The Blues Brothers
Universal Studios (1980)
Action, Comedy, Musical
In Collection
Seen ItYes
IMDB   7.9
141 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   R (Restricted)
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
John Landis
Producer Bernie Brillstein
Robert K. Weiss
George Folsey Jr.
David Sosna
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
Edition Collector's Edition
Distributor Universal Studios
Release Date 9/8/1998
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned); French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 01 Interactive Menus "Making Of" Featurette Production Photos Theatrical Trailer Production Notes Includes footage not seen since the original Picwood preview in 1980.
Disc 02 "The Making of..." Documentary
Cast Interviews
Deleted Scenes
Director's Commentary