Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn, Murphy Dunne
Genres: Comedy, Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Dan Aykroyd and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) take turns telling how the Blues Brothers came to be, in a restaurant interview with Tom Davis (once upon on a time teamed with Al Franken on Saturday Night Live). For those who... more »
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The Best of the Blues Brothers
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well here it is, the complete story of The Blues Brothers Band. The band that played soul, rhythm and blues, and blues. With the brilliant frontmen and performers Elwood and Jake, they quickly rose to fame across the nation. This DVD stars writer Tom Davis, Dan Ackroyd, and Elwood Blues himself. This DVD boasts 14 different musical performances of the band: I'm A King Bee, I've Got Everything I Need (Almost), Can't Turn You Loose, B-Movie Box Car Blues, Soul Man, Messin' With The Kid, Groove Me, Flip Flop & Fly, I Don't Know, Hey Bartender, Jailhouse Rock, Rubber Biscuit, Shotgun Blues, Soul Man (alternative version). This is a unique DVD with an almost Behind the Music type set up. It is one hour long, not bad for thirteen dollars. It is also unique how the viewer is given the thoughts of both Dan Ackroyd and Elwood in this DVD, and how they both reacted to the loss their respective partners. While the last ten minutes or so are an advertisement for the House of Blues, the first 50 are interesting and very good. This video is not for the somewhat fan, but a must for the true fan of the Blues Brothers Band."
Blues brothers in amateur video
Tog | 12/30/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you adore the Blues Brothers, then you may be willing to overlook the poor monaural sound and sub-VHS-quality video on this "Special Edition" DVD just to see one more glimpse of our old favorites. However, the sound is not just bad, it is like listening to a cheap transistor radio--totally tinny and with zero stereo separation, as shown on my spectrum analyzer, even though the disk is billed as having two channel digital sound. (This is a problem with the DVD standard: You can record a telephone call onto a DVD, and if you use two channels to do it, you can claim two-channel digital sound.)The picture is not just bad, in many places we're left looking through a dim red fog at a bunch of unidentifiable dancing figures. It is bad, really bad. The worst I've ever seen on a on a commercial video in any format. Instead of an honest, straight forward interview with Aykroyd, we're given a way-overproduced "mockumentary," within which we are asked to separate the real from the imaginary.The only honesty surrounding this disk, as limited as it is, comes in the disclaimer in 4 point type at the bottom of the back cover: "There may be some slight visual variances due to the state of the original master."--The understatement of the century."
Classical and comedic, and touching
Tog | 05/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The main theme of this is: A restaurant, Dan Aykroyd is sitting at a table with an interviewer, waiting for the other person to be interviewed (Elwood Blues) to arrive...He gets there they all chit-chat. The interview begins.... It is mainly focused on Elwood's loss of Jake, and Dan's loss of John. Really deep and really great, recommended of any blues brother fan. It shows old B.B. concert footage, and has a harmonica lesson at the end. A true keeper......."
Tog | 03/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge BB fan but while the DVD was good, it could have been great. Specifically, the audio mixing was lean. The sound was missing the richness that the BB's are known for. Likewise, although I'm not one to crank the bass, the bass was too light.Another complaint is the goofy discussions with Dan Akroyd between songs. Fairly cheesy. It would have been better to add the discussions with Dan as a Special Feature rather than between songs. Furthermore, the songs tended to abrubtly start during the second or third bar of the song. Why not at the beggining of the song?Nonetheless, if you're a die hard BB fan you'll enjoy it."