When I heard that a company in Germany was bringing out a special extended edition of John Landis' 1980 comedy The Blues Brothers
, a few thoughts went through my mind. First of all, was it truly an extended version or did it put back scenes excised for the German market back in 1980? Hell, I could think of some... but apparently Germany got the same version in 1980 we all got, and the extended version is indeed a 15 minute longer cut edited by John Landis in 1999.
The second question in my mind was: why is Germany the only country to bring out such a royally pimped edition? And the answer to that apparently has to do with the German tradition of dubbing all films in German. The distributor went to extreme lengths to get the original 1980 German voice cast re-assembled to provide sound for the newer 15 minutes, and while they were at at they obviously thought: "If we're going to do this, we might as well go for broke".
This edition was released in September 2016, promptly sold out, and can now only be found for inflated prices, still rising as we speak. Normally I write these "Pretty Packaging" articles as a head-up for collectors about something cool, but in this case that train has left already. Rather, I hope that spreading the news about this edition will entice other countries to ponder a similar release.
It's a total looker and I'm very happy about owning it, so here is a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version!
And here it is, a sturdy cardboard box with comic-book art.
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