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The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff Bridges , John Goodman , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,398 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Eric Fellner, John Cameron
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Polygram USA Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,398 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305165912
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Lebowski" on IMDb

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  • Exclusive 30 minute interview with Ethan Coen and Joel Coen about the making of the movie

Editorial Reviews

After the tight plotting and quirky intensity of Fargo, this casually amusing follow-up from the prolifically inventive Coen (Ethan and Joel) brothers seems like a bit of a lark, and the result was a box-office disappointment. The good news is, The Big Lebowski is every bit a Coen movie, and its lazy plot is part of its laidback charm. After all, how many movies can claim as their hero a pot-bellied, pot-smoking loser named Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) who spends most of his time bowling and getting stoned? And where else could you find a hairnetted Latino bowler named Jesus (John Turturro) who sports dazzling purple footgear, or an erotic artist (Julianne Moore) whose creativity consists of covering her naked body in paint, flying through the air in a leather harness, and splatting herself against a giant canvas? Who else but the Coens would think of showing you a camera view from inside the holes of a bowling ball, or an elaborate Busby Berkely-styled musical dream sequence involving a Viking goddess and giant bowling pins? The plot--which finds Lebowski involved in a kidnapping scheme after he's mistaken for a rich guy with the same name--is almost beside the point. What counts here is a steady cascade of hilarious dialogue, great work from Coen regulars John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, and the kind of cinematic ingenuity that puts the Coens in a class all their own. Be sure to watch with snacks in hand, because The Big Lebowski might give you a giddy case of the munchies. --Jeff Shannon

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After the tight plotting and quirky intensity of Fargo, this casually amusing follow-up from the prolifically inventive Coen (Ethan and Joel) brothers seems like a bit of a lark, and the result was a box-office disappointment. The good news is,

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638 of 758 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Big Lebowski is on my top ten list of all time best films. I've seen A LOT of films by the way. I don't need to explain to anyone why this movie is so brilliant, and why it continues to be a cultural phenomenon. I mention these things first because I don't want people to feel like I'm giving the film one star. If I could I would give the movie 100 stars. What I'm giving such a poor review for is my distaste for movie studios pumping out special editon dvd's every few years because they know a film has a huge following. This new "bowling ball" edition of Lebowski is further proof that Universal has nothing but contempt for the fans of Big Lebowski. They wrap it up in a nice big package and make it look slick, but that's as far as the creativity goes into supplying anything new in terms of extras. Does anyone remember the terrible repackage they gave it a few years ago with a towel and coasters? No actual extras existed, but they still put it out as a revamped "deluxe edition". Well, don't expect much more here.
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!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those change-your-life movies February 26, 2006
"The Big Lebowski" is just perfect. Everything about this movie is a laugh riot, even the bits of dialogue that aren't punchlines. The cast is perfect, the writing is perfect... this movie has both Julianne Moore and Flea in it, what other movies can you say that about? Well, there was the Gus Van Sant "Psycho" remake, but that doesn't count. I found this movie by accident and I haven't let go of it since. I may not be a stoner but I will say I've found more happiness since I embraced my inner Dude.

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.
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194 of 239 people found the following review helpful
By David
Picture and sound quality is a bit improved, but other than that you are spending money on the exact same DVD. Usually, when a "Collector's Edition" is released, especially after a movie gains such a huge cult following like Lebowski has, people actually go through the effort of including cast commentaries, more bonus features, and...well, more than just repackaging the old DVD with a new name, a new cover, and a higher retail price.

Shame on Universal and Focus Features.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy Blu-ray October 26, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Big Lebowski doesn't need a review, so if you're here to read about the film, this won't be helpful. This is a review of the Blu-ray Limited Edition with book.

That being said, this is a very nice edition. The photographs in the book are great and are fun to see behind the scenes action, especially Jeff Bridges' photos. He's a talented photographer utilizing his unique pano camera.

The Blu-ray conversion is clean, crisp and well done. The picture and sound are excellent. The digital copy is a nice plus, but consider that the coupon expires on 12/31/12. Its more than a year away, but its worth noting in case it's something you forget to take advantage of.

However, my biggest complaint is this. The size of the book (which holds the physical disc) is actually just a little larger than standard Blu-ray cases. While this may not be a big deal to most people, if you're like me and have bookshelves fit to the height of a Blu-Ray, this movie can't stand on end. It has to be laid flat, or sideways on the shelf. It's a little thing, but for those with extensive collections on shelves, it can be annoying.

Overall, the Blu-ray edition is a nice step-up for those looking to upgrade their DVD or add it to their collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dude...
I always pretended to get the joke when friends would reference this movie, and so I finally decided to buy it. I wish I had done so sooner.
Published 1 day ago by RTR
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously? It's the Big Lebowski...
Do you really need to read the reviews to decide to watch this masterpiece? There's an entire festival dedicated to this movie that travels the country and sells out in every... Read more
Published 2 days ago by M P
1.0 out of 5 stars Skips
It skips all the way through! I am thoroughly disappointed as I thought I was getting a brand new version!
Published 3 days ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made!!
What is there to say? It is about the best mover ever made! I am not going to describe it. If you haven't seen it yet, then watch it now! ASAP! Now!! Read more
Published 3 days ago by agtaylor
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest...
One of the funniest films ever made...outrageous! Loved the Eagles vs Creedance Clearwater references during the story and the Sam Elliot cameo. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Danny B. Tyree
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fun
If you like off the wall, strange and well made movies you should enjoy this movie.
Great cast. Great writing.
Published 4 days ago by Roger Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coen brothers have yet to let me down.
"That rug really tied the room together." I find myself using that line several times a week. And it is still funny. To me, anyway.
Published 5 days ago by Jeffrey Worsham
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude
If you want to know more duderology, this is the only reference you need. It's like, man, f*#! what else do I need to say?
Published 5 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohen Bros.
If you like O Brother Where Art Thou," "Fargo," "Burn After Reading," then you are a Cohen Brother's fan and will not be disappointed. The Dude abides.
Published 5 days ago by Tomas Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic
Classic movie. The bluray comes with some great bonus features on it and the streaming digital copy makes it convenient to watch on Chromecast or Roku. Digging the convenience! Read more
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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.
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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.
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Scratched DVDs?
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.
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