to many of the stars were dead or too old when this one finally got made. Sorry John Goodman, I mean no disrespect, I just didn't care for the part. ...more info
  • Cars and music, how can it be bad?
    Great movie. One of the great car movies that the whole family can enjoy. Great comedy, with a line up of SUPER music stars. Buy this movie today and watch it this weekend with the whole family with a bowl of popcorn and a giant soda. ...more info
  • a "must have"
    its rare that hollywood makes a movie that lasts from generation to generation. the blues brothers originated from "saturday night live" and became motion picture history. the movie is filled to capacity with legendary singers such as ray charles, aretha franklin, and james brown (just to name a few)....the comedy antics of john belushi and the laid-back style of dan aykroyd make them a perfectly matched team. the DVD edition includes added scenes that never made it into the VHS edition. try and find chaka kahn (one hit wonder singer "i feel for you") and an eagle eyed observer can find pee-wee-herman in this flick ....yes boys and girls....pee-wee-herman is in this movie (paul reubens)...more info
  • Awesome on DVD!
    Four fried chickens? Dry white toast? Cop engine, cop tires, the Illinois Nazi's and a mission from God?...classic 100%. Watching them trash all of those cars from the late 70's is enough reason to own it! The scenes are still funny even when you know what's coming. A great movie that requires little intellect to "Airplane" fashion....more info