Famous American musical comedy movie from the 1980s, called The Blues Brothers is a cinematic work of director John Landis. Starring famous actors of that time, John Belushi in the role of “Joliet” Jake Blues and Dan Aykroyd portraying the role of his brother Elwood, the characters come from the repeating musical sketch of “The Blues Brothers” that has a Saturday Night Live.
The movie’s shooting took place in Chicago, Illinois.. With Aykroyd and Landis’ screenplay, the movie displays numerous musical pieces by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, and John Lee Hooker.
About the Film “The Blues Brothers”
Revolving around the main characters of Jake and Elwood Blues, actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd had performed on the Saturday Night Live. It was Howard Shore that came up with the movie title of “The Blues Brothers”. In those days, this 1980’s film was in the news for holding the record for the most cars destroyed when under production.
The movie “The Blues Brothers” held this record for a time period of 18 years with 103 cars destroyed, which was one less than the total from the 1998 sequel of the movie titled “Blues Brothers 2000”. However, both the movies were outperformed by G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in 2009 that set a new record for 112 cars. The total budget of the movie moved to $27.5 million that time, which was $10 million more than its initial budget.
What Does The Blues Brothers Show?
The movie narrates the story of a convict Jake, who is out on parole, and his blood brother Elwood. The two begin their journey to complete “a mission from God” as they go on to saving the orphanage they were raised in from foreclosure. But in order to do that they must also get back with their R&B band and perform to make $5,000, that is required for the orphanage’s property tax bill.
On this journey they are engaged by a murderous “mystery woman”, Neo-Nazis, and a country and western band, alongside being targeted by the police too.
About the Release and Launch Platform
Post its first screening for selected oriens the the producer wanted the film to be shortened by 25 minutes. Director Landis then cut out 15 minutes, after which the film was released in theaters with 132 minutes runtime. First out on the VHS and Betamax by MCA Videocassette Inc. in 1983, the film also came out on a Laserdisc from MCA Videodisc.
It was in the years 1985 and then in 1990, when the movie was once again released on VHS, Laserdisc, and Betamax from MCA Home Video.The year 2005 marked the movie’s 25th Anniversary. On that occasion, the movie was brought out on a DVD release. On July 26 in 2011, the film came out on Blu-ray too, as it did in the DVD release. However, last year, i.e. on May 19, 2020, the film finally came out in a 4K UHD version with a new 4K remaster from the original negative.