When it comes to 80’s movies sometimes our memories hold up better than the real thing.
Jokes that were funny are no longer acceptable, plotlines can fall apart fast, etc. Well I was a touch nervous checking out The Blues Brothers again in case it was one of those movies.
Turns out I needn’t be worried, The Blue Brothers is as amazing now as ever, except now it’s in 4K.
For anyone who hasn’t checked this one out yet, you are in for a treat. The Blues Brothers starts with Jake Blues getting out of prison on parole. His brother Elwood Blues picks him up and they swing by their childhood orphanage.
The nun there tells them the orphanage is being sold unless she can raise enough money. The brothers decide to earn the money, but with the nun saying it has to be legit, so they have to find a plan.
It turns out their plan is to get the band The Blues Brothers back together to earn the cash. The band have all got their own lives now, as such convincing them to drop their jobs and join the band for a quick tour isn’t easy. What makes it harder is The Blues Brothers tendency to get in trouble.
On the way to doing this they manage to piss off the cops with some high speed hijinks, manage to piss off some Nazis who are having a march (can’t argue with the Brothers there), and a country band that arrives to find The Blues Brothers had pretended to be them to perform a gig.
On top of this we have a mysterious woman played by Carrie Fisher who seems to be trying to kill them for no reason with some high powered weapons.
The story is absolutely bananas.
And it is this chaos that brings in the humour. Some of the best, and funniest, moments are the car chases. Absolutely bonkers chaos such as the chase through the mall, or the massive pile up of cop cars. They do the joke that lands as pretty funny, but then they push well past absurdity that just gets funnier as it goes. This style of humour absolutely lands and holds up this many years on.
Thanks to the use of excellent practical effects, it still looks damn excellent.
Speaking of looks, the scaling up to 4K looks fantastic. The colours and edges look so nice and crisp so you can tell some serious work has been put into this upgrade. The disc comes with the theatrical release and the Director’s Cut.
The Directors Cut has heaps of additional scenes, including the extension of musical bits. Some of these scenes haven’t got the same 4K upgrade which you will notice from time to time. It’s unfortunate, but far from a deal breaker.
The disc also comes with some excellent additional content that goes into the history of The Blues Brothers and their rise on SNL, how it turned into the movie, and how they made the movie. It is a really fantastic watch.
If you haven’t seen The Blues Brothers for a while, or at all, you owe it to yourself to check this brilliant classic comedy out. The humour, the music, and most of the acting is absolutely on point.
Some seriously famous stars add the cherry on the top of this iconic movie.