The Big Lebowski [HD DVD]
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Every time I go back to "Lebowski" I come away with something new that wasn't there before. Like the realization, this time around, that Jeff Bridges is not seen to throw a single bowling ball in the entire movie. And that Steve Buscemi's character rolls a strike every time we see him... except for the very final scene, for reasons that become clear a few moments later.
The rest of the cast is just superb. Remember Philip Seymour Hoffman as an unctuous PR man? I'd forgotten about that. Jon Polito (late of "Homicide") shows up as a P.I. in a familiar-looking purple VW bug. Even Aimee Mann is in one scene, speaking German. Oh, and Tara Reid, before her career completely and utterly collapsed. Top supporting honors go to Sam Elliott, who according to the DVD documentary wasn't even sure what he was doing in the movie, but his opening narration gets funnier every time out ("And in English, too!").
Another great thing is the dialogue. You'd think the whole movie was done by improv, the way the dialogue is so natural. Every character has their own particular jargon, and just like in real life, people keep repeating phrases they've heard elsewhere.Read more ›
Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi
Universal Studios | 1998 | 119 min | Rated R | Released Aug 16, 2011
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish
Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc
The Film 4/5
The Big Lebowski is essentially about mistaken identity if you care about the plot. Jeffrey Lebowski is known to his friends as The Dude (Bridges) and a gang of criminals pay him a visit thinking that he's another Lebowski who happens to be a millionaire. After they urinate on his rug, he seeks out the millionaire to claim compensation.
The millionaire's wife goes missing and the gang asks for a million dollars in ransom. The Dude is chosen as the courier.
That's about it. The plot is incidental; this is a movie about a way of life.
The Dude hangs out with two of his bowling buddies, Walter (Goodman) and Donny (Buscemi). Walter is a Vietnam veteran who has anger management issues; Donny hardly says a word and is told to shut up every time he tries to make a comment.
The Dude is a mellow kind of a guy. He shops in his robe, gets high, and talks like he's permanently stoned. Walter is a mystery to him because he is so easily annoyed. When a competing team puts a toe over the line during a bowling game, Walter pulls out a gun and insists that it is marked down as a zero. It's a league game after all.Read more ›
The only new extras to this edition are four very brief featurettes. They feature new interviews with all of the major players (with the exception of the Coen brothers, of course), but they mostly just sit around and say stuff like, "It's a great film! It's hilarious! Coen Brothers are geniuses!". Err, yeah, we know all of that. It also has a featurette that centers around the Lebowski Fest which is vaguely interesting for a few minutes until it turns into the same old "Lebowski is great!" territory. The featurettes are a snooze fest to say the least.
What really annoyed me with this DVD, though, is that they included the SAME "Making of Big Lebowski" documentary that has been on every release of this film!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know it's... like my opinion, man, but hey... It's the Dude... Nuff said. Buy it.Published 21 hours ago by Mike Solomon
"Shut the * up Donny!" This is a must have for any Coen Brother's fan. I purchased a previously used version, but there were no scratches or problems with the quality. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon-aholic
Probably my favorite movie of all time. Our family quotes this at least once a day, it seems. Even bought some bumper stickers at a little store in the Village in NYC. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
Surreal through the most of a movie, but in the end one realizes, that it's all too realPublished 3 days ago by Victor Roudakov
The acting is terrific and some of the lines are the funniest in any movie of the last 20 years. It's the vocabulary that drove me nuts! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kirsten Dawson
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|Big Lebowski on Blu-ray? When?||
Big Lebowski is available in many cute packages. Before they release one rolled up in a P stained rug; how about a Blu-Ray version.
Aug 27, 2008 by A Customer | See all 84 posts
|The Big Lebowski = The Big Sleep||
You nailed it shweethot! As this flic unfolded I also was struck by the underlying layout of plotting with the disfunctional family that bore an unmistakable resemblance to that in the "Big Sleep". One of the reviewers did make reference to Raymond Chandler without pursuing that thread.
Nov 20, 2006 by Stephen S. States | See all 6 posts
Just got the limited edition and disc 2 is fine. But disc 1 has quite a few scatches on it and I have to say that the cardbord slots are really crappy.
Sep 17, 2008 by D. Meidlinger | See all 4 posts
|Is the Dude Zonker?||
I think the dude is a Mick foley character Dude Love minus all the women and stuff I defenitly see that similarities
Jan 8, 2007 by The Dude | See all 2 posts
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