Universal brings the off-the-wall comedy The Blues Brothers to DVD in a collector's edition with an expanded version of the film, a decent 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, and plenty of background material. Aside from the 15 minutes of extra footage, the highlight of the disc is The Stories Behind the Making of The Blues Brothers, an hour- long documentary featuring every participant from the film, conveniently accessible through a menu of 14 chapters. Star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd explains how a joke that he and best friend John Belushi shared with friends evolved from a Saturday Night Live skit to a best-selling album and then to a film. Director John Landis covers the difficult production, from the outrageous stunts to Belushi's disappearances from the set. Along with interviews with the bandmates and a stellar group of cameo musicians (Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway), there is old footage of Belushi discussing the film. A generous set of production photos and the theatrical trailer round out a satisfying package of features for this comedy favorite.
Includes footage not seen since the original 1980 Picwood preview
"The Making of The Blues Brothers," featuring interviews with director John Landis, Dan Aykroyd, The Blues Brothers Band, producer Robert K. Weiss Never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage
The Blues Brothers is perhaps the Granddaddy of all the Saturday Night Live skits to transform to a feature film and in turn have a long-lasting appeal and life. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are Jake and Elwood Blues who are determined to reunite their blues band in order to raise five grand for their orphanage. Along the way, these two cause a huge mess across Illinois to what bottoms out as pure entertainment gold! The Blues Brothers also feature a who's who of blues and Gospel artists to push this musical comedy to greatness. The boys make their UHD debut and the results are superb! The print retains its theatrical look without to much heavy grain but the smooth details are noticeable in many scenes. The DTS-X 7.1 audio track is off the chain. Sad it's not a Dolby Atmos Track. The dialog is clear and clean but the soundtrack is an absolute treat! Very robust and thunderous with each some played throughout. The UHD also sports some bonus content carried from the previous Blu-ray release as well as the Extended Version also on the UHD disc. The Blu-ray disc is the same issued one that houses additional extras and both versions of the movie. The bottom line this is a must owned titled for fans and newcomers!
If you haven't seen this movie, well, now you can... in 4k! What are you waiting for? It has everything, like. literally, everything you need to see in a Blues movie like singing and dancing throughout, insane car chases with the police, a slew of well-known celebrities making appearances, and just a fun romp!
This was a vey special film for me as I went to “Joliet Catholic” where a lot of this film was made. I’ve seen this on many formats but this 4K disc is by far the ultimate best I’ve ever seen this ever. The lossless audio was so that I had to buy a pair of C-clamps to repair my center channel speaker that had separated its front plate from the box that enclosed it. (By the way the repair worked very well- I used a high strength flexible polyurethane epoxy, clamped it down for 2 days)...but I digress, the lossless audio on this disc blows the streamed version away.