The Blues Brothers (Widescreen 25th Anniversary Edition) (1980)
Studio: Universal Studios
Director: John Landis
Theatrical Release: June 20, 1980
Home 25th Anniversary Release: August 30, 2005
Review by Adam Bielawski
Very few movies make the super star classics, The Blues Brothers by Universal Pictures is just such a movie. Universal back in 2005 released the movie for it’s 25th anniversary. The overview of burning towers by Joliet, Illinois is the opening scene credits when Joliet Jake (John Belushi) is released out of prison. The first few minutes set the pace for the entire film. It’s not just comedy, but drama, crime, action, music and more. Prisoner 7474505B is getting out of Joliet Prison. Frank Oz, booking guard, gathers the belongs for parolle on good behavior. You see the back of the prisoner back in dungarees. The moment Frank Oz starts in dialogue the laughter begins: “One Timex digital watch broken, one used prophylatic. One soiled.” You cannot stop laughing to this…that is the pace for men on a mission from God, The Blues Brothers.
The Blues Brothers came out more than 30 years ago and amongst folks like me it’s a timeless classic. Even though today, many people may not take this movie in as us old timers do, this is a great movie from it’s acting, directing, writing and scenics of Chicago. The Blues Brothers movies is dated to that period of time of the 1970s Chicago. You can picture a new city, a new routing of Lake Shore Drive and the culture and nature of Chicago. The Blues Brothers is a rare movie but not the only that captures time and era, many films over the years including one of my favorits is Running Scared, a mid 1980’s heavy scenic Chicago movie. Going back many decades to the James Cagney days of The Public Enemy of 1931.
The special features include introductions with Dan Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers Concert upclose, a segment on remembering John Belushi and more memorable moment. But the best part of the special features is the actual movie The Blues Brothers. So order yourself an Orange Whip, put on your dark sunglasses, relax and laught your ass off to the Blues Brothers, the past, today and into the future.