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The Big Lebowski
10th Anniversary Edition
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From the Academy Award winning Coen Brothers comes The Big Lebowski - the hilariously quirky comedy-thriller about bowling, avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians, and a guy named…The Dude. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski doesn’t want any drama in his life…heck, he can’t even be bothered with a job. But, in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug (you gotta understand, that rug really tied the room together). Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy friends to make things right and get that rug back! Starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro and Steve Buscemi, The Big Lebowski has become a cultural phenomenon. Now, experience the outrageous fan favorite like never before in this 2-Disc Anniversary Edition loaded with all-new bonus features that will take you beyond the movie! The Dude abides…
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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it's just gotta be seen to understand
and appreciate it. A stoner movie
for sure and if you don't do drugs
it's still gonna make you laugh.
The story goes there are 2 people with the Lebowski name,1 being the dude who gets mistaken for the BIG lebowski. They say ransom is owed in the amount of 1 million dollars. There is mistaken identity that pulls the dude into it,then he gets roped into helping the big Lebowski because he goes & wants a rug that he lost. So the big Lebowski has the dude be the middleman to give the ransom.The craziness gets deeper and deeper as more and more people get involved and at the end you find out that the big Lebowski never wanted his wife back. He is full of himself but the dude and Walter set things straight. An all star cast makes the movie one of the best comedies ever made. Must watch.
It's one of those movies where you end up knowing most of the lines. It has one of top 20 funniest:
"That rug really tied the room together".
I have friends who do dialogue from Monty Python, Animal House, Ferris Bueller, Smoky and the Bandit, Fargo, Pulp Fiction etc
Add this movie to that list where the more you recite, the more you laugh
Buying a rug and decorating your house will never be the same. You'll have to laugh.
Bowling will never be the same.
It's not a cornball, Chevy Chase pratfall, Blazing Saddles fart joke type of Spaceballs comedy.
It's the Coen brothers cerebral where's-the-plot at their best.
Buy it and pull it out to laugh again and again.
so i re watched it and was enthralled. the dude's attitude toward life, his ability to let go of things and remain cool is inspiring. something i couldn't see when i was young. to be an adult and maintain his attitude on life is a really amazing feat! i'm now a drug and alcohol free devout buddhist and i saw a whole different film! i have lots of responsibilities and am always trying to focus on the dhamma to keep my mind free but i was too uptight with my overall attitude, watching this movie inspired me to relax a lot more.
do i agree that the dude is a zen master? um... no, i do not. he smokes pot and drinks alcohol all day, lies, and speaks harshly.
i suppose the dude could be the 70's definition of a hippie zen master though he is not a zen master in the classical sense.
could he be a taoist master? sure, why not, that is an extremely vague concept so pinning it down is nearly impossible. read the tao te ching and some chuang tzu. they're all over the place! the dude could fit right in a story from the chuang tzu no problem!
however are there zen elements in the film? definitely! the whole attitude of just letting everything go is very zen. especially of not taking things personally, being neutral and non violent, living in the moment and not over thinking things. i mean they are in a heap of trouble and decide to go bowling! that's very zen lol!
very great film. i'm picking up the new book from the library today. "the dude and the zen master" jeff bridges and bernie glassman. after reading an interview i now think jeff is probably a really cool guy in real life and this bernie glassman guy sounds like a class act, a real example of zen! both are people i would like to learn more about.
viewer advisory: the dialog is quite full of zesty expletives and some other R-stuff, so not for the children or faint of heart..
Needed this because my dvd, bluray, and itunes were inaccessible (yes, i now own 4 different copies of it). Lebowski quotes can be dropped in any situation and at any time. Because "life does not start and stop at your convenience you miserable piece of....."
BUY IT! Then BUY IT AGAIN!