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The Blues Brothers Double Feature [Blu-ray] [2 Discs]

SKU:5271802
Release Date:06/14/2016
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Two musical adventures in one Blu-ray collection. In The Blues Brothers, Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Ackroyd) comb the back alleys of Chicago to recruit performers for their orphanage benefit concert, a house-rockin' roster that includes Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and James Brown, with cops, Nazis and country-western bands in hot pursuit. And in Blues Brothers 2000, Elwood (Dan Ackroyd) tries to get the group back together with the help of a 10-year-old orphan (J. Evan Bonifant), a baritone bartender (John Goodman) and his "more or less" stepbrother (Joe Morton), with performances by Eddie Floyd, John Popper and Blues Traveler, Lonnie Brooks, Junior Wells and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Extras include theatrical and extended versions of The Blues Brothers, interviews, behind the scenes footage, featurettes about the music, theatrical trailers and a remembrance of John Belushi.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

    Special Features


    • Stories behind the making of The Blues Brothers
    • The making of Blues Brothers 2000
    • Transposing the music
    • Remembering John
    • Theatrical trailers

    Synopsis


    The Blues Brothers
    Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago. In case you aren't swept up in the infectuous nuttiness of the brothers Blue, you might have fun spotting film's legion of guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Blues Brothers 2000
    Dan Aykroyd and John Landis teamed to script this sequel to The Blues Brothers (1980), which they also co-scripted. With Landis once again at the helm as director, Aykroyd re-creates his role of rhythm-and-blues man Elwood Blues, and the film's numerous R&B performances and production numbers include Aretha Franklin singing her classic "Respect". Released from prison after serving 18 years for the havoc depicted in the first film, Elwood learns that while he was serving time, his pal Jake Blues (John Belushi) has died, as did their hi-de-ho music mentor Curtis (Cab Calloway). Times have changed, but the blues beat goes on. Elwood visits Mother Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman), who runs the orphanage where Elwood and Jake were raised, and she puts 10-year-old Buster (J. Evan Bonifant) in Elwood's care. Seeking a loan, Elwood visits Curtis' son, Cabel Chamberlain (Joe Morton), and Buster picks Cabel's pocket. Now, 18 years after the original "mission from God," Elwood attempts to reorganize the Blues Brothers Band, beginning with bartender Mighty Mack McTeer (John Goodman) as a replacement for Jake. With the Russian Mafia in hot pursuit, Elwood, Mack, and Buster head cross-country, locating band members as they travel pell-mell toward a scheduled battle of the bands in Louisiana where the Blues Brothers Band competes with the Lousiana Gator Boys Band (Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Travis Tritt, Steve Winwood, Clarence Clemmons, Isaac Hayes). Filmed in Toronto and Chicago, this movie reunited Aykroyd and Goodman, who were seen previously in the 1996 video, The Return of the Blues Brothers, a performance taped January 24, 1995 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Elsewhere, the Blues Brothers are kept alive in a half-dozen or so websites, such as the House of Blues, and live stage productions. In England, the stage show A Tribute to the Blues Brothers began in 1991. At the request of Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, the title of that production was changed to The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers. With various cast members in the roles of Jake and Elwood (Con O'Neill, Warwick Evans, Brad Henshaw, Simon Foster), the show toured Britain throughout the 1990s. The "original Blues Brother" (who coached John Belushi and originated some of the blues raps used by Belushi) is Curtis Salgado (of the Robert Cray Band). One cast member of Blues Brothers 2000, bluesman Junior Wells, the last of the great Chicago harmonica players, died in January 1998, only days before the film was released. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • John Belushi
      John Belushi - "Joliet" Jake Blues
    • Dan Aykroyd
      Dan Aykroyd - Elwood Blues
    • James Brown
      James Brown - Rev. Cleophus James
    • John Candy
      John Candy - Burton Mercer
    • Ray Charles
      Ray Charles - Ray




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