bbAccording to director John Landis, Jake and Elwood Blues, while not bigger than Jesus, are at least as big as Mickey Mouse. Landis has seen fans as far away as Tel Aviv and Tokyo dressed up like the brothers, something that he chooses to see as a sign of the enduring legacy of The Blues Brothers rather than one of humanity's impending doom. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the film, a special DVD edition will be released tomorrow, featuring the ever-popular director's cut, and a documentary about how the band in the film was brought together.

As Landis points out, what's really cool about this movie (beyond all the people wearing dark suits, skinnny ties, hats, and sunglasses) is how a couple of actors/commedians managed to teach a bunch of kids, who saw their movie only because of SNL, about the blues. Suddenly, people who had never even heard of John Lee Hooker and Aretha Franklin were walking around humming their music, just because of The Blues Brothers. Dan Aykroyd, in fact, is still a massive supporter of the music - not only did he help found that whole House of Blues thing, but he also hosts a weekly radio show on the blues.
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