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The Blues Brothers [DVD] [Canadian; Anniversary Edition]

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In roles made famous by their famed SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi star as Ellwood and Jake Blues in this extremely entertaining and successful comedy. Upon Jake's release from prison, the brothers are reunited and visit the orphanage they grew up in--only to discover that it is in danger of being shut down by the county for failure to pay taxes. With a little help from James Brown as a revival preacher, the Blues Brothers are divinely inspired to raise the $5,000 that the orphanage needs to stay open. On their mission from God, they must reunite their old band and raise the money by playing various gigs around town. The wild adventures of the band include dodging evil neo-Nazis, playing in a rowdy redneck bar, and narrowly escaping the crazed Carrie Fisher as Jake's ex-fiance, who is out to see him dead. Finally, the boys have to get to a gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom and deliver the $5,000 to the county assessor's office--leading to one of the most wild and hysterical car-chase smash-ups in film history. John Landis has spiced this wonderful romp with fabulous rhythm-and-blues numbers from such greats as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles.
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  • Credits
    John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Daniel Edward Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Henry Gibson, James Bateman, Olsen Gibson, Kathleen Freeman
  • Critic Reviews
    "[I]t was their utter devotion to the Blues Brothers as characters that make it happen from scene to scene."
    Premiere

    "John Belushi's '70s hangover has yet to kick in and his funny act with Dan Aykroyd is complemented by James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin."
    Total Film

    "[T]he movie is rightly hailed for its classic cameos from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and James Brown..."
    Mojo

    "BLUES BROTHERS may be among the last original movie musicals to incorporate song and dance performances into its plot, rather than grafting them on as concert material."
    New York Times

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