After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in an orphanage. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time?Written by
Sami Al-Taher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When the Bluesmobile crashes through the widow of the record store, a cardboard cut out of Robin Williams is visible, promoting his new album "Reality...What a Concept!" Williams was the last famous actor John Belushi talked to on March 5, 1982, the night of Belushi's fatal overdose. See more »
When the Blues Brothers meet up with their former band mates, all of them, with the exception of Mister Fabulous, have their instruments. Murphy Dunne, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Tom "Bones" Malone, and Willie "Too Big" Hall have formed the band "Murph & The Magic Tones". Matt "Guitar" Murphy and "Blue" Lou are working at the Soul Food Cafe but still have their instruments handy. It's never explained why A: They would need to go to Ray's Music Exchange to get instruments or B: Why they didn't just "exchange" their instruments instead of taking an IOU out for the cost of the gear. See more »
Prison Guard #1:
Yeah, the Assistant Warden wants this one out of the block early. Wants to get it over with fast.
Prison Guard #2:
Okay, let's do it.
[rattling the bars with his baton]
Prison Guard #1:
Hey come on, it's time to wake up.
Prison Guard #2:
Wake up. Let's go, it's time.
[striking the sleeping Jake with his baton]
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The Collectors' Edition on DVD runs 18 minutes longer than the original release and includes the following expanded or newly added scenes:
The two Joilet guards come to get Jake in his cell and have trouble waking him up.
One additional line from Frank Oz as he rattles off Jake's material possessions.
An additional line for the Penguin regarding missions: "I'll be sent to the missions... Africa, Latin America... Korea."
Jake and Elwood discuss getting the money for the mission honestly outside of the Triple Rock Baptist Church.
The "The Old Landmark" number is considerably longer, incorporating more dance sequences and extra verses.
After the demolition derby in the shopping mall Elwood parks the Bluesmobile in a hiding place beside an electrical power box. (John Landis explains that Aykroyd thought this would show how the car gets its incredible endurance, but also goes on to explain that it never did make any sense, so the scene was cut.)
A few extra lines of dialog when Elwood and Jake rest in his apartment.
When the cops come to arrest Jake and Elwood in the motel, they first stop at the registration desk and intimidate the manager. They also greet Sam, who seems to be known by everyone.
An entire sequence with Elwood boosting chemicals from his day job, then quitting the job to become a priest, is restored.
After the above sequence, Jake and Elwood study a cigarette box with "the last known address of Bones Malone and Blue Lou Marini".
After getting the new address of Bones Malone, Elwoods thanks Ms Tarantino before leaving.
Jake has an extra line of dialog while pep-talking Murph and the Magictones at the Holiday Inn ("Now, who here at this table can honestly say that they played any finer or felt any better than they did when they played with the Blues Brothers?")
One line of dialog for Henry Gibson is restored for the Illinois Nazis scene at the bridge, with regards to the swastika ("The sacred and ancient symbol of your race since the beginning of time!")
The "Boom Boom" number is much longer, with extra shots of John Lee Hooker laughing and arguing with his band. Jake and Elwood watch for a moment then enter the Soul Food Cafe.
"Think" has extra verses and shots of dancing.
When the band arrives at Bob's Country Bunker, Bob hands the request list to Bones Malone, who looks at it blankly.
The "Theme from Rawhide" and "Stand By Your Man" numbers are slightly longer.
The original Picwood preview included another musical number, "Sink the Bismark", but that footage has been lost.
More lines of dialog for Maury Sline in the steam room scene, mostly regarding to the old gigs having been turned into (gay) discos.
When Jake fills up the tank for the Bluesmobile, he overfills it and gas spills over. When they peel out from the station, Elwood flicks a cigarette out of the window and causes the station to explode. (Landis now says he doesn't remember why this particular scene was cut.)
Before the sound-check Curtis (Cab Calloway) explains to the band that they need to do it for the kids, since the Blues Brothers will use the money raised from that concert to pay the taxes for a church. The look on the faces of the band after they hear it is priceless!
The "Minnie the Moocher" number is considerably extended.
As Jake and Elwood sneak into the show, Elwood takes the chemicals that he stole from the show and sneaks them into the tires of the cop cars.
Both the "Everybody Needs Someone to Love" and "Sweet Home Chicago" numbers are extended.
When Jake and Elwood sneak out, the gas in the cop cars tires reacts and causes the tires to explode on some to delay the police.
An alternate line of dialog for Carrie Fisher in the sewer when she confronts Jake, about how her father "used up her last favors" with the Mafia for her wedding. In the original release it was changed due to complaints of the Italian-American community.
The lengthy climactic chase to (and through) Chicago features many extra lines and shots of racing autos.
The "assault on Daley plaza" and the Assessor's Office scenes also feature extra lines and shots.
The "Jailhouse Rock" number is slightly longer.
As the prisoners riot at the end of the film, there is a brief shot of riot-geared police guards racing into the mess hall that has been added. It changes the end of the film subtly.
The "cast of characters" and end credits are extended to accommodate the new footage.
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Worth getting the DVD for restored footage and documentary
This review is only about the content of the DVD version vs. the VHS. Editors seem unable to resist tinkering when a movie originally on VHS is reissued on DVD. Even excluding Directors' Cuts, etc., half the DVD reissues I see have noticeable changes. Many are minor, but much too often they're substantial and ruin the movie for me.
The Blues Brothers DVD has substantial edits, but they make the movie better. Cuts made to shorten total run time -- four or five complete scenes, many small snippets, and some longer snippets -- are restored. Nothing was cut from the VHS version. The soundtrack is remixed in a few places; to my ear the original was better. Some restorations add little to the movie, but none make it worse. Most of the restorations enhance the movie, adding humor or rounding out the story. Best of all are the restorations, small but noticeable and pleasing, to performances: more James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Good Ole Boys, and the Brothers. Alas, no more of Aretha, Ray, or Cab. We can't have everything.
To top it off, the "Making Of" documentary alone, with the back story of the Blues Brothers (the characters and in real life), and the birth and making of the movie, makes the DVD worth getting
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