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Catalog Number 16-020
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 132 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $24.95
Year Issued 1980
Side Chapters Frames Running Time
1 2 33,422 23min 13sec
2 2 31,063 21min 34sec
3 2 31,452 21min 51sec
4 2 32,415 22min 31sec
5 4 31,386 21min 48sec
6 2 31,451 21min 50sec
14 191,189 132min 46sec
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer

Pressing Notes

The Blues Brothers initial jacket printing did not include all the chapter stops and the remaining were documented on an insert. Subsequent printings did not have corrected artwork, but the jacket had a sticker on it with the remaining chapter assignments.

Some copies of side 5 have an SMPTE color bars and tone pattern well beyond the end of playable material. You'd need an industrial player which ignores the "end of side" code to get at it.

The video transfer is typical for DiscoVision and is overly dark. However, the colors are bright and vivid. Side breaks are badly placed for the most part, often falling within the middle of a scene. The audio transfer is an early attempt at stereo on LaserDisc and decodes, sortof, through Dolby decoders. As usual, it is missing most of the high-ends. Disc replication is also only average, with most sides having some minor high-frequency speckling.

Release History

The Blues Brothers was released in September 1990 from MCA/Universal Home Video as a 3 sided CLV/CAV disc with Digital Stereo (Catalog # 16020). Universal Studios Home Video also released a deluxe edition of The Blues Brothers as part of their Signature Collection. This new edition is THX® certified and presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with a Dolby Digital AC-3 soundtrack. The Deluxe Edition (Catalog #: 43475) was issued in September 1998.

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