"The Blues Brothers" is a classic. Years later, "Blues Brothers 2000" was made, seemingly to just have a walking, talking advertisement for the "House Of Blues" chain. Dan Ackroyd returns as Elwood Blues, one half of the original band (Jake passed on while in prison, according to the story).
The film exists not as an actual story, but a group of short episodes strung together with increasingly painful comedy. Ackroyd and John Landis are credited as the screenwriting team, and if they actually thought any of the comedy in this film worked, they've got problems. The film revolves around Elwood trying to get the band back together, with the help of Mac(John Goodman) and another character played by Joe Morton, who deserves better roles than this.
That's really about all the story there is; I don't mind that the film throws in musical sequences, but they stop the film completely and have little to do with the story - they just appear and it brings the film to a complete halt. And that's it. Ackroyd tries to carry the film and comes off as weak; everyone else seems to be wondering what they're doing there. The story seemed to be a second thought on this film, and the result makes for a very lame film which, at 124 minutes, feels like an eternity.
VIDEO: Nothing out of the expected from Universal for this transfer. Although there are a few instances where the picture seems soft, the picture is adequately sharp and offering nice detail. Colors vary as well, sometimes looking very natural and pleasant, sometimes looking slightly subdued. Still, colors never show any signs of bleeding. Flesh tones are accurate, and black level is solid as well.
There seemed to be the slightest bit of problems here and there, but nothing too distracting. A little bit of shimmering and a trace of pixelation are all that distracts from an otherwise nice image. The print used is crystal clear and free of any marks or scratches. Another fine work from Universal, who rarely dissapoints.
SOUND: "Blues Brothers 2000" offers very dynamic sounding music, but other than that, there's not a whole lot going on. The music sounds wonderful, with a nice, bassy presence that really rocks well. The musical number sequences really do open up the sound nicely, but other than that, there really isn't terribly much use of the surrounds. Not the most engaging audio, but it does the job in what's essentially a dialogue-driven picture(which, in this case, is not a good thing). The DTS version does offer a very smooth, very rich sound quality though, even if the audio isn't that enveloping or agressive. Dialogue, as lame as it is, sounds clear and easily understandable.
MENUS:: As usual with early DTS titles, menu art is basic and choices offered are limited.
EXTRAS: No extras.