DVD 141 mins IMDB
R (Restricted)
The Blues Brothers
Universal Studios (1980)
In Collection

Seen It:
Comedy, Musical, Action
USA  /  English

Dan Aykroyd Elwood Blues
John Candy Burton Mercer
John Belushi Jake Blues
James Brown Reverend Cleophus James
Cab Calloway Curtis
Ray Charles Ray
Aretha Franklin Mrs. Murphy
Steve Cropper Steve Cropper
Donald Dunn Donald Dunn
Murphy Dunne Murph
Willie Hall Willie Hall
Tom Malone Tom Malone
Lou Marini Lou Marini
Matt Murphy Matt Murphy
Alan Rubin Mr. Fabulous

Director John Landis
Producer Bernie Brillstein; Robert K. Weiss
Writer John Landis; Dan Aykroyd
Cinematography Stephen M. Katz

Elwood Blues (Dan Akroyd) picks up his brother Jake (John Belushi) when he is released from prison. They return to the orphanage where they were raised and are told by Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman), that they need to raise money to pay the property taxes for the orphanage or it will be closed. While there, they also visit with Curtis the janitor (Cab Calloway), the man who inspired their love of the blues. He sends them out and they attend a church where the Reverend Cleophus James (James Brown) is preaching and Jake is inspired with an idea to raise the money for the orphanage, putting their Blues Brothers band back together for a big show. Along their journey they run into Ray (Ray Charles), Mrs. Murphy (Aretha Franklin), a Nazi (Henry Gibson), the Good Ole Boys band and their leader Tucker McElroy (Charles Napier), officer Burton Mercer (John Candy), and Jakes jilted girlfriend (Carrie Fisher). All this leads to the ultimate fundraiser and "encore".

Edition Details
Distributor Universal Studios
Edition 25th Anniversary Edition
Barcode 025192674426
Region Region 1
Release Date 8/30/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish; English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 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