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by William on 11/10/2002

First of all, Elwood's "partner" was his brother Jake (not Jack). While it's hard to find fault with the Blues Brothers, this movie fails to top its predecessor, the original Blues Brothers (1980). To its credit, it features new musical numbers reasonably on-par with the original film. Also, its new police car crash scene manages to one-up the previous film's version in an excellent manner. But due to Belushi's untimely death, it's just not the same Blues Brothers without Jake. The film stands on its own and may be worth owning, but any true fans of the original Blues Brothers will probably find disappointment.

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Eighteen years after the Brothers' original "mission from God," Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) is getting out of prison and discovering that much has changed in the time he's been away. His partner Jack is gone, his band is no longer together and the orphanage where he grew up has been demolished. Elwood soon realizes that he must embark on a whole new mission to reassemble the old band -- this time with the help of a soulful bartender (John Goodman) -- compete at Queen Moussette's (Erykah Badu) Battle of the Bands and set a wayward orphan named Buster on the path to redemption. In the midst of the mayhem, he's got to prove to the police that there's magic in the music... and a mysterious method behind the Blues Brothers' madness. Special appearances by B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Johnny Lang, Blues Traveler, Eric Clapton and many more. It's an action-packed comedy with lots of Rhythm and Blues.

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Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40111412
UPC 025192045325
UPC 14 00025192045325
Format DVD
Release Date 10/24/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Aretha Franklin - Actor
B.B. King - Actor
Dan Aykroyd - Actor
J. Evan Bonifant - Actor
James Brown - Actor
Joe Morton - Actor
John Goodman - Actor
John Landis - Director
The Blues Brothers Band - Performers
John Landis - Producer
Dan Aykroyd - Producer
Dan Aykroyd - Screenplay
John Landis - Screenplay
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ReviewSource New York Times
Review ...Once the new sequel gets past its cumbersome plotting and gets down to its music, it overrides the temptation to suggest buying the soundtrack recording and forgetting the rest. Without the film, directed by the original's John Landis, one would miss the big, colorful, high-energy, helium-humored production numbers featuring performers like Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, James Brown, Sam Moore, Erykah Badu and a host of other big-name singers, instrumentalists and various other stars in cameo roles. The movie... really comes alive when the music plays and people sing and dance. There's an exhilarating gospel number at a roadside revival tent, where [a main character] finally gets the spirit, realizes that music is his true calling and becomes one of the Blues Brothers. There is some other delightful music along the way, but toward the end of Blues Brothers 2000, these numbers finally manage to pile up faster than the pursuing patrol cars. In a grand sequence at the end, at the old bayou mansion, Ms. Badu, as a very vibrant looking 130-year-old voodoo queen, auditions the band, transforms the brothers into zombies for dissing her and then releases them in time for the final musical showdown. That's entertainment.
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Reviewer Lawrence Van Gelder
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Box Office Magazine
Review You'd think that now, in the cynical and harsh late-'90s, that few would have the guts to attempt a sequel, particularly those bright enough to do the original. The result is not as insipid as it could be, but, of course, not nearly as good, as fun or as inspired as the original. The worst part is, after all that's happened, nothing is at stake this time around. Elwood Blues (Aykroyd), upon being released from prison and discovering the news of his brother's death, sets out to put the band back together. John Goodman steps well, but is wasted, into big shoes as the Belushi replacement--a mild-mannered strip-club bartender who turns funky-man blues singer once he meets Elwood. Tagging along is orphan Buster (J. Evan Bonifant), a juvenile delinquent wannabe. Unfettered by the ghosts of the original (since he wasn't even born), Bonifant steals the show hands down, dancing and acting and taking names. Aykroyd does his best here and stays true to the spirit of his character, but he can't go it alone and, despite their enthusiasm, everyone else seems just slightly out of step. The musical numbers are fun only because of the all-star, over-the-top plethora of musical talent involved. Landis is at a loss here. While Aykroyd is clearly still moved by the music, the director is basically going through the motions. The best that can be said for The Blues Brothers 2000 is the music is great, the musical numbers are good and Dan Aykroyd is slim again. Still, you throw in phenomenal legend B.B. King and it just might be enough.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Simon O'Ryan
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times That's entertainment!
Simon O'Ryan, Box Office Magazine Bonifant steals the show hands down, dancing and acting and taking names.

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