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The Big Lebowski (Widescreen)

Jeff Bridges , John Goodman , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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, 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dude Abides May 10 2010
"Way out west there was this fella... fella I wanna tell ya about. Fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski."

Ahh, who am I kidding? If you're a fan, you don't need me to sell you on this DVD. Hence, I shall review this movie in two parts: For fans, and for non-fans. Dudes and Un-dudes.


The new "bowling ball" edition of Lebowski is awesome. Finally we're given the special features that we've been asking for, for years! No audio commentary track, but the Coens and the Dude himself will give you some insight to the film and its characters. After two disappointing editions, this is so overdue. Two discs, featurettes, that weird intro, Lebowskifest, an interactive map of Los Angeles, it's all here. Most of your questions will be answered, but of course not all...some mystery must always remain. Plus the bowling ball just looks cool. I have mine on my entertainment centre, and it's a conversation starter. "What is that bowling ball doing there?" It's sturdy and it houses the DVDs in two slip cases. Life does not stop and start at your convenience, so be sure to pick this up and enjoy when you can.


One important thing about this film that I must stress is, don't try to understand the plot at first. It's every bit as stupifying as anything you can think of. My feeling (and this is just my feeling) is that The Dude himself (Jeff Bridges) doesn't know what the heck is going on, so neither should you. The plot is not complicated, but your thinking about it might be very uptight. I don't nessesarily recommend that you stick to a strict drug regimen to keep you mind limber, but having a few white Russians might help.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Big Lebowski (Comedy, Crime)
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
Digital Copy

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Oct. 20 2009
By Joost
A wonderful cult classic, full of witty dialogue and anecdotes that give the film a personality of its own. And the amazing thing about this film is that it manages to entertain even though it doesn`t really have a story. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly outstanding April 8 2001
By Mr X
Format:VHS Tape
O.K this is a pretty funny film, but why is it so damn popular?. It lacks the Coens' usual flair. The main reason being a completely motionless plot. Don't get me wrong some bits are laugh out loud funny but others get bogged down in a dumb storyline.It is a fine no-brainer comedy with a touch of the brothers quality, and some excellent characters, notably Jesus. But I for one expect more invention from directors as clever as the Coens'. I would like to say yeah great film like I usually do. But this time I just can't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It wasn't properly advertised, it is in a European format and can only be played in European devices. Solution to mail back to Europe wasn't feasible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ??? Jan. 21 2003
I dont get why everyone loves this movie so much, it has some good moments but never really goes anywhere and it seems way too long (whether or not it is long doesnt matter, it felt like many many hours to me).
Alos whats up with that irritating cowboy? He should of been cut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but structurally weak Nov. 1 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The acting is terrific, and the film has some extremely funny moments. (Jon Goodman's turn is hysterical). Overall , though, the film individual moments are stronger than the movie overall. The Coen's are emotionally distant filmmakers, and their style works better in their "serious" films like "Fargo" and "Blood Simple" and "Millers Crossing" {still their best, I believe} than in some of their comedy. On the whole, I don't think the film sucesully competes with "Raising Arizona" in terms of sustaning absurdist lunacy for the course of the film. Its much much better than the Hudsucker Proxy. Make no mistake, it is absolutely worth seeing, and probaly deserves more than one viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait
The Big Lebowski: Limited Edition Blu-ray Book [Blu-ray Book + Digital Copy] :
Blu-ray multizone, voix française dispo
Papier mat très joli.
Published 12 days ago by Elbarto
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Dude"
such a funny movie to ad to my collection
Published 1 month ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars A gift
This movie was purchased as a gift for a fan of the Big Lebowski movie so he was pleased .
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Babbage
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD is not for Play in North America
It arrived in a timely manner, but unfortunately would not play on any of my DVD machines since it was for play in Europe. I should have known since it came from the U.K.
Published 4 months ago by Ralph Hubele
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude hits a sweet spot
This movie is a personal classic for me. The characters stay true to form throughout. Certainly not for for children. Coen brothers hit the mark on this one.
Published 7 months ago by Jeff O'Dacre
5.0 out of 5 stars Dudeism 101
This's the source: opening to lukewarm critical reception in 1998, this movie's popularity has slowly grown over the past 15 years... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Lescarmure
3.0 out of 5 stars First time I had to send something back to Amazon
3 stars because I bought the movie at Walmart later, needed it for a party. When it came from Amazon, the disc skipped and froze. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dude Abides
Great movie and very cool special edition case. DVD extras were great and fun to watch so grab your white russians and enjoy. Well worth the money.
Published 11 months ago by Eric Breakey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie plus bonus materials were great!
very happy with the product and would recommend a friend to buy the product for them to use in their home.
Published 12 months ago by victor howard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Lebowski
We can watch this movie at least once a year and enjoy the cinematography and the actors portrayal of very offbeat characters
Published 13 months ago by Shannon L. Reid
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