To say that things don't exactly go as planned ... would be an understatement.
It take all of a few minutes before Jake & Elwood have incurred the wrath of the Chicago State Police, a clueless detective, a gang of "Illinois Nazis," a pissed-off country-western band, and a mysterious femme fatale who has a knack for assassination-overkill. It's all very over-the-top and crazy.
But what The Blues Brothers has going for it is a decidedly dry and sarcastic sense of humor, several outrageous car chases, tons of random destruction, and loads of beautiful blues music from stem to stern. This is an energetic and aggressively entertaining old-school comedy, and it's really great to finally add the original theatrical cut* of The Blues Brothers to my DVD collection. (*The previous DVD release offered only the longer "Director's Cut," and not the theatrical version, whereas this 25th Anniversary Edition delivers both versions!)
You'll also get a rather pointless 20-second introduction by Dan Aykroyd, a 7-minute snippet of Aykroyd / JIM Belushi House of Blues performance called Going Rounds: A Day on the Blues Brothers Tour, the 15-minute featurette Transposing the Music, which offers another retrospective look back on the flick and the tunes, a 9-minute Remembering John Belushi tribute in which several old friends share some stories, some text-based production notes, and the original Blues Brothers theatrical trailer. (Whew!)