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Blues Brothers 25th Anniversary

blues.jpgWe've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're still wearing the sunglasses.

Even though 25 years have past, The Seattle Times reports that the music of "The Blues Brothers" is still very much alive. The sequel, probably not so much. Whether it's the music, the magic of Jake and Elwood, the car chases or the shout out to orange whip, there's no denying that the movie is still crazy after all these years.

Tomorrow, Universal Studios is releasing the 25th anniversary edition of the movie on DVD. Don't feel like you are being suckered into another version of the DVD that just includes an extra trailer or alternate commentaries. Expect a lot of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and never-released footage. There will also be a lot of extras that highlight the music, including tour notes and other highlights. However, what draws me to this edition is the tribute to the master, John Belushi. I only hope they stick to the comedic highlights instead of going for the heartstrings.

It's hard to believe that the story of two brothers reuniting their old band to help save the orphanage they used to call home would have become such a classic. Those were the days when "Saturday Night Live" skits used to actually transfer to the big screen well. It doesn't hurt that there are cameos alenty -- good ones. Looks for '70s/'80s icons such as Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Cab Calloway, John Candy, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and others.

To celebrate, the movie is being showed at hundreds of theaters around the country tonight, followed by a simulcast Q&A with director John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. The DVD will hit stores tomorrow, and it's well worth the $16 bucks. Go buy it; consider yourself on a mission from God. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on August 29, 2005 3:46 PM
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