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The Big Lebowski (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
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The Coen brothers' irreverent cult hit comes to DVD as a Collector's Edition, with all-new bonus material. The hilariously twisted comedy-thriller stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. Join the "Dude" and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians. Enter the visually unique and entertaining world from the creative minds of the Coen brothers and remember: the Dude abides.
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If cursing isn't your thing, don't bother. They drop the F bomb a lot. In fact, one of my favorite lines is where Sam Elliott says to The Dude, "You curse too much," and The Dude replies, "What the f*** you talkin' about?"
I saw an interview with Jeff Bridges where he said whenever he happens upon this movie while channel surfing, he watches it, and he said, "That was some good work," or something like that. John Goodman and (RIP) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and believe it or not, Ben Gazarra all turned in stellar performances.
You MUST see this movie.
The film has a lot of violence, although not as much as some of the other Coen Brothers films, and there are a ton of F-bombs, which got the "R" rating, but it's a really weird, really laugh-out-loud funny movie. The film opens with a break-in at Jeff Lebowski's apartment due to a case of mistaken identity. The thugs were trying to collect debts owed by Lebowski's wife. Unfortunately, they had the wrong Lebowski, and that's when the fun began, as the Lebowski played by Jeff Bridges gets involved in an apparent kidnapping of the other Lebowski's wife. John Goodman has a marvelous supporting role as Jeff Bridges' buddy and bowling teammate.
The film is one absurd, madcap scene after another, and it's probably the funniest Coen Brothers film after Raising Arizona.
To understand the sense of what now follows requires you watch the movie.
Of course The Dude abides. A bigger Lebowski is to be had in the other. Bunny Lebowski's presence is the catalyst for the action, whose actions merely spoken of in the story coincidentally brings the two (or maybe it's three...no it's four) Lebowskis together. Another Lebowski, the daughter of the bigger Lebowski, regards The Dude (and it's The Dude and not just Dude) for what ultimately only his gender, and his social-economic situation, can provide her. She values The Dude for what he can donate.
The Big Lebowski's story chronicles The Dude's experience in a world all so familiar yet all so unlike his own. His misadventures might be regarded his ventures into and through an inconsequential world (an underworld) from which he exits the same condition as he entered. For The Dude accepts both worlds, for The Dude abides. In either world The Dude seems to lose nothing for he has nothing to lose except a rug located in the living room ties everything together. Ironically, its absence is the unraveling of The Dude's daily routine. In short order The Dude obtains another rug to replace the other. All things measure and weigh equally for The Dude. Hence, in life The Dude seems to find a sweet-spot of things equaling out for him.
It's hard to say this movie is great because of the Cohen brother's talent or that of Jeff Bridges. Without a doubt both the Cohen's talent and Bridges is the reason for this movie to be ironically American. Besides, undoubtedly The Bid Lebowski is one of the best American ( or even foreign) made cinemas to date, maybe for ever.
To not see The Bid Lebowski is to remain ignorant of one of the many prominent cultural icons of our day.
Now, I see super-fans are disappointed. It's true, if you own a earlier DVD version, this edition, even with it's extra disc doesn't add anything super-special. And, this version is hardly definitive, super-fans will want more, no doubt.
But for the casual fan, the person who doesn't already own a copy and just wants to watch this fabulous film, along with enough extras to make a casual fan happy- here ya go.
Now, I am writing this review assuming you have seen the film. If you have not, this film is almost impossible to describe. It's a slacker-comedy, with a mystery and some by-notes on the meaning of life. Satire is there, but nicely understated. You can watch this film on several levels, but I suggest just cracking a cold one and watching it for the fun of it.
But although "The Dude" (played by Jeff Bridges at his best) is foul-mouthed, this is not a gross out doper movie like many which followed. There's also a fab supporting cast, and solid locations.
A solid strike of a film.
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