John Landis Classics Go Blu-ray With Belushi For The First Time

By Jessica Grabert 2011-05-14 10:55:23discussion comments
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Two of John Landis’ classic comedies are headed to Blu-Ray for the first time. National Lampoon’s Animal House and The Blues Brothers, both starring the late, great John Belushi, will hit stores on July 26, 2011. Originally appearing in 1978 and 1980 respectively, the hit films will run viewers $26.98 apiece.

While this cost seems a little much for a re-release we’ve all likely bought on several occasions, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is going all-out for the Blu-Ray versions, creating interactive elements to accompany the films, as well as some special features. The extras with National Lampoon’s Animal House are especially interactive and will include picture-within-a-picture cast and crew interview footage available during key film scenes, a “Music of Animal House” playlist creator, and a Scene It? game with Animal House trivia. More traditional extras will be comprised of an original documentary, a mock-u-mentary, and the theatrical trailer.

The special features with The Blues Brothers will be slightly less wild. Two versions of the film are the highlight—the original theatrical edition and the extended version with an additional fifteen minutes of film. There will also be behind-the-scenes “Stories” featurettes with John Landis, Dan Akroyd and the Blues Brothers band. Furthermore, audiences will get a highlight reel of the many Blues Brothers spin-offs and pop culture references, as well as the original theatrical trailer. Finally, there will be a supplementary segment called “Remembering John.” Belushi died in 1982, just two years after The Blues Brothers was filmed. The segment will feature cast, family, and friends sharing their best memories of the man

Pre-order Blues Brothers on Blu-ray right here and reserve your copy of Blu-ray National Lampoon's Animal House on Amazon here .
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