DVD 148 mins IMDB 7.8 (34,267 votes)
R (Restricted)
The Blues Brothers - 25th Anniversary Edition (Widescreen)
Universal Studios (6/20/1980)
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(10/30/2005 )

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Action, Comedy, Musical
USA  /  English

John Belushi 'Joliet' Jake Blues
Dan Aykroyd Elwood Blues
Cab Calloway Curtis
John Candy
Dan Akroyd
James Brown Reverend Cleophus James
Ray Charles Ray
Carrie Fisher Mystery Woman
Aretha Franklin Mrs. Murphy - Soulfood Cafe Owner
Henry Gibson
Steve Cropper Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper
Donald Dunn Donald 'Duck' Dunn
Murphy Dunne Murph
Willie Hall Willie 'Too Big' Hall
Tom Malone Tom 'Bones' Malone
Lou Marini 'Blue Lou' Marini
Matt Murphy Matt 'Guitar' Murphy
Alan Rubin Mr. Fabulous
John Landis
Robert K. Weiss
Blues Brothers

Director John Landis
Producer Robert K. Weiss
Writer Dan Aykroyd; John Landis
Cinematography Stephen M. Katz
Musician Elmer Bernstein; Aretha Franklin
User Credit 1 George Folsey Jr.
User Credit 2 Deborah Nadoolman

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.--Jeff Shannon

Edition Details
Edition Widescreen 25th Anniversary Edition
Barcode 025192674426
Region Region 1
Release Date 8/30/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Dual Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Disc Side A
Extended Version - Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
Stories Behind The Making Of The Blues Brothers
  • Go behind the scenes with John Landis, Dan Aykroyd and the Blues Brothers Band
  • Exclusive in-depth interviews with the cast and crew and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage!
    Musical Highlights

    Disc Side B
    Theatrical Version - Presented in Dolby Digital Stereo, with optional French and Spanish audio
    Introduction to the film by Dan Aykroyd
    Going Rounds: A Day On The Blues Brothers Tour
  • Viewers get to experience a Blues Brothers concert up close.
    Transposing The Music
  • From stage shows to sequels, catch a glimpse of the many spin-offs inspired by the film.
    Remember John
  • An ultimate portrait of John Belushi by those who knew him best
    Musical Highlights
    Production Notes
  • Personal Details
    Purchase Date 10/30/2005
    User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
    User Text 2 They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God.
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    Trivia: In this film, after the Universal Studios logo is shown at the end, and the ad for Universal Studios in Hollywood is out, under "When in Hollywood, visit Universal Studios", appears the words "Ask For Babs". The same appeared in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) (Babs is the Animal House character Babs Jensen), and it reappeared in Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) underneath a new Universal Studios Hollywood logo at the end of that movie. (more)

    Goofs: Continuity: Five rockets are fired from a four-tube rocket launcher. (more)

    Quotes: Elwood: People, when you do find that special somebody, you gotta hold that man, hold that woman! Love him, please him, squeeze her, please her! Signify your feelings with every gentle caress, because it's so important to have that special somebody to hold, to kiss, to miss, to squeeze, and please! (more)

    Awards: 1 win (more)