The Blues Brothers: Collector’s Edition

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Quite possibly one of the more successful and popular movies of the last twenty years. This movie has and covers it all. It’s the story of Jake and Elwood Blues, two brothers who are “on a mission from GOD”. Their mission: To put their disjointed band back together so they can raise enough money to help save a Catholic church. The plot is simple enough, but what happens between the opening credits and the closing credits is what makes this a top notch movie.

In between many musical numbers from such artists like Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles; the Blues Brothers find themselves in trouble with everyone. This ranges from everyone from the Chicago Police (look for John Candy) to the Illinois State Highway Patrol to the “Good ‘Ol Boys” country/western band to the Illinois Natzi’s (you read that right).

The Blues Brothers are trying to pack the house for a one time only concert to raise enough money to give to the church so it can be “saved”, but have to look out for all the people after them.

With a great soundtrack, an all-star cast and many fine performances; it’s a given that The Blues Brothers is a movie that all can enjoy over and over again. I have and you will too. The extras on the DVD make it one worth owning.

Video: How does it look?

A movie twenty years old should not look this good…but thankfully this does. I wonder, if Universal can do so good with a movie this old, why do other movies this old look so bad? I saw very little artifacting, but most shots were crystal clear. Compared to a top notch movie that just was released on DVD, this would be about a 4, but considering the age of the film, it’s outstanding. Not to be missed!

Audio: How does it sound?

Excellent. The music scenes sound like you’re right there and there are quite a few music numbers. Dialogue is mainly through the center channel and sounds clean. I’m amazed that a movie twenty years old can sound this great. If nothing else, listen to “Respect” by Aretha Franklin to test out your speakers.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You name it…an hour long documentary on the making of the film with tons of footage, deleted scenes that were added back into the movie, very cool photo galleries, cast bios, production notes and web links round out the features found on this disc. Movies like this are a dime a dozen and even more so when given the “Royal treatment” on DVD. Pick this one up.

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